Guidebook

Mythical Mountains and Epic Trails : Bike the Cairngorms

Half a dozen awesome mountain bike rides which showcase what make the Cairngorms so special

Charlie Boscoe

Description

With huge, desolate plateaus, soaring black cliffs and eerie, dark lakes, the Cairngorms of eastern Sctoland have an ambience all of their own. Even the name sounds enticing, and somehow intimidating; the Cairngorms don't always enjoy the best weather and there's something about the name which conjures up images of tough conditions and big adventures.

The winter climbing in the Cairngorms is legendary and the hiking (https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/7012/hike-5-of-the-finest-mountains-in-the-cairngorms) and skiing (https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/7624/ski-tour-and-freeride-the-wild-cairngorm-mountains) aren't bad either (!) but this guidebook is all about biking. Whether you're after cruisy riding and big views, or tough, challenging singletrail, there's something for you in here. Be it the turbo-classic loop through Glen Feshie, the ever-enjoyable Burma Road or the trip up and over Meall a' Bhuachaille, this is a fabulous selection of bike rides.

Over to the west lies the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis (which is home to some decent biking itself - https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/305/10-of-the-best-mountain-bike-routes-around-ben-nevis), and to the northwest are the wildest mountains in Scotland, but nowhere can quite match the Cairngorms' mix of accessibility, terrain and atmosphere.

So, saddle up and head east!

Burma Road
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Burma Road

43.4 km
861 m
861 m
Classic wild country MTB ride out of Aviemore
Moderate
Private
River Feshie Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

River Feshie Loop

49.5 km
1,000 m
1,000 m
A wet, technical loop in the valley near Aviemore that runs up and down the banks of the River Feshie.
Severe
Private
Meall a' Bhuachaille Corbett
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Meall a' Bhuachaille Corbett

Cairngorms National Park
9.7 km
532 m
532 m
Climb one of Scotland's famous corbetts and rip a technical singletrack back down to town.
Severe
Private
Lochnagar Loop and the Glas Allt
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Lochnagar Loop and the Glas Allt

29.4 km
1,046 m
1,046 m
Rewarding loop that can be expanded to bag five munros, before descending one of the most technical natural trails in Scotland.
Extreme
Private