- Ardverikie Estate route options?
Thinking of heading up that way this weekend and there seems to be a couple of options for the descent down to Lochan Earba. Phil McKanes book suggests heading for the SW end of the loch and Kenny F Wilson suggests heading for the middle of the loch. Anybody tried both?Posted 5 years agobullroarSubscriber
I’ve ridden from the col between Pitridh and Geal Charn (having pushed up on a Munro type expedition) to the the SW End of the Loch. The first part was good singletrack, once heading down the Allt Coire Pitridh the track soon widens out as it seems to be an old estate road. It is fast and the ground varies. I did have a look at the other way which is probably more singletrack and technical but didn’t fancy it on my own on winters day.Posted 5 years agomartinxyzMember
I have only ridden from the Laggan side around to Lochan Na h-Earba then rode/hiked the bike up through the ‘pass’ if you could call it that. I descended down the other side a bit and came back up the same way.. descended back down to the loch and rode back to the road.
Worth going there on a nice calm day just to look down that loch. It’ll blow you away. Views up CBM are nice but not a patch on the Earba!Posted 5 years ago13thfloormonkMember
WARNING!! I rode Kenny Wilson’s route about 3 or 4 years ago while on a bikepacking trip.
The descent I found was barely just rideable, quite overgrown and at times difficult to distinguish from the bog surrounding it. I *did* enjoy it, sort of, but at times wondered if I’d actually found the right path. Had I known of a wider, more obvious route, I’d probably have preferred that.
Take his route if you prefer adventure over quality of riding, which could probably be said for most of his routes! 😆Posted 4 years agoSteve_BMember
Start of Kenny’s descent in photo below – and definitely rideable – thouigh it does get more vague and a bit of route finding is required – fun part of the ride IMHO. If Ian found it difficult then it is cos he was back packing. I think the Kilpatricks are your local tramping ground Ally – so you will be used to fighting through the heather
The alternative descent is a tedious surfaced estate track – your choice !
rest of the photos are here
PS if following Kennys route watch for the river crossing after Pattack – it is easily missed and it is off a fast descent track – some I know have headed a long way in the wrong direction !Posted 4 years ago
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