Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mountain Bike Tour of the Cairngorms

The Falls of Tarf at the head of Glen Tilt. 70 miles down, 53 to go.

I’ve been wanting to try this mountain biking link up for a couple of years. The route circumnavigates the Cairngorm Massive, connecting the principal glens and villages. I had done some of the individual sections in previous years but wondered if I could connect all the sections into one big day with the same start and finish point.

My Route
  • You could start at any point. I started from near Loch an Eilein south of Aviemore
  • Through Rothiemurchus Forest to Glenmore
  • Over Ryvoan Pass and The Braes of Nethy to Dorback Lodge
  • Through to Tomintoul via Glen Brown
  • Glen Avon, Loch Builg, Invercauld Bridge to Braemar
  • Linn of Dee, White Bridge, Glen Tilt to Blair Atholl
  • Gaick Pass to Tromie Bridge
  • Road back to starting point via Insh and Feshie Bridge
  • Total distance from bike computer 123 miles

    View Tour Of The Cairngorms in a larger map


I relied on filling up at cafe stops for food, only carrying sports drink and a couple of sandwiches which I never actually got round to eating.

There are cafes in Tomintoul, Braemar and Blair Atholl:

Tomintoul - The Old Fire Station Cafe officially opens at 9am but appears to serve from 8.30 am if you just walk in.

Braemar - There is a chippy and two cafes in the village. Turn down the Linn of Dee road and the cafes are on the right.

Blair Atholl - A good cafe that turns into a chippy after 5pm. Opposite the entrance to the caravan park and next to the Atholl Country Life Musem

1 comment:

Stuart Malcolm said...

Great route. Did it a couple of years ago over a couple of days and have been thinking about a long mid-summer daytrip ever since. Well done!