Dan contacted us to make a booking for him and his son Barney. They had heard great reports about how 'epic' the Mountain Biking in Torridon was and wanted to attempt the Classic Loop. Dan knew it was a big undertaking and did not want to attempt it without a guide. School of MTB would get them round safely whilst giving Dan and Barney a day to remember.
There are several variations of this loop with different start points and route choice options. There are also several route choice options whilst on the route so care should be taken to make sure the correct direction is taken at path junctions. Dan had opted for the classic loop which started in Glen Torridon (photo 1) and involved a nice mix of road, easy landrover tracks, single track climbs, long descents, rocky slabs and possibly the best descent in Britain.
An alternative route, The Torridon Lollipop, involves more climbing and descending and is on singletrack for almost the entire route.
Leaving the landrover track we climbed a singletrack to the high point cairn (photo 2). Then the real fun began descending to the top of the slabs for the compulsory photo stop (photo 3 & 4) before descending the technical rocky descent. Eventually the path popped us out onto a short road section before beginning the final climb of the day up past the Bothy (photo 5) - and it was a brute involving a long section of hike-a-bike.
Reaching the top we began (photo 6) the long descent back down to Torridon for a well earned lemonade at the Hotel after a tough but satisfying 9 hour epic.
This is a full day Epic Adventure, it took 9 hours and that was missing out an 8 mile road section. It is possible to fit this loop as part of a two or three day trip including the Coffin Road and Beinn Damph Loops. 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 at 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.