UCI Championships - Mountain Bike Downhill

Fort William in the Highlands will host the downhill race between 3rd and 5th of August. The event is taking place in the Nevis Range. 

Hosting the Mountain Bike Downhill, Nevis Range can be found 9km north east of Fort William on the west coast of Scotland. It is approximately 100km from Inverness, 230km from Edinburgh and 170km from Glasgow.

Fort William is served by Citylink bus services from Glasgow and Inverness and ScotRail run Highland Explorer bike carriage services from Glasgow to Fort William. There is very limited capacity for bicycles on trains. Please leave your bike at the station or check with your operator before travelling if you want to take your bike on the train.

If you’re travelling by car, why not car share? It’s better for the planet and your wallet.

Read on to find out more about the shuttle bus and Park & Ride options from Blar Mhor, Fort William and Glen Spean Brewery, Spean Bridge that are available for this event.

Fort William UCI CWC Map

How to get there

Shuttle bus

There is a free shuttle bus service from Fort William to the venue. For more information and to plan your journey visit Traveline Scotland.

Accessibility: Please be aware these shuttle buses have limited easy access facilities. If you do have accessibility requirements, we’d recommend booking dedicated blue badge parking in advance.

Walking & cycling

Cycling is a great way to get to the venue.

The travel map shows the cycling route from Fort William to the venue which is approximately 6km. The route is a shared-use path alongside the A82 and fully signposted. The route
then follows a quiet tarmac road from Torlundy before joining a forest road close to the venue. For the final 100m, please dismount before the bike park and West Entrance.

This route is also suitable for those walking to the venue from Fort William. Free cycle parking is available in the Bike Park to the west of the venue. This will be controlled by event staff and will operate a bike and rider identification system but please bring a suitable bike lock. Cycle parking facilities are open from 08:30 until after the final ceremonies.

Accessibility: Please note if you’re planning to use an adaptive bike, the last section of the cycle track is not suitable for all adaptive bikes.

Please do not walk along the A82 to access the venue from Fort William or Park & Ride sites. This is a busy route and not suitable for walking.


Driving: The A82, roads within Fort William and the surrounding area will be busy so please allow plenty of time for your journey. Where possible, please car share - it’s better for the planet and your wallet.

Parking: Spectator parking is only available at dedicated Park & Ride sites at Blar Mhor (what3words///disposal.suiting.unimpeded) and Glen Spean Brewery with free shuttle buses
to take you to the venue.

Park & Ride sites are shown on the Travel Map:

  • If travelling from the south, use the Park and Ride facilities at Blah Mhor (what3words///disposal.suiting.unimpeded)
  • If travelling from the north or east, use the Park and Ride facilities at Glen Spean Brewery (what3words///nudge.rust.highways)

Please allow plenty of time for your journey as there may be heavy traffic. Use the map on our homepage.

Staying in Fort William

If staying overnight in Fort William, please leave your vehicle at your accommodation and make use of the free shuttle bus that picks up at most stops through the town, or cycle to the venue.

Camping and campervanning

Please be aware that there is no provision for camper vans in the area surrounding the venue.

Please book a pitch on one of the many commercial campgrounds in the area and make use of the shuttle buses from the Park & Ride sites. Do not park on access roads, laybys or verges surrounding the venue. Illegally-parked
vehicles will be removed.

Please read the Scottish Outdoor Access Code’s Guide to Responsible Camping in Scotland if you are planning to camp.

Hints & tips for your journey

Here are our top travel tips to get you to Fort William and Nevis Range to enjoy the Championships:

  • It is peak tourist season, so allow plenty of time for your journey.
  • If you have to drive, please bear in mind roads will be busy - especially on Saturday evening. Please car share whenever possible - it’s better for the planet and your
  • wallet.
  • There is no spectator parking, with the exception of pre-booked Blue Badge parking, at the venue or on surrounding access roads, laybys or verges. This includes
  • the Rural Complex where parking has been available previously. Be considerate and use the free Park & Ride facilities for the smoothest journey. Illegally parked
  • vehicles will be removed and subject to significant fines.
  • Limited pre-bookable Blue Badge parking facilities are available at the venue.
  • Please follow instructions given by event staff, stewards and the police for a smooth journey.
  • See more of the action and arrive early to watch training sessions from 08:30.

Event information on our website is provided to assist road users to plan their journeys and avoid disruption. Where Traffic Scotland do not host events, we work closely with the organisers to maximise your enjoyment by informing you of delays for your journey to and from the event. For information specific to each event, please contact the event venue or organiser. Traffic information for local roads can be found by contacting the local council.