The Nevis Blue Doon, the longest Blue grade uplift mountain bike trail in the UK, has been opened at Nevis Range Mountain Experience near Fort William. Joe Barnes and Pete Scullion shot us this POV of the full run.
The Nevis Blue Doon, is a Blue graded downhill cross country mountain bike trail at Fort William’s Nevis Range. The longest Blue grade uplift trail in the UK, it’s accessed by the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola. At 650m up on the mountain of Aonach Mor in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the top section of the trail is on open hill side with fantastic views across Fort William and Loch Linnhe. It then heads into the forest and joins the huge network of trails in the lower forest at Nevis Range, and finishes at the car park.
As Pete and Joe note, it takes a full 20 minutes to get down and it’s quite an effort to do without stopping. ‘Bring your sandwiches and stop along the way’ is their advice.
John Sutherland, Activities Director at Nevis Range, said:
“Construction of the trail has taken over two years and required a colossal amount of work from our trail team and has seen all hands-on deck!
“We are extremely proud that 99% of the material has come from our own hill side and really ties into our attitudes as a sustainable business. The team are rightly proud of their achievements and are looking forward to sharing this incredible track with the rest of the world!”
Chris O’Brien, Managing Director of Nevis Range, said:
“Blue Doon is a game changer for the Nevis Range Development Company. The current lift served downhill tracks are awesome including the world-renowned Mountain Bike World Cup Downhill track. However, as they are graded Black and Orange, we really wanted to add a Blue trail to open-up the riding opportunities to a wider audience!
“SportScotland and HIE have supported this project, not just for the commercial benefits, but because at Nevis Range we have a commitment to both expanding the sport and helping create national and international champions of tomorrow!”
Could this be a great introduction to uplift riding for your kids, without a flight to the Alps? Or a good way to add fun for all the family to a trip to your dream DH track? With it being a fair old journey for many of us to get there, it’s good to have more options once we get there.