Biking

Mountain biking and cycling on the

Ardnamurchan Peninsula.

‘Take nothing but memories…leave nothing but tyre tracks ’

Fort William has placed the West Highlands on the world map for mountain bike enthusiasts. Some of the remoter parts of Morvern and Ardnamurchan are now being opened up for those who wish to explore wild places, off the main roads, on two wheels. Hill tracks and public rights of way throughout this area give access to superb challenges for cyclists of all fitness levels.

Thanks to the involvement of the forestry industry and some private land owners, new routes for mountain bikes have been created. The Sunart Oak Woodlands project, in conjunction with the Forestry Commission, have now opened designated trails through some of the regions forests.

It remains important to recognize that cycling far from outside assistance, has many risks. Single track motor roads are ideal for cyclists, but they leave little room for overtaking. These roads are also the lifelines of this community. Cyclists should always respect the importance of local traffic. Off main roads basic ‘Country Code’ rules apply: close gates, do not disturb farm activities or animals.

Hill footpaths are not always suitable cycle tracks. So, if in doubt about the suitability of any particular route, always seek local advice. Suitable tracks do include some forest roads, but some may be closed due to forest operations. Respect these warning signs. Most ancient hill tracks were not designed with wheels in mind, and may be very challenging. Remember, at all times, the nearest hospital is well over an hour away, in Fort William. (Signals for Mobile phones do not exist in all areas!)

Each year the local tourist association and the Forestry Commission publish booklets and a leaflet series outlining local walks. These also set out recognized and dedicated cycle trails. The Ordnance Survey ‘Explorer’ series 1:25000 maps will always help identify suitable tracks and routes.

Even for the inexperienced, a modern Mountain bike can always increase the area you may explore while on holiday, by shortening walking distances to remote beaches and other peaceful places, well beyond the rush of traffic on the tarmac.

 

Duneira Croft mountain bike hire, now in our 8th season!

Kentra is a superb start point for a number of great cross country cycling routes, many taking you well off the busy main roads. Starting from our croft near Acharacle, where parking is free, short and longer routes are possible in this peaceful area. Most will lead you to wonderful locations for a picnic lunch.

We have a good selection of high quality Mountain bikes available for hire, day or half day ( from 2 pm.). With an assortment of frame sizes our bikes can be suitable for teenagers and adults. Each bike is supplied with a helmet, and puncture repair kit and a pump.bikesmall

For a full day we charge £15.00, for a half day from 2 pm £10.00. Discounts for longer periods. All bikes are hired entirely on an “own risk” basis. It is up to you to have suitable insurance if you expect this.

We can assist by bringing the bikes to your Holiday accommodation, and can offer to deliver and collect bikes for some of the longer one way routes.

To check availability it is worth phoning us on 01967 431517 a day or two ahead.

We will also hire bikes out for longer holiday periods. But only by prior arrangement.