In the north-west Highlands we are lucky to have some of the best mountain biking and road biking in the UK right on our doorstep.
We are lucky enough to have some of the best mountain biking in the UK right here in the north-west Highlands. That's not all: there are routes and trails for all levels and abilities.
There is the world reknowned Torridon Mountains for those wanting to live life on the edge. Sheer drops, narrow ledges, spectacular downhills and jaw-dropping views are par for the course. These trails are on every mountain biker’s ‘to do’ list.
For the intermediate and experienced rider, there is the Kenmore path, Sand path, Archaeological Trail, and the shorter but just as enjoyable Coille Ghillie and Uags trails in the south of the Applecross peninsula. In fact, the nine mile Kenmore path starts at Hartfield House, our hostel and activity hub.
There are further routes around the north coast of Applecross at Arrina, Kenmore and Ardheslaig, and not forgetting the beast of the Bealach-na-ba. These offer great downhill, undulating terrain, good single track and views over mountain and sea. Not a bad day in the hills.
For the beginner, Applecross itself is an ideal starting point. There are over 37km of trails around the Applecross peninsula, many of them around the Applecross Estate grounds near Applecross bay. The routes undulate gently and offer good off-roading without the technical challenges of the Torridon routes.
But that’s just the routes around the Applecross peninsula. Our guides are well travelled and used to riding all over the Highlands where many more challenging routes can be found.
If you like the sound of the mountain biking to be found above, take a look at our mountain biking breaks below. There just might be something that takes your fancy!
Believe it or not, the north west Highlands is also one of the best places for road cycling in the UK too! It’s all down to the truly breathtaking road that winds its way along the coast from Oban, all the way to Ullapool and beyond. This road is shouldered by monstrous mountains, craggy cliffs and gushing waterfalls, all leading down to the jewel coloured greens and blues of the sea. It doesn’t get much better than that.
There are also some iconic sections, like the epic Bealach na Bà; named as Britain’s toughest cycle challenge in the Guardian, they had this to say, ‘This is it; the Holy Grail, the toughest and wildest climb in Britain.’
The Bealach na Bà at its highest point reaches 623m or 2,043ft, and is 8,980m in length. At times the gradient is 20%, with hairpin bends and perilous sheer drops. But the feeling of achievement and the views from the top cannot be matched.
Contact us to discuss your ideal cycling holiday and we can make it happen. Please also check out our current cycling breaks.