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Scotty's Scotland Showcase — A sustainable tour of the country's best trails

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Scotty's Scotland Showcase — A sustainable tour of the country's best trails

Mountain Biking Collection by Scotty Laughland

13

Tours

34:30 h

178 mi

28,975 ft

I spent last summer touring around my home country of Scotland to bring you Scotty's Scotland Showcase, producing a six episode video series to bring you the best trails from Aberdeenshire, Perthshire, the Cairngorms, Lochaber, the North Highlands and the Tweed Valley.

From hand-cut and super techy singletrack in Dunkeld to epic days out in the Highlands and bagging Munros by bike, here are the Tours from my rides so you can get out there and try the riding for yourself.

There are trail centre rides, natural trails and grand days out included in this Collection, which stretches from the Borders to the Highlands, so there really is something for everyone. Day trip or road trip, enjoy and let me know how you get on.

You can call me biassed but I think Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries for mountain biking and I'm proud to call it home!

The entire series was created carbon neutral. All our journey emissions were offset (I planted 81 native Scottish trees) and the advertising revenue generated from viewership of the series will be split between planting more native trees in Scotland and supporting the local trail associations.

Check out my highlights video below for my favourite trails across Scotland from the summer project:

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Tours & Highlights

  • 06:01
    31.6 mi
    5.2 mph
    2,775 ft
    2,750 ft

    Torridon is located in the North West of Scotland and it’s where my love for adventure riding began. As a destination, there’s something special about it: the vast mountains and unscathed landscapes are jaw dropping. Here's the ‘Classic’ Torridon loop, a 52 kilometre route with 1,200 meters of climbing

    by Scotty Laughland

  • 01:53
    9.40 mi
    5.0 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,025 ft

    The Golfie was really put on the map by the Enduro World Series, and what used to be a locals-only scene is now visited by riders from all over the world.

    

    Avalanche is a steep, loose and shaley track with big views over Innerleithen out on the twisting moorland descent.

    

    New York New York has a fast moorland

    by Scotty Laughland

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  • 03:01
    22.9 mi
    7.6 mph
    4,275 ft
    4,300 ft

    Dunkeld is a special place for me, as it's where my love for mountain biking started. I've got so many memories of riding here, and it's where I did my first SDA race on a hardtail, and looking back that was pretty wild!

    

    Over the last few years with the increase in popularity of riding natural, hand-cut

    by Scotty Laughland

  • 01:14
    8.39 mi
    6.8 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,625 ft

    Comrie Croft is this unique location that's got a really strong focus on sustainability; they're sourcing local produce, growing vegetables on site, is really family focussed and on top of all that they've got an amazing trail network, with blue, red and black trails as well as a skills park. The best

    by Scotty Laughland

  • 03:40
    13.0 mi
    3.5 mph
    3,525 ft
    3,525 ft

    Binniein Mòr is 1,130 metres above sea level and is the highest peak in the Mamores.

    

    Taking it on by bike is no easy feat. You'll start in Kinlochleven and it's all up from here until the summit, a mix of pedalling, pushing and carrying your bike will get you to the ridge line. It's an incredible route

    by Scotty Laughland

  • 03:08
    14.3 mi
    4.6 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,175 ft

    Near Peebles, Glentress was the first established mountain biking destination in Scotland, and now the whole Tweed Valley has gone crazy for biking!

    

    Berm Baby Berm is a blue trail, it's flowy, winds nicely through the forest and it's great fun for everyone from balance bikes to seasoned pros.

    

    As well as

    by Scotty Laughland

  • 01:40
    8.84 mi
    5.3 mph
    1,750 ft
    2,250 ft

    Aberfeldy is such a sick location for riding. They've started a bike park there and the trails are amazing: fast, flowing, there's berms and jumps. You can stop by Glen Lyon Coffee Roasters which has a coffee shop that opens on a Friday only so I tend to ride there on Fridays only!

    

    From the top, you can

    by Scotty Laughland

  • 02:57
    16.0 mi
    5.4 mph
    2,625 ft
    2,625 ft

    Beinn a' Bhùird is a munro. These are mountains in Scotland which are over 914 metres. They can be quite challenging descents but the mountain path we’re riding on here is one of the best.

    

    You can do this as a loop, ticking off other Munros or more simply just as an out and back. When you summit, you

    by Scotty Laughland

  • 01:49
    10.8 mi
    6.0 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,425 ft

    One of two trail centres in the Cairngorms, Laggan Wolftrax is often hailed as the UK's most progressive trail centres.

    

    It's rugged and raw, with so much natural rock, including the slab which leads to an enormous rock slab, known as Air's Rock on the red trail.

    

    The black is nadgery, technical and difficult

    by Scotty Laughland

  • 03:23
    10.1 mi
    3.0 mph
    2,575 ft
    2,575 ft

    This is one of my favourite Munros in Scotland. Standing there at the top of that sheer rock face overlooking the loch, and then looking out right across the Cairngorms, it's just magnificent.

    

    There are a few options: you can either ride around or hike-a-bike straight up the descent. As you ride down

    by Scotty Laughland

  • 00:51
    4.90 mi
    5.8 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft

    Riding straight out of Aviemore, there's a great local trail network. These trails are hand cut by locals, rugged and burly.

    

    I rode the original High Burnside trail, T.H.R. This is a technical MTB trail from the top to the bottom with plenty of natural features to keep you on your toes. My favourite is the gigantic rock slab!

    by Scotty Laughland

  • 03:03
    16.4 mi
    5.4 mph
    2,400 ft
    2,425 ft

    Mastermind. Well, you guessed it: the trail starts at a mast and you’ve got to be pretty mindful on your way down!

    

    Starting out in Ballater, a town full of great independent shops, you pedal up a relatively short climb for the descent you get in return. Quickly you feel as though you’re in the middle

    by Scotty Laughland

  • 01:51
    11.4 mi
    6.1 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft

    The Lightning Bolt trail has fast become one of my favourite trails in the world. It’s a challenging track and that’s what I love about it.

    

    Dropping in, you flow through some loose gravelly turns but things quickly get a little more of out of control as the gradient steepens, the rocks get bigger, the

    by Scotty Laughland

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    178 mi
  • Duration
    34:30 h
  • Elevation
    28,975 ft

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