Glencoe Mountain Resort is more than just a great MTB centre, it is as the name suggests an all-encompassing outdoor resort. Located on Rannoch Moor in Argyll, in the Highlands, it is just 26 miles south of Nevis Range mountain bike centre in Fort William.
It's a resort as in it offers serious Downhill and XC mountain biking in the summer alongside a whole host of other outdoor pursuits like archery orienteering, hill-walking, climbing and guided walks. It also has a dedicated chairlift, it's own cafe, bike hire and accommodation facilities. Then in the winter, the same resort facilities flip the seasonal coin over to offer skiing, snowboarding and sledging.
The centre generally opens early to mid-May for the MTB season.
Downhill Run (Black)
- The black downhill run is very steep, technical, rocky with hairpin corners, berms and drops. In July 2014 a new boardwalk section with a drop was added
Downhill Run (Red)
- The red downhill is 2kms of track. It's a flowing track with bumps, jumps and berms. The track is suitable for both downhill and XC bikes
- In August 2014 a new Motorway section was added with berms, jumps, rollers and gap jumps
Downhill Run (Blue)
- There is a 3km blue trail
Red (with Black) XC
- The red XC route is a 4km loop with a 1km optional black. It was completed in the summer of 2017
- Completed in the summer of 2017 the blue xc is. 1.5 km loop
West Highland Way (Cross Country - XC)
- The West Highland Way is a staggering 151 km route. It actually starts in Glasgow and runs all the way to Fort William. From Glencoe, you can piece together much shorter sections like the 18km Bridge of Orchy section or ride to Kinlochleven which is just 14.5 km away. The south route is easier than the more technical North route with the 'devils staircase'. To access the West Highland Way simply ride down the access road towards the cottage and you will see a trail to the right heading south, for rides towards the north carry on along the access road, cross the A82 and join the trail heading left along the valley.
Plateau Trails (Cross Country - XC)
- The Plateau XC trails are accessed from the chairlift. The trails are only moderately technical but all single-track so good for anyone with a little mountain bike experience.
- The new red route at Glencoe opened in May 2012.
- With a day pass, you are able to ride the trails as many times as you like using the chairlift.
- It's open: April - October 9am - 4.30pm
- Drying Facilities and bike storage are available.
- There are 80 miles of pretty spectacular road cycling round past Ballachullish, Glen Etive and Tyndrum.
- There is a campsite at Glencoe with 10 micro lodges, 10 camper/caravan hook-up points, 20 camping plots, showers, drying rooms and an onsite café with a fully licensed bar.
- Glencoe is situated on the A82, 26 miles south of Fort William and 23 miles north of Crianlarich. From the north, head down to Fort William and keep following the road south. From the south, take the M74 to Glasgow and from here, follow signs for Dumbarton on the A82. Past Dumbarton, the A82 continues all the way to Glencoe. Alternatively, if you are travelling from the east, there are several routes off the A9 which take you to Crianlarich and north. These include the A84 from Perth, the A85 from Stirling and the A827 from Balinluig.
- You can hire mountain bikes on site
- If you have ridden the downhill or mtb trails at Glencoe then please share your experiences and post your reviews, pictures and videos to the listing