Britons who love to take their mountain bikes
out on expeditions across the most beautiful rural locations in the UK have been told of the credentials of northern Scotland.
The Outdoor Capital of the UK has revealed just what makes the area between Fort William and Lochaber so suited to journeys on two wheels.
One of its key advantages is the provision of surfaces for people of all ages, abilities and experience.
Whether it is a flat forest trail or a hilly mountain incline, there is something for everybody within the zone.
Perhaps the most famous part of the Outdoor Capital of the UK is the Nevis Range, which is found at its centre and features Britain's highest peak – Ben Nevis.
It is spots like these that have led to the region being described by its project manager Frazer Coupland as somewhere that "takes mountain bike
racing back to the mountains".
Ben Nevis is 1,344 metres in height and is climbed about 225,000 times each year.