14.1 miles
1,427 ft
-1,428 ft
1,295 ft
High Point

Although it's not an overly long route, I've graded this one as a hard fitness level as there is a 2km section in the middle where you will be off the bike, pushing or carrying due to the rough condition of the path. Unfortunately there is no avoiding this, you just have to get the head down and get through it.
I feel it's worth the effort though, as the finish is superb, with a technical descent that seems to have a bit of everything thrown in, which is why I've graded the route as a hard tech grade.

Starting from the car park on the A896, head west along the single track road towards Torridon village. This is all generally downhill, so it's a good easy start to get the legs warmed up for the rest of the route.

At the road junction at tag 1, turn off to the right and carry on along the shore through Torridon village, where the road eventually starts to climb away from the shore via a switchback. Continue to climb on the road, before a small descent where you arrive at tag 2. Turn right off the road onto the path that leads north east into the trees and on to Coire MhicNobaill. There's another car park here on your left, and there's a signpost and information board on the right where the path starts so you should see it easily enough.

Climb on the path along a fairly easy angled slope through some trees. The path is well compacted and quite smooth, so the going is not too difficult. You break out of the tree cover fairly quickly, and get the reward of some impressive views of Beinn Alligin to your left, and Beinn Dearg ahead of you as the path continues to climb, but the gradient gets less and less as you progress up the glen. The path is still well constructed here and offers no real difficulties other than the odd water bar which can easily be rolled at this point.

As you start to approach the bridge at tag 3 the gradient has lessened to an extent that you almost fail to notice that you are continually climbing. Once over the bridge, look out for the fork in the path at tag 4, and bear right to carry on into the coire.

From tag 4 to 5, the path starts to gradually deteriorate bit by bit. This is offset somewhat by the views you now have of the summit ridge of Liathach off to your right, and Beinn Eighe starting to loom large ahead of you at the head of the coire.

Round about tag 5 things get to a stage where you are pretty much reduced to pushing and carrying more than cycling. There is always a path to follow, but it's just so broken up by the occasional wet boggy section, or rocks and loose rubble here and there that it is basically unrideable. If you go through here after a wet spell, some of the boggy bits might be extensive enough to mean wet feet, but I did manage to get through here in February and keep dry, so it's obviously not always that bad.
The one good thing about this section is the the views surrounding you, as you have some incredible mountains practically on all sides to hopefully lift your spirits when you're thinking that it'll never end.
The good news is that it does end at tag 6, where very suddenly the path changes and you're back on your bike riding a good hard packed path with the odd bit of bedrock sticking out here and there.

The best bit of the route is just ahead of you now. At tag 7 you'll meet the path coming up out of Coire Dubh Mor, where the downhill to the finish really gets going as you squeeze between the huge walls on either side of you that are Liathach and Beinn Eighe. For the first km or so it's flowing and easy angled, and fairly smooth, with the odd rock here and there providing the opportunity to get the bike off the ground if you want.

About halfway down it starts to get steeper, and more technical, with rock steps, drainage ditches to be jumped, the odd tight corner, and a whole host of natural opportunities to get some air if you wish. It just gets better and better, and makes the carrying you did earlier seem like a dim and distant memory. This descent lasts for about 4km in total, and takes you right back to the car par park where you started.

Detailed Description
Coire MhicNobaill is a 14 mile moderately popular black route located near Torridon. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 1 trails. This route climbs 1,427 ft with a max elevation of 1,295 ft then descends -1,428 ft.
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7 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
toemu (Aug 14, 2022 at 8:14)
25.7.22 Eine kürzere Tour in landschaftlich sehr schöner Umgebung. Als Schweizer hat man sich zeitweise zu Hause gefühlt. Anstrengend sind die besagten 2 km Schieben oder Tragen. Wer technische Herausforderungen liebt, findet hier ein Spielfeld. Die Abfahrt macht viel Spass. Eventuell wartet auf dem Parklatz auch auf euch ein Hirsch.
  • + 0
statonline (Jul 27, 2021 at 14:06)
First third of the trail is excellent technical riding, the middle third is pretty much unrideable and the final third is a great descent back to the carpark, just watch out for those water bars!
  • + 0
Rt2112 (May 6, 2021 at 14:06)
Don't let the comments put you off! This a classic, done it twice, I don't mind having the shoulder the bike a bit. The last descent is classic Torridon
  • + 1
yoon1977 (Nov 16, 2020 at 0:35)
I 'rode' this trail from east to west in Sept '20, with a detour up to Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair and back. The views on this route are great. The Loch is a really nice wee place. The initial climb from the car park to the turn for the loch is 90% Hike-a-bike (HaB) and would be good to ride down. The climb to the loch is all HaB and i found I could ride a significant amount of it on the way down, It's without a doubt a black grade though. From where the trail comes back to the main east to west trail for a good few Km's is unrideable. Its a Glacial moraine field meaning you have to climb like 9 feet for ever 12 feet of descent, and repeat and repeat and repeat........ To the point where getting on your bike to ride 10 metres is bliss. I would never encourage someone to take a bike back there.

There is part of this trail covered by a google street view camera which I used to base the rest of the trail on. This part is good fun. The waterbars were easy enough to bunnyhop over on an Enduro bike.

So basically the trail is bookended by good trail but there is unrideable, frustrating hell inbetween. If you go up to the area there are better rides. Avoid this one!!!
  • + 0
Medtheshed (Aug 27, 2020 at 14:38)
Did this yesterday 26th August. Very nice initial climb, nothing too taxing, the water bars are largely rideable. After the trail forks of to the peak the trail degenerates significantly for a couple of kilometres being barely rideable. However don't let this put you off as the descent is top quality.
  • + 0
JSFC (Jul 17, 2020 at 7:14)
Awesome trail. Start at Ben Alligan car park and first third has great riding being Liatach. 2nd third is bike a bike with bits of good biking. Last third is some amazing single track between Liatach and Beinn Eighe followed by some full on descending down to the Torridon road. Advise only do this descent is capable and running minimum 120mm full suss, much more fun on bigger shocks!
  • + 0
mashrv1 (Sep 12, 2017 at 5:42)
Lots of hike-a-bike then an incredible amount of water bars. Scenery is good though

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