Dalmally - Kilchurn Castle Gravel Loop

The route essentials you need to know

Level: Easy

Total Distance: 11.7 km

Total Ascent: 120 m

Terrain: A mixture of quiet roads, paths, forest tracks and a short section on a busy road

Route Category: Easy

Riding Time: 1.5 - 2 hrs

Start/Finish: Dalmally Railway Station

OS Grid Ref: NN 15986 27214

Nearest Parking: At the station, also in the village

Key Facilities on Route: Dalmally (shop, accommodation, food), Kilchurn Castle (shop)

OS Landranger Map: 50

Dalmally - Kilchurn Castle Gravel Loop

Route Description

The route starts at Dalmally Railway Station, which hosts the Heartfelt Studio, a textile treasure trove set within a unique Victorian station. From the station the route follows a small residential street to meet the A85, but shortly afterwards continues on a much quieter road towards Stronmilchan. The route then passes Glenorchy Parish Church, which stands on an island site between the rivers Orchy and Orchy Bheag near the village. The church is a rare example of an octagonal plan with adjoining tower, and has been restored to its original appearance in recent years.

The route goes past a monument at the beginning of Glen Strae, and then continues through the village of Stronmilchan to meet the A85 near Drishaig. This section on the main road requires care and attention. Shortly after joining the road a path leads to Kilchurn Castle, looking out over Loch Awe and one of the most photographed castles in Scotland. From here the route continues on the A85, before following the A819 on the left past Loch Awe. After 1.5 km a very well graded gravel track climbs up the hill, with more great views towards the mountains and across Loch Awe. A quick descent to Dalmally finishes the loop, with the station just a few metres away.

This is an easy and flattish ride to one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, with stunning views towards the surrounding mountains. Markus Stitz

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