Glen Cloy Cycle Route
Description: A moderate mountain bike route up to Cnoc Na Dial then back through the beautiful Glen Cloy. The route takes in forestry roads and tracks
Difficulty: Medium (suitable for most mountain bikers from novice provided they have a good level of fitness).
Park & Start
1. Begin and end your journey at the Brodick Ferry Terminal. After turning right onto the A841, continue straight onto Alma Road until you reach the Co-op. Continue down this path over the top of Brodick, and when you reach the Glenartney Hotel (where the road turns into a track), take a left-up Manish.
2. Climb this rocky track and keep going straight up the hill until you reach a gate that leads into singletrack which is more technically challenging.
3. This descends, then climbs again, crossing a handful of wooden bridges along the route. The path terminates in a parking lot that doubles as a viewpoint.
4. Take the singletrack on the right to reach the car park and picnic area in the Cnoc Na Dial Forest, which is located next to the major road that connects Brodick and Lamlash.
5. Take the first right into the Forest Road, then go through the Forestry Commision gate and continue straight when you reach the fork bearing right. Continue along this track for almost three kilometers as it first ascends and then falls into Glencloy. After crossing the Cloyburn Bridge, the road meanders right and comes to a sharp left-hand curve; on this bend, follow the singletrack that branches off to the right.
6. Continue down this singletrack as it winds its way through the woods, passing over a slender wooden bridge and coming to an end at a gate.
7. After passing through the gate, proceed across the field until you reach the far corner on the other side, where there is another gate. Continue down the way down for around 400 meters, passing the right side of the buildings, until you reach a little trail intersection on the right.
8. Take this singletrack and follow the riverbank; the trail will soon convert into a track, and then it will turn into a tiny asphalt road as it passes the Auchrannie Resort Hotel and will finally reach the main road in Brodick.
9. Take a right and continue through Brodick and soon you will be back at the Ferry Terminal.