Four days Fort to Fort ....
This ride starts at Aviemore in the heart of the Highlands in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. We ride beneath the towering hills through the ancient Caledonian Pine forest of Rothiemurchas and Inschriach riding past Loch an Eilein with it's 13th century ruined castle and on past imposing Ruthven Barracks, watching over the Insch marshes to spend the night at Newtonmore. From here we head through the hills to climb the Corrieyairack Pass, on an 18th century miliatary road built to supress the Highlanders after the first Jacobite uprising (it's just a stone track now) to it's highest point at 770m, before descending to the village of Fort Augustus far below. Stunning views over the surrounding hills in all directions and well worth the climb! From Fort Augustus we join the Great Glen way and ride beside beautiful Loch Oich with the ruins of Invergarry Castle, once home of Clan MacDonell, which was burned and blown up as punishment for the clans support of Bonnie Prince Charlie, who stayed here both before and after the bloody battle of Culloden. Crossing the Caledonian Canal, we ride on good forest trails between towering crags and lovely Loch Lochy for some nice long canters before finishing our ride on a hill with stunning views over the glen to Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK and the imposing Grey Corries range.
This route can be combined with the Castles and Whisky trail to make a 12 day ride (10 days riding and 2 days off for sight-seeing) riding on ancient mounth 'roads' (often no more than a trail through the heather), drove roads and other old ways through the hills and visiting many castles and other historic sites across the Highlands.
You need to get to Aviemore for the start of this ride and it will finish just outside Fort William. There are good rail and bus connections to both Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow from either town.
Pictures to follow soon, but trust us, this ride is stunning!
Price: 840 GBP
Including 3 nights accommodation and all meals.