Day 9: Inveraray to Loch Lochy – approx. 95 miles

Day 9 - Inveraray to Loch Lochy

Today is all about the Campbells as we start riding through traditionally Campbell country from Inveraray (home of Duke of Argyll, Chief of Clan Campbell).  The day starts with a memorable category 3 climb up and over to Loch Awe and Claddich.  Last year we had a wonderful day cycling around the Mull of Kintyre in glorious sunshine which ended after 80 miles with a long descent into Inveraray, spoilt only by the weather turning very wet.  We have to climb that first thing (not looking forward to it) and I’m hoping the weather will be kinder…

I’m also hoping to do a minor detour to see Glencoe – not the most politic place to be as a Campbell so I may need an appropriate pseudonym…



We also pass Ben Cruachan, ‘Cruachan!’ is the Campbells war cry so I expect to be inspired as we push onto Ben Nevis past Glencoe.  My Uncle’s farm in New Zealand is named Cruachan – I have very fond memories of my visit there so always feel good when I see the Mountain.

The sights don’t stop as we also pass Spean Bridge with its famous Command memorial.


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