Ben Aigan car park off the A95 near Mulben (see how to get there).
Starting or finishing in Craigellachie
If starting in Craigellachie, head up the Speyside Way into the forest past Arndilly. Note: don’t bring the car – there’s no parking. Follow the waymarkers that climb steeply up to join the Hammer.
If finishing at Craigellachie, look for the waymarkers pointing you off the south end of the Hammer towards the town.
The Ben Aigan Hammer
Grade: red (difficult)
Wow. A knock-out from The Hammer. One long, big hit ride around the summit of Ben Aigan with stunning views of the Spey valley. Big earth features and board walk sections. Finish off with the Mast Blast or Bunny for the full Ben Aigan experience. Note that the trail can be affected by the weather in winter.
The Mast Blast
Grade: black (severe)
A rushing downhill just beyond the big transmitter mast. Time to rock and roll! Deceptively speedy, with jumps. Check your speed and expect the unexpected.
For the Spin City follow on: hit the forest road and turn right. Look for the marker taking you to the right for more singletrack switchbacks all the way back to the car park.
Grade: orange (bike park extreme)
What a thumper. Fast, free and furious, this trail has it all. Could it be the thinking rider’s downhill? The name? Don’t ask!
When you hit the road, turn right, keep climbing and link with Spin City section of Mast Blast.