D2CW cycle tour – Day 12

Kinlochewe to Ullapool

The route is flat and easy for the first 12 miles leaving Kinlochewe alongside the banks of Loch Maree on the right with Beinn Eighe to the left. Then there are a few undulations (but no major climbs!). Again the scenery is spectacular along the road past Loch Ewe then round to Little Loch Broom and on to Ullapool.  There are a few hard climbs in the latter part – including one huge one (see route profile below). (Description based on route notes from Peak Tours).

Route from Kinlochewe to Ullapool (75 miles):

Kinlochewe to Ullapool route map

Today there were a few midges outside so in the morning shade so ‘briefing’ was cancelled and we headed off up past Loch Maree which was absolutely stunning with the sun shining on it and the mountains. We also had the odd view back to the Torridens. After a small climb we soon dropped back down to sea level at Gairloch. I and a few others detoured to see the arbour then cycled further o a viewpoint overlooking the golf course and the lovely sandy beaches. It brought back some memories of coming here as a boy (aka a long time ago). Then it was another climb up over to Loch Ewe which was an important harbour for the war convoy routes. We also stopped here and sat in the sun as we waited for lunch at the Aultbea Hotel – very picturesque as it is a very white building situated next to the loch shore.Then it was up over another couple of headlands, seeing more fantastic scenery, as we past Gruinard Bay and Little Loch Broom. Finally we had a large long climb over to the main road and cycled into Ullapol along the side of Long Bloom – again spectacular in the sunshine! A walk down to the town, a beer, and some food with fellow cyclists ended another great day.

Loch Maree

Cycling beside Loch Maree with Niv

Cycling beside Loch Maree with Niv & Fraser

Loch Bad an Sgalaig


Gairloch beach

Strath Gairloch

Loch Tollaidh

Heading down to Loch Ewe

Poolewe and Loch Ewe

Loch Ewe

Cycling alongside Loch Ewe

Gruinard Bay

Little Loch Broom

Next: Day 13 – Ullapool to Durness

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