Welcome to the

Trail Viewer

Note: This page looks best if you maximize your browser window.

Highlights of what this viewer does for you:-
  • Two live maps side by side (OS 1:50,000 & Google).
  • Profile graph shows how elevation changes over the trail.
  • Secondary cursor correlates map location of the mouse on both maps and on the elevation profile.
  • Press 'Play' to animate the cursor over the route on both maps and the elevation profile.
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Trail Viewer

All trails on MTBtrails.info are stored as GPX files (see the FAQ to find out more about these). The ‘Trail Viewer’ takes the GPX file for a particular trail and draws it simultaneously on two live maps and also calculates and plots an elevation profile.

Different mapping systems each have their pros and cons. Here we have tried to gain the best of both worlds by plotting on two maps side-by-side and providing correlation between the two using the secondary mouse pointer (see below).

  • These are both ‘live’ maps. Click and drag to scroll around. Either use the scroll-wheel on your mouse or the slider on each map to zoom in and out.
  • A profile graph shows how elevation changes over the route of the trail.
  • A secondary cursor correlates map location of the mouse on both maps and on the elevation profile.
  • Press 'Play' to animate the cursor over the route on both maps and the elevation profile.
  • Use the ‘Print’ buttons to display a printer friendly version of either the OS or Google map. Then just use your browser’s print function to get a hard copy to take with you when you go.

From the main venue page you can also download the actual GPS file itself so you can put it in your own GPS device, phone, or PC mapping software.

The Mapping Systems Used:-

OS OpenSpace

The OS OpenSpace system now gives free access to the 1:50000 scale ‘Landranger’ maps for the whole of the UK. This is a ‘live’ map system in that it can be scrolled around and zoomed in and out (it works in a very similar way to Google maps). These maps are often the best choice for looking at a mountain bike trail because of the detail they provide in remote areas (particularly the topographical data in the hills).

Google Maps

With the Google map in satellite mode (where detailed aerial photographs are available) it is often very useful to be able to see a picture of the real on-the-ground conditions. In areas where these photographs are very detailed this can provide an incredibly rich impression of an area.

With the Google map in terrain mode it can often also give you a good feel for the basic structure of the hills and valleys you will be passing through.

Secondary Mouse Pointer

As you move the mouse around the maps, you will see a second pointer appear on the other map. This pointer resembles a ‘Cross-hairs’ and is automatically drawn in the location corresponding to where the tip of your mouse pointer is currently pointing.

Trail Description Drag me!
Starting at the car park, head east along the single track roadway ( A896 ) for about 3 miles, to point 1 on the map, then turn right onto the Coulin Lodge track.

Once past Loch Clair keep on the left as the road turns right towards Coulin Lodge. At point 2 on the map, stay left on the forest track as it turns uphill away from the Loch. Follow this track uphill to point 3 above Loch Coulin, and turn right for a downhill past the houses at Torran Cuilinn and Coulin.

At Coulin ( 4 ) turn left onto the estate track and head south to the bridge at 5. Continue south here along the land rover track to the summit of Coulin Pass at 6, before a fast descent on a forestry road down to Achnashellach.

At bottom of the hill, turn right onto the A890 and head for Coulags, some 4 miles along the road.

At Coulags ( 8 ) turn right onto the track leading to the cottages. It's signposted here as a Right of Way to Torridon. Just before the road climbs to the cottages, take the singletrack off to the left ( 9 ) which takes you past the cottages and onto the rough singletrack heading into Coire Fionnaraich. It starts with a climb which can be quite tough in places, due to the rocks on the path. Make sure the tyres are well pumped up from here onwards, this is real pinch-flat territory !

At 10, you can either cross the burn on the narrow bridge, or just ride through the burn like a proper MTB'er. There are a few large drainage ditches cut across the path from here to just beyond the bothy. Follow the singletrack past the bothy as it steadily climbs to Loch Coire Fionnaraich.

Once round the loch, at point 11, the real tough climb begins. You won't cycle much of this, so be prepared to pick the bike up and carry it up to the juction of the paths at point 12. It's a long slog, but worth every one of the 140m or so of vertical climb ( sorry - had to put that in there ! ).

Once you get your breath back, cycling the last little bit of ascent to the top of Bealach na Lice at point 13 is easy enough.

This is where your rewards begin, as a whole new view opens up before you as you start a gentle descent around Loch an Eion, where things just get better and better.

You're about 350m above sea level at this loch, and from here to Annat it's all downhill to sea level. This is one amazing bit of natural singletrack. It has a good grippy hard packed base which gives you lots of confidence. There are rocks to avoid, rocks to jump off if you want, a large bedrock section, all of it fast and all of it fun. Don't forget to stop now and then to take in the stunning views though.

Once you get down to Annat ( 14 ) turn right and follow the road back to the starting point. Alternatively, at point 14 turn left and head along the road for 200m and take the second right to the pub for a refreshment. You deserve it after all.

Trail Viewer
Torridon Circuit
Length: 28.7 Miles
Ascent: 806 m
Time: 7 hrs
Tech: Hard
Fitness: Hard