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Dalnacardoch is on the A9 at the south end of the dual carraigeway section just south of the Drumochter Pass. There is a roadsign for Trinafour at the turnoff on the A9.

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There's not much in the way of facilities at Dalnacardoch, just the Lodge and a few estate bulidings. Car parking is just a case of finding a suitable bit of road verge where you won't obstruct traffic on the singletrack local road.

If you're approaching from the north, there are shops in Kingussie & Dalwhinne, as well as the Ralia Cafe. From the south you have Blair Atholl and the House of Bruar tourist trap on the A9 itself.

Trails at Dalnacardoch


Trail TitleLength (Miles)Ascent (Mtrs)Time (Hrs)Tech GradeFitness Grade
Gaick Pass24.13884 Easy Moderate

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fadgadget1 gave this trail 2 stars about 2 years ago
A lovely route Wild Highlander!! I would recommend taking the path marked on the OS map that runs parallel with the R. Tromie from near Tromie Lodge to Torcroy. Maybe also worth noting that when the f... read whole comment...
wnc gave this trail 4 stars about 5 years ago
An easy and enjoyable way to get yourself into the middle of nowhere.
wildhighlander gave this trail 3 stars about 8 years ago

Gaick Pass

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Length: 24.1 Miles
Ascent: 388 m
Time: 4 hrs
Tech Grade: Easy
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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The Gaick Pass runs between Dalnacardoch and Kingussie, parallel to the Drumochter Pass.
The majority of the route is on landrover track, with only the small section through Gaick itself on singletrack. Consequently it's not a technical route, but it is a fairly easy way to get yourself into a remote place.

Starting at Dalnacardoch, cross the A9 at tag 1 and go through the gate onto the hardpacked landrover track that gently climbs the hill. At tag 2 follow the track up the hill through the trees and keep climbing gently, bearing left at tag 3. You get a little respite from the climb when you emerge from the trees, and a view of the long gradual climb ahead of you up into the pass. Bear right at tag 4 and start the long but easy angled climb on the track up into the pass.

The track is hardpacked all the way to tag 5 where you cross the river on a concrete bridge. The track is a little rougher beyond here to Sronphadruig Lodge, but still easy going. You cross the river again using another bridge, then at tag 6 turn off the track and ford your way across the river again to pick up the singletrack at the south end of Loch an Duin.

From here follow the singletrack through the pass itself. It's fairly easy going and level. The sideslope provides the only difficulties and even then it's straightforward enough.

At the north end of the loch the singletrack tends to fade away a bit, but it's easy enough to figure out the route - just find yourself an easy spot to cross the burn that empties Loch an Duin. This was straightforward enough in the summer when I was there, but it may be a different proposition after a prolonged wet spell or snowmelt.

Once you cross, there's an obvious track to follow as you continue north. This time it's not as smooth as the one on the south side of the loch, with the odd section here and there with a lot of rubble on top. The good news is that the gradient is now generally downhill all the way to the end.

There's another burn to cross at tag 7 which should be quite easy, at which point the track starts to get a little smoother along the shores of Loch Bhrodainn. The last potential difficulty is fording the Allt Gharbh Ghaig at tag 8. Again when I was here it was wide, but very shallow, and easy enough to ride across.

From here you're back onto smooth hardpacked landrover track as you pass Gaick Lodge and along the shores of Loch an t-Seilich, and once you get to tag 9 you hit tarmac.

Now it's a straightforward run down through Glen Tromie, with the gentle slope making it easy to keep a good pace.

At Tromie Bridge at tag 10 turn left onto the B970 towards the remains of Ruthven Barracks, and just as you pass here, turm right at tag 11, cross under the A9 and arrive at Kingussie.

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Overall comments about Dalnacardoch

Nice scenery but the only decent riding to keep you on your toes is the lochside singletrack. Best combined with the Minagaig pass to give you a proper day out
fadgadget1 commented about 2 years ago

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