C11 (Argyll and Bute)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Otter Hill Road|
|To:||Otter Ferry (NR932839)|
|Distance:||5.5 miles (8.9 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The C11 follows the Otter Hill Road, which connects Otter Ferry on the shore of Loch Fyne to the small village of Clachan of Glendaruel. Otter Ferry takes its name, not from the furry aquatic mammals, but from the gaelic name for the long spit that extends west into the loch - Oitir. It is presumed that the ferry original crossed at low tide from the end of the spit, making the shortest crossing. However, in later years it crossed from a pier near the Hotel to West Otter Ferry pier near Port Ann on the west side of the loch.
The road starts on the A815 a mile or so south of Clachan, and initially follows the former B8000 route is a steep ascent up from Glendaruel, and whilst it is signed as a circular route for cyclists, it seems unlikely that any but the fittest could make it up this hill! There are some sharp bends helping the road zig-zag up, and some great views in places, but the western ascent from Otter Ferry is considerably easier in gradient!. The road comes to an end just south of the hotel and pier of Otter Ferry, but would have been a busy route when the ferry was in operation.
|C11 (Argyll and Bute)|