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|Cycle Route Details|
|Route Name||Edderton Golspie Edderton (long Route)|
|Distance : miles (km)||75.81 (122.00)|
|Posted By||K Robbins|
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|The route starts of in Edderton just 2 miles away from the Dornoch.
The first 10miles to Bonar Bridge is mainly flat with a few little hills (nothing hard).
When you get to Bonar Bridge turn left and follow the signs for FALLS OF SHIN. The road is wide a flat with a good rolling surface. There is a turn of to Falls of Shin and it becomes a single track road that climbs for just under 1km at an average gradient of 4.5-5%. Once past Falls of Shin the road becomes less steep. When you reach the end of the road turn right and head into the picturesque Lairg. Cross a bridge and turn left. Go along the road through Lairg until you see a sign for Rogart. Turn right and and follow signs for Rogart. This road is very undulating but nothing to serious. Just before you enter Rogart there is a turn off (on a corner by the Pitintrail Inn) up a steep hill (there will be a hairpin). If you can't find this road go into Rogart and as soon as you cross a small bridge turn left and it will take you out onto the original route) Go up this climb. It is very long and steep in places. An average gradient of 7-8% and a maximum of over 16%. Eventually you will reach a cross roads. Turn right and follow a newly laid tarmac road to golspie. This road is still on the mountain and again can get quite steep in places, up to 12%, so not as bad as the first section. This road is very quiet. This road will come out in golspie. If you head for the high-street you will come out on the A9. Turn right on the A9 and follow signs for Inverness, Dornoch, Tain or Embo. In about 2-3 miles the will be a short downhill across a bridge looking out over Loch fleet. At the bottom of this (just past the layby in some trees) there is a small single track road, turn in there. This road is quite but a great cycling road. It starts to climb about 200m into the road. This climb is again very long but isn't steep. It is reasonably steep in some places 10%. This road goes past Loch Buie, which is a great fishing place. The road starts to flatten a bit just past the Loch. It then goes down hill for about 1mile. It the rises sharply to a steep 13% for about 150m. After that there is a fantastic decent of about 4-5miles. The single track road twists its way down the scottish mountain past remote farms and houses. At the bottom of this decent it gets VERY steep so its a good idea to start to brake here because there is a hidden junction at the bottom. You will now be in Bonar Bridge again. (if your legs hurt or you have run out of time you can go across the Bonar Bridge and this road will take you back to Edderton) If you are feeling ok turn left onto a bigger road. This road isn't very busy most of time. This road is quite up and down with about3 or 4 short steep climbs. Follow this road and you will enter the small village of Spinningdale with a short but steep climb the average gradient of over 10% will hurt your legs for sure. Once out of Spinnigdale there is only one more climb left on the route. It's the short but again steep climb just before Clashmore. This has an average gradient of 9%. Go through Clashmore and you will come out at the A9 again. Turn right and follow signs for Tain. You will go across the mile long Dornoch Bridge. There will then be a roundabout. Take the second exit and follow signs for Edderton. There will now be only 2miles left of quite flat road. You will then enter Edderton. Your 75mile/122km cycle is over. (unless you want to carry on).
|Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?|
|Edderton Pictish stone. Edderton Inn Bonar Bridge Inn, Bonar Bridge Hospital, Falls of Shin Visitor Centre. Lairg Damm. Ben Brahggie mountain bike trails. Lindsey bike shop in Golspie.