Caledonian cycleway

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Caledonian cycleway

Postby guzzimag » 5 Mar 2019, 11:56am

Morning all. I'm off to pedal the Caledonian Cycleway in May, and it's the age old question: which bike do I take. The Sustrans maps are a bit useless in terms of terrain description - are there any particularly muddy/rocky sections?

I have a choice of a slick tyred mtb, 25mm tyred touring bike or a 32mm tyred jack of all trades "hybrid".

I only ask as last time I did a long distance route most of it was on-road/smooth trails but there were a few sections where my poor Audax bike took a right hammering on it's skinny rims, and I ended up busting a spoke and needed a new rim when I got home.


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Re: Caledonian cycleway

Postby radek » 5 Mar 2019, 12:16pm

I did the Caledonian Way (Inverness to Oban part) last year on Schwalbe 26 x 1.75 without any issues. If my memory is correct, along the Loch Lochy, there is a part of cycle route 78 which goes through a forest road that has some rock - nothing to technical. See the link bellow.

Have fun! It is a lovely part of Scotland !

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Re: Caledonian cycleway

Postby Boring_Username » 5 Mar 2019, 12:27pm

Yes the Loch Lochy stretch, maybe 5 miles or so, is a very stony path. Not technical in a MTB sense but pinch flat / spoke risky on 25mm.

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Re: Caledonian cycleway

Postby Paulatic » 5 Mar 2019, 3:45pm

The CC I ride is smooth. :)
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Re: Caledonian cycleway

Postby PAB855 » 19 Mar 2019, 7:31pm

I agree with the comments about the forestry track by Loch Lochy, it's very bumpy.

Can I recommend a wee diversion to the Clan Cameron Museum ar Achnacarry. It's well worth a visit.

As well as the Clan Cameron history, it has a section on Jacobite history and a very interesting room devoted to the Commando training in WWII including accounts of live ammunition used in training

.We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed an ice cream while sitting outside.

I believe the canal will be reopened soon after some repairs to the locks etc.


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Re: Caledonian cycleway

Postby Cunobelin » 20 Mar 2019, 9:56am

IN't this what used ti be the "Great Glen Way?

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Re: Caledonian cycleway

Postby rotavator » 20 Mar 2019, 12:33pm

I would use either the slick tyred MTB or hybrid because the wider tyres will be better for the Loch Lochy section. Most of that is pretty good forestry road but there are some short stony sections.

The cycle track was closed SW of Fort Augustus in late February 2019 but hopefully will be open again for when you use it but it might be worth checking.