This weekend we are hoping to complete the first part of our mountain bike trail. This runs from the end of the access track at the top of Sight Hill down primarily through spruce trees and joining back at the access track. There are some great views about half-way along.

We hope to open the trail in April, just as the better weather starts and of course ensuring the trail is completed before birds start nesting in the area. To do so, we reckon if we all get together over this weekend we can get it finished – hurrah!

When: 10th & 11th March, 10am – 4pm
Where: At the bottom of the access track next to Rhubodach Cottage – if you can give anyone a lift please let me know as several people don’t have transport 

The track involves fairly light intervention, with the removal of only a few small self-seeded trees, the removal of the lower branches from a number of spruce trees and the building of 3.5 (we finished one and got half-way with another with the Boys Brigade a couple of weeks ago) small bridges across burns. We will end up with a blue grade track with the option of a red or black route for part of the way. Mountain bike trails have been identified as key to increasing tourism on the island.

For most of us non-chainsaw users that means building the bridges, clearing aside the branches and levelling out the track in some places. Please bring gloves, sturdy (preferably steel toe-capped) boots, old warm clothes and lunch. The weather forecast looks sunny and dry for Saturday, with a wee bit of fog for Sunday – so definitely no excuses for the Saturday.

Please let me know if you are able to attend. 

Mountain bike trails poster