Our newest addition to the HPL portfolio, Trails End Lodge, was named for the mountain bike trails which start and finish at High Burnside, some of which are decidedly daring. If you want to locate some of these trails, try www.trailforks.com - you can also download their really useful app. They’re a bit beyond our technical ability (which is a roundabout way of saying we’re too scared to try them) but our mountain biking friends and family all seem to enjoy them!
For a really gentle cycle with some beautiful scenery, try the Speyside Way out to Boat of Garten from Aviemore. The path runs parallel with the Strathspey Steam Railway so you may get some friendly waves from the carriage windows as the lovely old steam train puffs past. Once you reach Boat, reward yourself with tea and cake or lunch at 1896 Café - or bring your own picnic to eat in the gardens next to the little steam railway station. Once you head back on the return journey, you’ll be rewarded with some utterly stunning views of the mountains.
A longer and more challenging route takes you out to Loch Einich – beware, there are some seriously steep short uphill sections, and some fords of varying depth - but also truly breathtaking views on the way there and back. You’ll most likely have the loch to yourself too. Or how about the Ryvoan Pass or the Burma Road if you want to put in the mileage and the altitude? You really could spend a lifetime exploring the cycle routes which radiate from Aviemore, so grab your bike, a map and a helmet, and start pedalling!