Mountain biking in the Scottish Highlands is a fantastic experience. Scotland was voted the best biking destination in the world by Outdoor Magazine (with the Blue Ridge Mountains second).
Nevis Range and Laggan Wolftrax – top mountain biking in the Scottish Highlands
The view from Lochaber Cottage is of top mountain biking destination, the Nevis Range. The Nevis Range hosts the UK’s only World Cup Downhill competition in the Summer. Hitch your bike onto the gondola for a ride up the mountain, then make your own way back down white-knuckle style on the World Cup trails. If that sounds a little too adventurous then there are easier routes too. At the foot of the gondola lies 25 miles of forest tracks to explore, including plenty of gentle routes for families. The area is rated as one of Britain’s top 10 bike venues by MBR magazine. There is a cafe at the top of the mountain and at the bottom in the car park. Laggan Wolftrax is another top destination for mountain biking in the Scottish Highlands. It is just over half an hour away along the A86 (turn left at Roy Bridge). The 35km of trails are open all year round and entrance is free, with only a small fee for the car park. There is no restaurant on site but The Billy Can provide catering at certain times. The Pottery Bunkhouse, a little further along towards Dalwhinnie, is a delightful place with a lovely café.
Cycle routes for all abilities
The Caledonian Canal provides a flat and scenic route for cycling suitable for children. The Ride Fort William website provides a comprehensive list of rides in the area, from family/recreational to advanced. If you are taking a day trip to Glenfinnan then there is a quiet, asphalt road which winds under the famous viaduct and then continues up the glen. Time it right and you can wave to the Jacobite Steam Train as it passes. Perfect for families seeking to combine a little exercise with their sightseeing.
What our guests say:
“We had a great time and it was a great location for walking and biking.” Guest, July 2014