St Columba’s Way

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Route description


From the historic Isle of Iona to the famous ancient pilgrimage town of St Andrews, nearly 200 miles of diverse and breathtaking scenery, along remote coasts, across hills, through glens, or by quiet roads through friendly highland villages.

Cyclists may have to dismount on certain sections. Includes two ferry journeys.

Distance: Over 279 kms
Terrain: Very mixed including hilly and rough walking.

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Iona to Craignure

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Scenic route from Fionnphort, opposite Iona, along south coast of Mull mainly on quiet roads, coastal paths and hill tracks to the port of Craignure for the short ferry trip to Oban. Hills rise over 200 metres around middle of route. No shops etc along much of route.

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Oban to Dalmally

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Quiet roads from Oban to Taynuilt about 20 kms, then spectacular coastal and mountain route mainly along rough track climbing nearly 500 metres from sea level before descending to Dalmally with final approach along old military road. This route also avoids the busy A85.

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Dalmally to Killin

Length: 63.9 km

Leaving Dalmally take tarmac road and head north along the river, Orchy, on forestry tracks and established cycle tracks. Reach the village, Bridge of Orchy, after 20 kms. Then head for Glen Lyon through hilly landscapes along vehicle tracks down to Killin, on the banks of Loch Tay.

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