Scotland at its best

Feeling slightly embarrassed to effuse too much, but what a weekend to be in the hills. I’d already made the decision to head out if the weather held fair, but there was certainly no indication from the Met Office forecast of the wall to wall sunshine that transpired. The plan was a two night stay at Glenpean bothy out towards Knoydart, the only dilemma whether to walk in from Glenfinnan and down into Gleann Cuirnean, or cycle from Spean Bridge. The bike won the day, and I thanked my lucky stars, as the cycle back along Loch Arkaig on Sunday was a wonder to behold. The mirroring of the hills in the water was really quite spooky, and I was so relieved that all the photos I took were in focus and not over exposed. Spent Saturday nipping over to Kinbreak to see how the bothy was doing, and got some interior shots. The new rosy red roof is a very cheery sight, and really given the place a lift.

On to the long stretch round the north side of Loch Arkaig looking across to Glen Maille. 5ks of coal split between the panniers just to keep me honest.

Finally arriving at the bothy after negotiating the final 500 yards beyond the end of the forestry track

Fire lit, wine opened, time to take in the gloaming

quiet satisfaction

chilly overnight

up for the dawn

better perspective of the view west down Glen Pean heading on to Oban bothy and Loch Morar

cheery sight of the new roof on Kinbreak bothy

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Much improved ambience of the attic space


View west up Glen Kingie, Sgurr an Fhuarain to the right of shot and Sgurr Mor at the back

back over the bealach

heading back for the train on a crystal clear Sunday morning

amazing reflections in Loch Arkaig, looking back west to Carn Mor and on east

late lunch at Corpach sea loch, with a fine view of the Ben

7 thoughts on “Scotland at its best

  1. Paul Orton

    What a fantastic trip! Sitting down south in the rain and drizzle and very envious indeed ! Can you upload the route on Map my ride ? Paul

    1. bothiesonabike Post author

      Thanks Paul, it was one of those weekends..gods knows when the next weather window will be, game over already for the week. Just posted the bike route on the mapmyride link for you, back along the Caledonian Canal to Fort Bill

      1. Paul Orton

        Geoff i’m not having any luck finding your route via the link, just the mapmyride plain page ! Also i’m planning on a week at the end of may up there with my mtb and panniners and wondered about heading to Inverness on the sleeper train and riding over to the west coast via Glen Affric etc, or would you reccomend something better ? Could i combine other routes ? I’m planning on using the odd bothy or wild camping ! Best regards. Paul

      2. bothiesonabike Post author

        Hi Paul, cycling through Glen Affric to Alltbeithe Youth hostel is fine I think, but on to Camban and over the bealach to Glenlicht is a bit of a push, but doable. I’ll send you an email in the morning with a full reply, and hopefully the link will work

  2. mountaincoward

    You were very lucky with the weather there – it wasn’t that great here last weekend but it was at least dry. Lovely photos on the way back.

    How on earth did you get your bike through the obstacle course of the last bit to Glenpean bothy? We found it an obstacle course on foot (unless they’ve improved it).

  3. bothiesonabike Post author

    Yes I felt very privileged…as for the last bit to Glenpean its still very much an obstacle course, but at least I knew it was coming so I’d already steeled myself for a bit of swearing and man handling


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