Oban to Fort William

About

The Oban to Fort William path - Route 78 of the National Cycle Network – is a project led by Sustrans in partnership with Transport Scotland, The Forestry Commission Scotland, Argyll and Bute Council and the Highland Council.

Once completed, the 46 mile path will connect Oban to Fort William along a series of traffic free routes and trunk roads.

Work on the route began in 2007 and has been made possible by financial assistance from the Scottish Government and the ERDF.

A Steering Group made up of all the project partners meets three times a year to review progress and discuss issues. If you have issues that you would like the group to consider, contact your local councillor or email scotland@sustrans.org.uk

For a map showing the sections that have been finished and suggested circular routes, see the new Oban to Fort William walking and cycling leaflet.

Update on the Benderloch to Ferlochan Path (Autumn 2013)

Work has been completed along a new section of National Cycle Network Route 78 in Ferlochan, Argyll and Bute.

The path runs for 550m alongside the trunk road, as no land for an alternative traffic–free route was available.

Construction of the shared cycle and walking path faced several major challenges, including busy traffic, the erection of a new safety barrier, and steep embankments which required ground beams to be installed.

Sustrans is progressing plans to extend this section to link with the path at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Barcaldine. 

Oban to Ballachulish Bridge

Sustrans, Transport Scotland, and Argyll & Bute Council are working in partnership on the 32 mile cycling and walking path between Oban and Ballachulish Bridge.

An extension is being built to the path from Achindarroch Road in Duror and a bridge over the River Duror to link to the A828 opposite the primary school. 

Sections of path which are traffic-free have already been signed and circular routes linking to the route have also been signed- the Appin Loop (via Port Appin) and round Creagan Loch.

We are continuing land negotiations and route option studies along the remaining sections and hope to be able to complete the whole route between Oban and Ballachulish Bridge by 2014.

Ballachulish Bridge to Fort William

The long term aspiration is to take the route north from Ballachulish Bridge to Fort William - this section will be taken forward by Transport Scotland, the trunk road authority.

The A82 from Ballachulish Bridge to Fort William is a busy and fast road (12 miles). An alternative, until a multi-use path is built, is to cycle north from Ballachulish Bridge to the ferry terminal (4 miles) and take the ferry from there to Corran (sailing every 20 - 30 minutes until approximately 21:00 and bikes travel free).

From there it's a pleasant 10.5 mile cycle on the quiet A861 up the west side of Loch Linnhe to Camusnagaul from where there is a passenger ferry back across the loch to Fort William. 

NOTE: The ferry runs four times a day Monday to Saturday, with the last sailing from Camusnagaul at 16:35. There is no Sunday service. For details of both ferry services, see www.calmac.co.uk

The Road to the Isles (Skye)

If you don't wish to go to Fort William, then continue west from Camusnagaul on the A861 for another 10 miles along the south side of Loch Eil (despite its A road status, this is generally quiet).

You have to join the busy A830 for 19 miles before joining a new cycle path immediately past Beasdale Station which takes you on a combination of new path and quiet roads past the spectacular beaches of Morar to Mallaig and the ferry to Skye.

Another option is to avoid the worst of the road by taking the train for part of the way.