Right then. The 6.5 hour drive up to Glencoe is complete and, after a spot of dinner I’m sat in bed at B&B no.1 of our Highland adventure. Now seems as good a time as any to fill you all in on our proposed plan for the next four days. Here goes…
Day 1 – Glencoe to Fort Augustus
Total Distance: 56 miles
Total Ascent: 5018 feet
A Tricky start to the route. You’ll see from the elevation chart that not far in we’ve a serious hill to get around. It’s called Ben Nevis and it’s the highest mountain in all of the United Kingdom (if you’re reading this after the YES/NO vote this may now be untrue).
We’re not going right over Ben Nevis thankfully – though I’d love to hike up there one day – but we’re skirting around it to avoid the road to Fort William which can be busy. Once we get there it’s plain-ish sailing to Fort Augustus on an old track.
Day 2 – Fort Augustus to Kingussie(ish)
Total Distance: 45 miles
Total Ascent: 4492 feet
Another tricky start to the day! Look at the elevation spike! Get that out of the way then it’s relatively flat, though terrain could be tricky and rain wouldn’t help. Decent max height of 2500ft attained here too.
Day 3 – Kingussie(isn) to Ballater
Total Distance: 50 miles
Total Ascent: 2917 feet
A steady climb and fall on this one, with the added risk that we’re not entirely sure part of the route is properly pathed so we may need to walk for a couple of miles with the bikes.
Day 4 – Ballater to Brechin
Total Distance: 65 miles
Total Ascent: 4213 feet
Tough final day this. More miles than we’d hoped as we had to compromise on our final night B&B location. The final section is on road mind you so the last stretch should be fairly straight forward.
That said, LOOK AT THAT SPIKE! All being well we’ll make that spike and break the 3000ft barrier to summit one of the Munroe’s (not sure which one – Ewan is asleep so won’t ask him). If my legs aren’t working or weather is and we can skirt around it. Would be good to get up there though.
That’s it then. What a trip it promises to be. Everyone keep your fingers crossed for good weather, no midges and a bit of luck.