Guidebook

10 of the Best Mountain Bike Routes Around Ben Nevis

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

Description

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.

Fort William World Cup Downhill
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Fort William World Cup Downhill

Ben Nevis
2.2 km
0 m
475 m
The renowned Fort William World Cup Downhill Track is an iconic test piece for the best downhill MTB racers from around the world!
Extreme
Private
Nevis Range Broomstick Blue

Nevis Range Broomstick Blue

Ben Nevis
6.6 km
146 m
147 m
The Broomstick Blue is ideal for those tackling their first blue trail.
Moderate
Private
Tour of Ben Nevis

Tour of Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis
66.3 km
1,742 m
1,746 m
This circuit of the highest peak in the UK is what mountain bikes were invented for!
Difficult
Private
Nevis Range 10 Under the Ben

Nevis Range 10 Under the Ben

Ben Nevis
14.7 km
391 m
390 m
A testing enduro course in the Leanachan Forest.
Moderate
Private
LEJOG Day 7 - DP

LEJOG Day 7 - DP

182.7 km
1,713 m
1,712 m
Ride around the lochs from Glasgow to Fort William
Easy
Private
LEJOG Day 8 - DP

LEJOG Day 8 - DP

Ben Nevis
194.1 km
2,019 m
2,022 m
8th Day of 9
Easy
Private
West Highland Way and Cow Hill

West Highland Way and Cow Hill

Ben Nevis
20.3 km
699 m
698 m
A great loop for an afternoon ride with stunning views and really cool riding.
Moderate
Private
Nevis Range Green XC Cats Eyes

Nevis Range Green XC Cats Eyes

Ben Nevis
2.4 km
104 m
98 m
The perfect introduction to mountain biking, suitable for all ages and abilities
Easy
Private
Nevis Range Blue Adder XC

Nevis Range Blue Adder XC

Ben Nevis
2.6 km
96 m
95 m
A fun next step for those who have already conquered the green trails.
Moderate
Private
Nevis Range Red Giant

Nevis Range Red Giant

Ben Nevis
5.0 km
18 m
567 m
The Red Giant trail is an awesome descent from the top of the Nevis Range gondola, sure to entertain more experienced riders.
Difficult
Private