You won't find much by way of marked trails round Aviemore, and if you're only riding at night you might be apprehensive, but the forest at Inshriach (head south from Coylumbridge) has some great stuff and the guys at Bothy Bikes can provide a map and useful suggestions.
I'd also head through the Rothiemurchus forest and out along the Lairig Ghru until you can't be arsed with the big boulders any more, then blast back down – that'd be ace as a night ride.
Both options are a short ride from Aviemore itself.Posted 8 years ago
Cheers 2tyred, I will defo give the guy's at the shop a shout to ask their advice, as long as i have a map etc then it wont be much hassle once i find my bearing's 🙂
I cant really be arsed with the big Macdonald hotel's etc and im pretty sure that's where the work will put me if i dont get my finger out and find something myself 😆 so anyone know of nice bike friendly accomodation ??Posted 8 years agoCaptainMainwaringMember
The Bothy Bikes evening ride is on a Wednesday. Lots of trails around there so would get pretty confusing at night. Hilton at Coylombridge probably OK. Friends have eaten and stayed at the Cross in Kingussie, about 8 miles from Aviamore. No idea about bike friendly storagePosted 8 years ago
I am up in Aviemore for a course next month for 4 night's, so it would be rude not to take the bike. I dont really know the area that well so im wondering if you guy's can point me in the direction of some decent riding, possibly marked trail's would be better seeing as im not local and all my riding will be done in the dark but im pretty open to suggestion's to keep me out the pub 😆
Also does anyone know of good quality bike friendly hotel's that i can book for my stay??
Cheers in advance guy'sPosted 8 years agojoemarshallMember
I'd happily do the Ryvoan Pass – An Slugan route in the dark. Nice open tracks and no difficult navigation.
Description here, although obviously start from the Aviemore end (can ride in to it easily).
You'd need lights that went on for a fair length of time mind – it took me almost 3 hours when I did it last.
If you're riding in the woods S of the Rothiemurchus road, take a compass. If you get lost, just take tracks that head roughly North until you hit the road again.
JoePosted 8 years ago
Yep ride old and new reds at Laggan – easy under an hour so no probs with burn times. Maybe save the black for daylight….Posted 8 years ago
I'd show you around, but I'm off to Dumfries and Galloway with the family for a week.
Cairngorm hotel is ok accom' wise,not a chain and good food, but there are some nice bnb's further along the high street.
Don't know specific bike friendly accom', but most bnb's are used to them up here!
Cool guy's 😀
Lecht – Nothing wrong with it at all buddy, i prefer smaller hotel's that when you go into a bar people will speak to you, maybe im wrongly prejudging it due to its size 😳 the macdonald certainly does have all the facilities mind you…
Avie – I cant mind the date's but its not until the middle of next month, so if the offer is still open for me to tag along (slowly) with you for a ride then i may give you a shout nearer the date if that's ok??Posted 8 years agodruidhMember
I like the Cairngorm Hotel. Nice rooms, good food and a real bar with real locals. I'm not aware of any bike storage facilities though.
If you're after a short, quick blast, then a circuit of Loch Morlich would be pleasant and non-technical.
Heading out into the wilds in the dark wouldn't bother me, but if you're not used to it then options like Feshie (and Loch Einich) might be a bit epic.
There are lots of wee trails around Inshriach, but might be hard to link them into a good circuit without some local knowledge.Posted 8 years ago
Takes less than 20 minutes if it is quiet or about 25 if it isn't…
by helicopter, aye? ~25 miles and you have to do the squiggly bit between the A9 and Strathmashie?
eh ?Posted 8 years ago
the (seemingly) automatic suggestion of a trail centre, despite it being a fair bit away from aviemore. what's wrong with glen tress, eh? 😉
the (seemingly) automatic suggestion of a trail centre, despite it being a fair bit away from aviemore
I ride in the Lakes on my own fairly regularly, in all sorts of weather, but personally I think navigating in the dark, somewhere you've never been before, in some potentially harsh countryside is a bit daft – so a trail centre (or meeting up with other people) seems quite a good idea. Unless you've got some massive prejudice against them or something.
It's entirely up to the OP of course and chances are he'd be fine.Posted 8 years ago
Really appreciate the input guy's 🙂
I live in deepest darkest argyll so im used to navigating my way around but this time im going to lean towards riding with other's or popping along to Laggan to keep thing's simple.
Cairngorm hotel sound's perfect, good food, good craic and even better good beer 😀Posted 8 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
Never stayed in the OBI just got happily drunk there a few times so probably better to go for what people know. The stuff around Loch An Eilein would be pretty mellow as a night ride I reckon. I'd give Badaguish a miss as it's quite techy in places and a bit more remote if things go wrong. There's also some stuff on the other side of the A9 which is a bit closer to civilisation but I don't know it well enough to give directions.
I reckon riding with others and Laggan is a good bet though. I've had to spend a night out in the heather before and even with a good skinfull it's not pleasant!Posted 8 years ago
I have booked the Cairngorm hotel from the 15/11 for 3 possibly 4 night's, i will be heading up sunday so it would be rude not to give laggan a run on the way up. 🙂
Thank's for all the input guy's and if anyone local fancies a pint or a ride out one night drop me an email 😀Posted 8 years ago
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