Are Blue Trails Boring?

We recently visited the brand new, gondola-assisted Blue Doon trail at Fort William to see what all the fuss was about. The 8km long Blue Doon is the longest blue grade uplift trail in the UK, using the Nevis Range Gondola station that the likes of Sam Hill and Steve Peat have previously used before the start of their World Cup Downhill races.

Blue Doon at Fort William

Based at the top of the Aonach Mor Moutain in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the ride starts on an open hillside with views across to Fort William before heading deeper into the forest before joining the abundance of trails in the lower forest of the Nevis Range.

This is the perfect trail for adrenaline loving mountain bikers, featuring fast downhill sections, swooping berms and very little climbing it mixes for a great blend of mountain biking joy at one of the world’s most famous mountain biking locations.

Are Blue Trails Fun?

The beauty of a blue grade trail like Blue Doon is you can take it at your own pace, it’s a trail for all abilities. You can sit back and enjoy the scenery, or you can go as fast as you like to get that adrenaline rush.

Experienced mountain bikers may often look down upon the blue trails at mountain bike centres across the UK but for many, they are the thrill-seeking trail we’ve all been wanting. A great stepping-stone for beginner riders to develop their skills or riders wanting to regain their confidence, this is an ideal trail for riders of all capabilities.

What do you think of the Blue Doon? Leave a comment on our Youtube video!

Tom Adams

Tom is a bike enthusiast! Originally a mountain biker, Tom enjoys going fast on two wheels, whether it's on the road or on the gravel, mountain bike or commuting! Tom has been riding bikes for almost 18 years and loves nothing more than getting out on the roads or trails and testing out the newest and most innovative things on the Chain Reaction website!

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