We decided to load the bikes onto the camper and head out west to base ourselves in Reraig for a few days. This route could easily be achieved as a day trip from Moray and is worth the effort. We stayed at the Reraig Caravan Site which was a lovely quiet site, immaculately kept and just 3 miles from Kyle.
We opted for a ciruit that looked like pretty good value – and we weren’t disappointed.
Starting from Reraig we took the A87 west to Kyle and then headed over the bridge to Skye. This was fabulous as the weather was clear and the views spectacular. Once on the island we followed the (only) road for around 2 miles until we reached a left junction signposted for Kylerhea and the Glenelg Ferry. This is a long and steady uphill pull with some small rollercoaster sections. The last 2 miles are an ear-popping descent down winding single track roads and the first section is not for the faint-hearted!
We had a short wait for the ferry which runs every 20 mins or so (summer only) and cost £4 per bike. A beautiful ride over deposits you in Glenelg where we took a slight detour into the village in search of coffee. We were well fed and caffeinated at the Way Out West Cafe & Picturehouse and from there we set-off on the Old Military Road to Shiel Bridge. This was a lung-busting steady climb most of the way, but you are rewarded with a fantastic downhill for the last 3 miles or so. You may be tempted to fly down here, but we would recommend that you restrain yourself so that you can enjoy the views down to Loch Duich and across to the 5 Sisters.
Once over Shiel Bridge it’s back on the main road for a while, however we took a detour up to Carr Brae – another steep uphill but a spectacular reward at the top and worth the effort. The descent is fun and takes in views of Eilean Donan Castle along the way.
Just after Dornie we took another slight detour through Ardelve to avoid the busy main road. The it was back on the A87 and very soon we were home.
A thoroughly wonderful day out.
Approx 40 miles