Kyle of Sutherland MTB Trail - Balblair

Forests & Woodlands

    Both Carbisdale and Balblair are noted for their wonderful views over the Kyle of Sutherland. They offer fantastic mountain bike trails.

    Located two miles away from the Carbisdale Trails, Balblair is a true black grade trail. Accordingly, it attracts dedicated and experienced mountain bikers who want to test themselves. 

    With grippy, flowing bedrock that you would swear was sculpted to ride on, and stunning views over the Kyle of Sutherland, Carbisdale Castle and surrounding hills, a trip to Balblair is an assault on all of the senses.
    The Balblair black trail, around 17kms in length, provides two to three hours riding at least. It is made up of roughly a third of bedrock, a third 'woodwork' (with boards, bridges and causeways), with the remaining third being hard-packed dirt, thanks to the high quality mineral soil. The wooden sections are coated with a rubber/sand paint which makes it grippy, even in the wet – it’s nearly as grippy as the rocks!
    Balblair Trails cater for the less experienced too with an extensive network of forest roads and the smooth flowing singletrack decent of the Ceilidh Trail. The more experience riders will test their skills on the strenuous climbing rock sections including ‘Hard Rock’ – a lung busting technical climb that you’ll be doing well to clear first time round. The gravity assisted sections include Candy Mountain – a combination of sloping bedrock and sweeping berms and the super fast ‘Loopy Loo’. There is even a very tricky hand cut decent on the section called ‘Slab Happy’. Variety is the name of the game at Balblair.
    Balblair doesn’t just feature in the book ‘Mountain Bike Trail Centres – The Guide’ – it’s in the Top 10!   Balblair definitely deserves a visit.

    Bike Shops/Hire
    Ticket To Ride - Company offers bike hire and a 'bike taxi' service -they can help up to 6 cyclists to get to the trails with their bikes and all their kit. Their vehicle is fully licensed Private Hire Car.
    Cantraybruich Cottage
    Culloden Moor
    IV2 5EG

    Road Directions

    Bonar Bridge is the nearest town or village. From Bonar Bridge take the A836 west towards Lairg for about one mile and the car park is signposted on the right.

    Distance from:
    Bonar Bridge - 1 miles
    Inverness - 49 miles
    Edinburgh - 202 miles
    Glasgow - 216 miles

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