The Certificate in Outdoor Leadership students at West Highland College complete expeditions on foot, in kayaks and on mountain bikes in the first semester. This year we went to check out the great trails on the Glen Livet Estate. It's a bit of a drive from Fort William (2 to 2.5 hours) but there is a 22km red graded route that is really fun. There's lots of swoopy, flowing single track and a few features to keep you on your toes but still on your pedals hopefully. There's a nice little pump track and a cafe and the trails are very well looked after.
Today we went for a longer ride round the Crown Estate which took in Meall Daimh. The high moors offer some really nice riding and there are lots of forest tracks to enjoy as well. We got a bit bogged down in farm tracks at times in between the nice trails but it's a nice part of the world to explore. It's still warm and showing no sign of cooling down for a while yet. Winter walking and climbing will be back shortly. Keep the faith!
Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These blog posts and conditions reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.