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Nearest Town: Fort William   

The skills loops at Leanachan Forest are all graded and designed to help you test and improve your mountain biking skills. Read more

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The skills loops are all graded and designed to help you test and improve your mountain biking skills. Before you try any of the loops, please ensure that you read the trail grade information. If you are unsure of what your level is, try walking the trail first so you can get a better idea of what to expect.

There are four loops available:

The Green Skills Loop

The green-graded loop is 130m long. It's classed as easy and is suitable for beginner, novice and family cyclists. Start by heading through a tunnel and onto a stretch of singletrack. The trail takes you over some boardwalk and onto several bumps which you can roll over before finishing back at the car park.

The Blue Skills Loop

Graded as moderate, the 270m-long blue loop is aimed at intermediate mountain bikers or cyclists who have some basic off-road riding skills. This is a swoopy trail, fast and with berms. Finish by going over the green route tunnel. Watch out for the areas where the track crosses over the red trail.

The Red Skills Loop

The red loop offers more technical riding, giving you the chance to learn how to handle rocky climbs and step-ups (small rock steps). Graded as difficult, the 220m trail features some tight contours and a stone chute descent. Watch out for where the track crosses over the blue trail.

The Black Skills Loop

The black loop, graded as severe, provides a technical, rocky climb, with three descent options. The first descent features small drop offs of varying sizes. The second route also has drop offs. You must commit to these as they can't be rolled - by the time you land, you'd be going off the second drop! The third route features the "Gully Monster": a series of big rock slabs contouring through the descent.

The 175m trail is set on the same patch of ground as the other loops but is self-contained and doesn't cross with any of the other routes.

  • Parking Parking
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Bike Hire Bike Hire
  • Bike Wash Bike Wash
  • Cafe Cafe
  • Uplift Service Uplift Service
Nearest Town: Fort William
Sat Nav: PH33 6SQ

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Review by: streetrider1 on 30 August 2011

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North Face car park, Torlundy From Fort William on the A82, look for the North Face sign on entering Torlundy. Turn right off the A82 onto an unclassified road, follow this for 200 meters then cross over the bridge with traffic lights. After the bridge, turn right onto the forest road and follow the road to the car park. If coming from Spean Bridge, turn left off the A82 in Torlundy. Nevis Range Follow the A82 north from Torlundy for about 3km and then turn right where signposted. Follow this road for approximately 2km to reach the Nevis Range car park. If coming from Spean Bridge, turn left off the A82 as signposted. The distance from Spean Bridge to the Nevis Range junction is around 7km. Leanachan Crossroads car park Follow the A82 for about 1.5km to the south of Spean Bridge. At Aonachan (Unachan) junction, turn left under the railway bridge and follow the road for a further 2km to reach the Leanachan Crossroads car park. The Aonachan (Unachan) junction lies about 7.5km from Torlundy. If coming from Torlundy, turn right at the junction under the railway bridge. Spean Bridge car park From Spean Bridge, head south on the A82. Shortly after crossing the River Spean, take a left turn and follow the road to the car park. If coming from Torlundy, turn right off the A82 before you cross the River Spean. This access point is operated by Till Hill forestry.

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Skills Loops - Leanachan Forest 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1 user reviews.

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