Mountain Bike Routes in the Cairngorms
What could be more thrilling than whizzing through a vast, scenic forest on a clear frosty day? With over 64km of off-road cycle routes, the Cairngorms National Park is Scotland’s premier playground for mountain bike enthusiasts! With so many trails to choose from it can be difficult to decide which track to take so to help you out, we’ve created a list of the best mountain bike routes.
Pass of Ryvoan
This mountain bike route climbs 380m from Nethybridge to Glen More near Aviemore . As you travel along the rocky path, you’ll pass through shady pine forests and travel along lush lochs. Remember to take your camera along for the fantastic views of the majestic Cairngorm Mountain found along the route. The circular path starts at Nethybridge where there is a small café that’s perfect for refuelling before you hit the trail. From Nethybridge, the track heads into the forest and climbs steeply up a rough forest dirt track. Once you break out of the forest, you’ll be treated to stunning panoramic views of the Cairngorm Mountain. Once the trail reaches its peak, the fun really begins! Hold on to your handlebars and prepare for a steep rocky decent on which, experienced mountain bikers can reach hair-raising speeds! Extra care should be taken when attempting this track during the winter as the cycle trail can become slippery and muddy in places.
On this challenging route which joins the Great Glen to Speyside, you’ll face steep climbs, hairpin bends, rivers and dense forests. If you approach the route from Fort Augustus, travel to the end of the minor road B862 then climb south-west to reach the Culachy Burn. As you travel along this first stretch of the trail, you’ll pass dramatic waterfalls and scenic spots that are perfect for a rest before the next, more difficult, stage of the route. The next part of the rough path requires serious leg-work to conquer the steep zig-zag trail that leads up to the track’s 775 metre summit. As you climb, don’t forget to look out for the fantastic views of Glen Tarff. After the difficult climb, it’s tempting wiz back down the fast decline, but you should be extremely careful as the rough, rocky path has tight turns and it can become slippery during the winter. As this is a very challenging mountain bike track, it should only be attempted by experienced mountain bikers.
Rothiemurchus and Glen Feshie
This figure of 8 track is the most fun you can have while going round in circles! On each of the 12-mile loops, you’ll travel along rough, dirt forest tracks, across rivers and around scenic lochs. As the route isn’t signposted in areas, it’s a good idea to bring a map along as some of the nearby areas aren’t bike friendly. If you want to make a day of it, you’ll find plenty of scenic picnic spots as you travel around the loch. Alternatively, if you venture just 100 meters off the mountain bike route from Loch Inch, you’ll find The Boathouse Restaurant in the quaint village of Kincraig.
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