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10 of the Best Mountain Bike Routes Around Ben Nevis

Year-round mountain biking in the shadow of Scotland's highest mountain.

Mountain Biking Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Extreme

Fort William World Cup Downhill
Photo: Mike Coats


From 64km-long tours of Ben Nevis to World Cup downhill runs, these ten trails will take you far into the wilderness and to the edge of your limits. If you’re looking for technical and demanding downhills combined with ferocious climbs and being rewarded with stunning views, try the West Highland Way and Cow Hill, as it's packed with variety and challenge.

Another top track for more experienced riders is the Fort William World Cup Downhill, which sees you speed down an epic 555m of vertical descent.

For those new to mountain biking, or if you’re riding with kids and want a short introduction, then the 1.3km Nevis Range Green XC Cats Eyes route is for you.

It is possible to mountain bike near Ben Nevis all year round, but the spring and summer months are optimal, not just because of better weather, but you’ll avoid the snow sport enthusiasts if you go out of the winter season. For local mountain bike hire, try the long-established Off Beat Bikes shop on Fort William High Street.

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