20 miles
Distance
3,876 ft
Climb
-3,877 ft
Descent
2,183 ft
High Point

This Torridon route misses out the long road section of the other loops but unfortunately also the Annat descent. It does have a very long descent from Coire Grannda to Achnashellach though.

The map shows the route starting at Coulags but it would be better to start at Achnashellach station to get the road section out of the way first. The path starts fairly rough but is all rideable. Cross the bridge at Tag 1 and follow the path until it splits at Tag 2. Take the obvious path that climbs steeply to your left. Very little of the path is rideable until the top at Tag 3. The path becomes indistinct but you should see a more obvious track about 50 ft lower down.

The path starts fairly steep and loose but quickly levels out. Follow it round to Loch an Eion. To be honest, this trail is a bit disappointing considering how hard the climb is. At Tag 4 take the sharp right fork that climbs back to Bealach na Lice. At Tag 5 go left to traverse across the end of the Glen you rode up earlier. The next section is a mix of riding and hike-a-bike. At Tag 6 take the right fork which climbs steeply. After a while the trail opens out to give a great view down to Torridon. The next section is fairly flat until just before Tag 7 when it gets very steep and is a carry. Once at the top, rejoice as your climbing is over.

The descent from Tag 7 to 8 is relatively straight forward with just a few loose sections to test you. At Tag 8 there are two junctions take the straight on route both times. From here down to Achnashellach is the best part of the ride with switchbacks, slickrock, and numerous technical sections to keep you entertained. The trail levels out once you get down to the trees. We missed the right turn after Tag 9 hence the fairly long detour to get across the railway line.

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More Stats for Coire Grannda mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
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  • Altitude start
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  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
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  • Distance flat
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