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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Another sunny and warm day for Kevin, Paul and me to get out on our mountain bikes. Kevin and Paul have enjoyed all sorts of great trails including the Ciaran Trail down to Kinlochlevel, Glen Kinglass, Glen Sligachan and even to the summit of Ben Nevis. So we chose a suitably technical and rocky trail, the circuit of Beinn Fhada from Morvich.

I have ridden this loop a couple of times before and both times in warm sunshine so it was great to keep this going today. The trail starts at Morvich and heads south east past Glenlicht House and to the wondeful waterfall on Allt Grannda. A big climb finds great single track undulating and descending to Camban Bothy where the trail eases off to the head of Glen Affric near the Youth Hostel.

A sharp left turn finds a long gentle climb up a good trail that eventually gives up being a trail 1.5km before Loch a'Bhealaich. The bealach this is named for is Bealach an Sgairne, the Gates of Affric. It is a narrow rocky col that is the high point of the loop and the start of the fantastic descent to Morvich - narrow, technical and with great views all the way down. Paul and Kevin did a great job riding this route and their solid technical skills helped them make the tricky bits flow. When you can this has to be one of the best trails in Scotland.

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