Braemar to Aviemore (day 1) — Cairngorms Gold
Mountain Biking Highlight
Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
Scotty Laughland went mountain biking.
September 19, 2020
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 Park. The plan was simple, do it over two days and make the most of riding some High Alpine-style terrain.
A rolling start from Braemar could fool you into thinking this was going to be an easy ride. Hitting Glen Derry things started to become more challenging, the double track we'd become accustomed to disappeared and we were in the mountains, crossing rivers, burns and scrambling through sections of rock. You really had to work the bike to keep it flowing. After a couple of hours of work, crossing multiple rivers we reached the Fords of Avon refuge hut and stopped for a well earned break before carrying on the final part of the climb to the top of our descent.
We were all surprised by how great the downhill was, fast flowing singletrack that had recently been revamped for walking access. We didn't stop too much on the way down and kept things flowing, hopping drainage bars and trying to make doubles out of nothing. The lower section flowed through knee-deep Heather and we pulled in at the Green Lochan. It was stunning and is shrouded in mystery, fairies supposedly live there and I could understand why, it was beautiful.
The sun was quickly setting and we stopped off at Loch Morlich, swimming was an option but we all passed the offer up and rode the logging trail to retire in Aviemore for the evening.
November 11, 2020