PSA Lairig an Laoigh(pass of the calves)- glen Feshie loop

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  • Premier Icon scotroutes
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    Weird. Even having not ridden it all, I’d have never thought anti-clockwise made sense. Can I ask how long it took you?

    fergal
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    I started at linn of Dee, with a stop over in Aviemore, two 6hr days.

    Premier Icon GavinB
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    Cheers for the heads up. What’s the riding like in Strath Nethy (directly W of Bynack More/Beg, as either climb or descent? Heading over that way this weekend.

    fergal
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    Strath Nethy is a no go area is it not? total bogfest/bushwacking, with no real trail on the ground, i believe, Sanny to the forum.

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    NEVER, EVER take a bike along Strath Nethy

    highlandman
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    Scotroutes beat me to it. StrathNethy is appaling, don’t even think about it.

    And yes, clockwise for that main route is excellent, anti is just wrong, unless you really like sweating up nice bits of singletrack thinking that this would work way better the other way around…

    Premier Icon GavinB
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    Scotroutes – that sounds like the voice of experience! Fair enough, looked quite inviting on the map as a way of climbing away from Loch Avon, then dropping back to Glenmore.

    fergal
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    Just a heads up if you fancy doing this, I would suggest not doing it the way it is described in the wild trails, Scotland mtb guide, it is totally bonkers to do it anti clockwise, up the fantastic Glen Derry descent, no payback for the slog over Bynack mor shoulder, the descent really is rubbish, numerous water bars frequently disrupt the descent on this upgraded section of trail. You will then have to ride/push up the great Feshie singletrack, sunblime to descend, if you do decide to do it this way, good luck.

    I did it clockwise, the highlight being the Glen feshie singletrack and the Glen derry descent, which goes on for an eternity and is quite au natural apart from a few sections near the top, good enjoyed it.

    Premier Icon chickenman
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    I did this in a day over 11 hours a couple of years back; did it anti-clockwise and lost the will to live; almost..
    Hated the Feshie/Geldie watershed part and most of the climb up to the Byback shoulder was on/off. had 2 pinch flats on the waterbars, ran out of tubes and had to push for 3 miles. was rescued by a passing Glenmore staff member out for a ride.
    Fergal, there are some great rides out from Braemar over the tops to put on your list!

    fergal
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    I’m all ears, where would you recommend, i do believe a descent is hard earned, really loved Macdui a few years ago, but I guess that will be hard to beat.

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