Nevis Range Trail Centre

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Nevis Range is located 7 miles north of Fort WIlliam, on the A82 to Inverness. It is extremely well signposted, and the access road to Nevis Range is a tarmac road. Watch out for traditional brown tourist signposting.
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The Nevis Range Mountain Bike Trail Centre is on the Nevis range in the Lochaber region just north of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.

It is made up of a multitude of top MTB trails offering a mix of Downhill and XC for all abilities. It is famous for being home to the World Champs course and the only centre in the UK with a Gondola.

In April 2014 two new trails a green and a blue opened. In Spring 2015 two more jump lines (graded orange) opened parallel to the infamous motorway section which has progressive jumps and can be ridden and accessed separately to the main track.

World Cup Downhill (Orange Extreme)

  • The only way to get up this trail is by the Gondola. It is open just May to September and shut outside those dates as well as on race days and bad weather days. The lift runs from 10.15am - 3.45pm. Also you have to be at least 12 years old and complete a participation statement (found on website). 
  • The trail is graded orange extreme (previously was a  'black') is 2.82km long and has a descent of 555m. It's is steep, very fast, full of rock gardens, tight steep corners, big jumps, drops, shore, exposed sections and woodland sections. It ends in the Nevis Range car park. 

The Red Giant

  • Built in 2009 with new sections added in 2010 this trail has got some decent buzz around it. It is graded a red XC. It's about 5.5.km with a vertical drop of 543 metres and it ends in the Nevis Range car park. The terrain is also steep, technically tough with wide singletrack, some shore, rock steps, rock gardens, gap jumps and drops. The only red cross country trail with gondola access, remote with exposed open hill sections and stunning mountain views.

Blue Adder XC 

  • The Blue Adder blue-graded cross country descent is 3.1km long, is a mix of wide single track and gently bermed wide boardwalk, followed by a series of flowing twists and turns. It has mini features to encourage the skills of budding downhillers while still remaining in keeping with cross country trail standards.There is a 2km forest road climb as part of the route that is then followed by the 1.1km descent. Vehicle uplift for Blue Adder and Cats Eyes, summer weekends

Cats Eyes (Green)

  • The Cats Eyes green-graded cross country descent is 1.3km long, has wide berms and rollover features, with a rolling trail through the trees beside a burn. Again accessed initially by forest road. Vehicle uplift for Blue Adder and Cats Eyes, summer weekends

Witch's XC Trails: World Champs route (Red)

  • This trail was built for the World Champs and World Cup circuit (built in 2007) is graded red and is 8.5 km long running through the Leanachan forest. It has many technical sections and given the terrain has tough ups and fast descents.  

Witch's XC Trails: 10 Under the Ben Loop (Red)

  • This trail is also graded red and is 10 miles (16km) long with fast flowing singletrack mixed up with fire road. and a famous fast descent is known as Nessie. It is the home of No FussEvents who started off with their first race event there (and still run) the annual 10 under the Ben endurance race.  

Witch's XC Trails: The Broomstick Blue

  • This trail is 7 km long, graded blue and is a friendly 7km around the river Lundy on flowing singletrack. Great for beginners and families.
  • The Witch's Trails are open all year round and start from the Nevis Range. 

Jump Lines (Orange)

  • There is 0.5 miles in total. Two new jump lines parallel to the motorway on the World Cup Downhill will give riders the choice of small, medium or large features. They can be ridden independently of the Downhill and are accessible from the Blue Adder ascent or the vehicle uplift service.

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Riding the WC track
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Brilliant place, go ride there if you get the chance

User Review

Good Points
Went riding after the World Cup this year.

The tracks there are something else, you learn fast how to ride off rocks and drops

riding the red and WC runs a few times, was amazing, if you get the chance to go up there it is well worth the trip!

The Nevis Range is a brilliant place great for facilities and the cafe!
Bad Points
You need to have some skills and confidence here.

MIDGES - absoloute nightmare. get u the hill and away as soon as you can.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Love it
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
I've been here to watch the world cups and ridden the blue and red trails. The blue route was very fun with some nice uphill single track and probably the steepest blue descent I've seen borderline red. The red route I did was the best downhill I have ever done. The climb goes on forever with glorious view. Then at the top it just chucks you back down with the biggest grin. There's a bit of xc in there as well. And then obviously there's the world cup downhill track with gondola uplift. Not been brave enough to do that. But the cafe at the tops really good. It's probably my favourite centre. I want to move here.

User Review

Good Points
Downhill mecca
Decent variety of trails
Uplift gondola
Breath taking views
Bad Points
It's too far away from my house
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Great and getting even better
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Great trails, great coffee, unique uplift to over 2000ft. Can't be beat.

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Good Points
New trails being built including excellent blue climb which has transformed the network. Giant red has to be the best trail centre descent anywhere and it's gondola accessed.
Would you recommend?
Yes
BT
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Seems they only care about the gondola
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1.8
Grin Factor 
 
1.5
Trail Variety 
 
1.5
Skills Development 
 
2.0
Trail Quality  
 
1.5
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3.0
Really disappointed with our visit to Nevis Range. The xc trails need a lot of work to bring them up to standard. 10 under the Ben is never a red with the exception of the Nessie section. Blue Adder downhill has had poor quality repairs leading the run off of the material in the rain causing huge channels for your wheels to drop into.

Definitely won't be back to ride again.

User Review

Good Points
Good sized car park
Reasonable prices in cafe
Bad Points
Poor Signage that's hard to read at speed
10 under the Ben needs serious work on drainage
Boardwalk sections badly maintained in places with holes big enough for a childs wheel to drop down
Fill in material on Blue Adder downhill washes away to leave channels
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Must visit!
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
This is the Mecca of mountain biking, it really does have a massive range of riding from the World Cup downhill track to graded trails for all abilities.

Every time I go I find new trails as there are different options everywhere, including for the brave a few built by the dudes of hazard.....

I can't recommend a ride here enough, there is some have to do.

User Review

Good Points
Uplift by gondola
Trails everywhere
Bike shop
Great cafe
Loads fir the family to do while you ride
Plenty of development of new trails
World champs Xc course is great fun but you can't beat the red run down from the gondola.

Bad Points
The downhill reputation may put some off but there is a massive network of graded trails for everyone.
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Nevis range
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
The gondola is great the tracks are awesome, you need some serious endurance to manage a lot of runs tho!
The XC routes aren't quite as exciting tho to be honest

User Review

Good Points
Great location,
Great views
Gondola to the top for downhill route
Facilities are top notch
Bad Points
Gondola only runs over summer months
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Great Riding
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0

User Review

Good Points
Although there are blues and greens under construction I'd recommend coming here with some experience under your belt.

The World Cup Downhill Track - wow; fast in places with enough rocks to give you a complete work out after just a few runs. It just goes on and on and the more you ride it the better it gets. Comparable to the best in Whistler and the Alps - and what's more you've probably seen the pros riding it. (Yes, you'll pretend you're a pro at the start line). In terms of Wow factor there's little to beat it. Don't expect to do 10 runs if you're of average fitness - I was pretty much dead after 6.

The Red Downhill - makes reds elsewhere need regrading to blue perhaps! .. satisfying and plenty of rocks once you're off the seemingly endless boardwalk.

Gondola to get back up ... facilities all good ...
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Fort Bill - World Cup DH Track
(Updated: November 08, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
1.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
Been wanting to tackle this for a while and got round to it this year. We have all watched the vids I think so know exactly what to expect, then you go and ride it. We don't have many gondola assisted downhill courses in the UK and it adds a whole new element. Takes around 15mins to get to the top so you can get plenty of runs in. I entered the No fuss / Hope Technology 6 hour endurance downhill, did 1 practice run and then 14 race runs in the 6 hours, finished 3rd. You need to be prepared for the extreme nature of the course if your doing run after run to get your monies worth .. I did a video of the event that's attached - but if you want vids then watch the best guys in the world do the course at the world cups rather than me :)

I didn't do the red, or ride the XC - Fort Bill is about the WC DH track to me not the rest.
You dont *need* a DH bike but I'm sure it helps, I rode my Heckler!
I did this as event #1 in my "Month of Madness" 5 Big mountain events in 5 weeks. Including MegAvalanche, Mountain of Hell and the MacAvalanche.
http://www.pinkbike.com/u/kevduk/blog/2013-Euro-Trip-Month-of-Madness.html

Nice big car park, cafe toilets etc - remember your midge repellant!

User Review

Good Points
One of the Best WC DH tracks in the world - so much history!
Bad Points
You need strong arms to ride all day!
Midges! OW!
Would you recommend?
Yes
Fort Bill Endurance Downhill 2013 - Podium Finish
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DH track
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

User Review

Good Points
great physical track
good for building up confidence when starting out
super fast once you get off the brakes
Bad Points
forest section closed apart from races
rock sections before the woods has ruined loads of innertubes
Would you recommend?
Yes
A
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Fort Bill Black Downhill
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
I rode this a few years back with a downhill group called the Groovy Rockets. We spent a weekend sessioning the downhill black (as it was known at the time). When we arrived we walked the trail up the afternoon before we rode and although a really good idea on a trail like this and although it was amazing and beautiful it did fill my heart with a heady mix of excitement and a bit of dread for the ride the next day.

The trail is awesome. It is steep, rocky, has big jumps, is full of drops and will leave you grinning and in awe every time you ride it. The cable car up is a godsend to catch your breath and also to let your forearms repair (worth working these muscles up in the weeks before before heading out).

Definitely took my riding to the next level and will be one of those trails I will look back on many years from now with one hell of a content smile to have ridden it.

User Review

Good Points
- Feels like miles of grin busting downhill
- Incredible variety
- Rocky and gnarly
- You can get a cable car up
Bad Points
- Its so far away from London
Would you recommend?
Yes
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