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Ride Ness Bike Park Proposal


Posted on June 10 in Routes

The scheme, known as Ride Ness, is earmarked for a 283-hectare site on the Glendoe Estate near Fort Augustus in the heart of the Highlands by the shores of Loch Ness.

With a vertical drop of over 335 metres, Ride Ness will include 26 kilometres of trails graded blue to black, and a downhill racetrack. Descents of two to five kilometres starting from a single trailhead will be accessed by a dedicated year-round uplift service. 

At the heart of the park will be a coaching zone and skills area, including a jump line, for riders to hone their skills. A bike shop will be located on-site, allowing visitors to hire and try out equipment. 

The scheme will include landscaped picnic areas and a café showcasing local produce, as well as an adventure playground and mini off-road driving experience for children. Marked walks will allow visitors to take in the dramatic Scottish scenery, and wild swimmers and paddle boarders can use Ride Ness as a hub to discover the wider area.

As well as accommodating day visitors and locals, Ride Ness has been designed to cater to longer stays. The plans include designated areas for motorhomes, with shepherd’s huts for outdoor enthusiasts and their families.

Ride Ness is the brainchild of Andrew Vernon and Neil Campbell. Vernon’s family has owned Glendoe Estate since the 1950s and Neil is a lifelong mountain biker and trail builder from Beauly.

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