Witch’s Trail

The Witch’s Trail is one of the most popular mountain biking locations in the UK. Challenge yourself with one or more of the three trails on offer as you cycle through the Leanachan Forest in the west of enchanting Scotland.

With a stunning view of Ben Nevis and the challenge of rugged terrain, the Witch’s Trail is a fantastic opportunity to improve your mountain biking skills on these trails of varying difficulty.

Location

The Witch’s Trail is located near Fort William in western Scotland. It is accessible on the A82 from Inverness.

Let’s Pedal

Cast a spell and decide upon which route you will take. Will you ride through the enchanting Leanachan Forest or challenge yourself to some truly awe-inspiring downhill action?

Whatever you decide, there is something for every mountain biker to enjoy. The trails are of varying difficulty, so families and serious mountain bikers alike will love riding here. Start at the Nevis Range Visitor Centre.

Cats’ Eyes (Green) – 0.8 miles / 1.3 km

A easy, family-friendly trail with gentle descents and a wide 1.5 metre path to enjoy. Accessed by 2km of forest road climb.

Broomstick Blue (Blue)

A great starter trail, the Broomstick Blue introduces you to the delights of basic off-road cycling.

10 Under The Ben (Red) 

Based on the popular event of the same name, this trail is a mixture of single-track and forest road. For those wanting a challenge, take on Black Nessie, a beast of a descent. For those preferring not to confront his monster, simply take the easy route down.

Witch’s World Champs (Red)

A single-track trail featured in the World Championships that took place here in 2007. This looping trail has 270 metres of climbing, 3 kilometres of downhill and includes berms and rock sections.

Skills Loop 

There is also a Skills Loop practice area for you to warm up your legs and dust off some of those all important mountain biking skills.

Feeling like taking on something more? Check out:

  • Blue Adder (Blue – Intermediate)
  • The Red Giant – (Red – Hard)
  • Jump Lines (Orange – Extreme)
  • World Cup Downhill (Orange – Extreme)

Route Distance

RouteColourDifficultyDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Cats’ EyesGreenEasy0.81.3
Blue AdderBlueIntermediate1.93.1
Broomstick BlueBlueIntermediate4.36.9
10 Under The BenRedHard6.210
The Red GiantRedHard3.45.5
Witch’s World ChampsRedHard5.28.4
Jump LinesOrangeExtreme0.50.75
World Cup DownhillOrangeExtreme1.752.82

Refreshments

Refreshments are available at Nevis Range Visitor Centre.

Facilities

Toilets, Cycle Hire and Tourist information available at:

Nevis Range Visitor Centre

How to get here

By Car

The best starting point is from Nevis Range, Torlundy Fort William, PH33 6SQ which includes parking and facilities.

Nevis Range is reached along the A82 from Fort William or Inverness.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available next to the trail at this location:

Car ParkLocationPostcode Cost
Nevis RangeNear Fort WilliamPH33 6SQ£3 (May to October)
£Free (November to April)

By Cycle

Nevis Range is partly accessible using National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 78 from Fort William before continuing on-road on the A82 and turning off on the Forestry Commission Scotland road before reaching Torlundy which will take you to Nevis Range.

By Train

Fort William or Banavie.

Summary

  • Distance (miles): 0.5 - 6.2
  • Distance (km): 0.75 - 10
  • Start: Nevis Range Visitor Centre
  • Finish: Nevis Range Visitor Centre
  • Type: Forest Trail
  • Surface: Gravel, earth
  • Sat Nav: PH33 6SQ
Fort William
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humidity: 78%
wind: 1m/s N
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Features

  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Nevis Cycles

Nevis Range
Torlundy
Fort William
PH33 6SQ

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works or bad weather – see Nevis Range website for more information.

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Disclaimer

The information provided on this page is believed to be correct and is given in good faith. Please be aware that it may have changed since our research. Use of the information on this page is at your risk, we cannot accept any liability for any problems or incidents arising. The maps are based on the postcodes of the centres. The postcode provided for Sat Nav is the nearest postcode to the start of the trail or car park and is therefore not 100% accurate to the entrance of the location. Postcodes are provided as a guide only. We recommend that you confirm the location and other details before travelling.

Cycling With The Kids is not responsible for the content of third party websites, and travel times, prices, routes and providers are correct at the time of writing, but may alter at short notice.

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