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The Witch’s Trails

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  • The car park and toilets are currently closed.

About

World class mountain biking trails at Nevis Range

Choose from magical journeys through fragrant forest or dazzling downhill rides - the Witch’s Trails have something for everyone. There’s a skills loop to warm up, and if you feel the need for a higher, mightier magic you can take the Nevis Range gondola up the mountain for more.

A local legend tells how the ‘witch of Leanachan’ fled to the hills after cursing a doctor and his two brothers in the 1800s. Now the forest below Ben Nevis is famous as the home of the mountain bike World Cup and World Championships – you’ll be riding the same routes as world champions.

Nevis Range manages the trails. Check out the latest information on trail conditions and special events before you set off.

Mountain biking trails (2)

Mountain Biking

Broomstick Blue

Fly with the witch on this gentle ride.

Blue: Moderate
4 ¼ miles / 7.0 km

More information

This is a great place to start, and ideal for younger riders. The trail follows the River Lundy, with plenty of gently flowing single track.

Mountain Biking

The Witch’s World Champs

Work out and wow!

Red: Difficult
5 ¼ miles / 8.5 km

More information

Built for the 2007 World Championships, this loop is a real work out, with nearly 600 feet/270m of climb and descent. You’ll need to handle technical features and hard climbs – and be ready for thrilling descents.

Activities

Jump on your bike

The Witch’s Trails offer three classic routes right from the car park. The Nevis Range gondola will take you and your bike up the hill for the Nevis Red Route, a challenging single track with exposed open hill sections and stunning mountain views, and the Off Beat downhill, an extreme brew of berms, rock steps, and gap jumps.

Explore the Nevis Range Trails

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking icon
Parking
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area

The Nevis Range centre has a café, and toilets for customers.

Equipment

To get started we recommend a basic mountain bike with suspension forks – nothing too fancy – and please wear a helmet. We’ve got some helpful guidelines about how to have fun and stay safe on the trails.

Stay safe

All waymarked cycle trails MUST be ridden only in the direction shown.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

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Getting here

From Fort William take the A82 north towards Fort Augustus for 3 ¾ miles (6km). Turn right, following signs for Nevis Range ski centre. The car park is at grid reference NN 170 774.

Using SatNav?

Nearest postcode: PH33 6SQ 

Public transport

Buses from Fort William go to Nevis Range. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.

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Nearby forests

Heavily forested hillside with large bare mountain beyond with snow on top and a cloudy blue sky.

A nationally renowned hub of outdoor activities

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking icon
Parking
Treetop adventure
Treetop adventure
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Mountain access
Mountain access
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'The Witch’s Trails': 0.14 miles
View in the mist from high hill of wooded hills and Loch Arkaig, near Fort William

Butterflies, waterfalls and a truly remote Highland loch

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Mountain access
Mountain access
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'The Witch’s Trails': 8.61 miles
Waterfall cascades down into pool, surrounded by trees, ferns and boulders, Glen Righ forest, near Fort William

Eight mighty waterfalls and wide loch views

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
All ability trails
All ability trails
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'The Witch’s Trails': 10.53 miles

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Phone
0300 067 6650 (option 1)
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