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CORROUR STATION


Stunning scenery in the heart of the Highlands Te Corrour Estate (pictured) is a destination for all seasons. Te forest roads around Loch Ossian make a fine day out in winter for beginners. Te loch looks fantastic when frozen over and there are


plenty of routes that take you out from here. A night at the Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is a great way to start before heading north to Loch Ghuilbinn and through Laggan or Fersit Woods. Tere are plenty of opportunities here – you can carry on westbound towards Fort William or eastbound on the East Highland Way towards Ardverikie and Kinloch Laggan. Closest SYHA Youth Hostels: Loch Ossian, Pitlochry and Glen Nevis.


KEEP THINGS SIMPLE


CHOOSE THE


THE FIFE COASTAL PATH


SINGLE LIFE A single-speed bicycle is generally cheaper, lighter, and mechanically simpler than its multi-geared equivalent. Without derailleurs or other gearing systems, there are fewer parts on the bicycle that require maintenance making this type of cycle useful for city commuting in all weather. Te drivetrain efficiency of a single-speed can be greater than today’s typical multi-geared bicycles.


Singletrack heaven Scenery and great mountain biking, the Fife Coastal Path has it all. Running


from the Forth Estuary in the south to the Tay Estuary in the north, it is a hidden gem. For a great day out try the section from


Kirkcaldy to Crail (riding further north might not be the most sensible option with one gear). Following the shore most of the time, you can ride through sand dunes, along the beach and negotiate some technical, but short, downhill bits. With small seaside towns, ruins and even


sandstone rocks that remind you of riding in Utah, the Fife Coastal Path has it all. Closest SYHA Youth Hostel: Edinburgh


WINTER LOOP


Edinburgh to Pitlochry Getting out of Edinburgh on the Union Canal offers some great cycling, especially when the sun is reflected in the ice on the canal. From here you will get to the Falkirk Wheel,


an architectural landmark, all on a nice gravel path with no hills. Head on roads and cycle paths towards Stirling and then on side roads to Callander to join cycle route seven. Te stretch from Callander through Glen


Ogle to Lix Toll is some of the best cycling you can get in Scotland and makes up for the road to Crianlarich, which can get busy at times. Spending the night in Crianlarich is a great option before heading into the heart of the Highlands. From Fort William there are plenty of options and the chance to take the train, but carrying on towards Spean Bridge and towards Loch Laggan will take you through some remote parts of the Highlands to Kingussie. From here you can join cycle route seven


Visit the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge


again to Pitlochry, but beware of the conditions on the Pass of Drumochter, which can get very rough in stormy weather. With the right clothes and a sense of adventure, this is a great loop for winter touring. Closest SYHA Youth Hostels: Edinburgh, Stirling, Crianlarich, Glen Nevis and Pitlochry.


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Explore the remote parts of the Highlands


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