28.7 miles
2,404 ft
-2,451 ft
1,367 ft
High Point

Starting at the car park, head east along the single track roadway ( A896 ) for about 3 miles, then turn right onto the Coulin Lodge track.

Once past Loch Clair keep on the left as the road turns right towards Coulin Lodge. Stay left on the forest track as it turns uphill away from the Loch. Follow this track uphill above Loch Coulin, and turn right for a downhill past the houses at Torran Cuilinn and Coulin.

At Coulin turn left onto the estate track and head south to the bridge. Continue south here along the land rover track to the summit of Coulin Pass before a fast descent on a forestry road down to Achnashellach.

At bottom of the hill, turn right onto the A890 and head for Coulags, some 4 miles along the road.

At Coulags turn right onto the track leading to the cottages. It's signposted here as a Right of Way to Torridon. Just before the road climbs to the cottages, take the singletrack off to the left which takes you past the cottages and onto the rough singletrack heading into Coire Fionnaraich. It starts with a climb which can be quite tough in places, due to the rocks on the path. Make sure the tyres are well pumped up from here onwards, this is real pinch-flat territory !

You can either cross the burn on the narrow bridge, or just ride through the burn like a proper MTB'er. There are a few large drainage ditches cut across the path from here to just beyond the bothy. Follow the singletrack past the bothy as it steadily climbs to Loch Coire Fionnaraich.

Once round the loch, the real tough climb begins. You won't cycle much of this, so be prepared to pick the bike up and carry it up to the juction of the paths. It's a long slog, but worth every one of the 140m or so of vertical climb ( sorry - had to put that in there ! ).

Once you get your breath back, cycling the last little bit of ascent to the top of Bealach na Lice is easy enough.

This is where your rewards begin, as a whole new view opens up before you as you start a gentle descent around Loch an Eion, where things just get better and better.

You're about 350m above sea level at this loch, and from here to Annat it's all downhill to sea level. This is one amazing bit of natural singletrack. It has a good grippy hard packed base which gives you lots of confidence. There are rocks to avoid, rocks to jump off if you want, a large bedrock section, all of it fast and all of it fun. Don't forget to stop now and then to take in the stunning views though.

Once you get down to Annat turn right and follow the road back to the starting point. Alternatively, turn left and head along the road for 200m and take the second right to the pub for a refreshment. You deserve it after all.

Local Trail Association
Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.
donate to earn trail karma!


Post a Comment

Trails in Route

4 Lochs Link4 miles


  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Torridon Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    25 ft
  • Altitude start
    329 ft
  • Altitude end
    282 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    16 miles
  • Distance down
    12 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,562 ft
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Flow (Ridden Direction)
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
  • bi-directional trail
  • no data
Trail Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
Contribute Details
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular
Max Vehicle Width

Radar Time
x Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public ridelogs from the past 6 months.
  • mountain biking recent
  • mountain biking (>6 month)
  • hiking (1 year)
  • moto (1 year)
Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public skilogs from the past 12 months.
  • Downhill Ski
  • Backcountry Ski
  • Nordic Ski
Jump Magnitude Heatmap
Heatmap of where riders jump on trails. Zoom in to see individual jumps, click circles to view jump details.
Trails Deemphasized
Trails are shown in grey.
Trail transparency
Torridon Mountain Biking
Torridon Mountain Biking
7:22 | 78 | comments: 0 | favs:
Apr 18, 2021
Torridon - Best trails in Scotland?
Torridon - Best trails in Scotland?
2:20 | 604 | comments: 0 | favs:
Oct 25, 2019

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

4 Lochs Link
May 18, 2021 @ 2:46pm
May 18, 2021
In pretty good nick and a great descent down to Annat in Torridon. Some great easy slabs and lots of juddery rubble but not particularly steep.
more reports »
  • flag
  • login to download gpx or kml files.