Lochcarron is an excellent base for road and trail biking and is gaining popularity with hard-core mountain bikers. The Applecross peninsula offers one of Britain’s finest and most challenging road circuits. The routes described here are technically moderate, but some are long and exposed to prevailing weather. Written by Martin Moran.
Here we show extracts from the cycling section of the guide, full details are included in the publication.
The Lochcarron district is relatively remote from cycle outfitters and repair shops. Bikers must come with all required spares. Apart from helmet, accessories and repair kit cyclists in this area need to take adequate shell clothing and warm layers for cold or windy days. High- visibility garments are especially important on single-track roads.
Code of Conduct
Road cyclists should take special care on single- track roads; most cars are courteous and stop in passing places to allow bikers through, but a few don’t! Off-road bikers should comply with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and show respect to pedestrians on all trails. Upland paths are particularly vulnerable to erosion from mountain bikers and are expensive to repair. Routes described cover hard-core vehicle tracks but there are a few single-file path sections where great care must be taken to minimise damage, for example by cycling in firm dry conditions.
GRADES OF ROUTE Off-road routes are graded by the standard Green Blue Red Black grades between easy and severe. Green and Blue routes are suitable for beginners and families; but some Blues have long ascents. Length and ascent are given for road routes as a guide.
The information contained on this page is also available in the Lochcarron Out and About guide available locally in Lochcarron or by post.