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Day 3: Bob Scott's Bothy to Carn a’Chnuic - Cairngorms Loop

Day 3: Bob Scott's Bothy to Carn a’Chnuic - Cairngorms Loop

45.2 mi
8.2 mph
1,625 ft
1,850 ft
Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.


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Includes an off-grid segment

Navigation instructions may be limited.

52 yd in total

Tour Overview

Starting Point
3.42 mi

Lin O'Dee

Mountain Biking Highlight

20.2 mi

Ruigh Aiteachain Bothy

Hiking Highlight

36.3 mi

Loch Pityoulish

Running Highlight

45.2 mi



Tour Profile


Singletrack: 5.69 mi
Path: 20.7 mi
Street: 2.30 mi
Road: 16.5 mi
Off-grid (unknown): < 109 yd


Alpine: 145 yd
Natural: 4.14 mi
Unpaved: 21.7 mi
Paved: 6.15 mi
Asphalt: 10.5 mi
Unknown: 2.72 mi

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Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.

December 18, 2019


  • Katherine Moore

    At 45 miles (73km), the third day is the longest, including feet (500 meters) of climbing. Say goodbye to Bob Scott’s Bothy as you head South passing the Lin O’Dee, a spectacular gorge in the rock cut by the river Dee. If it’s warm, why not take a morning wash?

    From here you’ll start heading West and climbing on Southern section of the inner loop. Follow the Geldie Burn on the unpaved estate road, passing out of the Mar Lodge Estate Nature Reserve just after the road turns into singletrack. Cross the River Eidart and pass under Mullach Clach a’Bhlair. Now you’re back alongside the River Feshie and heading North soon to rejoin the outer loop.

    At mile 20 (32km) you’ll pass the Ruigh Aiteachain Bothy. Even if you’re not planning on staying overnight in these places, it’s always worth having a snoop around in the bothies - you never know when you might plan on staying there in the future!

    Continue along the Feshie, enjoying the gradual downhill gradient for miles! Pass the Cairngorms Gliding Club on your left before - déjà vu - you’re back in Feshiebridge again! Now you’ll rejoin the outer loop of the Cairngorms Loop, the inner ring now complete.

    There’s 17 miles (28km) left for the day, mostly on paved roads. If you’ve made good time, why not stop for a dip in the glorious Loch Pityoulish? Take a brief diversion here for Aviemore if you need to restock on supplies. The end of the day is a gradual climb, crossing back into Abernethy Nature Reserve. Make the most of Scotland’s Right to Roam legislation here and find a good spot to camp for the night between the river Nethy and Carn a’Chnuic. If you’d rather a bed for the night, cut your day short and check out the accommodation options in nearby Aviemore.

    • December 23, 2019

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Day 3: Bob Scott's Bothy to Carn a’Chnuic - Cairngorms Loop