TRAIL NEWS

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

CURRENT ISSUES:

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.