"tremendous wilds… fearful in their grandeur and amazing solitude." - Charles Dickens describes Glen Coe.
After an initial climb we descend on fast and rocky singletrack. Rock bars, stream crossings, loose rock and slabs all present difficulty and you’ll need to be super smooth to ride this terrain quickly! After our descent we easily gain a Loch and have lunch on the beach – hopefully in the Sun! Descending from the Loch is long, technical and physical – but is undoubtedly one of the best trails in the UK! After an hour of descending we have a long and steady fire-road climb before continuing our climb on singletrack to reach the high point of the day. We enjoy a final, rocky and descent back to the van. Tonight we stay in a historic hotel in Glen Coe.
After a hearty full Scottish breakfast - we set off north towards Kintail. We start on the coast and quickly gain height on ancient droving paths enjoying the spectacular views over towards the Isle and Skye and beyond. The trails today weave through the huge pinnacles that define this part of Scotland. It’s epic, remote and technical – warming us up well for the riding that awaits us in Torridon the next day. After our ride we continue north on back-roads to Torridon and our Loch Side accomodation for the next couple of nights.
Today we ride a huge mountain loop in Torridon – straight out of the hotel we start climbing, and it takes a bit of hard work to get to the top – but once we get there we enjoy views over the entire North Western Highlands. Enjoying what is arguably the best descent in the whole of the UK (competing only with the Ben MacDui descent on our Cairngorm Classic Trip) we end up descending into a remote valley a long way from our start point. Luckily, between us and a warm log fire is plenty of great singletrack. Our day culminates with a huge, rocky and fast descent straight back to our cosy hotel.
Riding again out of our hotel to enjoy another fantastic loop in the Torridon area, initially we cover ground pedalling easily along a beautiful Loch – gradually the signs of the fish farming industry disappear and we gain height (and views) by pedalling around the hulking mass of yet another imposing mountain. At the high point we enjoy fantastic views out over the Torridon Hills and beyond before embarking on our last descent of the trip, rocky, technical and unusually for this part of the world – we reach the forested hillside below and have some loamy turns in the forest before arriving back at our hotel. We finish today’s riding a little earlier to give us plenty of time to zip down to Central Scotland.