Get into Gear at the Isles of Glencoe
With downhill trails graced by world cup riders, the Nevis Range is one of the best places on the planet for mountain biking. It’s not all high-adrenaline, though – there are plenty of less terrifying forest tracks to explore. It’s just over 20 miles from the hotel, and they run regular bike skills workshops if you need to brush up on your technical knowhow.
In winter, Nevis Range is also great place to ski – and whether you’ve been out on dirt tracks or snow-filled ones, there’s also a great café to refuel at. It’s glass-walled, with panoramic views over the slopes – so you can watch the action with a warm cuppa and slice of home-baked cake.
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.
Vertical Descents has a team of experienced guides who can show you the best of the nearby trails– from exhilarating downhill tracks to family-friendly saunters along the forest trails. The centre is seven miles from the Isles of Glencoe Hotel.
Glencoe Activities is next door to the Ballachulish Hotel, where you can hire mountain bikes for a quick blast along Glencoe’s trails, or take them out for a full day.