10 miles
Distance
1,409 ft
Climb
-1,346 ft
Descent
337 ft
High Point

A simple circular loop of the South half of Kerrera with an optional extension to the North tip of the island. Terrain is mostly unsurfaced road, but there are a few km of singletrack.

Upon arrival by ferry from Gallanach, head straight up and over the hill. Towards the end of the descent to Slattrach, bear left when the way forks. This will take you Southwards, beginning with a slight climb over terrain which gets increasingly muddy as the gradient lessens, before rewarding you with impressive views West and a short rocky descent to Ardmore.

Here, you pass a small croft on your left then rejoin the road, which will take you round to the Kerrera Tea Garden. If you wish to explore Gylen Castle, you can either do so by taking a right from the Tea Garden (signposted) or you can continue North to Upper Gylen and take a detour to the Castle from there (either as an out-and-back or as a loop, as per the route map here).

From Upper Gylen, the road continues North past the somewhat random Kerrera Parrot Sanctuary and back to your start point.

At this point you can either take the ferry back to Gallanach or, in summer, head North for a post-ride meal at The Waypoint Bar & Grill and get the ferry direct to Oban from there.

To do the latter, again take the climb over the spine of the island, but this time turn right at the fork. Continuing along the trail to the right will lead you Northwards, past Oitir Mhor bay to Ardintrave, where the Hutcheson Monument and aforementioned restaurant are found.

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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, CX, Gravel
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for Lap of Kerrera mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    15 ft
  • Altitude start
    15 ft
  • Altitude end
    78 ft
  • Grade
    0.116%
  • Grade max
    -20.752%
  • Grade min
    15.308%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    450 ft
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