Skye to Oban Route

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Skye to Oban Route

Postby juice » 26 Jun 2015, 12:51pm

I'm heading from Oban to ride up the Outer Hebrides which I've done before. I'm looking to maybe cross to Skye then ride back to Oban on the mainland. One option would be from the Kylerhea ferry on the CNN 79 anyone know what it's like it looks broken on the map. Any other suggestions welcome also recommendations for hostals.
Thanks

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Re: Skye to Oban Route

Postby Elizabeth_S » 26 Jun 2015, 12:55pm

You mean the Glenelg ferry, it's running, does a good business in sea eagle spotting I believe.
http://skyeferry.co.uk/

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Re: Skye to Oban Route

Postby juice » 26 Jun 2015, 1:05pm

Thanks Elizabeth that's the one. First time I used it there was a piper playing on board. :D

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Re: Skye to Oban Route

Postby cycleruk » 26 Jun 2015, 1:26pm

I had a one night stop-over at Saucy Mary's about 5 years back.
http://www.saucymarys.com/

Close to the Skye bridge.
You'll never know if you don't try it.

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Re: Skye to Oban Route

Postby andrew_s » 26 Jun 2015, 10:53pm

What I did was Barra to Tarbert, ferry to Uig (Skye) , ride to the south end of Skye, ferry to Mallaig, ride round to Ardnamurchan, ferry to Tobermory, explore Mull, then ferry back to Oban. Hopscotch 23 and 21.
The trouble with both the Skye bridge and the Kylerhea ferry is that it commits you to a long main road ride via Invergarry and Fort William.

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Re: Skye to Oban Route

Postby Aunty Social » 26 Jun 2015, 11:37pm

The Glenelg route means doing the Mam Ratagan Pass first then the pass between Kylerhea and Broadford. Two of my favourite hills. Enjoy them!

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Re: Skye to Oban Route

Postby robing » 27 Jun 2015, 9:03am

andrew_s wrote:What I did was Barra to Tarbert, ferry to Uig (Skye) , ride to the south end of Skye, ferry to Mallaig, ride round to Ardnamurchan, ferry to Tobermory, explore Mull, then ferry back to Oban. Hopscotch 23 and 21.
The trouble with both the Skye bridge and the Kylerhea ferry is that it commits you to a long main road ride via Invergarry and Fort William.

I'd like to do that. I've done the Oban to BroadFord section as part of Dover to Cape Wrath, but then went back across the Skye bridge.

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Re: Skye to Oban Route

Postby Jon Lucas » 27 Jun 2015, 8:57pm

The Glenelg ferry is wonderful, and worth all the sweat of the huge climbs to reach it. It is possibly the only manually operated turntable ferry in the world, certainly in this country. As the boat crosses the operators nonchantly wander around the outside of the small car deck and wind it round so that the vehicles can drive off without reversing.

Kyle Rhea is the narrowest point between the mainland and Skye, and the tidal conditions caused by the narrowing bring hordes of fish and consequently seals and otters here. It is worth staying in Glenelg and taking the dead end lane to Corran, ten miles of wonderful cycling below 3,000 foot scree slopes, and spend some time wandering in this wilderness.

If I had a choice, I would cycle from Skye to the mainland using this route rather than the other way. Mam Ratagan is hideously steep if heading towards Skye, while coming the other direction the gradient is a bit easier. The same is probably true on the Skye side, though the difference isn't so notable.

Go and enjoy. There aren't many places that surpass this for cycling in this country.

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Re: Skye to Oban Route

Postby irc » 27 Jun 2015, 9:07pm

There is a roughstuff route from Corran to Kinlochourn as an alt to Mam Ratagan Pass and the A87 Glen Cluanie Rd. Only 7.5 miles of off road. How hard can it be!! Looks to have a far amount of rideable stuff in this crazyguy account.

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/pag ... 29614&v=37

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Re: Skye to Oban Route

Postby juice » 28 Jun 2015, 11:20am

irc wrote:There is a roughstuff route from Corran to Kinlochourn as an alt to Mam Ratagan Pass and the A87 Glen Cluanie Rd. Only 7.5 miles of off road. How hard can it be!! Looks to have a far amount of rideable stuff in this crazyguy account.

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/pag ... 29614&v=37


That's exactly what I was looking at. It's about 8 miles with a couple on decent tracks, we will be on tourers not mountain bike but I'm well up for it if it's doable.


Thanks all for the replies.

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Re: Skye to Oban Route

Postby juice » 28 Jun 2015, 6:45pm

I've just read that there used to be a chap called Billy the Boatman that would take you from Corren to Kinlock Hourn, but he might have packed up. Anyone know anything?

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Re: Skye to Oban Route

Postby iviehoff » 29 Jun 2015, 10:06am

Arnisdale to Kinloch Hourn ferry ceased running about 4 years ago.

There is quite a steep climb with some loose material underfoot if you go from Corran to Arnisdale by bicycle, so you will probably walk a bit, and it will be a tough push if you have heavy luggage. But if Norman Hodghton (octogenarian editor of the Rough Stuff Journal) can do it (and it wasn't many years ago that he did, and he was never a strong/hard rider), most people can. http://www.bikeroutes.org.uk/trips/trip12.htm

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Re: Skye to Oban Route

Postby juice » 29 Jun 2015, 1:29pm

iviehoff wrote:Arnisdale to Kinloch Hourn ferry ceased running about 4 years ago.

There is quite a steep climb with some loose material underfoot if you go from Corran to Arnisdale by bicycle, so you will probably walk a bit, and it will be a tough push if you have heavy luggage. But if Norman Hodghton (octogenarian editor of the Rough Stuff Journal) can do it (and it wasn't many years ago that he did, and he was never a strong/hard rider), most people can. http://www.bikeroutes.org.uk/trips/trip12.htm


Thanks for the link. My mate is 72, plus we will be on road bikes. The BandB owner in Kinloch Hourn has told me that they get the occasional cyclist through on mountain bikes, but the good news is I've tracked down the new boatman. I'm speaking to him tonight, if all goes well and he wants me to I'll post his details on here, in he mean time if anyone wants them PM me.

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Re: Skye to Oban Route

Postby juice » 16 Jul 2015, 11:58pm

Thanks all. Completed the Oban loop. Day one to Barra on the ferry. Day two via a ferry to S Uist and on to Benbeccula to a great hostel at Nunton House. 40 fabulous miles. Day three on to N Uist and over to Skye, stayed in Portree. Day four over Skye to the Glenelg ferry, stayed in Glenelg. Day four Glenelg to Fort William a long day incl a boat along Loch Hourn courtesy of Peter the new boatman. Day five, Fort William back to Oban, mostly on off road cycle tracks.
A great ride. Six ferries, 250 miles, plus a ride in a small boat.

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Re: Skye to Oban Route

Postby irc » 17 Jul 2015, 1:17pm

Any contact details for the new ferryman? Prices?