For the May bank holiday we took a trip to Shieldaig with the sea kayak and bikes hoping to sample more of what the area has to offer. There is a campsite in Shieldaig that has a honesty box. There is running water and you use the public toilets in the village and the view is priceless!
There are not many places to stop on the Loch although there were many little inlets that we didn't have the time to explore.
The views were stunning, made even more awesome by the snow capped mountains. Heading back towards Shieldaig we took a good look at the moored yacht that had arrived whilst we were away.
Coire Mhic Nobuil
Leaving Shieldaig we drove around the Loch to park in a layby half way between the start and the end of the route. The route starts on the road until hitting the singltrack signposted for the Coire Mhuic Nobuil.
The route soon reaches a bridge crossing over the burn. Turning off what feels like the main path you continue following the burn to Lochan a Chaorainn. The trail soon deteriorates before carrying is needed. The book suggests you start to lose the will to live and when you think it can't get any worse it does! We would agree with this but the views do help you through what feels like a real trek with the bike.
The Burma Road
The final adventure of the 3 days was to ride to the top of the Burma Road and descend the singletrack back to Aviemore. It was as simple as that! Staying at the High Range campsite we were on the doorstep for the ride. Heading for Lynwilg the Burma road is soon easy to find and the climbing starting steep soon becomes a very pleasant ride to the top with great views
At the top there is a cairn where the singletrack descent begins. Concentration is needed all the way down with many different lines that can be taken.
It did not take long before we were at the bottom, riding around Loch Alvie before heading back to Aviemore. The ride was just what was needed, a quick blast with great views.
Back at the motorhome it was time to head home, discussing the 3 days and the fantastic views, trails and lochs that we had experienced. It was time to go back to work for a rest!