Western Scotland by Tandem

8th-20th June 2011

A tour from Fort William to Inverness with visits to Raasay, Applecross and Torridon

  1. The pages of this travel blog are organised by days. Each day has a map showing where we were, a description of the day’s activities and some illustrative photos.  Use the Next button to move forward a day or the navigation bar at the top to jump to a page. The maps have overlays showing our route, but those may take a while to load.

  2. Click on the blue lines on the maps for details about the daily routes (including GPS log files in case you want to use them in your GPS) and on the red icons for links to the places we stayed.

  3. Total distance cycled was about 300 miles. The steepness of the hills scaled on most days explain the modest distances.

  4. We used our custom Moulton tandem for the tour. It’s fully described here.

  5. Munros: a Munro is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 ft; 283 are recorded as well as some nearby peaks.


View from Dun Caan on Raasay across the Inner Sound to Applecross on the mainland


We used the Scotrail Caledonian sleeper to travel between London and Scotland and CalMac ferries to reach the islands of Skye and Raasay. The tandem was booked on the sleeper trains as two bikes, split in two and hung up in the guard’s van. On the outward journey to Fort William, the train was split in three at Edinburgh and George was awakened at 4.30 am to move the tandem into a new guard’s van. (Conventional tandems that don’t split certainly wouldn’t fit and couldn’t be carried on to these sleeper services.)