I find this site can be really negative at times.
Indeed it can. I didn’t think anyone had been negative on this thread yet, just a couple of comments that it wasn’t brill. To be fair it’s probably got a bit of bedding in to do. At the end of the day people will vote with their feet. If it stands multiple visits (like Laggan or Golspie for example) then it will be a success.
Does anyone know if the cafe is run directly by the estate or if it is separate?Posted 4 years ago
Yeah, I enjoyed it (i was out on the bike so thats always a good start). Two loops of the red back to back topped off with a panini, cake and a couple of coffees. The trail is well built, but just a bit too tame for me compared to what I normally ride, but I wasn’t expecting a full on tech fest anyway, not on a red trail. I might just be behind the times with regards to trail grading but I didn’t think the features were particularly ‘black’.Posted 4 years ago
If the current set up proves successful I hope they manage to build a proper black run. That would definitely tempt me back.
Just back and would echo the comments above. If you turn up on your big rig expecting some gnarl you’re going to be disapointed. If you want a nice pootle on fast flowy trails with good views then you’ll like it. Probably pretty good for kids, there certainly seemed to be a lot of familes out.
Not a criticism as such but with identified ‘black’ sections folks might think it’s more techy than it really is. The black sections are actually red and if you take the bypasses it’s basically a blue for technicallity but red (I suppose) for the climbing.
I’m hoping it’s a bit of a work in progress and other features will be added over time.
The crosser was perfect. It really made the trails come alive. 😉Posted 4 years agoeuainSubscriber
I saw you too… probably a pretty good bike for the course :). Was on a Black/blue Pivot and made some lame comment about it being the original 29er.
Overall, I enjoyed it. As said above – no real gnarr (have to wait for the Kinlochleven Enduro for that!).. but great views and some really fun flowing tracks (and a morning away from the wife and kids ;).
Good coffee and one of the best burgers I’ve had in years topped off a great morning out. It’s only an hour from home so might go and do a night lap there sometime.Posted 4 years agoeuainSubscriber
“gnarr” is available at other times and locations you know
It wasn’t a complaint – just an observation that you’ll have to go elsewhere to get your fix of rocks, steps and the likes.
I’m liking the idea of a night ride but the next few weeks are looking unlikely for me. If someone is heading there, and I can make it, I’ll be on for it though.Posted 4 years agoswavisSubscriber
One from yesterday at the very top.
Overall I enjoyed the trails, they’ll be perfect for a night ride and they’re only 30mins away from me so will make a nice change from the stuff locally.
With a covering of snow I think they will indeed be perfect fat bike territory 😀Posted 4 years ago
Blimey, first time I’ve been since it officially opened and it was busy today !
Thing I noticed was there was a high number of first timers and I reckon they’d get caught out on the red run , not technically but in distance and effort…..
Thought the cafe was excellent, cake brilliant….. Trails are holding out nicely, but no idea if they’re likely to ice up if they get wet as if was -2c when I got there this morning at 08.30….
A good all weather facility and a good xc cycle with a lovely cafe…. Recommended for a day out !Posted 4 years agoDeveron53Member
I was there today, twas OK but my fellow rider was very slow, wimped out on the slightest suggestion of anything with a ‘!’ on it (walked it all!) so although we started out at 1pm, we barely made it back to the trailhead for 3pm and that was after missing out the blue return by just doing the fire-roads.Posted 4 years ago
I’m not returning until April at the earliest! (partly due to the 3 hour round trip – I’ve got loads on my doorstep in Alford)
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