The trail includes a wide range of challenging, steeper climbs and descents.
The Highland Wildcat Trails are set in a superb coastal location in Golspie, above the Dornoch Firth. Featuring the longest freeride descent in the UK from the summit of Ben Bhraggie (1300' to sea-level) - and the longest technical singletrack climb.
The trails have been designed with everyone in mind and are graded from the blue family/novice trails through mixed woodland to more technical red & black graded trails through conifer woods and open hill at higher elevation.
The Red trail begins at the public car park in the centre of Golspie. The route starts by heading out via Fountain Road and up hill under the railway bridge. After passing Rhives Farm the singletrack starts in a mature broadleaved wood and climbs steadily up into the forest. Minor stone features along the way add interest and a warm up for things to come.
The singletrack joins "coconut alley", a forest track named after the smell of gorse flowers that line the edges in Spring. After a short distance the red route joins the blue on "Cat's Climb", a singletrack ascent from which views open up as height is gained.
On joining the forest road the red route turns downhill and then up a fairly steep section to the start of the serious fun. "Valhala" is reached! (the heavenly hall of the Norse). This trail has a very smooth, fast surface and includes drop-offs, bomb holes, ski jumps, a canyon jump and other stone features en-route to a seriously fast section of narrow swoopy singletrack within closely planted pinewood.
A breather can be had as the trail crosses the main forest road and widens to accommodate "big air" on table top jumps, massive berms, drops and seemingly endless swoopy trail through a magnificent area of old Scots pine.
The grand finale features Thor and Odin, two large table top jumps separated by a further jump into a fantastic bomb hole. Test your riding skills on "the log" before crossing the fields of Rhives Farm on some relaxing natural trail to return to the start.
For more information on the Highland Wildcat Trails visit www.highlandwildcat.com