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      One of the best-kept secrets of Scottish biking is north of Inverness, at Learnie. Trails criss-cross intricately and at one point are are so tight, that sections have been cut out of two trees to allow handlebars through!
      One of the best kept secrets of Scottish mountain biking has now been officially launched and opened (March 2006) - the new single track trails are now open at Learnie Forest on the Black Isle. Mountain biking on the Black Isle - not actually an island, but a peninsula - has been popular among those from Inverness and elsewhere in the north of Scotland for some years; but with the building of the trails at Learnie Red Rock - it is moving to a whole new level.

      These trails also provide a very different - and more varied - riding experience than the other routes on the Black isle. These new trails (designed by Paul Masson of Cycletherapy, who also designed the Laggan Wolftrax trails) have evolved from, and have replaced, the remains of some long-established trails, which in turn have evolved over several years' use by local mountain bikers. In February 2005, a substantial funding package was secured which gave Forestry Commission Scotland the green light to build new trails and upgrade the existing network in Learnie Forest. The existing trails were built by local mountain bikers - many of them involved with the Highland Mountain Bike Association (HiMBA) - but they were becoming so popular that, without work and regular maintenance, there were concerns that they might not last.

      Now there are 16kms of high quality trails for all skill levels and they include some spectacular views. The Learnie Red Rock also include something for everyone, with forest roads, green, blue and black-graded single-track trails, as well as orange-graded bike park and dirt jump areas. The green-graded route offers a real mountain biking experience - it includes some rugged trail features to challenge novices and young riders.

      The dirt jump area is adjacent to the car park, in the woodlands east of the A832 Rosemark to Cromarty Road. This area includes three different levels of jump, from beginner to expert.

      From the car park the forest road takes you to the start of the trails, with the first fork offering two options: turn right for Home Green and Callachy Hill - including the bike park - or left for the start of the Muirhead Climb, taking you over to the 'Firth View' or the start of the black grade routes.

      Home Green is a green-graded trail that serves as the perfect introduction to the art of single-track riding. There are features such as double jumps and table tops but they can be negotiated at slow speed, and by rolling over, rather than taking off. It is possible to link Home Green with Callachy Hill, a 1.5km blue graded climb that meanders to the top of the hill, weaving between tall, swaying larch trees.

      After Callachy Hill a short ride along the forest road takes you to the mouth of the bike park - an orange graded downhill trail that includes large bermed corners, tabletops and double jumps, and where it is possible to pick up some speed. Alternatively, to stick to green and blue-graded trail, carry straight on for the less technical but no less thriling Callachy Downhill, a twisting 1.3km descent, or take the Green Link - another green-graded single track.

      Muirhead Climb is another blue-graded ascent that connects to the Firth View - blue-graded, offering spectacular views of the Moray Firth - Learnie Hill is where the epxerienced mountian bikers will head: it is a black graded section with challenging technical climbs and descents.

      Learnie Hill includes the Quarry Climb and Traacy's Trees, a downhill rock feature which, if it proves too daunting, has an alternative trail as a bypass. More rocky trails, rock features and some North Shore follow with Seisometer, Gyroscope, and the "unique rock horseshoe," Dextrality. Finally there is Mephisto a 10ft stone-pitched drop from the bank to the road.


      Green - Home 0.5km

      Blue - Callachy Hill Climb 1.5km

      Blue - Callachy Downhill 1.3kms

      Blue - Muirhead Climb 1.1km, Firth View 2.2kms

      Black - sections are graded black

      Orange - Bike Park 1.1kms

      Orange - Dirt Jump Area
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
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      This region uses the Uk/Euro style trail grading system.
      Region Details
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      Region Status
      Open as of 2 hours ago


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      Trails (view details)
      Trails Mountain Bike
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      Trails Trail Running
      Total Distance
      10 miles
      Total Descent
      1,666 ft
      Total Vertical
      247 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      731 ft
      Ridden Counter

      Photos of Learnie Red Rocks Mountain Bike

      trail: Black Trail
      13 |
      Jul 23, 2019 @ 12:25am
      Jul 23, 2019
      trail: Home Run
      73 |
      May 8, 2014 @ 12:01pm
      May 8, 2014
      trail: Home Run
      80 |
      Apr 24, 2014 @ 1:29pm
      Apr 24, 2014
      trail: Home Run
      83 |
      Apr 24, 2014 @ 1:29pm
      Apr 24, 2014

      Videos of Learnie Red Rocks Mountain Bike

      Revolution Bike Park
      trail: Bike Park
      5:27 | 109 | Jan 1, 2017
      The Dudes of Hazzard - Joe Barnes Bites 2016,...
      2:29 | 11623 | Sep 26, 2016
      revolution bike park
      trail: Bike Park
      4:29 | 345 | Sep 23, 2015
      Gopro - Chicksands Bike Park - Snake run
      trail: Bike Park
      0:39 | 128 | Oct 19, 2014

      Recent Trail Reports

      Callachy Blue Descent
      Sep 15, 2019 @ 7:59am
      2 hours
      DryMostaverageGood wee trail, great for building confidence
      Callachy Blue Climb
      Sep 15, 2019 @ 7:57am
      2 hours
      DryMostaverageFirst time on this trail, challenging...
      Home Run
      Sep 15, 2019 @ 7:56am
      2 hours
      Aug 8, 2019 @ 2:07am
      Aug 8, 2019
      Black Link
      Aug 8, 2019 @ 2:07am
      Aug 8, 2019
      Black Trail
      Aug 8, 2019 @ 2:07am
      Aug 8, 2019
      VariableCoops906One fallen tree, getting pretty overgrown
      Black and Blue Link
      Aug 8, 2019 @ 2:07am
      Aug 8, 2019
      A Fully Trimmed Bush
      Aug 8, 2019 @ 2:07am
      Aug 8, 2019
      VariableCoops906Great trail
      Bike Park
      Aug 8, 2019 @ 2:07am
      Aug 8, 2019
      Firth View Blue
      Jul 9, 2019 @ 2:52am
      Jul 9, 2019
      DryMrBiker06Overgrown vegetation at top part of...

      Activity Feed

      user #1915182MostaverageriddentrailHome Run
      Sep 15, 2019 @ 8:00am
      2 hours
      user #1915182MostaverageaddreportHome Run and 2 more
      Sep 15, 2019 @ 7:56am
      2 hours
      user #986317Birchgrove473addreportCallachy Blue Descent
      Sep 8, 2019 @ 3:36am
      Sep 8, 2019
      user #1792188MIMDvotetrailCallachy Blue Climb
      Aug 19, 2019 @ 8:05pm
      Aug 19, 2019
      user #1884732MtbeinnriddentrailBike Park and 7 more
      Aug 13, 2019 @ 7:38am
      Aug 13, 2019

      Recent Comments

      user #1425652finmc22trailBlack TrailBit of an xc loop but lots of alternative...
      Jul 23, 2019 @ 12:31am
      Jul 23, 2019
      user #1425652finmc22trailPylon DescentEnter buy the house at the very top. More...
      Jul 23, 2019 @ 12:30am
      Jul 23, 2019
      user #1425652finmc22trailRockitIt goes down a big bog it's great fun( ruts )
      Jul 23, 2019 @ 12:29am
      Jul 23, 2019
      user #1425652finmc22trailBike ParkHuge bike park burms not technical then at the...
      Jul 23, 2019 @ 12:27am
      Jul 23, 2019

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      Laiken Forest11.4 km
      Dunian Community Woodland12.7 km
      Craig Dunain13 km
      Lochend16.6 km
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