A Ride over Rannoch Moor

The isolation here is so great that I could well wonder whether the world I came from still exists outside of it. The eternal unchanging landscape rolls away in every direction oblivious to my presence. Somewhere on the lower slopes of that far off mountain range is a small tent that represents home at the moment and if anything happened to my trusty two wheeled steed that carried me here it would take all day – perhaps longer – to walk there…

Rannoch Moor

One really does get the impression of complete isolation out here

I had left the ski centre at Glencoe Mountain – which is actually closer to Glen Etive than Glencoe – and ridden down to the Kingshouse Hotel along the West Highland Way path. Turning to the East on a track signed Rannoch I had left that well trodden route to ride past the Black Corries Lodge which lies in the middle of Rannoch Moor. The place has a strangely sinister air – the name brought to mind the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks and the eight foot fence and dense screen of trees suggested secrecy afoot though it was probably just a deer fence. Beyond the lodge the track led further into a wilderness of heather moor and bog cotton and the route; though far from flat, climbed no major hills instead climbing in an undulating fashion from Kingshouse at about 240m to numerous high points of around 360m behind the Lodge and close to where I now was.

Beyond where I now stood, the track ran out and a faint boggy path ran on over the grasslands towards Rannoch Station but in the absence of any urgency or a train to catch this was as far as I would come today – somewhere in Perthshire just north of Loch Laidon, which was visible over the moor. The last section to Rannoch would be much slower without a hard surface but I did have something to look forward to – the long haul up to the Black Corries was to be a fast and exhilarating downhill ride in the other direction.

bike track over rannoch

The way home

Crianlarich hills from rannoch

A small lake by the side of the track with views to the Crianlarich Hills to the South

Blackmount and glen etive

Looking to Glen Etive from the path past the Black Corries Lodge

the track at kingshouse

Almost back at Kingshouse and the weather is coming in over the Buachaille Etive Mor

The photos are taken heading back down the trail towards Kingshouse where it rejoins the West Highland Way. My way here led left and back up the hill to the ski centre… straight on would take the traveller to Kinlochleven.

Pete Buckley Aug 2014
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About Pete Buckley

Hi I'm Pete and I'm a UK based outdoor enthusiast, part time writer and photographer. My work includes action adventure novel The Colonel of Krasnoyarsk as well as a couple of travel stories recounting firstly a campervan adventure around New Zealand and then a week on foot in the Swiss Alps, hiking from the Eiger to the Matterhorn. The subject of these pages is predominantly hiking in the English Lake District (which is near where I live), North Wales and the Scottish Highlands as well as cycling; from rides with the kids to trail riding in the Highlands of Scotland and other wonderful places... Thanks for visiting.
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6 Responses to A Ride over Rannoch Moor

  1. Morgan says:

    Stunning 🙂 thanks ever so much for sharing 🙂


  2. Pete Buckley says:

    It’s in Scotland in the West Highlands maybe 100 km north of Glasgow. My previous post on here was on the hike up one of the mountains in the photos.


  3. LensScaper says:

    It’s real wilderness country up there, I recall being up high near Applecross a few years ago and looking out over peaks that stretched as far as the eye could see.


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