Things to do in Glenfinnan


The area round Glenfinnan offers both mountain biking and touring routes. The main drawback is that there are very few circular routes other than those requiring a great deal of stamina.

Off Beat Bikes in Fort William hire out bikes and have tandems and children's bikes for hire (Tel 01397 704008).

The classic circular tour from Glenfinnan is the 65 mile round trip up to Lochailort, round the coast through Acharachle to Strontian, then back up the Forest track along Loch Shiel. There are some quiet demanding hill climbs, particularly out of Strontian, although the run down the other side to Polloch on Loch Shiel is one of the most exhilarating to be done on a bike! As a variation you can use the cruise boat service down Loch Shiel to make the return journey.

The other circular route is the 30 mile trip into Fort William , up to Loch Arkaig, then all the way back down the Loch to Strachan where a daunting 2 mile carry leads up to the head of Glen Finnan. From here starts one of the best downhill mountain bike tracks in Scotland, leading to the bothy at Corriehoille ( do read the bothy book!). Then there is a private tarmac road leading back to Glenfinnan. This is a serious undertaking and needs a high degree of fitness and experience.

For less energetic souls there are several easier trips:

It is possible to access the track up Glen Finnan without having to use major roads. Once on the glen track the tarmac road leads up under the viaduct and on to the bothy at Corryhoille(3 miles). There is then a choice of turning round, carrying on up the gravel track to the head of the glen(3m) or crossing over the river if not in spate , carrying up the hill opposite for 200m and then cyling back to the viaduct via the forest track.

The track along the side of Loch Shiel offers some superb views and fairly level gradients. Access to the track is some 2.5miles along the main A830 road which can be busy in Summer. Once on the track you can go as far as you want.