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Loch Eck

Loch Eck

Length
28.8 Kms
Elevation gain
366 m
Max elevation
76 m
Difficulty
**
Rating
***
Type
Out and back
Route id
584
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
5 Kms
Dirt road
23.8 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
0 Kms
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Directions to start point
This is a very enjoyable easy route to folllow down the west side of Loch Eck. It is advertised as a cycle route but as usual there were no bikes to be seen while we were running. Although we had considered trying to make this a loop by using the forest tracks on the east side of the loch we were concerned about stretches on the main road. So for the time being this route is an out and back but we will research this further.
From the large car park we take a right onto the small tarred road and then left past the small farm and onto the route proper. Very simple to follow and you are soon out in the open before heading into the trees. During the first part of the route there are several views of the loch but generally you are blocked by the trees.
At the
6.5 Kms
mark you start a descent down to the loch side and the views improve from that point. The track also improves before finally becoming a single track tarred road at the end of the loch. For this description we take the route into the Benmore Botanic gardens and up to the famous golden gate. We did actually run on a little bit further and you could of course exit the gardens and out onto various trails and small roads nearby.
We used this route as a marathon training exercise and were very happy with it as the elevation wasn't too much and the views lovely.
Route directions
Kms
1
Start

0
2
Leave the car park taking the single road to the right

0.1
3
Turn to the left

0.3
4
Keep left

0.4
5
Straight ahead

2.5
6
Keep left

4.5
7
Keep left

7.2
8
Keep left

7.7
9
Keep left, yet again

13.4
10
Into the gardens

13.8
11
Turn back at the Golden gates

14.4
12
Straight ahead retracing your steps

15.4
13
Keep right

24.4
14
Keep right - easy to miss

26.4
15
Keep right

28.5
16
Turn right back to the car park

28.5
17
Ending back at the car park

28.8
Start and end area
Gallus Running | Loch Eck | The car park
The car park
Start and end area
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Lots of space in the car park
Start and end area
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The start of the route from the car park
Start and end area
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Initial part of the run on a small tarred road
Start and end area
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Starting on the route proper
Heading towards Loch Eck
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Out in the open for a short while
Early views of the loch
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Climb up into the tree line
Early views of the loch
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The top of the loch
Early views of the loch
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In the tree line
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Standard forest road
In the tree line
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Down at the loch side
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View of the loch through the trees
Down at the loch side
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Down at the loch side
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Down at the loch side
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There was also a warning about not eating the berries
Down at the loch side
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New hardcore on the path with forestry work soon. This picture from September 2021
Down at the loch side
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Down at the loch side
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Down at the loch side
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Down at the loch side
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Down at the loch side
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Down at the loch side
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Close to the end of the loch
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Bottom of the loch
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Heading towards the botanical gardens
Bottom of the loch
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The route is now on single track tarred road
Bottom of the loch
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Into the botanical gardens
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Into the botanical gardens
Gallus Running | Loch Eck : The Golden Gates
The Golden Gates
Into the botanical gardens
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Into the botanical gardens
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Into the botanical gardens
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