Cycling Fort William -Glasgow A82

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Cycling Fort William -Glasgow A82

Postby mattybeck » Wed May 30, 2007 19:46 pm

Hi,
In prep for the Marmotte i'm contemplating cycling Fort William -Glasgow. Have only driven this road. Is it too dangerous for cyclists what with the lorries and coaches that drive along it?

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Postby jumbolugs » Wed May 30, 2007 20:38 pm

Personally I've never cycled that road apart from the Loch Lomond section but I think most of it will be quite unpleasant. As prep for the Marmotte wouldn't you be better doing a hilly audax - e.g. the Johnstone Wheelers event on 24th June:
http://www.johnstone-wheelers.co.uk/php ... php?t=2856
...200km including the Dukes Pass and lots of other hills, almost all of it on very quiet roads

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Postby Noodley » Wed May 30, 2007 20:58 pm

I would, likewise, suggest a hilly audax rather than cycling from Fort William to Glasgow.

I am riding the Snow Roads 300k (Cairn O'Mount, Cabrach, The Lecht, Cairnwell) as a perm on 23rd June, the day before the Johnstone Wheelers 200k. You could fit both in if you want [;)][:D]

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Postby bikepacker » Wed May 30, 2007 21:08 pm

Rode most of it last year and did not have a problem. Yes there is traffic but I never felt threatened by it.

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Postby crackle » Wed May 30, 2007 21:24 pm

When is the question? It's starting to get busier now, particularly the Fort William - Glencoe section.

I think it would be OK provided you're not phased by both large vehicles and fast vehicles, particularly Rannoch Moor and the bottom of Loch Lomond.

It wouldn't be a route of choice for me, more necessity and I would avoid it like the plague in August, though nothing is moving particularly fast just then!!

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Postby mattybeck » Wed May 30, 2007 21:38 pm

Thanks for the advice guys. Choice of route is really just to get a long, head down, 110 miles in. Having had a think, Arran is probably a more sensible option - A full lap followed by Brodick-Blackwaterfoot-Brodick. Up from London for the weekend so hoping for half decent weather
300K audax - An option. Maybe.[:)][:p][:I]

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Postby cycologist » Wed May 30, 2007 22:21 pm

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">particularly Rannoch Moor and the bottom of Loch Lomond.
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Isn't it a bit wet riding at the bottom of a loch ?




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Postby veryslowtwitch » Wed May 30, 2007 23:18 pm

I have driven this loads and cycle bits of it.

It is a trunk road and takes lots of big lorries. Motorbikes go very fast across Rannoch and are terrifying even in a car.

It is very horrible at the top end of Loch Lomond for 10 miles, narrow and twisty with a rotting road surface following wet winter.

The ten miles south of Fort William are very dangerous because car drivers get frustrated and overtake at stupid places.

If you want a long ride then there are much quieter roads around. Not recommended.

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Postby crackle » Thu May 31, 2007 11:26 am

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by cycologist</i>

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">particularly Rannoch Moor and the bottom of Loch Lomond.
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Isn't it a bit wet riding at the bottom of a loch ?




Two wheels good,four wheels bad
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I assumed if he was coming to Scotland he had flippers and aqua-lung [:D][:o)]

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Postby alpinist » Mon Jun 04, 2007 14:07 pm

Drove this yesterday and had great sympathy for the cyclotourist in the rain on it. It is a fast road with plenty of accidents so not ideal. Arran would be nicer, the road in the centre is quite hilly...

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Postby vernonlevy » Mon Jun 04, 2007 15:03 pm

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by alpinist</i>

Drove this yesterday and had great sympathy for the cyclotourist in the rain on it. It is a fast road with plenty of accidents so not ideal. Arran would be nicer, the road in the centre is quite hilly...
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I've used the A82 in both directions and never found either ride to be a problem or a threat to my sense of well being.

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Postby thomasb » Mon Jun 04, 2007 16:52 pm

I rode the A82 a few years back. The Locjh Lomond was OK, but it was evening. The bit between Loch Lomond and Crianlarich, as VST says, was not nice.

On a similar theme, as I'm off to Scotland in July, how is the A815 from Dunoon to Inverary?

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Postby chasctc » Tue Jun 12, 2007 07:54 am

A815/A83 is much quieter than A82. No really narrow sections; only climb is between St Catherines and A83. Naturally A83 has the traffic. After Inveraray A819 goes on forever (if you're going that way).

"Tea" stops at Whistlefield Inn, Strachur (just offroute L)/Creggans Inn and Loch Fyne Oyster Bar (Clachan). Try to buy Clyde ferry tickets from "bucket shops" ie local newsagents/convenience stores before embarking - you'll save nearly 50%


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