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Scotland Mountain Biking Guide

Wild Trials Vol.2

Volume 2 of Scotland The Wild Trail. 24 classic new rides. All rides in this book are different to those in the original Wild Trails guide.

Split into three sections – Southern & Central Scotland, North West Scotland & Islands, and North East Scotland

Includes challenging mountain passes, endless singletrack, lochside cruises and more.

Researched, ridden and written by Phil McKane who has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of mountain biking, from cross-country racing to epic tours.

See below for route details

Book Details:
160 pages. Book Size 12cm x 17.5cm.
ISBN 978-1906148522
Published 2012 by Vertebrate Graphics.

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The Mountain Biking Routes

Map showing the approximate recommended starting points for each route as indicated in the book.
Click on a marker for route information.


SECTION 1: Southern Uplands & Central Scotland

Route 1: Goat Fell

Distance 19km. Grade Extreme.

MTB Photo 1

Going up is tough but the descent is a riot! Although this ride doesn't go quite to the summit it still manages 600m of continuous descent on a mixture of rocky singletrack and faster open trail.

Route 2: Peebles and Dun Rigg

Distance 38km. Grade Medium

Wonderful ride with the highpoint being reached after the climb to Dun Rig. The undulating ridge affords amazing views of the surrounding hills, before the drove road descent back to Peebles.

Route 3: Scree Fell

Distance 6.5km. Grade hard

A short and sweet figure of 8 ride with a fantastic technical downhill as the reward for a tough climb to the summit.

Route 4: The Cheviot Border Raid

Distance 30km. Grade Hard.

Not many mountain bike rides take in two countries but this ride ventures into England for around a third of its distance. Superb trails but can be wild with little shelter; so one best kept for a day of settled weather.

Route 5: The Greenock Cut

Distance: 11km. Grade Medium

MTB Photo 2

A popular gentle route with striking views over the wet coast.

Route 6: The Kilpatrick Hills

Distance: 18km. Grade Medium

Starting with s sustained climb then followed by some entertaining singletrack sheep tracks on the high ground, then a final high speed descent back down to sea level.

Route 7: The Lowther Hills

Distance: 18km. Grade 28km

A super route in the fine rolling grassy hilltops of the Lowthers.

Route 8: The Perthshire Glens

Distance: 35km. Grade Hard.

This route take in two roughly parallel glens which lie south of the River Braan. They showcase some of Perthshire's most picturesque scenery. Some beautiful singletrack and the descent back towards Bankfoot is a fitting finale to an amazing day out.

SECTION 2: North West Scotland and Islands

Route 9: Ben Damph Estate

Distance: 22km. Grade Hard.

A mountain biker's paradise with a huge network of expertly engineered paths. A truly wonderful adventure in wild and untamed country.

Route 10. Ben Nevis

Distance: 19km. Grade Extreme

MTB Photo 3

This ride takes in the bottom half of the mountain and gives the choice of descending back to a fantastically rocky path or descending the super technical 'tourist path'.

Route 11: Fort Augustus & Glen Morriston

Distance: 38km. Grade Hard

This route takes in a section of the well travelled Great Glen Way before taking the road less travelled at Invermoriston. Can get muddy so save for a dry spell.

Route 12: Glen Golly & The Bealach Horn

Distance 37km. Grade: Extreme

This is true wilderness and the perfect setting for an amazing route.

Route 13: Blackwater Reservoir

Distance: 40km. Grade: Extreme.

This hardcore ride starts in Kiinlockleven and climbs high into the wilderness of the Mamore Forest. It then heads towards the magnificent Loch Treig, before turning back towards Blackwater on some of the most isolated trails in the western Highlands. The highlight is saved for the end; the amazing rock strewn drop from the dam - the Ciaran Path - back toward Kinlochleven.

Route 14: Durinish Peninsula - Isle of Skye

Distance: 43km. Grade: Extreme

MTB Photo 5

It is the cliff top nature of this ride that makes in unique; the cliffs drop around 200m to the sea below. Wildlife is abundant in the area with puffins and eagles on the cliffs and dolphins, whales and even basking sharks frequently spotted in the water.

Route 15: Isle of Harris

Distance: 25km. Grade Hard

This route visits one of the most remote communities in Britain, a beautiful beach and a spectacular loch. A real breath of freshair!

Route 16: The Applecross Peninsula

Distance 33km. Grade Hard

A route offering a truly awe-inspiring adventure. Situated in an isolated corner of Scotland this should be on everyone's 'to do' list.

Route 17: Mini Coast to Coast - Ardgay to Ullapool.

Distance: 57km. Grade Hard

An astonishing ride which traverses a whole country from east coast to west and can be completed in a single day!

SECTION 3: North East Scotland

 

Route 18: Bennachie

Distance 10km. Grade Hard

A gentle warm up then a tricky climb requiring some skill on rocky grounds, this soon smooths but the climbing is tough. Once the plateau is reached the gradient eases and well maintained oaths allow good progress. The final descent is fantastic, starting off loose and rocky on the open hillside then turning into fast twisty singletrack through the pine trees on the lower slopes.

Route 19: Linn of Dee Loop

Distance: 26km. Grade Hard

This ride has a real big mountain feeling, some great singletrack and super scenery. A real classic!

Route 20: Loch an Eilein

Distance: 13km. Grade Medium

This is a gentle undemanding trip, perfect for beginners or those looking for an easy day out on the bike.

Route 21: Lochnagar Loop

Distance: 44km. Grade Extreme

MTB Photo 6

This is a fantastic day out with big mountain scenery, tough climbs, miles of singletrack and exhilarating descents.

Route 22: The Angus Glens

Distance: 35km. Grade Extreme

The five glens of Angusare deep glaciated trenches which cut into the eastern Highlands. This ride visits two of them, Glen Cova and Glen Prosen in a remote and spectacular wilderness loop.

Route 23. The Lomond Hills

Distance: 15km. Grade Hard

Great trails, stunning scenery and a wealth of interesting history and geology.

Route 24 The Lairig an Laoigh (2 day)

Distance: 56km + 33km. Grade Extreme

Superb singletrack, desolate moorland, flirtations with civilisation, cracking descents and overnight stop at the Fords of Avon Refuge.

 




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