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Strath Mulzie and Glen Achall
Description:
A remote bike route in the north of Scotland
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Distance: 21 miles
Difficulty: The early parts near Ullapool and Oykel Bridge are easy but the route eventually becomes difficult towards the centre.
Average Time: Seven hours
How to get there: Oykel Bridge is 15 miles west of Lairg on the A837 (grid ref 385 008). Lairg is a station on the North Highland Railway Line. By car Lairg is about 40 miles north of Inverness on the A836.
Riding conditions: You need to walk for a mile in the centre section, after this there is a rough descent.
Directions: O.S. Landranger Map 20 (parts on 19+16).

Take the minor road opposite the hotel travelling south. This turns into a dirt road opposite a few houses, shortly after this you meet a bridge over the River Einig. Turn left over the bridge, then after crossing bear right to travel south-west.

This starts as a forest road, the river is occasionally visible, bear right at any junctions to keep near the river. Four miles after the bridge you leave the forest, after this you meet a small building used as an animal feed store. Beyond this you meet a concrete bridge crossing the Corriemulzie River, cross this and turn left.

The climb continues, the river tumbling by on your left, birch trees on the far bank. A forest plantation is visible on our side. Pass a timber cottage then Corriemulzie Lodge. The mountains of Beinn Dearg and Seana Bhraigh appear.

Two miles after the lodge the track divides; take the right fork. We start to climb out of Strath Mulzie towards Glen Douchary.

There is a narrow ravine, the burn of Allt nan Caorach running through it towards Loch an Daimh. The Land Rover track crosses the head of the ravine, heading south to Lochan Badan Glaslaith. Leave it and walk a rough footpath leading off to the west 300m before crossing the burn. You should be on the top lip of the ravine. Do not go into the steep sides.

The path curves round to the north west, woods at the foot of Glen Douchary come into view and the path starts to be bikeable. A steep descent to the foot of Loch an Daimh, turn left on to a Land Rover track on the far side.

There is a climb away from the loch, a flatter section, then a very steep descent into Glen Achall on a scree surface.

Pass East Rhidorroch Lodge in trees, a long flat section leads past Scots pine woods towards Loch Achall.

At Loch Achall you pass Rhidorroch House, then cross Ullapool River for the descent to Ullapool. Pass a quarry, then a descent through woods to the main road.
Where to stay: Youth Hostels at Ullapool (01854-612254) and at Culrain (Carbisdale Castle 01549-421232). Culrain is about 15 miles from Oykel Bridge. There is a hotel at Oykel Bridge which is mostly a fishing hotel but is very comfortable (Oykel Bridge Hotel).
Where to eat & drink: Oykel Bridge Hotel, see above. Choice of hotels, pubs and eating places in Ullapool, the Ceilidh Place is recommended.
Bike Shops: There is a bike hirer in Ullapool who carries some spare parts, tyres etc.
Further Information: No Further Information Available
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