THIS ROUTE IS A GREAT ONE FOR THOSE WILLING TO FORD RIVERS AND CARRY THEIR BIKES FOR CERTAIN SECTIONS. TAKING IN SOME FANTASTIC SCENERY AROUND SCOTLAND'S SECOND HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, IT'S NOT TO BE UNDERTAKEN LIGHT HEARTEDLY.
I CERTAINLY WOULDN'T RECOMMEND THIS ROUTE IN WINTER, BUT A NICE PICTURE ALL THE SAME
TOTAL MILES : ABOUT 16
TOTAL TIME : 3+ HOURS
MAPS : LANDRANGER 43, BRAEMAR AND BLAIR ATHOLL
THE UNOFFICIAL ATTITUDE OF THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND ON THIS ESTATE IS THAT IF THEY TAKE A LANDROVER UP A TRACK, THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO STOP BIKES. HOWEVER, THIS IS PRIVATE LAND SO YOU MAY GET A BOLLOCKING.
This one is best started from the car park at
At the most northerly point of the car park there is a singletrack path
through the forest. Follow this up to the large
Just before the trees start, turn left and cross the bridge. Follow
the track around to the right and then ford the
3 Follow the river bank through the fenced enclosure (carry) and up to the footbridge (you can cross the river earlier if you wish and follow the obvious path up the opposite bank). Cross the bridge and go up the hill (carry). The path levels out and becomes a nice technical ride with big rocky drainage channels to negotiate.
4 Follow this path round the buttress of Carn a' Mhaim and down to the river. Double back and follow the path down the river Dee until you can cross to the landrover track on the other side (boggy).
This rocky track follows the river all the way down to
A WORD OF WARNING: GO WELL PREPARED. WE LEARNT THE HARD WAY AND ENDED UP PUSHING THE BIKES 8 MILES BACK TO THE CAR, IN THE DARK AND RAIN AFTER USING ALL OUR SPARE INNER TUBES ON PINCH PUNCTURES ON THE TOP SECTION. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
A good follow up to this is an easy out
and back up
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