Destination: Strathpeffer, Contin Forest, Ross-shire
Pop into Square Wheels bike shop in Strathpeffer, pick up a trail map (you’ll need one if only to find the start of the trail), have a chat and then head into the woods to explore. Although the way-marked riding is more suited to intermediate riders and above, there’s loads of trails for all abilities and ages.
How to get there
Take the A835 road west from Contin to a point about 200 metres beyond the 30 mph speed limit. At the green Forestry Commission Scotland sign, turn right. Continue along this road for half a mile past some wooden buildings to the car park.
Sat Nav: Contin
Parking and toilets.
The main way-marked 16 km red grade trail is a great ride. With its roots, rocky slabs, plenty of tight singletrack and steep ups and downs, it’ll put a big grin on your face. It’s best in the dry or when frozen but still fun in the slop.
Nearest bike shop
If you like the riding and have a masochistic streak a mile wide, how about taking on the mid-winter Strathpuffer 24-hour race. The 2013 edition happens over the weekend of January 26-27.