Oban to Connel Sustrans route 78

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MaccPaddler
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Oban to Connel Sustrans route 78

Postby MaccPaddler » 16 Apr 2018, 2:45pm

Does anybody know...

I'm riding the Oban to Inverness Sustrans route next month.

The Sustrans route number 78 follows B roads to Connel and thence onwards to Fort William.

But...there is a very minor road that goes past Glencruitten golf course and follows the course of the railway, and joins the A85 just outside Connel. The OS mapping shows the road but gives the impression that it stops at a point called The Summit.

I used google streetview to whiz along the minor road and it looks rideable, although potholed and muddy in places and would have the benefit of being fairly flat, and pretty much traffic free.

Has anybody got experience of using this minor road please?

I do need to be Camusnagaul in time to catch the last ferry to Fort William, so if the minor road/track is slow going, then I need to know.

If I'm better to stick to the standard Sustrans B-roads route for speed and ease of use please advise!

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Re: Oban to Connel Sustrans route 78

Postby ambodach » 16 Apr 2018, 5:40pm

Stick to the Sustrans route. The surface of the wee road is said to be appalling and there are gates as well. Not been on it myself but this is local opinion. Said to be OK for 4x4s and as an emergency route.

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Re: Oban to Connel Sustrans route 78

Postby MaccPaddler » 17 Apr 2018, 5:10pm

Thank you for your advice. We will stick to the Sustrans route.

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Re: Oban to Connel Sustrans route 78

Postby feefee8 » 18 Apr 2018, 12:10am

Take the number of the Camusnagaul ferry from the website and call him if you’re running late as he might be able to hang off if you’re within a reasonable distance.

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Re: Oban to Connel Sustrans route 78

Postby brynpoeth » 18 Apr 2018, 4:31am

What happens if one misses the Camusnagaul ferry, is there an alternative route?
Cycling? Of course, but it is far better on a Gillott.. Alternative facts welcome

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Re: Oban to Connel Sustrans route 78

Postby Norman H » 18 Apr 2018, 8:15am

brynpoeth wrote:What happens if one misses the Camusnagaul ferry, is there an alternative route?


You could swim across. Otherwise its about a twenty mile detour whichever way you go.

Best to make the decision when you arrive at the Corran ferrry. It's a little over 10 miles to Camusnagaul from the slipway at Corran.

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Re: Oban to Connel Sustrans route 78

Postby geocycle » 18 Apr 2018, 9:09am

brynpoeth wrote:What happens if one misses the Camusnagaul ferry, is there an alternative route?


The Corran ferry to Camusnagul ferry road is very nice, try and give yourself time to enjoy it. There is nothing (well a bus shelter) at Camusnagul. If you miss the ferry you have a long trip round the loch with some busy roads into Fort Bill. Definitely a good idea to have the number of the ferry with you!

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Re: Oban to Connel Sustrans route 78

Postby feefee8 » 18 Apr 2018, 1:59pm

If you miss the boat and I'm about you can pop in for a cuppa - I live 4 miles from Camusnagaul :D

It's a lovely cycle all the way round. The A830 is quite a fast road but mostly the wind is behind you by that point.

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Re: Oban to Connel Sustrans route 78

Postby ambodach » 19 Apr 2018, 12:19pm

Go over Corran Ferry if at all possible. The A82 from Corran to Fort William is suicidal. The speed limit has been reduced to 50 mph to try to reduce the number of accidents as the road is mostly narrow, winding and busy.