I’ve walked in that area a few times. There are a few potential nice bits (the descent off Mam Barrisdale for example) but mostly you’ll be pushing/carrying. It’s a lovely part of the world, and the Old Forge is a fantastic pub, but for biking you’re better up in Torridon.Posted 7 years agokrixmeisterSubscriber
The trail from Kilnoch Hourn is a great walk, but not really conducive to a pleasant bike ride. The route is boggy and rutty – you’d probably wind up pushing most of the way until you get to the bothy at Barrisdale.
Sometime ago (2-10 years?) on of the UK MTB mags did an article on a route in from, if I recall correctly, the end of Loch Arkaig. It was an overnight ride, with a stop in a bothy on the way, then ferry from Inverie back to Mallaig. From what I remember, they wound up pushing a lot as well.
Done a bit of riding in that area myself, don’t really recommend a ride in to Knoydart. Do some walking there instead!
For riding in that area, we have linked some multi-day rides together in the Glen Affric/Glen Cannich/Attadale area just North of there, with lots of good riding. Be mindful of stalking season though.Posted 7 years agodruidhMember
I’ve walked a wee bit in that area and wouldn’t rate it as the best mountain biking country……
…but there’s something about it.
I’d probably head in along Glen Dessary. Exit via Kinlochhourn and then possibly head West to Glenelg (did you realise that’s a palindromic place name?)
Just been reading Nick Fairweathers ”Cycling Around Scotland” and he did a coastal route from Inverie, round Airor and then got picked up in a boat at Croulin to take him to Arnisdale.Posted 7 years agodruidhMember
Lets see if I can remember what I wrote….
The trails aren’t the best for MTBing, but there’s a wildness which is, nonetheless, attractive.
I’d opt for going in via Glen Dessary, then out over the Mam Barrisdale to Kinlochourn with an option of then heading West to Glenelg.
Nick Fairweather cycled round from Inverie, past Airor and on to Croulin where he got picked up by boat for a trip to Arnisdale. There was some carrying/pushing on this section.Posted 7 years agopaul78Member
Stick to the trails unless you want a brutal epic is my advice…
Some great stuff there.Posted 7 years ago
jojoA1 – what was the path along Loch Morar like? I take it you went to Tarbet / Swordland?
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=tarbet&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=23.246083,44.077148&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Tarbet,+Arrochar,+Argyll+and+Bute,+United+Kingdom&ll=56.964374,-5.632124&spn=0.020846,0.043044&t=h&z=15Posted 7 years ago
7hz, the morar path is brilliant fun in places, and pretty spectacular, but not all completely rideable. There are a couple of sections where you definitely need some skills on the rocky bits!
There’s a couple of pictures of one of the (many) good bits on my blogPosted 7 years agodebaserSubscriber
Going in by boat from Mallaig is a really good way to start the ride. We had a pod of porpoise surf our bow wave on the way in and were transfered into a unfeasibly tiny wee boat to get dropped off at Tarbet.
Didn’t take many photos of the path on the way back to Morar as it was so much fun to ride. Quite technical in places and unridable (for me anyway) on a section that’s made up of big boulders built out into the loch.
As for deeper into Knoydart I seem to remember tiggs121 posting a thread of a big circular route a while back. May have been the old forum though.Posted 7 years ago
Thanks for the info on the Loch Morar path folks – looks a good one indeed. I have a cunning plan for this summer, but it needs a chartered boat for it to work, which is proving difficult. Packraft is a backup plan, but I don’t know anyone else with one, so I’d be on my tod for that :-/Posted 7 years ago
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