/ Carnmore - Poolewe approach.
Not unless anything's changed much in recent years. Not sure about biking beyond that. I seem to remember much of the path along the side of Fionn Loch is good, so maybe.
I'm a crap biker and managed to cycle (with camping and climbing kit) as far as the end of the woods after Kernsary. The next section was rather boggy, but it's not far until the new path which would again be cyclable by the vaguely competent (ie not me). But the path's a fast walk anyway. Took us 3 1/2 leisurely hours.
Not really relevant, but I climbed on Carnmore sometime in the 70s. There were only two other climbers there, one of which had walked in in his rock boots! Can't remember the make, but they weren't quite the tight shoes of today!
I was there last year, walking in. You could easily get a bike as far as the woods, but I probably wouldn't bother taking it far beyond that point as the path isn't quite so good afterwards.
The bothy actually has beds with mattresses, they are pretty grotty but I got away with a groundsheet. There are mice too, so hang up your food!
What routes do you have your eye on?
Hmm. Mattresses seem to have gone. When I was there it looked more like this: http://www.spectral3d.co.uk/Personal/pics/2012/jubilee_june_2012/jubilee/dsc_2674_jpg.jpeg.html
That was a year after our visit - looks like they've given the place a makeover!
My guess is they replaced the beds in the house and couldn't be bothered with carting the old ones all the way out and disposing of them. Bit of a win for the bothy though.
Supposedly the estate only allows mountain bikes on the driveable tracks. These end at the edge of the woodland about a mile past Kernsary. However I've seen an MTB parked up at Strathan Buidhe near where the path comes in from the Letterewe Hotel.
If you could arrange a boat across Loch Maree then the path from the hotel direct to the causeway is possibly the quickest way in. There's decent camping near to the bothy as well.
"Supposedly the estate only allows mountain bikes on the driveable tracks. These end at the edge of the woodland about a mile past Kernsary."
As the new path was built & paid for with public money, don't see how they could possibly have any objection to using mountain bikes - it's a hardcore path. They also use the path with horses bringing out slaughtered stags in the shooting season. Mountain bikes clearly do a lot less damage than laden horses, so they can't possibly try to justify this on the grounds of damage to the path!?
I recall a bizarre incident when was cycling in there back in 1999 with my wife. Just past the forest, on the new path, cycled past the proprietor & her husband, along with 2 kids. When wife followed, say 100m behind, she had to get off & push the bike past kids sitting on the path! What was that all about?
Have seen some recent posts on Facebook about folk nipping in & out for the day on bikes, and taking bikes most of the way in.
That'd what I wanted to hear, shame the bike is being shared!
Shots each.. but I think I get it to myself on the ride out!
If I can ride it - I'm still not convinced! You might yet get it to yourself in both directions... I do have really *very* short legs.
At very least I can drive you to Kernsary and drop off my own bag, before going back to park car and jump on bike.
I am a local - this is the current position. No vehicles beyond Poolewe. You can bike as far as the end of the woods past Kernsary but are asked not to take bikes on footpath beyond this. It's an excellent path the whole way to the causeway at the Dubh Loch/Fionn Loch. Makes for fast walking.
"this is the current position. No vehicles beyond Poolewe. You can bike as far as the end of the woods past Kernsary but are asked not to take bikes on footpath beyond this. It's an excellent path the whole way to the causeway at the Dubh Loch/Fionn Loch."
I still maintain that there should be no reason not to cycle in as far as you can on a decent hardcore path. Mountain bikes do no more damage than walking in my opinion, and substantially less than the estate ponies/horses.
Kinda reminds me of the time was stopped when cycling along the land rover track towards Derry Lodge in Cairngorms, when ranger in land rover pulled over & had discussion along the lines of "we're trying to discourage the use of bikes and encourage the long walk approach". Needless to say, I didn't pay much heed - he didn't seem to appreciate the hypocrisy and ridiculousness of the situation. People have been using bikes to cycle into the hills and cliffs for years, right from the earliest days of exploration around the turn of the last century. There's not all that many places where a bike is a real advantage to get into the big mountain cliffs, but for the likes of the Southern & Eastern Cairngorms, Binnein Shuas, Foinaven, Creag Dubh Dibidale, and of course Carnmore, it makes perfect sense.
I`m no mountain biker by any strech of the imagination but I took mine in to Strathan Buidhe last month without any problem.After that I think you would be just as quick walking. The stretch through the forest was a bit muddy on a few sections.Great run back out :)
Did Fionn Buttress a few years back - impeccable indeed. Looking at Gob via Black Mischief this time around, unless it turns out to be too hot! If so then Beinn Lair might turn out to be a trump card. I also rate Maiden Buttress highly, possibly the most beautiful setting I've ever climbed in.
Oh yes. Glad we didn't do the preamble route or any more than 3 pitches in today's heat! My take on the path (beyond the woods) is that it's only really ride-able for the first mile or so unless you have better bike skills or a lighter bag than me.
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code surely means that it is possible to ride your bike anywhere on tracks and paths in Scotland. The Estate can ask but have no legal right to stop you biking on their land....or am I wrong?
I said " you are asked" - that's all it is- a request . My own view is that - if you don't cause damage - biking is OK.
I am opposed to large private land ownership in Scotland - but the situation is as it is - some ordinary guys and their families who I know work on the estate- not many jobs in our neck of the woods.
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