Kingussie - a great cycling hub.
Kingussie just happens to be in the middle of Scotland’s land mass or from a cycling perspective you could say it is at the very “hub” of Scotland. It is the venue for the Scottish Bikeathon, in aid of charity, which has been held in June for over 20 years. More recently this has been extended to a weekend cycling event through the creation of Bikefest Scotland, held on the day before the Bikeathon.
Now that our Cycle Friendly Kingussie projects are well under way, the town is well placed to support cycling visitors, whatever the level or interest. For touring it’s on the main long distance touring routes north and south and the two day circular road route around the Cairngorms National Park. It also benefits from quiet Sustrans cycling routes following the river Spey both upstream and down stream.
Kingussie is a great base for finding local mountain bike trails and these can be found on the Cycle Friendly Kingussie website. There are some amazing family friendly forest tracks as well as more ambitious single track routes around Inshriach and the Glen Feshie forest. The Gaick pass, which follows the old Wade route from near Blair Atholl, over the watershed and along the Tromie river finishing at Ruthven near Kingussie, is a real classic mainly off road journey.
There are also circular road trips through spectacular scenery in the Cairngorms National Park, the most popular being the Laggan, Dalwinnie loop and the Kincraig, Aviemore loop.
Hard core mountain bike enthusiasts will want to visit the Wolftrax centre at Laggan, and enjoy nearly 35km of the most up-to-date, year-round single-track available in the country. Set in the outstanding natural highland beauty of Strathmashie Forest, Wolftrax provides a green-graded beginners' trail, the thrills of a big-and-bermy Bike Park, a fast red-graded route packed with features and a black-graded trail that's possibly the most technical of its type in Scotland.
Kingussie itself is a useful service point , with a station on the main rail line which means you can even bring your bike on the train. There are lots of accommodation options and shops to restock including basic bike spares. The nearest bike hire and bike shops can be found in Aviemore.