Balloch to Glencoe

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The southern shores of Loch Lomond were shrouded in mist as we left the lovely village of Balloch at about 8:30 this morning. As we followed the cycle path north up the western side of this huge body of water the sun tried in vain to break through. Eventually we had to surrender to the first rain of the trip, so with waterproofs on we climbed up to Crianlarich on the busy A82.

Tyndrum and the Green Welly has been a fond stopover for us for years now, so with a sense of familiarity we rolled into the car park ready for lunch and full of anticipation for what was still to come.

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Fuelled up and with the rain out of sight we began our afternoon ride with some lovely views coming down into Glen Orchy. We whizzed passed Loch Tulla and soon found ourselves running out of superlatives to describe the scenery of Rannoch moor. But the most amazing scenes were still to come, in the shape of Glen Etive and Glencoe.

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Passing the “Welcome to the Highlands” sign was a treat and when we crested the rise to see Glencoe mountain resort on the ridge above us, our jaws dropped at the sights of this stunning Scottish upland area. Riding past Glen Etive was memorable and our final 8 mile descent through Glencoe just blew us away, this really is a special part of the world and one of our favourites.

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