One of the guided Mountain Bike rides that Mudrock Adventure offers is from Corrour train station to Tulloch or Fort William. This is a stunning ride that starts from a very remote part of the Western Highlands.
Depending on the weather the ride can be one to take your time over, stopping at Loch Ossian along the way to take in the views. Or it can be a ride where you get your head down and push your pedals until you get into the shelter of the trees.
The train ride takes you up and along Loch Treig with great views of the Loch and mountains beyond. The next stop is Corrour train station, which at 408m is Scotland’s highest train station and the highest in the UK. When you get off the train with your bike and watch the train leave and carry on its journey to Glasgow, there is a real sense of being dropped off in the middle of nowhere.
If you are riding to Tulloch then you have around 4 hours of riding through some of Scotland’s finest wildness, with some stunning views. The first leg takes you along Loch Ossian, passing the YHA at the South Western end of the loch, to Corrour shooting lodge at the North Eastern end of the loch. There are a couple of stopping places along the way to enjoy the views and grab something to eat.
Then the ride takes you along a very good track following the river Ossian to the high point of the ride. At 430m with superb views looking north towards Creag Meagaidh and the Cairngorms National Park, one of only two National Parks in Scotland.
From here its downhill for around 5km. This is a very fast part of the ride which gets your eyes watering, not very technical but care needs to be taken on the bends as there is some loose gravel which can be unforgiving. Make sure to keep an eye open to spot the left hand turning that will take you to Fersit and then onto Tulloch.
If the end point of your ride is Fort William, then from Fersit there is a short section of road to the bridge that takes you over the Monessie Gorge. From there it’s a mix of single track and forest track that leads you to Leanachan Forest. The ride through the forest is very special with great views of The Grey Corries, Annach Mor and Annach Beag, with Ben Nevis in the distance. You’ll come out at Nevis Range, the home of the World Champs Black downhill.
At Nevis Range, if you still have the legs for it, you can ride some of the trails which will defiantly get you pumped and your adrenalin flowing. From Nevis Range it is a gentle spin into Fort William.
The ride from Corrour to Tulloch will take 4-5 hours and if you are going to ride to Fort William then you are adding on 2-3 hours. Whichever one you choose, you will need to be confident on your bike and have a reasonable level of fitness. The only technical part of the ride is if you choose to ride some of the trails at Nevis Range.