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Biking in Glencoe

 

All you need is two wheels and a sense of adventure

Looking to upgrade from two feet to two wheels and see Glencoe with a bit more speed? We’ve picked a few of our favourite biking routes for you to explore on two wheels.

The Caledonia Way

Passing by the door of both the Isles of Glencoe and The Ballachulish Hotel,  Route 78 (also known as The Caledonia Way), is a  234-mile long-distance bike route. You can explore our wonderful local section of The Caledonia Way by heading south towards Oban. This is a largely flat stretch as it follows the old railway line down the coast with each turn revealing another breath-taking view. Expect stunning mountains, lochs, castles and glens. Oh, and it is also great for picnics or there are cafes along the way too.

Kinlochleven Circular Route

A firm favourite with locals, this 20-mile circuit route is a superb cycle ride on a reasonably quiet road, with a few sections of hilly terrain. Your efforts are rewarded with striking views of the loch and a few water falls. There’s also local shops, cafes and visitor attractions for you to explore.

Pick up the bike track at the Glencoe crossroads, take the left fork on the B863 which will take you round the loch (Loch Leven) via Kinlochleven and back across the Ballachulish Bridge to Glencoe village.

Nevis Range

With downhill trails graced by world cup riders, the Nevis Range was the home to the UCI Downhill World Cup Since 2002. To take those high-adrenaline trails your bike goes with you up the mountain gondola used by skiers in winter. However, the ground level car parks give access to miles of less terrifying trails to explore. It’s just over 20 miles from the hotel, and they run bike hire and regular bike skills workshops if you need to brush up on your technical know-how.

Glencoe Mountain

Buy a day pass and ride the trails at Glencoe Mountain as much as you like. You get a chairlift up to some of the steeper downhill tracks, which takes pedalling out of the equation. The West Highland Way is really close, offering a brilliant mix of cross-country terrain, and there’s an excellent 80-mile road loop if you prefer to stick to the tarmac.

There’s a café when you need it – serving up everything from a warming bowl of soup to a full roast, depending on how hard you’ve pushed it on the tracks.

Go in winter, and you can ski down the slopes too.

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