- Sorry, another Torridon Q
I’ve done loch coulin south, past the bothy by the waterfalls then up through Coire Lair round down to Loch an Eion.
Epic, do it.
The turn off the SW track from the bothy to the WNW track through Coire Lair is a bit hard to get right – we started down the wrong track then noticed it was the wrong one. So take some care with that junction.
The climb up to the top of the pass is fine, a few short stretches you might need to get off. The trickiest bit is the start of the descent down from the pass – steep rocky switchbacks. We ended up walking the first few. Might have been a gooer if not on XC bikes and if there was more of a breeze to keep the midges down! Then you could take your time to pick a careful line.Posted 5 years ago
Nice one Househusband, looks like an epic! I’m assuming you did the loopy bit clockwise?Posted 5 years ago
Anyone know the weather forecast for 5 & 6th April? (apart from, ‘sunny, rainy, windy but calm, snow showers & frost, temperatures between -4 & + 16)
Yes, I know how the Scottish weather works!westcoastmassiveMember
househusband, thanks for posting that map, i was planning a trip up there and was looking for a reccommended route because it all looks overwhelmingly good. this looks perfect for me distance and tech-wise, im really looking fwd to following your route now!! just to re-iterate the o.pPosted 5 years ago
s last question though, did you do the loopy bit clockwise or anti-clockwise? i was trying to guage the answer by checking your altitude graph against the map and it looks like clockwise but itd be good if you could confirm that please. thanks again for this!FOGSubscriber
There must be some kind of telepathy thing going on here, Torridon was definitely my destination for April/may.Posted 5 years ago
What are the midges like at that time of year? I have been to other W. coast areas where they weren’t too bad about then which was one of my reasons for choosing that time.robbieclaySubscriber
Esselgruntfuttock, FOG et al – we’ll be riding all these routes mentioned and more on our Torridon All Mountain package at the end of April / beginning May. Epic place to ride check out our review in ST issue 74, singletrackworld.com/magarchive/issue-74/ . Superb House in Torridon, all food, guiding etc. Places left for the week or by the day by arrangement. Usually a good time of year for weather and before midges. Take a look at detail on http://www.wildbike.co.ukPosted 5 years agoIAMember
For folk looking for somewhere to stay, the YHA is a really good one. And no midges in there!
There’s another good (anti-clockwise) loop west of the one posted above, comes out by the hotel (should be able to work it out from that).
Personally I’d do the loop you originally suggest over the one above, avoid repeating the same bit of trail twice (and do the road at the start to warm up, rather than halfway round). But I’m sure it’s good too, seems like every trail we rode there was epic!Posted 5 years agostevenmenmuirSubscriber
My tuppence worth. I’ve been up there twice now. The first time we did the Kenny Wilson loop, option two on mtbtrails I think. It was great weather and we had a fantastic day. If you decide to do that option you won’t shouldn’t be disappointed and it has two fantastic descents. Last year we did a similar ride to HH and Rick but went straight up to BnL like enmac said. If we’d had any ideas of doing that extra bit we would probably have skipped on the day. It was tipping it down when we set off from Coulags and my rear mech was held together with a zip tie. The climb up from Annat is an epic one which I think took us about two and a half hours. It was more rideable than I thought it’d be but it still has a fair bit of hike a bike. We took a wrong turn near the BnL which delayed us a bit. I was a bit underwhelmed by the start of the Coire Lair descent, liking riding on tennis balls the way I remember it. Interestingly I didn’t like the Annat descent as much second time round, it seemed a bit washed out in places. But my enjoyment of it could have been affected by the weather and being more tired second time round. Still two great days out.Posted 5 years ago
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