National Cycle Route 78

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National Cycle Route 78 runs from Campbeltown to Inverness. It was officially launched as the Caledonia Way in 2016 as part of the wider redevelopment of Scotland's cycle network. [1] It runs from the Kintyre peninsula to the Great Glen and the route varies from on road to traffic-free forest trails and canal paths. [2]


Campbeltown to Oban[edit]

From Campbeltown, the route follows the sea front northwards, then turns north along George Street and turns right onto the B842 (High Street), which it follows north up the east coast of Kintyre, passing Carradale and Claonaig (where it meets the NCR73), before crossing the peninsula on the B8001, joining the A83 trunk road just south of Kennacraig.

The route follows the A83 to the head of West Loch Tarbert, where it turns left about 2 km before Tarbert onto a short unclassified road, before turning left onto the B8024, which it follows around the west coast of Kintyre, crossing again to the east coast to meet the A83 about 5 km south of Ardrishaig, where it leaves the A83.

North of Lochgilphead, the route is off-road, taking the towpath of the Crinan canal towards Crinan on the west coast.[3]

Oban to Fort William[edit]

Some parts of this are complete, while other parts are still at the planning stage, or awaiting agreements with landowners.

Oban to Taynuilt section runs on minor roads through Glen Lonan, passing Fearnoch. [4]

Fort William to Inverness[edit]


  1. ^ "Video: revamped Caledonia Way cycle route to launch in 2016". The Scotsman. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Route 78 - The Caledonia Way". Sustrans. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Lochgilphead to Crinan". Sustrans. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Oban to Taynuilt". Sustrans. Retrieved 20 February 2017.