I was in Oban for a hillwalking weekend with 3 munros on the agenda and a bike in planned for one of them. Unfortunately I found myself in Oban SYHA as the others left for Mull and Ben More but with a bike and “virgin territory” there is always something to do!
NCN 78 is a route in the throes of building and planning, partially complete the idea is to link Oban with Fort William so I set off from the hostel to see how far I could get without encountering traffic. The answer-Not very far!
Past Dunollie castle and then along to Ganavan Sands which looked to be the sight of an orienteering comp. At Ganavan there is a large board erected by Sustrans with info on the route interesting but out of date/old unless there just has not been much movement. I headed up the path as indicated on the board onto a tarmaced section which headed away from the beach and into the country and through some woods a pleasent stretch indeed with some short testing climbs. The route then goes into the village of Dunbeg and wides a route through the streets of a village until it brings you out on the very busy A85.
I continued along the A85 looking for an unmarked road which would take me back in a loop to Oban. I found the entrance situated on a bend and crossed the road and headed up it. The road led to a farm and although there was a couple of gates to open was in good condition and quiet! I stayed on the track heading back to Oban and came out at the south end of the town near a golf course and picked up NCN 8 signs as I got closer to the town centre.
Dist 10.6 miles climb 770 ft in 1:22:22