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No. of Trails: 2
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Location:-
Head north from Inverness on the A9, and turn right after about 3 miles at the turn off for Munlochy. Follow the B9161 to Munlochy and turn right onto the A832 at the far side of the village. Follow this road for roughly 10 miles, taking you through the village of Rosemarkie and on towards Cromarty. About 4 miles past Rosemarkie you'll see the sign for Learnie Redrock and the car park on your right.

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Description:-
A Forestry Commission MTB development around the Learnie & Callachy Hills. There's great views to be had over the Moray Firth in places.

A good mix of Blue, Orange and Black graded trails, with a dirt jump area to allow you to practice your air time on the many different sized tables and ramps.

A parking meter has recently been installed in the car park, although it's not up and running yet.
FC have recently announced that they are reviewing their decision to charge for parking here following some local opposition to their plans. The parking meter remains off for the moment.


Trails at Learnie Redrock

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Trail TitleLength (Miles)Ascent (Mtrs)Time (Hrs)Tech GradeFitness Grade
Learnie Blue & Orange6.62241 Moderate Moderate
Learnie Hill- Black9.32771 Very Hard Moderate

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Great little set of trails, blue climbs are interesting and the descents are flowing. Orange descent is great fun with big berms and a few decent sized drop offs which aren't too technical.
peterpolo gave this trail 5 stars about 5 years ago
Good fun for a couple of hours riding, especially the orange trail.
sdw85 gave this trail 4 stars about 8 years ago
Great fun loop, great place to build confidence on the new jumps and drops.
mig gave this trail 4 stars about 8 years ago
Another trip to Learnie on the new bike. The Orange trail is short but but it lacks in length, it sure makes it up in quaility! First off is a series of large berms which can be taken at high speed-... read whole comment...
gav501 gave this trail 5 stars about 8 years ago
Really enjoyable short trials- something for everyone!
gav501 gave this trail 4 stars about 8 years ago

Learnie Blue & Orange


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Length: 6.6 Miles
Ascent: 224 m
Time: 1 hr
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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Description:-
Head out of the car park along the Forestry Commission track, towards the start of the blue graded climbs. Bear left at tag 1 and start the gentle climb up the track to tag 2 and the start of the blue graded Muirhead climb.

This is a gentle and pleasant climb winding it's way up the hill through the forest. The trail has a well compacted base, and presents no difficulty.

You emerge at tag 3 back onto the FC track. Turn left and cross the public road and onto the singletrack trail at tag 4 that runs alongside the tarmac road. This is a flowing little descent down to tag 5 where you join the forestry track again, and the start of the Firth View climb at tag 6.

This is another gentle climb on a good grippy compact surface, that takes you to the top of the hill and a view point over the Moray Firth at tag 8. You get another flowing descent off the back of the hill to tag 9, where you start to climb again in the trees, to the top of the trail at tag 10. From here it's another fast flowing descent with a few opportunities for jumps as you speed down to tag 11 where you emerge back on to the FC track.

Turn right up the track to the public road at tag 12, and head along the road to tag 13 and turn back on to the FC track again. Take a left at tag 14 and follow this FC track along the back of Callachy Hill. This one can be muddy and slippery, but he FC have done some work on it to improve it a bit recently.

At tag 15 turn off the track back onto the singletrack again. Watch out for this one - there is a sign but it's easily missed if you're unfamiliar with the place, just look out for the mobile phone mast off to your right in the woods and you'll see the path ok. Follow the short section of singletrack to the top of the Callachy climb at tag 16, and a choice of descents.

You have the blue Callachy downhill or the orange Bike Park descent to pick from. I usually do the blue first, saving the best bit for last !

Turn right onto the Callachy descent. This is a twisting & turning descent, tight in places, through the woods which is great fun if you can nail it properly. Make a mistake though and it robs you of your speed for a bit, as there's no cutting corners as there are usually logs marking the apex of each one, keeping you to the trail. It's mostly hardpacked, but there are a few areas prone to mud as well, just to keep you on your toes !

You emerge onto the FC track at tag 17, where you turn left downhill and take another left at tag 18, taking you along the level section of track below the orange descent on the hill to your left. Follow this track to tag 19 where you turn off and start the Callachy climb back up the hill again. This turn off comes on you suddenly, and it's quite easy to only spot it at the last minute as you pass it at speed on the track.

The Callachy climb is a bit longer than the Muirhead climb, and a bit steeper here and there. The surface is hard packed and offers no problems though, apart from a few places where FC machinery has crossed the path during recent clearing works, where it gets a bit muddy for a few rolls of the wheels.

You emerge at tag 20 at the top of the hill again, where you turn left onto the orange downhill. From tag 20 to 21 this is a fast and flowing trail with bermed corners and some ramps and jumps to be taken at speed. The track is a little rough in places though, as there are a few rocks sticking through the surface here and there, so you need to keep a careful eye on your line from time to time.
From tag 21 to 22 there's a long straight downhill with several table tops one after the other. The trail here is a lot smoother than further up, and offers plenty of grip. The 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th ( I think ! ) table tops all have a longer flat top so you can't fly over the flat section, but they have a step off the back of them onto the downhill run off which is too big to roll, so if you go for it you need to fly off the top.
They all have a chicken run off to the right though which you can roll if you don't fancy the air time. They are also marked on the approach with a post pointing out the red or black graded option.

You emerge back onto the FC road at tag 23, where the green return route to the car park takes you back to the starting point.

There's a black run here as well, which I've not included. I'll add it as a second route sometime soon if no-one else beats me to it.
Briefly, if you continue downhill on the FC track at tag 6, you'll see the start of the black route on your left as it turns into the trees. It runs back and forth across Learnie Hill, emerging back onto the same FC track a little further down the from the start point. You can also just do the black climb, and when you emerge from the trees at the top of the hill, cut across the boggy grass to tag 7 and rejoin the blue climb just before the viewpoint.

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Learnie Hill- Black


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Length: 9.3 Miles
Ascent: 277 m
Time: 1 hr
Tech Grade: Very Hard
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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Learnie Red Rock Trails has something for everyone- although the trails are on the short side- if you link them all up together, it can make a good day out.

The black route takes approx 15mins to get to from the car park.
Start off by heading out the forest road and once it starts climbing, there is the option to go straight on and climb up the forest road or take a left onto the blue graded soft climb called 'Muirhead Climb' which really isnt much of a climb but its a well surfaced singletrack trial and a good forest road alternative! Once at the end of the trail take a left onto the forest road and cross over the quiet country road onto a singletrack path that takes you down into the other part of the forest.
Follow this and you will come onto another forest road briefly and you pass the start of the blue route 'Firth View' aptly named for its view at its high point over the Moray Firth'.

Continuing on the Forest Road you will quickly come upon the start of the start of 'Learnie Hill' black route on the left.
Straight away you are faced with a challenging short rocky climb which then dips and gets less technical but starts to get steeper.
The route then descends gradually with a few rocky obstacles and small drop offs then a short climb before levelling out as it goes through the trees.

Now the fun really starts with the first of many a rock garden stair case- I think there are about five of in total! Stone-slabbed, they vary in shape- some are steep, kink nastily and others follow S-bends. Fast, rooty singletrack flows between them, linking them nicely!
The trail finishes with a steep rocky roll out onto the forest road.

On my map the black starts at POINT 1 and finishes at POINT 2.

This is regarded as one of the harder black trials in the country but not as relentless as Laggan's black trial. The rock garden staircases certainly look intimidating, but on my third visit I thought it was time to give them a go- and they are not as hard as they look! But yes I would say they are for expereinced riders only.

On the way back to the car park there is the option of doing the two blue trails and the Orange graded 'Fun Park' trail which I thoroughly recommend.

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Posted a vid, just to remind me of whats it like. best to fast forward until after half way through
mig commented about 8 years ago

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