The Fersit Loop
- Location: Laggan
- Starting Point: Carpark at Grid Ref 349 781
- Trail Length: 15 miles / 25 km
- Time Required: 2 hours / half day ride
- Route Type:
- Cross Country
- O.S. Map: OS Explorer 393
- Parking: At start
The Fersit loop is a challenging alternative for the intermediate level rider to the purpose-built mountainbike trails at Laggan which are only a twenty minute drive to the north-east from the start of this circuit. Following the A86 either north from Spean Bridge or south from Laggan, take the junction signposted ‘Fersit’, some 8 miles east of Spean Bridge. Following the single track road for a couple of miles brings you to the car park at grid ref. 349 781.
The circular route goes east from the car park, across the bridge over the River Treig and through the hamlet of Fersit, before swinging left through the forest gates into the Glen Spean forest. The end of the route is the trail on your right (which can be seen winding down the open hillside) just before the entrance to the forest. Cycling east through the forest, take the second turn to the right (approximately 3 miles from the forest entrance and at grid ref 407 806). The road now climbs gently south for approximately 4 miles, the first 2.5 miles of which is in the forest. After leaving the forest, Strathossian Lodge starts to come into view directly ahead with Loch Ghuilbinn a few hundred metres down below you to your left.
As you pass Loch Ghuilbinn, the old pony track to the Lodge can be seen branching off the road to the left at grid ref. 401 739. At this point turn right up the old pony track, heading north-north west. This challenging single-track climb lasts for approximately a mile and a half, with spectacular views to the east over Loch Laggan and the Ardverikie Estate (the setting for Monarch of the Glen!). The trail then descends down back into the Glen Spean forest and heads west close to the forest edge. For those running out of steam at this point, the old croft ruins that the trail runs past (below the peak of Creag Dhubh) offer a potential rest spot.
The single-track trail leaves the forest approximately one kilometre west of the ruin and broadens out to a rocky road that descends back down to Fersit.