I wouldn't be riding glentrool, there are soooo many better options.you'd be better off trying to ride somewhere in between kirro and kinlochleven to break up the journey, than what is essentially a big long fire road ride (glentrool).
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Then a pretty nice descent. If were ever to consider doing it again, I'd push up the descent, and ride back down.
Did that Glengarry route in reverse a few years ago. Don't. The descent is a miserable push up, and the route down off the hill is non-existant. If it wasn't for great weather, a chilled group, a GPS, and luck, we'd probably either a) still be out there now, or b) have killed each other.
Would those 'in the know' suggest that this is pretty much spot on in terms on the Nevis Route?
Might help if I actually link to it
Yeah, although I have some crazy recollections of being able to ride a lot of the climb after the river crossing (but we had spent half an hour resting on the river banks and the climb was bone dry). Basically don't just 'assume' its a push and give up without at least trying, big soft tyres obviously help!
If you are heading north I wouldn't worry about kirroghtree really, its good. But not really worth the extra miles. I'd do mabie or drumlanrig which are just as good(you could do both) Then probably to aviemore or take in wolftrax if you want a trail centre. But in general there stuff all up the a9 if you want a stop before getting that far north. After aviemore/wolftrax its not far over to fort william
If you are heading up the A9 i can send you a good route round Dunkeld if you want.
Actually thinking about this, probably better heading up the A82 to fort william first, better drive.
So i'd suggest
Drumlanrig or Mabie(marthorn of mabie if you fancy a bit of yon glamping nonsense, http://www.marthrownofmabie.com/)
up the a82 to fortwilliam, over to aviemore direction, then back down the A9 to edinburgh, and then onto glentress/innerleithen on the way home.
How tech a rider are you and do you like hike a bike?
Ones to consider - Ciaran Path. Could ride the Devil's Staircase from Glencoe, up to the dam, cross it and return via the Devil's.
Or ride from Kinlochleven, try the various descents back into KL or even take a carry up onto the lower top of Binnean Mor.
Or from Glencoe - Up Lairig Gartian and down Larig Eilidh - big mountain scenery with a carry up from Glen Etive side.
Aviemore - so many good options up there. That's a really good call. The Old Ministers Guest House for the accommodation win. Very good indeed. Some pretty good places to eat too.
Personally, I would knock the Seven Stanes stuff on the head as it is a ball ache of a drive up through Dumfries and Ayrshire. The Lakes as a stop over might be a better option then go up the M74.
Fort William is to be blunt a bit of a sh*t tip. The riding is really good but some of the restarants and hotels are dire. Trip Advisor is your friend here!
Hope this helps?
Thanks for the tips again,
Sanny, I'll have a look at those options tonight, in terms of tech we will both be rocking hardtails but I don't mind using it if if you know what I mean.
Usually ride the Peaks and Wales but never been north.
I have this morning booked accommodation in a self catering apartment in Corpach for the Mon-Fri, it seems a good location for a base, we will drive out to other areas of interest from there. This means we are now pretty set on doing the 'Tour De Ben Nevis' route over 2 days, the gondola assisted stuff for half a day and a to be decided route around Kinlochleven.
In terms of the Stanes stuff we just fancied a bit of easy signposted stuff to warm up and down at the start and end of the trip, giving us time (me) to research the other wild stuff around Fort William area. I am the only one liable to do any research and just wanted the minimise the responsibility of getting good rides in.
Is Kirroughtree not as good as it's made out to be then?
Anyone have any tips for bike friendly accommodation in Edinburgh?
I loved kirroughtree but it is quite out of the way so depends on how much driving you want to do . There is a thread on trailscotland called kinlochleven 101 which could be useful to you
Kirroughtree is brilliant... if you are thinking about doing it.. let me know.. i can send you links to a couple of options for accommodation
I wouldn't bother with glentrool... Dalbeattie would be a better option.. or possibly even Drumlanrig
Kirroughtree is great but so are mabie and drumlanrig. Kirroughtree arguably better but not a lot in it. Not 150miles worth anyhow. Plus newton Stewart is rotten, as are most town in south west Scotland tbh. Why I suggested marthorn.
I think a lot of the fort William bashing is a bit over the top but pretty much every one of my top ten worst food experiences has been within sight of Ben Nevis.
If you are going to do a route near kinlochleven then devils staircase - black water dam - ciarnan path - then return west highland way back to car is an easily navigable "big" day.
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