Cycling & Mountain Biking
The Strathglass area offers a mountain biking experience to rival anywhere in the country. The strath stretches inland from Beauly and Loch Ness, offering a multitude of forest trails along the way, culminating in the three stunning Glens of Affric, Cannich and Strathfarrer.
To cycle in these Glens is about entering a breathtaking wilderness and majestic mountain landscape, with many different routes and trails to choose from. From a base in either of the villages of Cannich, Tomich & Struy, you are within very easy reach of these wonderful places. If it's leisurely cycling you are after, then the forestry roads are ideal. Being free from traffic and therefore quiet, they wind their way through the forests to get you to most destinations.
The public roads are also popular with cyclists as traffic is in fact light for much of the year. For those in search of something more strenuous and technical, there are plenty of 'hair-raising' descents to be found, and awesome uphills to test the most solid nerves and strongest quads.
The lower slopes of Glen Cannich rise dramatically above Cannich village, and a short, but impressive climb allows access to forestry tracks, which in combination with some riding on the winding Mullardoch road, will take you to Loch Mullardoch, 9 miles distant. This is an impressive sight, surrounded by high mountains. The climb through Glen Cannich is certainly steep but the road is relatively quiet and the return ia all downhill!
Glen Affric, can be approached almost entirely via forestry roads from both Cannich and Tomich. This is thoroughly recommended, because although it involves the odd stiff climb, the splendour of the Lochs, and majesty of the mountains at the end, will surely make any cyclist want to return again and again. There are plenty of opportunities to freewheel among the natural Caledonian Pine Forests and to stop on the shores of Loch Beinn a' Mheadhoin, a magical stretch of water.
The track down from Dog Falls to Knockfin is equally impressive, as you head over to Tomich, or alternatively from Loch Affric to Tomich via the West Guisachan estate, Cougie and Plodda Falls. Extending on from that, you can continue over the lower slopes south of Tomich and Cannich, to Corrimony or even over to Glenmoriston, all on remote tracks away from it all.
Glen Strathfarrer, the quietest of all the three Glens, cannot be missed. The virtually traffic free metalled road provides easiest access, as it is limited to only 20 cars per day - no restrictions on number of cyclists. Take your time and admire the truly wonderful beauty it has to offer, and you're almost guaranteed to come across herds of deer. It is ideal wilderness cycling. So if you have a mountain bike, be sure to bring it with you to Strathglass. If not, then hire one while you are here!
Between 2004 and 2009 an annual Glen Affric Duathlon was staged each April. Although the duathlon proved to be extremely popular, the burden of organising and running the event (by one person!) eventually became too great and it was sadly shelved. However rumour has it that given additional support the event will take place again in 2012.