Well one great thing about riding close to home throughout 2020 has been watching the seasons change. From back in March at the start of lockdown when the trees were stripped of leaves to now October and the trails are covered in bright oranges and yellows of the fallen leaves. We truly live in a stunning place.
Just because it is the end of summer doesn’t mean it is the end of the bike season, Autumn is a great time to cycle, and the views can be picturesque and weather cool, crisp and dry! Below we have detailed our three favourite local Autumn mountain and gravel bike routes.
25km on and easy off road loop from Aviemore, or a great add on to existing routes.
View from the middle off the Sluggan ^
Starting from our shop in Aviemore head out to Rothiemurchus and follow the Old Logging Way trail, a smooth gravel track, that winds up next to the ‘Ski Road’ for around 5 KM’s until you reach Badaguish. Once at Badaguish enjoy a fast downhill and flat landrover track to the bottom of the Sluggan Pass. As you climb up the well groomed track, try not to focus too much on how out of breath you are and take a look behind you for a fantastic view of the Cairngorms. A stunning hidden view point! Once at the flat wide area, it’s all downhill from there! Enjoy a rocky, overgrown landrover track descent all the way to the B970 road, if you’re on a gravel bike, mind your speed for punctures on the descent!
Gate kindly equipped with hand santizer! ^
Once you reach the road it’s easy street now, turn left and follow the winding back road back to Coylumbridge, you will have about 6KM on road.
The route in total is 25km from Aviemore with just 200m of climbing, or once you reach the road you can indeed extend it by cycling to Boat of Garten and returning via the Speyside way, approx a 35km route.
For those of your who like the feeling of adventure, a trip to Loch Einich has to be on the cards! Varied terrain, great views and river crossings make this a fun route. But make sure you take plenty of warm clothes as it can be very cold up the glen.
Nestled in the mountains 12 miles from Aviemore, Loch Einich is a remote Loch to the west of Aviemore, the route starts in the Rothiemurchus Forest and then continues into the Glen – Glen Einich. The path takes you through lots of rivers (you will get wet feet!) and over a mixture of singletrack and rocky trails. It is a gentle climb to the Loch however the mixture of terrain keeps you entertained and coupled with the stunning views you soon forget that you are climbing
Loch Einich on a lovely day ^
On arrival at the Loch you are surrounded by high jagged cliff tops including that of Sgor Gaoith, take some photos and then turn around and enjoy a fast, bumpy downhill blast back into the Rothiemurchus Forest. If you like hill climbs then on the way back check out the steep climb on your left side, after the final river crossing – that adds an extra leg burn!
Top of the tough climb – great views^
The Loch Einich Route is a great way to fill a full day on your holiday or if you have a free pass from the family and are fairly fit then get your head down and it’s possible to blast this route in just over two hours.
The route is approximately 35km’s and can be made longer by taking in Loch Morlich and the Old Logging way on return.
Aviemore to Kingussie off road.
An out and back route but a nice way to explore the other end of the valley. Start by following the Speyside way south from Aviemore as it winds through Alvie Estate to Kincraig – this section is pretty hilly but don’t worry it doesn’t continue this steep after Kincraig!
Once you reach Kincraig there is a small section on road (5Km’s or so) before you re join the Speyside Way from Ardgeal through the the stunning Uath Lochans – a brilliant photo stop! After the Lochans the Speyside Way continues to be well signposted with Green Wooden Signs through the forest and along some nice pine needle coated singletracks down to the hamlet of Insh.
Uath Lochans ^
Once you reach Insh you can then join the Badenoch Way as it winds through the Inveruglas Farm, where again you are met with stunning views of Kingussie and beyond. The path then spits you out at Drumguish where again you will re join the road for a few hundred meters before meeting the brand new section of the Badenoch Way that leads you past the Insh Marshes and Ruthven Barracks into Kingussie.
Miles of flowing paths ^
It is around 40Km’s to get to Kingussie and of course the same back, or if you are on a gravel bike you could change it up and take the B970 quiet road back to Aviemore.
The Speyside and Badenoch Ways follow well built gravel trails, suitable for most types of bike and pass through some stunning spots and some historical spots.
We hope you can manage to give one of our routes a try, remember these routes are just an inspirational guide and Mikes Bikes Aviemore LTD can not be held responsible for any injury or issues you may have on route. We always reccomend that you re search and plan your route thoroughly, check weather conditions and go prepared with bicycle spares and clothing.
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