Kinlochleven and the Ciaran Path mountain bike trails

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Kinlochleven
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Kinlochleven and the Ciaran Path mountain bike trails are in the Scottish Highlands in Scotland. The whole area around Kinlocheven has a good number of natural MTB trails. The Ciaran path itself is a technical tough rocky trail that descends from the Blackwater Dam on the north side of the river Leven into Kinlochleven. The trails here have a remote feel and are generally hard, long, exposed and technical.

Check the weather and terrain conditions as it can get boggy and keep your environmental impact to a minimum and be safe.

Useful Sites

  • MTB Trails Info has a number of routes with descriptions and GPS tracks to download. They range from approximately 22km to 45km long and cover classics such as Gleann Lolairean, the Ciaran Path and the Devils Staircase. 

  • The DMBins Highland Guide has a 45km epic. Starts at Ice Factor car park in Kinlochleven (check out GPX and video).

  • Although this is an excellent mountain bike route it utilises multi-use paths and trails. It is important we adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code at all times when using the route. For more information on what the code means for mountain bikers read the ‘Do The Ride Thing’ guide from DMBinS.
  • MBR has a 17km tough, technical loop through Kinlochleven and the Ciaran Path.

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  • You can park in the village on Kinlocheven. There are also toilets and some cafes in the village
  • Check out below and please upload  to the Listing and or to the specific GPS MTB routes section your own rides.

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  • If you have ridden the mountain bike trails in and around Kinlochleven and the Ciaran Path then please share your experiences and post your routes, reviews, pictures and videos to the listing. 

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GPS Routes

January 10, 2016
46 visits
Submitted by: iBikeRide
10.5 miles long. The route kicks off from Caolasnacon, Highland, PA40. It is a tough and a technical rocky trail.

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  • ciaranpath.gpx
    DMBins 45km GPX route. Starts at Ice Factor car park in Kinlochleven
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  • Trail-42-1412477725
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    gpx
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  • CiaranPath4-64-1412477725
    8 KB
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    9
  • CiaranPath4-14-1412477725
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Kinlochleven - how has this got 0 reviews?
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Every MTBer should do the Ciaran path - thats it - go do it.

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Some of the best natural riding there is - the Ciaran path is THE definition of mountain biking. Often linked in with Devils staircase.
On the Ben Nevis side there are some awesome rocky descents with fantastic views - these are used in the Dudes of Hazard Enduro for the past few years they are awesome - over 1000ft of natural descent.
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Over 5 hours away
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