Oban - Glen Lonan Gravel Loop

The route essentials you need to know

Level: Intermediate

Total Distance: 18.7 km

Total Ascent: 270 m

Terrain: Mostly tarmac, on access and quiet roads, with short sections on paths 

Route Category: Easy

Riding Time: 1.5 - 2 hrs

Start/Finish: Oban Railway Station

OS Grid Ref: NM 85813 29882

Nearest Parking: Pay and display beside the CalMac terminal

Key Facilities on Route: Oban (all facilities), Connel (shop, accommodation, food, railway station)

OS Landranger Map: 49

Oban - Glen Lonan Gravel Loop

Route Description

The route starts at Oban Railway Station and follows the Caledonia Way up Glencruitten Road. After Glencruitten the route leaves the Caledonia Way to follow a small road parallel to the West Highland Line. There are some short steep sections here, but after reaching the highest point the route gradually descends towards Connel, which almost marks the halfway point.

From here the route follows a minor road on the Caledonia Way gradually up to the top of Glen Lonan, reaching the highest point and then descending into Oban. The last climb up towards Battery Hill can be avoided by following the same route back to the train station on the return journey as on the way here, but the extra climbing is rewarded with great views over the town and bay, and on towards the Isle of Mull. From Battery Hill it’s all downhill back to the station.

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