I am sure some riders will be familliar with this route, so i will only give it a brief description as the route is very straightforward.
Either park at the bridge of orchy hotel car park or drive along the minor road to inveronnan and park just beyond in the large car park just before victoria bridge.
Follow the tarmac road north and cross over the bridge…when you come to a junction, head west through the trees on a land rover track all the way to the glasgow mountaineering hut, and take a (not so obvious track on the left beside the river)… follow this twisty, turny, singletrack through the grass and peat until you come to the first bridge….cycle across the shallow river and keep going until you encounter a much larger and deeper river, which you can either use the stepping stones or try and pedal like mad to get through (never did it yet)
Either way….you are now on doubletrack and the next obstacle is a boulder field with a small stream running through it, but you can cycle through this fairly easily.
Keep going over numerous unulations and pass the old pony hut on your left.
The next section becomes a little bit tougher with short steep climbs until you come to the high point….then a rocky downhill blast will see you bottom out at a huge slabby section of the trail.
Cross these slabs by any route that take your fancy until you come to a shoogly wire bridge…..now there are three options here, either cross it, ford the river on the r/h side of it, or head left down the river bank until you come to a more substantial bridge….either way you are spat onto a very rocky trail indeed.
This section of the trail climbs slightly on slabs before decending in a series of rocky turns and twists (this is a fantastic section)….and eventually it joins up at a man made cobbled section near a small bridge by a waterslide.
The track continues for another 400 metres until you join the main landrover track near the shooting lodge.
Now this is a simple case of following this track downhill for around six miles all the way to loch etive (which lies at sea level)…….Either retrace your wheel tracks, or head south on the estate track before picking up the quiet road through glen orchy and back to your starting point, but i personally like to go back the way i came, as the climbs are very managable…and a fast decent awaits from the days high point on the watershed.
A classic trail this, and one which i have done in all seasons…..but one point to note, is that the rivers can rise quickly and become almost impassable at times…so check first.
Thanks for looking at my post…..and enjoy it if you you have never did it before.
Here is a couple of my photos taken in typical winter conditions.
Submitted By TrailScotland Member – Fadgadget
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