Saturday, July 30, 2005

Devils Staircase

Having watched the weather forecast and thinking the ground will never be drier this year again, yesterday I decided to have a go at the Devils Staircase in Glencoe.
I also fancied the Rannoch Moor track, so it looked like another epic day.

What a boneshaker that rannoch Moor track is, but the track from Kingshouse to the Staircase is a treat.
The Staircase is pretty well a walk, but the descent down to Kinlochleven is absolutely fabulous except the path preservers have put damn ditches across the path every so often, even so there's plenty of uninterrupted technical stuff further down.
The lower forest track is loose and dangerous but still great fun.

Got a pinch on this bit due to the extra speed.
Had a coffee and sandwich at Kinlochleven and watched some folk rafting in the rapids.

I had timed it so that it was after 5pm while going up Glencoe to avoid the worst of the traffic and I used the off road bits as well, lovely climbing track in Glencoe to sit back in the saddle and watch the scenery change. Then it was back to Kingshouse and over the boneshaking Rannoch Moor to the car at Forest Lodge.

Absolutely marvelous day, next time though I'll do it from Kingshouse and skip the boneshaker.

View some pictures here

The drop to Kinlochleven must be one of the best descents in the country if not the best pity the path people have degraded it a little.


Blogger Jinxx said...

Thats another one of the trails that i have always wanted to do, i have family up that way, so i could make it an all day ride and still have somewhere to crash out. From what i understand the route across to Fort william is not too bad now either. I have a link somwhere that describes the route, will look it out and send it on. The other route that i wnat to try is the souther uplandway, it stretches from the west coast all the way to the east coast, some two hundred odd miles, they have featured it on the TV a couple of times, and it looks well maintained

12:18 PM  
Blogger Whee said...

It's worth the effort from Kingshouse to Fort William would be a great day ride.
Go for it before it rains for a month.

6:05 PM  

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