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Ben Aigan (A Moray Monster Trail)
Is it Ben Aigan, or as you sometimes see it, Ben Aigen?
Who cares when the cycling is as good as this!
 
Ben Aigan, in the heart of whisky country, is home to many of Moray's Monster Trails, a network of 30km plus MTB routes, and is probably the best known. Ben aigan's trails run through the forest that covers the steep sided slopes of Ben Aegan and neighbouring Knockmore. Not only is the cycling world class, the views over Speyside and across to Ben Rinnes are second to none.
 
In addition to the well established Blue and Red forestry trails, the Ben and its neighbour now boasts a host of other trails rejoicing in names like Widow Maker, The Mast Blast, and the Pink Fluffy Bunny Trail.
 

 
Routes
The Hammer Grade - Difficult [Red]
One long big hit ride around the summit of Ben Aigan with stunning views of the Spey valley. Big earth features, board walk sections and even an optional jump site at the end. Finish off by linking to the Mast Blast or Bunny.
 
The Mast Blast Grade - Severe [Black]
A downhill route just beyond the rather obvious transmitter mast. Surprisingly fast, so treat with respect. When you hit the forest road take a right for more single track switchbacks all the way down to the car park - this section is called Spin City.
 
The Bunny Grade - SEVERE [BLACK]
Another one that demands respect.
Fast, free and furious
Again, link with Spin City for the perfect finish - when you get to the road hang a right and keep climbing to you hit Spin City.
 
The Forestry Commission provide a handy map of the Moray Monster Trails which includes Ben Aigan - print one off here.

 

 
Getting to Ben Aigen
Nairn and Forres, River Findhorn Ben Aigen car park (grid reference NJ333492 - see OS map 28) is situated adjacent to the A95 Keith to Grantown-on-Spey road.
Travelling south it's on the right about a mile and a half south of Mulben.
Travelling north it's on the left 3 miles north of Maggieknockater.
OS map 27 also covers Nairn and Forres, River Findhorn

 
Facilities
Parking - Free, see above
Toilets - None
Showers - None
Bike Wash - No
Cafe - No. Nearby Craigellichie has a petrol station, a hotel and a couple of pubs. Aberlour (8 miles south) and Keith (6.5 miles north) offer shops and pubs.
Bike Hire - Available in Craigellachie and Aberlour
Mobile Reception - variable. Despite the huge mast!
Repairs - simple repairs available in Craigellachie and Aberlour

 
Nearby Trails
Other mountain bike trails to explore in the area include:
The Lecht Ski Centre less than 20 miles away in the heart of the Cairngorms
 

 

 
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