- Cairngorm tour route question
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The section from Coire Odhar to the top of Lairig an Laoigh will involve some pushing but it is not too arduous.Posted 4 years ago
Ta bullroar – I’d seen that and wondered whether the longer Glen Builg option might be more rideable/enjoyable?
I would wait a few weeks for the melt water to subside before trying to cross the fords of A’An
Wondered about this, but as aPosted 4 years ago
teacherparent my holiday timing options are very limited……….
Doing a Blair Atholl – Aviemore – Bramaer – BA loop in a few weeks over 3 days.
From Ryvoan pass, is it best to go:
Bynack stable – Fords of Avon – Glen Derry – Bramaer or
Braes of Abernethy – Tomintoul – Glen Builg – Bramaer?
If equally good, then nae bother, we‘ll let fates and the weather decide. Fords of Avon looks more singletrack – so do they take about the same amount of time?
Any pointers for accomodation welcomed – assuming SYHA are good bet.
TaPosted 4 years agogariMember
I would go Via Tomintoul personally, as said the river at fords of A’an may not be easily crossable. We are currently getting snow on the hill, rain lower down, neither of which is good for river/stream crossings!
The route through Glen Derry etc does involve quite a bit of pushing as the going is so rough/bouldery, proper “combat biking”.
Are you going clockwise or counter?Posted 4 years ago
Syha in Glenmore is right on the route, storage, food etc.PaulGillespieMember
Have done a couple of similar rides and stayed in bothies. Plenty of them on your way and make it a bit more of an adventure…never know what you’re walking into 🙂
One trip, I started at Blair athol, over the mini gaig and stayed in the bothie in glen feshie. If you start this way, your next night could be in; ryvoan bothy, fords of Ann refuge or bob scots bothie. Day 3 would be white bridge to Blair athol.
Second trip started at boat or garten, bynack more, laraidh an loagh (sp) stayed in bob scots bothie. Day two started with a massive hangover! Headed to braemar, over some hill on the right! Over to tomintoul then onto boat of garten again.
Good times!Posted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Good singletrack on Glen Builg but then you’re on landrover track into Braemar. Not that exciting or scenic IME.Posted 4 years ago
Fords of Avon down to Glen Derry would be a testing descent but I think largely rideable? I’ve only done it the other way so difficult to judge – v bumpy rather than any big moves required I would say. Beautiful ride this way – I would favour this route unless you had good info on the Fords being too high.shortbread_fanylionSubscriber
Fords of Avon down Glen Derry is mint – worth doing more shoving to do. However, the section from Bynack Stable/Mor to the Fords of Avon can be slow going if conditions have been wet. I’ve never found crossing the Fords of Avon an issue, either during periods of snow melt or after heavy rain. It was neither deep nor particularly fast (just very cold!) but of course this can change rapidly!
If you’ve made good time and fancy a longer day out you could head via Tomintoul then head up Glen Avon after Inchrory to do the Glen Derry descent to Braemar – this would add approx 3 hours on to the ride I would think though, so a significat day out.Posted 4 years ago
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