Forestry Commission Scotland’s new Laggan WolfTrax trails near Laggan, Inverness-shire, are now fully open. The completion of 240 metres of bermy raised boardwalk
named the “Wolf Run” heralds the completion of the Red route, meaning that the whole network is now open for the first time. The trails total 17.6 kilometres and run through Achduchil Woods, part of Strathmashie Forest, which is managed in a formal partnership by the Commission and the Laggan Forest Trust.
The trails include a “fun park” for those with ‘moderate’ riding skills, a ‘difficult’-graded red route for intermediate riders, and the black-graded
route for those with above average technical skills. Due to demand the black trail has been upgraded and will now be advertised as a “Double
Diamond” Black, or very severe.
The trails can be accessed from the BaseCamp MTB cafe, who also run a shuttle service up the hill for bikers who prefer the downs to the ups.
The Laggan WolfTrax trails are the first of what, it is hoped, will be a cluster of challenging mountain biking routes in national forests in
northern Scotland to complement the famous 7Stanes cluster across the south of Scotland. Planning permission has been granted to develop a trail network
in Learnie Forest on the Black Isle, which now awaits European funding approval before work can start; and Forestry Commission Scotland is working
with local partners to upgrade and extend trails in national forests at Fochabers, Moray.
This is great news both for riders up in the north of Scotland and for those further south that are willing to make the effort and check out some of the world class riding they have available. Just think of a late spring Scotland road trip, as good as anywhere in Europe. A quick search on the Forestry Commission website shows there are 102 places to stop off on your travels.
For more information on the Laggan Wolftrax trails, check out www.basecampmtb.com or you can contact the directly at [email protected] or on 07891 169817. There’s also information on the Forestry Commision website at www.forestry.gov.uk/wolftrax.