Golspie Wildcat Mountain Bike Trails

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Golspie Wildcat mountain bike trails are in Golspie in Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands. They feature a black, red and a blue run.

Golspie Wildcat is famed for featuring the longest descent in the UK from the summit of Ben Bhraggie (1300' to sea-level) - and therefore the longest technical single track climb up.

Black Run

  • The black run is 13.8 km long and requires a high level of fitness. It's basically one very long up and then one very brilliant and very long down. On the way up the challenge is to climb the Lactic Ladder of rocks and step ups without putting your foot down, then after reaching the monument you have the longest downhill in the UK. The trail is pretty much all year weather resistant and the down has rocky descents with jumps and big step offs, then onto the red section with sweeping berms and jumps. 

Red Run

  • The red mountain bike trail is 6.7 km long and has plenty of challenging features and can be ridden as the beginning and end of the black run or on it’s own using the Red Lynx link. It’s a ride full of sweeping bermed single track, jumps and natural obstacles.

Blue Run

  • The 6.6 km blue run is a non technical mountain bike trail but does contain a fair amount of pedaling so it is advisable to take on with a good level of fitness.  It features sweeping wooded single track with natural feature

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  • Not being a trail centre there are none to speak of. The good news is the trails start from the village itself which has cafes, toilets, accommodation and a local train station.

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Golspie.. A definite must..
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4.7
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5.0
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Stunning views from the top. Looking East with the beautiful Sutherland coast, and West is just as stunning looking towards Lairg.
For masochists the middle section of the ascent called Lactic Ladder is a challenge to be cleaned without a dab.. bit too techy for my old bones.
The mixture of drops, rock gardens, techy rocks, full on speed sections, super twisty berms, and huge tabletops near the bottom, leave you super pumped by the time you get to the bottom of one of the longest downhill reds in the country.
Last time I was there a small donation to upkeep the trails were put into an honesty box in the carpark.
It is a bit far north for a lot of folks, but a trip combined with Laggan, Black Isle, and Balblair trails at Bonar Bridge, make for a fantastic road trip..
Should definitely be on you bucket list..enjoy..

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Long, diverse, techy and beautiful.
Bad Points
Last time there, wooden ramps slippy..
Would you recommend?
Yes
SJ
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Golspie Madness
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Definitely worth trying out, there is something for everyone there.

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The black loop is by far the best trail I've ever ridden, and the finishing red/black trail is absolutely fantastic. Trail is rideable all year round and you get the best view at the top from any trail centre anywhere.
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I suppose you could say there is no facilities but the villiage is only a minute down the road with a nice cafe and shops. I cant really fault it.
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MG
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Got it all!
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This is definitely my favourite trail centre - it's not just a pootle around a forest - it's a hill climb and descent!

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A huge variety of trails and shortcuts so you can pick your length. Fantastic options for folk moving up from red to black by using the short cuts. Also challenging ascents which you don't get on many other black runs.
Views from the top are amazing - you can see from east coast to west coast on a clear day! And then the decent from the top is truly epic... Everything is rollable if you are just starting out with technical descents but there are plenty options for big jumps for those with more... Skill!
The village has cake, fish and chips and bars. And there is a public toilet at the village car park.
For those travelling from afar - the train station is only a couple of mins ride from the bottom of the trails and its a very scenic journey. There is a SYHA hostels in Helmsdale or Inverness (both on the train line).
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Upper runs are exposed and can be snow covered in winter.
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Yes
J
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4.0
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4.0
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4.5
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4.5
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What a trail the downhillis an absolute blast, it's long and hard work in parts with some pretty seizable rocks but so fun, uphill is quite long but the view at the top and the satue are both qute cool!
The black is not for the faint hearted, there are some big drops you won't see till your on them but totally worth the ride!
Red is also good but not quite as exciting as the black!

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Good Points
Longest Black decent in UK currently
Fun bits of technical up
View at top is great
Bad Points
Hard to get to with not a lot nearby
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Awesome
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4.1
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4.5
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4.0
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5.0
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4.5
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A very long way from Edinburgh but well worth it. Rough on a hardtail and you are guaranteed to get arm-pump but you are also guaranteed to have a smile on your face!

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Good Points
Really technical options to push your boundaries
Brutal climb rewarded with great descents
Great freeride style trail to round off the route
Bad Points
Pretty low-key trailhead
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Yes
T
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Georgous Golspie
(Updated: December 11, 2012)
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4.1
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5.0
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4.0
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Longest descent in the UK. Lots of fire road on climb, some technical sections, sweetest descent ever, generally offering black options on same side of main obstacles

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M
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