Do you long for the experience of cycling along traffic free roads in some of the most majestic scenery in Scotland? If so, then the Torridon area is the place to be.
There are many fantastic opportunities for some great cycling, from the fast sweeping roads down through Glen Docherty and along Loch Maree, the winding single track road from Kinlochewe to Torridon and onto Shieldaig, and the great breath sapping ride out to Diabaig. All offering fantastic scenery.
But for the ultimate challenge there is the infamous Bealach na Ba. Cited as being the “Holy Grail” for road cycling and rated 11/10 in the Guide to Britain’s 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, it is classed as the toughest and wildest climb in Britain. Taking you through some fabulous mountain scenery, this is the UK’s biggest road climb, and takes you from sea level up to 2053ft in just 6 miles. It’s no wonder that two increasingly popular Sportives are now run over the Bealach each year.
Don’t let the gentle start lull you into a false sense of security, the hair pin bends towards the top will have your thighs screaming! But your reward will be some breath taking views at the top over the Applecross peninsula to the glorious Cullin mountains on the Isle of Skye. And then its all downhill – fast – into Applecross, and if you still want more, the road around the coast back to Torridon should just about finish you off!
So are you tempted?