This East Rhidorroch and back over Ullapool hill route is aimed at an intermediate level. It can be made as long or short you like. Once you passed the bridge you can just turn around anytime you like.
Length: Approx. 16 miles – 26 km
Duration: 4 – 5 hr
Ascent: 670 ft. – 205 m
Terrain: Tarmac, Track, Singletrack (only if the route towards Ullapool Hill is chosen)
Notes: Expect Quarry vehicles to be in operation
- Breathtaking views of Loch and Glen Achall and exploring East Rhidorroch Estate
- Magnificent sight with Creag Ghrianach on the side of the trail
- On way in or out you can go for a dip into the River Ullapool at the Bridge or into Loch Achall
- Can be made as short or long you like to have it, you decide when to turn around
The first climb is up the start of the quarry road, it’s steep but short. You then have a nice ride on a mix of tarmac and gravel with a short climb to the pit. Here you can have a quick stop at the top to get a cracking photo down the Glen (valley) with Loch Achall.
You then have an easy ride down to the bridge, where you can have a cool down in the pool on a nice day if you’re keen! (Just leave the bike at the bridge and walk left along downstream on the right-hand side of the river)
Once you’re dried off the ride along the Loch is stunning and smooth until you get to the boathouse. Keep an eye out for the Highland coo’s. You are now on to a loose stone track up to East Rhidorroch. Here you’ll have plenty of chances to choose a spot for a picnic or a good selfie.
On your way back along the road, you have the choice to go up the track onto Ullapool hill. There is a fork on the road above the bridge at the top of the hill. (If you decide not to take the more technical route just ride back the way you came earlier)
This part of the route can be a bit more technical and tricky at points but the viewpoints at the top looking over Ullapool are worth the pain. It’s all downhill from here descending back into Ullapool down the hill walk track where you pass the stunning stone houses.
You will exit the track at the substation on North Road. From here you can cruise back into Ullapool to Shore street and grab a coffee or a well-earned pint.