Pat was visiting Scotland on a family holiday from Australia. He is an Mountain Biking Endurance Racer and wanted a remote ride high in the Scottish Mountains - he wasn't disappointed!
We set off along Glen Feshie (photo 1) through the remains of the ancient Caledonian Forest that once covered huge areas of Scotland (photo 2). There are river crossings along the way, one in particular is very eroded and a small detour is needed.
Arriving at the Bothy we had a look inside (photo 3). Pat couldn't believe that this was open to the public and you didn't need to pay to stay there.
We started the climb up the landrover track (photo 4). It is possible to cycle this all the way to the top of the first Munro but Pat was on holiday and we were in no rush. We headed over to the second Munro referring to our map and taking a compass bearing due to the thick mist which luckily cleared before we reached the summit (photo 5).
We then descended nearly 3,000 feet on singletrack picking up the secret path which led us down through the forest (photo 6) and a short section of road back to our starting point.
The photos are from a number of different trips
It is possible to fit this loop as part of a two or three day trip combining with the Lairig Ghru Loop and another day exploring the many natural trails in the Aviemore area. This would allow you to either travel up to Aviemore 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.