Abyssinia Bothy,an abandoned building that has recently been added to the list of MBA Bothies. With planned works at the end of April 2017, the building will will be renovated and maintained by the MBA volunteers.
Fuel: Some deadwood in area however, advisable to take fuel in.
Bike Friendly: 10/10.
Is it in Cowal – Yes 👍
Having visited Glen Kinglas previously a re-visit to the area on the news of the bothy project was a must.
The estate road is undulating and reaching the Bothy is no mean feat, especially with the bike.
The Bothy sits on the opposite side of the river,so a crossing was required on this visit – no idea if there are any proposals to install two wee bridges over the smaller burns.
Abyssinia in its current state.
Hopefully the Bothy will be complete or at minimum habitable by summer.
Whilst in the area I decided to head for the aqueduct that runs above the Bothy. Covered by concrete slabs, progress is easy if the road is to rough. A tour visiting the intake and outfall is an easy cycle, something different.
I shall update this post as works progress. Definitely a 10/10 bike friendly Bothy.
Luib Chonnal bothy, maintained by the MBA situated on the Brae Roy estate.
A track winds it way to the bothy, never straying far from the scenic River Roy.
Lower level is open plan with concrete floor. Used as storage for the estate and at the time of my visit full of wood for the stove!
Upstairs features a sleeping area on the landing with a door that leads a room with stove, table, multiple chairs and a sleeping platform.
Fuel: Scarce at locus, however looks like it’s kept well stocked.
Altitude: 330 mts.
Bike friendly 10/10.
12 Miles Walk or Cycle.
A walk leaving from John Street, Dunoon Heading for Glenkin and completing the loop of the Glen before returning to Dunoon.
An easy to navigate route on forestry roads giving great views over Dunoon, the Holy Loch and Glenkin.
The walk can be easily extended by starting from the Bishops Glen.
A fully interactive map with pictures and stats can be found HERE
Did this trip a while back and forgot to Blog it !!
Decided to take the bike for this one,but it can also be walked in one day or alternatively split into two days/sections.
21 mile loop of Loch Eck. A great trail giving a scenic tour of Loch Eck. Ground covered is mostly on wide forestry roads, there is a section of hardcore hill path above Inverchapel.
Starting from Benmore Gardens in a clockwise direction. Heading up the West side to Glenbranter then returning down the East side via Invernoden and Inverchapel.Can also start/finish at Glenbranter. The West side offers mostly Loch level walking, with a slight climb at the North end. Of course, what goes up must come down. The East side gives the chances if some fantastic elevated view points, so some bigger climbs on this side…..but worth it.
West side,never strays to far from the edge of the Loch. Benmore to Glenbranter.
A few points of interest on the West side.
– Small burial ground/cemetery.
– Bernice farmhouse, used as outdoor centre.
– Stuck Farmhouse ruin.
East side, climbs away from the main road high above the Loch. Glenbranter,Invernoaden, Inverchapel and to back to Benmore.
Of course, a huge incentive to complete this loop is a well earned treat at the Benmore Cafe .
For a fully interactive map with more photos and stats , CLICK HERE
Below is a basic route card.
It had been twenty plus years since I last cycled this circuit from Lochgoilhead. A combination of forestry roads and single track makes ideal terrain for the bike or even a walk. The Forestry Commission have marked the 22 mile route with red marker posts,the diversion to Mark Cottage Bothy adds 3 miles. Travelling this route is best done in a clockwise direction
To quote the forestry commissions website………..
A grand tour of the wild, rugged and remote Ardgartan Peninsula with excellent views of the Clyde and the surrounding mountains. It’s a real challenge of a route: you’ll need lots of stamina for the climbs but you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views, chances to spot wildlife and of course some exhilarating downhills.
I started from Lochgoilhead,heading up Gleann Mhor adjacent to the B828, a continuous climb to the foot of Ben Donich. Once through the gate at the mast it’s mostly descent to Ardgarten.The forestry road runs parallel to the Rest and be Thankful. Instead of following the route right to the lowest section at Ardgarten I decided to follow the upper section of the Cat Craig loop. This saved a loss in altitude and a climb back out of Ardgarten. Joining a short section of surfaced road below the Coilessan car park, a quick climb leads to level ground above Loch Long.
A worthwhile diversion is a visit to Mark Cottage bothy. A bothy maintained by the Mountain Bothy Association (MBA). Situated right across from the Finnart Oil terminal,a view with a difference!
I met two couples who’d stayed the night walking their way out. When I arrived at the bothy there was a group with their bikes that’d also stayed and were just packing up for their return home. A bite to eat and a chat and I was back on the road. The 1.5 mile climb back out from the bothy was another climb I didn’t need but worth the effort.
Onwards to Corran Lochan, then the single track of the Dukes Path leading back to Lochgoilhead. A great section in amongst the hills. Some sections did require a push, but I was glad to get off the saddle now and again !
Some pictures along the way………..
Interactive map of route with further pictures CLICK HERE.
It might be like watching paint dry but you will be able to track my progress as I undertake the Cowal Way ( signal dependant) via Viewranger.
Hopefully this Thursday.
Updates should be every 5 minutes or so , starting approx’ 06:00hrs Thursday the 13th August.
Link will be posted on Explore Cowal’s Facebook and Twitter pages as I’m ready to set off.
Click HERE to take you to my tracking page.