Scotty Laughland

Cairngorms Gold — Discovering the national park

Scotty Laughland

Cairngorms Gold — Discovering the national park

Mountain Biking Collection by Scotty Laughland



18:08 h

119 mi

17,550 ft

The Cairngorms contain my definition of trail gold, and this year with travel restrictions limiting global travel I set out my way to explore more of Scotland. The Cairngorms mountain range and national park has been my go-to for day and multi-day adventures.

I've discovered some brilliant singletrack that flows incredibly well, especially after a long ride in and/or hike- a-bike.

What's incredible about this Collection is that with a little knowledge of the mountains you can see the other paths you've taken. As you'll see these are best savoured for drier summer days where you can take in the extent of how beautiful the area really is.

There's a few summiting rides in this Collection, including the pretty accessible Sgòr Gaoith, the striking rocky outcrops of Beinn a'Bhuird, and the magnificent Ben Macdui, Scotland's second highest peak. If multi-day rides are your bag, check out my overnighter from Braemar to Aviemore and back for a real Cairngorms epic with bothies and river crossings en route too!

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Tours & Highlights

  • 02:41
    17.2 mi
    6.4 mph
    3,200 ft
    3,225 ft

    This was a route I'd wanted to tick off for quite some time but for various reasons I'd sidelined and thought it was going to have to be abandoned for …

  • 03:32
    23.0 mi
    6.5 mph
    3,650 ft
    3,675 ft

    This is one epic ride! Starting out in Braemar, you leave civilisation behind and start to feel like you're in the wild. After pedalling through the heather on nice graded paths, you soon leave these for more arduous terrain where you have to hike-a-bike.

    You ascend quickly, although there are a few steeper sections. Reaching the plateau, the path is light and you need to look over the horizon to link up the cairns marking the way.

    You have views over a beautiful lochan and the cliffs of Beinn a'Bhuird, if you're feeling brave you can walk out to the top peak, but you might get jelly legs!

    The descent on the way down is a cracker; fast, flowy and great fun. Finish the ride by riding or wading through a river and riding down to the falls. This is a must-ride for any big mountain rider!

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  • 02:55
    12.2 mi
    4.2 mph
    3,750 ft
    3,675 ft

    Cracking day out on the bike, made better by how glorious the weather was. Upon arrival we were greeted by blue skies and a cloud inversion.

    The trails here are great if you're into technical riding and a bit of hike-a-bike, taking in Scotland's second highest peak and on a clear day you have a great view.

    On the descent you pass some beautiful natural lochs for swimming if you dare, and out of the valley is a fairly brutal hike-a-bike... You have been warned!

  • 04:33
    33.4 mi
    7.3 mph
    2,675 ft
    3,125 ft

    This was a day 1 of a two day trip I'd wanted to tick off for a while. Starting out in Braemar we headed to Aviemore through the Cairngorms National …

  • 04:27
    32.8 mi
    7.4 mph
    4,275 ft
    3,850 ft

    Day 2, riding from Aviemore back to Braemar. We were blessed with the weather, it was chilly and a light frost kissed the ground and the air was cold. I …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    119 mi
  • Duration
    18:08 h
  • Elevation
    17,550 ft
Scotty Laughland

Cairngorms Gold — Discovering the national park