Im up in Torridon at the mo, and we have done the epic Annat/Achnashel Coulags
That looks miles better than the Liathach loop! Wish we’d done that instead. The Liathach loop is carp, Some road, some rideable singletrack, about 3-4 miles of hikey bikey boulders, a downhill then road back to Torridon.Posted 4 years ago
Don’t bother, Do the Beinn Damph route!thefallguyMember
Drive through sheildaig and up to Kenmore on the coast road north. Ride the path to applecross and then the coastal path to sand. This ride lacks some of the ultimate thrills of the big loop but it really is a great day out with some great trails and views over Skye. Chips at the apple cross inn are fab for lunch too. much nicer than the Ben damph loop imoPosted 4 years agodebaserSubscriber
Aye, I really enjoyed the Beinn Damph loop and would
secondthird that. The descent from Drochaid Coire Roill to Annat is superb. Lots of rocks, slabs and a lovely finish through some woods above the pub.
An out and back to Craig bothy from Diabaig is worth a look too. Not much altitude gained or lost overall but lots of lovely slabby stuff and a real technical challenge in places. There is a short carry in the middle, but it’s worth it.
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I was really disappointed by the classic Torridon circuit. I had really been looking forward to it but the first climb is a bit dull , the drop to the station is just a fire road and the climb up from Coulags is just a slog which for my limited skills was mainly a hike a bike. The drop to Annat was great though, should have just done an out an back.Posted 4 years agoesselgruntfuttockMember
FOG, you went wrong somewhere (like we did 2 years ago but thats another story involving Torridon mountain rescue :oops:)
Next time (for there will be a ‘next time’) we’ll be staying high & going by Coire Laire. OK so you miss the descent via Coire Earba but you also miss the slog up from Coulags.Posted 4 years ago
Hi GAVGAS this may get to you too late…………. However.
Did another smaller ride up there that is worth a look. Start at the Achnashelach station side and ride up past the bothey and loch and hike to the Beallach as if your about drop down to Annat.
BUT dont go left at the Beallach go right. There is a decent single track that traverses accross follow it around and up. Then there is a cracking bit of singletrack down to a lochan (think tarn).
Then theres good ole hike a bike up out from the loch.
This takes you to a beallach about 6 km above the start of the good down to Achnashellach. Yep down hill for a long….way….. 😀
But with some of this
you can just see a ribbon of singletrack in the picturePosted 4 years ago
I think you are right stevenmennuir, I didn’t see any bothy at the top of the Coulin pass or on the forest side. There were an awful lot of big trucks about though as they were doing some work so I may have followed a diversion!Posted 4 years ago
esselgruntfuttock – that sounds a much better weay of getting up onto the ridge and staying there until the final descenttomdSubscriber
I was really disappointed by the classic Torridon circuit. I had really been looking forward to it but the first climb is a bit dull , the drop to the station is just a fire road and the climb up from Coulags is just a slog which for my limited skills was mainly a hike a bike. The drop to Annat was great though, should have just done an out an back.
There are a number of variations on the big loop. We took the option up to Coire Lair from the Bellach na Lice. The descent is a thing of wonder. Then rode along to Coulags, back up the Bellach na Lice and down via Annat. Easily the most amazing ride I’ve done for the quality of riding, epic-ness and scenery. If you’re up again make sure you check out the different options, no need for fire road descents!Posted 4 years agoKingofBiscuitsMember
I did the same as you FOG in 2011. After the Coulin Forest section I turned left over a bridge which resulted in a seriously long fireroad climb then a boring fireroad descent to Achnashellach station (were all the logging was taking place). Nice view mind.
Instead of turning left you go straight on and keep the stream to your left and climb up to Drochaid Coire Liar. It’s then left and down to the station. (This same track (if you go right) eventually takes you to Bealach na Lice (which you reach from the Coulags climb before descending to Annat)). Actually I’ve heard this is pretty good too.
I’m sure someone posted it on here but Annat >> Bealach na Lice >> round to Coire Grannda and Coire Lair >> Achnashellach Station >> Coulags >> Bealach na Lice >> Annat
God damn. I’m looking longingly at OS 24 & 25 again. I’m dying to get back up there in the next couple of months. The riding is so good there and there’s loads I want to explore.Posted 4 years ago
Nobeerinthefridge, The climb from the Coulags side bothy is a big carry but the drop on the other side is an excellent gradient, dare I say it well suited to a 29er or even a hard tail would be ok, It extends the total descent to Annat to at least 6-7 miles with the odd small climb a very worthy alternative and misses the boggy section beyond the Coulags bothy itself, handy if its wet.Posted 4 years agoenmacMember
All the routes are discussed here:
The classic loop is the Alternative Torridon.Posted 4 years ago
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