This month we're inspiring you to get active by getting out there and exploring Scotland! There's a variety of fantastic routes in locations across the country whether you are looking for a heart-thumping, exhilarating experience, a challenging route with lots of mud and dirt, or an easier lower level ride like the one below.
Trail: Loch Morlich to Loch an Eilein Circular
Start Point: Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel
Distance: 14.4 miles / 23.1 kilometers – Allow 2 - 3 hours (by bike)
Description: This is a fine bicycle ride through the Rothiemurchus estate, following estate double track, some really nice single track and a few small stream crossings to round the trip off!
It is worth noting that these paths are popular with walkers and families, which should be a consideration, especially when riding through blind bends and corners.
Firm tracks and earth paths, with some tree roots and stones.
Route: From the youth hostel, ride down the drive, turn left at the road…
...and follow it for about 800 metres to the far end of the “Hayfield” car park. The Loch Morlich trail heads off to the right on a wide track (red waymarkers).
This trail will take you around the southern edge of the loch, finally joining the access track to the Rothiemurchus Lodge.
Turn left and follow the track for around 2km until you come to a junction on the right, signposted for “Piccadilly”. This trail will take you through to the Cairngorm club bridge on well surfaced trails which become a little more technical as you go, the last few hundred meters offering a taste of the rocky/rooty single track that the area is well known for.
Once over the bridge turn right and then follow the left hand fork just down the trail, keep going until you meet a track cutting directly across the trail you are on, a small loch (Lochan Deo) appears on your left just before the junction. Turning left here will take you into Glen Eineich, a fine ride though considerably more technical, it makes a great addition to this route for those that want a longer day.
Continue straight on at the junction with Lochan Deo. From here the trails become rougher and the walkers a little more numerous, there are several tight bends with poor sightlines on this section so a little care and consideration should be taken. Follow the trail all the way down to the Loch an Eilein Junction. From here there is the option to head left and ride around Loch an Eilein and pick up the track again a few hundred meters further on.
Turning right at this junction, follow the trail through a gate and continue on to the surfaced road that exits the car park to your left. About 50 metres down the road an estate track cuts off to the right, follow this again through a gate, until you join a single track road that takes you down to a junction and the Old Logging Way (which follows the route taken by thousands of trees that were felled in the glen). A right turn on the Old Logging Way will take you back to the youth hostel and Glenmore village.
A few hundred meters up the trail, where it crosses the road, there is a great view into the Laraigh Ghru and the Cairngorm corries.
As the trail heads up the glen it becomes more tree lined, with some lovely “woodsy” single track before finally joining the Badaguish track and Loch Morlich once more. Turning left a well surfaced trail drops you at the youth hostel entrance and the cafe/bar opposite.
For more information on Glenmore Forest Park trails please click here to download the Glenmore Guide Map by the Forestry Commission Scotland. It provides essential information for visitors that are interested in walking or cycling in the area. You will find a summary of each of their trails, a grade based on its degree of difficulty and detailed maps to keep you on route.
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