Fire Tower Mountain Bike Trails

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PA31 8RE
Achnabreac is about 2½ miles (4km) north of Lochgilphead on the A816. Look for a turning onto a forest road, with a green sign to ‘Achnabreac’. Follow this for about ¼ mile (500 metres) to reach the turning into the car park at grid reference.NR 851 909
Map Co-ordinates
NR 851909
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The Fire Tower mountain bike trails are in Lochgilphead in West Argyll in Scotland. There is a bit of a mix for everyone with a selection of red and black sections. The singletrack is narrow and flowing, there is a lot of rock, berms, jumps, drops and the descents are tough in the same way the downs are super rewarding.

In Winter 2014 it received significant upgrade work and is now mostly open but some sections remain closed and are due for maintenance soon i.e. the Murder Hill, Kev's Chicane and Tree Town sections.

Fire Tower Trail

  • The main loop begins at main loop starts from the Achnabreac car park  and is 19km long (about 7.5km of pure singletrack in this). There are also two other start points at Kilmichael Glassary and Lochgilphead.
  • The Fire Tower’s main highlights are known as the Twisted Fire Starter which is a short black technical section and the Quarry Drop (both have alternative options). There is also the Water Splash (yes you will likely get wet so waterproof socks recommended) and they have a decent optional North Shore section. The views are meant to be awe inspiring by the Tower itself. Something for everyone.
  • It is called the Fire Tower mountain bike trail as there is a big tower at the top where folk would watch out for fires.

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  • Trail Map
  • There’s a choice of 3 starting points for the Fire Tower Trail:
  1. Achnabreac. Park in the Forestry Commission car park (Grid ref NR852909) just off the A816 Oban-Lochgilphead road.
  2. Kilmichael Glassary.  Park in the village and cycle, or drive over the River Add bridge (700m past the village), then turn right onto the forest track and park at the far end (Grid ref NR866938).
  3. Lochgilphead. Park in the town and cycle up to the Blarbuie Road end (Grid ref NR877 889) by the golf course. 

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Fire Tower Mountain Bike Trails


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This is an excellent little trail. Popped in on my way up to Oban from Northumberland. Only happened across the trail after trawling the forestry commision site and was very impressed with what I found when I got there.  It feels like yours miles from anywhere as the location is well off the beaten track. The top Twisted Firestarter section is bumpy and technical, amost like a Mini McMoab ridge (Kirroughtree) which leads into fun singletrack with some nice rocky steep sections. Further down you'll find Murder Hill which is a top class piece to trail building - fast and twisty with a few jumps popped in for good measure.
Definately worth seeking out if your in the area. I found it well worth the detour, so much so I did it again on the way home.

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<div>Brilliant for a short blast.<br />Good variety of trail type.<br />Good riding surface.</div>
Bad Points
<div>Start of trail could be better signposted when leaving the car park.<br />No facilities.</div>
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