A snow-covered 43km mountain bike adventure from Bridge of Orchy, through Glen Kinglass to Bridge of Awe in the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy the video!
We set out on our mission early in the morning from Connel to get two trains – first to Tyndrum, and then north to Bridge of Orchy where we would head west over River Orchy and onto the West Highland Way. Despite the snow-covered terrain, progress was steady and conditions were perfect with little to no wind and a fairly clear sky. Many layers were stripped off within the first few kilometres!
After the first frozen descent to Inveroran, we left the West Highland Way to travel south west through Glen Kinglass, where we were lucky enough to have a breath-taking encounter with a young stag.
The weather provided us with consistently perfect conditions to plod on through the ice and snow, occasionally stopping to swap layers on and off when we passed through cold shaded areas created by the low winter sunshine passing behind the imposing mountains.
After some sketchy frozen river crossings and some technical, undulating single track, the light began to fade and we picked up speed as the terrain changed to double-track for the final third of the journey.
We arrived at Bridge of Awe after completing the last hour of the journey in near darkness, and returned by car to our start point that morning in Connel.
If you’re interested in the route, can find the journey on Strava here.