Thursday, 8 August 2013
Cycling the Gaick Pass
North of the Gaick Lodge close to a barrier
Today I enjoyed the longest cycle ride for a number of years riding the Gaick Pass through remote parts of the Scottish Highlands. I set off from Newtonmore just before 10.30am and returned to the village about 15.40. I headed north to Glen Tromie and then travelled the whole length – some of it metalled, a lot a passable farm track with several small rivers to ford. Eventually well to the south of Gaick Lodge the farm track comes to an end leaving just a narrow footpath perched up a little above a loch. At the end of the loch you pick up another farm track that eventually leads to the A9 at the turn off to Trinafour, From there I picked up the Route 7 Sustrans track that heads through the Highlands taking me up the Drumochter Pass onto Dalwhinnie and to Newtonmore.
I wasn't able to be in London last weekend for the 100-mile cycle so this ride will just have to make up for it.
A little further on: the Loch heading towards Gaick Lodge
The track to the south of the Gaick Lodge
The track to the south of the Gaick Lodge (vehicle in view)
The loch where it is down just to a narrow footpath, I preferred to walk it
but doubtless some fearless bikers would ride it (above and below)
Hills in the background are beyond the A9