I set off early on a glorious April morning to cycle along the lochside on the path which in rainy conditions can be very wet. Looking back along the path from a little beach was stunning (see picture). I continued along the path taking care to go in the right direction and shortly picked up the bulldozed landrover track (another hydro scheme!) which has obliterated a beautiful section of ancient singletrack.
The climb up to the Bealach was awesome and it is possible to cycle most of the way. The views from the top were stunning (see photo).
I love the descent back to the Torridon road and it did not disappoint today. The going is very rough on an eroded path covered in stones and small rocks where high levels of concentration are needed. Crossing the river (which can be hazardous in rainy conditions) I entered the forest area where there are several large drop-offs in rapid succession with a very steep drop to the right into the gorge. Great care is needed at this section.
The final section through the woods is awesome and I popped out at the roadside having covered 20km and climbed 439m. There is a bit of a cycle on the road back to the starting point but luckily I had made arrangements to get picked up.
It is possible to fit this loop in at the start or end of say, a two or three day trip, as it should only take about 5 hours. This would allow you to either travel up to Torridon from further south and start later in the morning or finish by early afternoon allowing you time to head for home or the pub - which is only a short distance from the end of this route.
Please note: Weather conditions can make a huge impact when mountain biking in remote terrain. Help is not easily available and you should be well prepared carrying; a map, compass (and know how to use them) as well as emergency equipment and enough tools for trail-side repairs. Poor visibility can make navigation and route finding difficult with wet conditions making the trails slippery and river crossings dangerous. If you have any doubts about doing this route you should get in touch with School of Mountain Biking and we will be able to provide the added safety and reassurance of a qualified Mountain Bike Guide.
You will need to be an experienced mountain biker with good levels of fitness and using a good quality full suspension mountain bike to do this route.