Cycling Nick (notch) of the Balloch, Scotland
Ride 2.1 miles gaining 791’ at 7% average grade.
The number one thing we can say about this climb is WOW! This is the Pass of Balloch in the Carrick District of South Ayrshire in Southwestern Scotland, 55 miles south of Glasgow in Galloway Forest Park. After passing the only structure for miles around, you are completely on your own on this climb.
Nick of the Balloch is situated deep in the backcountry of Scotland. The road to the base of the climb is an amazing, one-lane, twisting road through pine trees and tall mountains. I parked just up from the start point of the climb on a large dirt section by the side of the road. Once on the climb proper, the road rises up out of the thick foliage and into the misty mountaintop air. Although the climb only rises about 700 feet, it has a high mountain feel as the top portion of the road is etched precariously into the mountainside with a guardrail protecting you from a steep dropoff. This scenery is truly jaw-dropping and screams “Scotland” around every turn. While the grade and distance of the climb is moderate, the scenery of this area makes the trip well-worth it.
The sign tells the tale of this route.
It doesn’t get much greener or lusher than this one.
Don’t fear, there’s a guardrail lest you stray too far towards the cliff.
This is a desolate, lonely ride - it is absolutely EPIC!!
Unbelievably thick forest along the route.
Finish - you are definitely alone on this one - and we loved it!
That’s a wrap!