Maovally Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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FIETS
3.2 mi
DISTANCE
1,058 ft
GAINED
6.3 %
AVG. GRADE

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This magnificent climb is ranked by Simon Warren (UK Top Cycling Climb Books) as #2 Scotland/#7 UK Most Epic Bike Climbs. 

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aerial view shows panoramic view of Moavally bike climb in Scotland; roadway loops around center of green mountainside

Cycling Maovally, Scotland

Ride 3.2 miles gaining 1,058’ at 6.3% average grade.

In his X-List Simon Warren writes of this wonderful and remote bike climb:

“There are no words to describe the magnificence of this road, no adequate superlatives nor flowery prose could every come close to doing it justice. . . A service road for two small power stations, well surfaced, closed to traffic but open to the public and situated in some of the most pristine scenery in all of Scotland, it is all but PERFECT.”

photo collage shows aerial drone view of roadway looping around green mountainside; PJAMM Cyclist on bike in one-lane roadway

Maovally is in the far north of Scotland and accessed by traveling down some very remote and narrow backroads. I was not able to drive to the precise start point of the climb, as it was gated off by a power company. I parked about four miles away on a pull off on the A838 highway and rode into the start point. There is a gate for pedestrians, so you won’t need to hop any fences or break any rules to ride the climb, it seems the gate is just to keep motor traffic out. Our route starts at a nondescript section of road adjacent to the lake. You’ll enjoy having the narrow road and stunning views all to yourself here. A few turns and tough gradients wrap around the mountain and take you to the summit point which is unmarked. Unlike many of the Scottish climbs that are well-known cycling and hiking destinations, Maovally is remote and seemingly unknown.

photo collage of start point; gated off by power station

Ride to the start of the climb from the gate.

map shows start point pointed out

PJAMM cyclist rides bike near starting point; roadway runs along Loch Shin

Start the climb alongside Loch Shin in the Scottish North West Highlands.

photo collage shows Loch Shin, a 17 mile long lake

Loch Shin is 17 miles long.

photo collage shows large U shaped curves in roadway

aerial drone view shows panoramic view of roadway leaving Loch Shin behind and traveling up mountainside to Scottish Highlands

The road as it leaves Loch Shin and climbs into the Scottish Highlands.

photo collage shows greenery and scenery along the climb in the Scottish Highlands

PJAMM Cyclist stands with bike on rock in pasture next to road side at climb finish

Finish the climb when it flattens out at an unmarked end point.

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