Durness Ullapool Loch Ness Fort William
Ardvreck Castle RP 7
This route formed part of our Lands End to John O' Groats trip in May 2016 and this section would be the first to head south. WHAT a great ride this was!

The route starts from The Lazy Crofter Bunkhouse and follows the shoreline of Loch Durness, it then passes beautiful loch after beautiful loch with plenty of places to stop and take photographs. Route point (RP) 6 is Kylesku Bridge, because of the curvature the bridge is 276m long but only crosses a 130m stretch of water! The bridge is transformed into something very special by its wonderfully curved design and the stunning scenery of this part of the Scottish Highlands. The route passes the ruins of Ardvreck Castle at RP 7, it is said to have been built towards the end of the 16 c and formerly the residence of Neil Macleod but sadly it is now in a ruinous state.

Ullapool at RP 10 is the first town of any size, we had a nice coffee and cake here at The Ferry Boat Inn and also topped up with fuel even though we had only traveled 67 miles. From here the routes heads toward the north end of Loch Ness, my wife wanted to see if we could see Nessie the Loch Ness Monster so we started our quest at Urquhart Castle RP 18, a good place to look for Nessie, sadly, we never saw her! The route follows the shore of Loch Ness to Fort Augustus RP 19 where you can see the 5 large locks that form part of the Caledonian Ship Canal that joins the east coast to the west coast. We stopped here for a coffee and had nice fish and chips from The Moorings restaurant.

From here the route heads for Fort William and the hotel for the night. We stayed at the Onich Hotel overlooking Loch Linnhe but as Fort William is a tourist destination, there is plenty of accommodation available to suit all needs.
As you can see by the amount of green, pink and yellow route markers, there is lots to see on this route and I would allow 6 hours to fully enjoy it. Links for the bunkhouse and hotel are below this review along with a link to a YouTube video that I made during our ride.

This route well and truly deserves the 5***** that I have awarded it. It is an exceptional route that you must do.

Kylesku Bridge RP 6
Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle RP 18
Useful links:
Lazy Crofter Bunkhouse
Hotel Onich
Video of our ride.

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This collection of routes in the spectacular Scottish Highland's offers a great way to experience the full spectrum of what this region has to offer - snowcapped mountains, loch after loch, areas of solitary wilderness, white sandy beaches and a multitude of historic castles and buildings that reflect the past, the Highland's have everything. The weather however, cannot be guaranteed and somebody once said " Nobody visits Scotland for the weather"!
May can be a very good time of year to visit - temperatures can be pleasant and it's often a dry month with the added bonus that it's too early for the midgies. Many of the roads are single lane but largely empty and well maintained so the riding is comfortable and stress free allowing you to take in the views and there really is a wow around every corner. The pass at Glencoe for example is staggeringly impressive - you can actually see the geology and appreciate how it was scooped out by glaciers.
The people you encounter are warm and engaging and the food is good.
The very popular North Coast 500 route is included for those of you with Iron Butts that like a 1 day challenge. For me, the best way of enjoying the NC 500 is with two overnight stops, so the route includes these if required.