khain wrote:I've tried cycling the West Highland Way on a (rigid) mountain bike with panniers. It's possible but very rough and slow. If your mountain bike has suspension and you're used to off-road cycling you might find it ok. You could try it and switch to the road if it's too rough, which is what I did. However, there are many parts which are really just for walking and will be busy with walkers in summer. Definitely avoid the east side of Loch Lomond.
That I know and I will certainly avoid that part. Do you remember which parts exactly were the roughest, apart from Loch Lomond, and which were the nicest? My bike has no suspension and I'm no masochist, but if there are any "doable-by-bike" and enjoyable parts, I'd like to try
khain wrote:The east Highlands are less scenic than the west. The prettiest areas are going to be busy in summer so you have to accept that or do a less scenic route or go off-road. Alternatively use the train between major locations and cycle by-roads rather than tour. You can get a Highland rail pass which could make this economical.
That's good to know. Any recommendations on that part of my route? I looked here and there on Google Maps Street View and I really liked road A93 from Braemar to Glenshee and A924 from Enochdhu to Moulin. But I haven't checked that much, and it's not easy to find any advice on that region.
Also, is there really a passage (with a tunnel perhaps, judging from the map) from Splittal of Glenshee to Enochdhu? Or should I rather go via Dalrulzian?