21.7 miles
2,784 ft
-2,772 ft
1,713 ft
High Point

A route taking you around Beinn Fhada

Detailed Description
Bealach an Sgairne is a 22 mile popular black route located near Morvich. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 1 trails. This route climbs 2,784 ft with a max elevation of 1,713 ft then descends -2,772 ft.
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7 Reviews & Comments

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Mogaa (Oct 20, 2022 at 8:07)
Don’t usually write reviews but this is a great route, despite what some of the comments say. Yes it’s boggy in places, yes there’s a bit of hike a bike and yes there is many many water bars to navigate. But this all adds to the fun of it. Good techy descent is worth the effort. Also not particularly fit and it took just under 4 hours on a very wet Octobers day.
  • + 1
Trigs12 (Apr 18, 2022 at 1:13)
Mostly hike a bike on the ascent from the Glean Lichd house is what i mean, with bits mixed in throughout untill another climb to bealach an Sgairne.

In between those sections are mostly rideable other than lots of water bars, some quite wide.
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Trigs12 (Apr 18, 2022 at 1:19)
Wouldnt attempt this route unless you dont mind mostly hike-a-bike, with a small section of pathless bog to the east of Loch Bhealaich.

Also should be good at technical descending, with some exposure at spots.A decent level of fitness recommended also so you can enjoy the descending by the time you get to it.Dont be deceived by the total length being fairly short, its a tough day.

Completed this loop on a E-mtb, ascending via Gleann Lichd on a sunny day,took 6 and a half hours. Regular bike would have been a better choice,lighter for carrying, as climbs were mostly too rough to cycle up anyway.

Google street view has images for the full Bealach an Sgairne descent which you can check out.
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Backes790 (Jan 7, 2021 at 16:47)
Did this ride with my 2 sons last summer. Yes the section between the youth hostel and loch can be a bit boggy and occasionally lose its way but apart from that it’s an awesome ride with a final descent that has become one of my favourite in the UK.
  • - 1
LordMustard (Sep 27, 2020 at 9:32)
After competing this route yesterday I can truly say its not a nice ride, this is not really a mountain bike track but a track through mountainous terrain, which would of been used in the past to go from the west coast over towards Inverness or for moving live stock through the hills, and is part of the Glen Africa - Kintail walking route, also used for the Highland Cross charity event, the scenery is stunning and if thats what your after it has plenty. Meany meany water courses and small streams come off the hills on this route and there are meany ie 100's of small water crossing made of large rocks with a gap which is the perfect size for smashing the rim of your wheel off you miss time the hop over it, on other sections there is no path or ground to cycle, it just bog that will sap the strength out of the strongest legs, The decent form the Bealach an Sgairne in to Morvich is brutal and will punish your arms and shoulders. The cycle up alongside the river Croe is sublime and easy, once you cross the two bridges it's pretty much a push/cycle all the way to the top of the next pass, there are sections you can ride but they don't last long, This ride took me 5hours 30min's thankfully it was a good dry day with blue sky's. Not 1 to be repeated
  • + 2
Medtheshed (Aug 27, 2020 at 15:01)
This is a good route if you accept that you're in Scotland and there will be some hike a bike. The outbound climb is initially rideable followed by some hike a bike interspersed with ok single-track. Once you reach the turn the track is initially excellent and depending on how dry the ground is your quickly at the loch. When is wetter there will be some short boggy sections. From the loch there is a climb followed by more hike a bike. The descent is great, long, varied, technical and with a bit of exposure near the top.
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More Stats for Bealach an Sgairne mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    12 ft
  • Altitude min
    11 ft
  • Altitude start
    30 ft
  • Altitude end
    43 ft
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  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)
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