Round Loch Leven
- Location: Glencoe and Kinlochleven
- Starting Point: Fort William/ Glencoe
- Trail Length: 40 miles / 20 miles shorter option
- Time Required: Day ride / half day ride shorter option
- Route Type:
- Grade: Medium
- O.S. Map: OS Explorer 392 & 384 or Landranger 41
- Parking: Fort William long stay car parks / Glencoe Village
The 40 mile, 64 kms, route is perhaps one for outside the busy summer season due to tourist traffic on the main road. However the shorter option of almost 20 miles, 32 kms, makes a great summer evening ride.
Start this option from the car park behind the Mountain Rescue Centre at the entrance to Glencoe village. Turn left from the car park and right onto the B863 for Kinlochleven.
The full route starts from the West End Car Park, Fort William, and heads out of town on the A82(T).
Be prepared to pull over into a picnic area to allow traffic to clear. However itís way too early in the ride for a coffee stop. Cycle through the village of Onich and across the Ballachulish Bridge. Continue on the A82 via the roundabout. The road bypasses the village of Ballachulish. Soon there is a café on the right.
Take the next turn left for Kinlochleven Ė B863 - bypassing Glencoe. Although you might like to take time to visit the Folk Museum in the village.
The road climbs steadily from now on with stunning views across Loch Leven to the hills of the Mamore Forest. Following a series of bends the descent into Kinlochleven is exhilarating but needs care.
The village was built to house workers for the aluminium smelter (closed) and you can find out more from the Aluminium Story Visitor Centre.
For a lunch break there is a pub, café and fish and chip shop to choose from.
From Kinlochleven to North Ballachulish the single track road ducks and dives along the shore of the loch. Parts of the route are tunnel like through trees and other sections open out to grassy coves down to the waterís edge. This is the time on a bike when you feel very close to nature.
At the junction at North Ballachulish turn right onto the A82 to head back to Fort William. If you are taking the shorter option turn left to cross the bridge and return to Glencoe.