A short break in the Highlands at the Kinloch Rannoch Hotel provided the basis for a day ride to collect the checkpoint at Kinloch Rannoch.
Of course it would not have been in the spirit of cycle quest to just cycle the half mile from the hotel to the checkpoint in the village! Whilst there are few cafes in the are for a suitable mid-ride stop, Charlotte had found out about one at Rannoch station on the West Highland Railway, which was about 15 miles west of our hotel and facilitated a circuit of Loch Rannoch.
And so we set off along the north side of the loch into a slight headwind. As we rode we discovered that there was a series of noticeboards around the loch, each one telling the story of a different clan that lived in the glen. There were also good views of Eilean nam Faoileag crannog in the loch, a man made island of stone dating from 1100-1200AD on which a tower was later built in the 19th century.
Reaching the end of the loch we faced a few miles of uphill headwind taking us up to nearly 1000ft by the time we reached Rannoch station. There is very little at Rannoch station other than the station and a couple of houses. After initial concerns that the café was closed, we ventured over the bridge onto the platform to find it was indeed open. A bacon roll, plus tea and cake, was gratefully consumed. The café was surprisingly busy for such a remote location!
After a quick look around their visitor centre which told the story of the construction of the West Highland Railway we set off back down to Loch Rannoch, thankfully with a tailwind which remained in our favour along the south shore of the loch. The road along the south shore is even narrower and quieter than the north shore and was a very pleasant ride all the way back to Kinloch Rannoch where the checkpoint at the memorial in the village was visited before finishing our ride back at the hotel.