Any trail is subject to influences and changes beyond our control. We ask all riders to let us know of any issues so we can inform potential riders so they can react accordingly
OBSCURA MONDO CYCLE ANNOUNCE DATE OF FIRST ANNUAL
AN TURAS MOR CYCLO-SPORTIVA EVENT
SATURDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER - REGISTRATION OPEN NOW
SECOND EDITION OF AN TURAS MOR GUIDEBOOK NOW AVAILABLE. . Posted 9 August 20220
The Official OMCC Guide book for the trail is now available is various formats from hardcopy to digital downloads.
Go to WebShop to get your copy
CAPE WRATH FERRY NOW RUNNING THIS SUMMER posted 30th July 2020
You can contact the Cape Wrath Kyle of Durness Ferry on 07719678729 for sailing times.
ORRIN DAM TEMPORARY CLOSURE: posted 28th July 2020
Fiona from Cycling UK reports that there are three signs at the bottom of three access routes to the dam saying no public access. However, the SSE Renewable guys say the closure is only when they are working. So crossing of the dam is possible from 2.00pm on Fridays to 7.30pm on Mondays. Work is scheduled to take several more months and riders planning to ride the section between Struy and Contin should take this fact into consideration when planning their ride.
CLOSED GATE GLEN MORISTON: posted 20th July 2019
The Estate at Glen Moriston has closed and locked the gate on the trail from the Redburn Cafe at Dundreggan.
This is a deer fence, so difficult to get a loaded bike over the fence.
As per the attached image of the Dundreggan / Torgyle Bridge diversion - the best route is now the dotted line. if you take the trail 1/4 mile past the Torgyle Bridge (A887), turn directly off the road following the pylons marked with ATM sticker at 57o10.76N 4.48o.02W up hill to connect with ATM route to Glen Affric.
The GPX route file shows on the penultimate day to Durness the route via the Cashel Dhu Ford (recommended). The ebook shows a different route via Glen Golly.
The Glen Golly route is the race route and is a much tougher ride with a technical descent and a 1 mile portage.
The recommended route : is the ancient crossing at Cashel Dhu then over to Loch Eribol for an enjoyable coastal road finish to Durness.
Riders must not attempt the crossing of Cashel Dhu Ford in anything less than perfect low water conditions. If the river is high in spate, do not attempt to cross. Please either follow the road or backtrack up the valley to cross the river via the bridge. This will then involve a portage on the left hand bank back to Cashel Dhu Ford to reconnect to the trail climbing to Loch Eribol.
CEMENT STORE BOTHY DEMOLISHED
We have been advised (June 2020) that the Hydro Bothy uphill from Struy has been demolished.
ALTERNATIVES EMERGING TO AVOID DAM CROSSING: posted 29th July 2020
Cycling UK have posted this tarmac alternative . Click Button for diversion GPX
Rider Martin reports that you can bypass the closure just below the dam during work times. This involves a hike down the slope and back up the other side with the bike. OMCC riders have not checked this out and caution must be exercised as this will involve crossing the river which should not be attempted if the dam is releasing water or in spate.
Change to accommodation provider
Changes to accommodation provision along the trail in the far north. Weve been told that Altbea Lodge north of Garve - the usual stopping place will not open for 2024 season. Weve tried to contact the Lodge to see if this is indeed the case and have been unsuccessful. Fortunately just a couple of miles further up the Ullapool Road is the Aultguish Inn. OMCC are riding the trail again and staying at Aultguish Inn and will post a review. You can contact the Inn via their website: North Coast 500 Accommodation Ullapool | Aultguish Inn Ullapool
Further north Overscaig Lodge on Loch Shin is still not open. Again, weve tried to contact the hotel to no avail.
E - Bike Ride ATM
In April 2024 - Eight rider from OMCC willl ride a variation of the trail designed for e-bike riders - the result will be published on this website under reports section