Mull to Skye today. 63 miles with 6000 feet of ascent. Sun, sea, sublime scenery, shadows, shorts and ultimately Skye.
The weather forecast promised a better day and it delivered a beauty. Blue skies, sunshine, soaring temperatures and even a wind that was sometimes behind us.
We left Tobermory on Mull on the 07:20 ferry heading for Kilchoan on Ardnamurchan.
Ardnamurchan is the most Westerly point on mainland Britain.
The minor lane steeply wound its way up and down over the remote moorland with its deer grids. We had a great view back across the Sound of Mull from Ardslignish to Tobermory. The sky was blue and in turn the sea – flat calm – was bright blue.
We eventually dropped down to Glen Borrodale where there were several houses and some evidence of commercial fishing The Ardnamurchan Estate are building a whisky distillery from scratch here.It was getting quite warm and jackets, over-boots and buffs had been dispensed with. The sun was out and we even had shadows as we rode along the undulating shore of Loch Sunart.
Salen has a few more houses and even an hotel (for coffee) and we continued to Acharacle where there is a bakery and a shop. After crossing the river at the end of Glen Shiel we went up and over into Moidart, which is famous for its Bonnie Prince Charlie connections. It was also the point where we reached the ultimate riding perfection: smooth, flat, quiet road, sunny and warm and a tailwind pushing us along. It didn’t last long and we were soon climbing yet another huge hill to bring us out above Loch Ailhort. We stopped at the top to savour the view and to remove more base layers and change into shorts!
The descent as ever was good fun – achieving just over 40mph down to Glenuig. We rode along the shore of Loch Ailhort and then along the A830 to Arisaig. where we had a picnic in the sun. It was warm.
We detoured on the B8008 to enjoy the coastal scenery along the Arisaig beaches.
There were even people sitting on the beach. It was just a few miles to Mallaig where we caught the ferry to Armadale and cycled along the road to Kilmore where we are staying tonight.
Tomorrow it is likely to rain again and we are heading across the southern part of Skye to cross the bridge at Kyle Of Lochalsh and on up to Torridon.
The GPX file for today’s ride is here.