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MTBing in Highlands of Scotland - advice please

ali4390ali4390 Posts: 106
edited March 2013 in Routes
Evening all, after a little bit of help with trip planning.

I have to take 5 days holiday and thought what better way to use it then cycling in the highlands - the destination is chosen because my grandparents live in Applecross so would like to stay with them. Now I understand Torridan is not too far away (around an hours drive), are there any other places to go whilst I'm up there?

If possible I would like to do as much single track as possible but always return to Applecross to stay with my grandparents (due to helping look after and spend as much time as possible with an ill grandparent). I'm coming from Derby so looking at train to Edinburgh and then hiring a car, I've never done anything like this so any advice, general or trip specific, is much appreciated.


  • ali4390ali4390 Posts: 106
    Anyone? At this rate I'll by end up cycling into the sea with no guidance!
  • sniper68sniper68 Posts: 2,910
    You might be better off asking here:-
    Or try asking one of the guiding companies for advice? ... 5742187500
  • St MarkSt Mark Posts: 43
    Have a look on a good site for routes and more specific information and a friendly forum.

    Plenty of wild routes and options everywhere with an access code that allows responsible access to most of the land. That far north weather may be the most limiting factor for route choice depending on what time of the year your planning to go. Harris has some of the most stunning trails if you can get there.
  • maringirlmaringirl Posts: 195
    Get an OS map - find a track and go ride it. There are few restrictions up there to stop you. Be warned though there will be carries on some tracks!!! You can do a circuit around Liathach and you can also ride up the Ben Damph track. There is a big route south from Torridon Road by Loch Coulin which comes put on the Achnasheen road. You can cycle into the hills from Craig. Take your pick!
  • You're only about an hour away from Skye as well, with the Sligachan route a real classic. There is also a great route right at Applecross, north from the village across the hillside to Kenmore.
    At Torridon there are a few loops that you can do, with really good descents from Bealach na Lice to Amat, or the descent of Coire Lair another beauty.
    You can find details on all of these routes and the others mentioned here at
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