Mountain Biking in West and North West Scotland
By Sean Benz
This guidebook describes 25 mountain biking routes in North and North West Scotland, an area including Fort William, Rannoch Moor, Glen Spean, Invergarry, Loch Sunart, Strathfarrar, Kinlochewe, Sutherland, the Outer Hebrides and the mountains of Torridon and Skye. The routes range from 20 to 73km, graded blue, red or black for difficulty.
SeasonsBest cycled May-September, Scotland's mountain biking trails can be wet, slippery and challenging year-round:
CentresShieldaig, Kinnlochewe, Dingwall, Portree (Skye), Tarbet (Harris), Fort William, Spean Bridge, Invergarry
DifficultyGraded blue (moderate) to black (very hard), there are rides to suit most abilities: some may be shortened if required.
Must SeeTour of Ben Nevis, Loch Lochy, Three Cols of Torridon, Tour of Ben Damph, the Harris Hills
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From an early age the bike has been integral for mini adventures around Sean's native Liverpool where a modified bike was used to weave and race through the narrow alleyways of the local allotments. With Scottish roots, countless holidays were spent north of the border, which eventually led to Scotland becoming home. Sean's mountain bike adventures have extended to Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, although one place remains dear, and that's Scotland and its Highlands and Islands. From mountain bike races, adventure races, outdoor education and guided mountain bike trips as a qualified Scottish Mountain Bike Leader, he has built an extensive knowledge base of the Highlands and Islands.View author profile
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