I’d been patiently waiting for the clouds over the Cairngorms to clear so I could not only get a decent route in that I hadn’t already covered a million times but also tick this route off, and my patience was finally rewarded last weekend – with not just a few less clouds, but clear blue skies and some pretty warm sunshine!
The Burma Road should definitely come with some sort of a warning – and that kind of route, is my kind of route! From the first moment I heard about the Burma Road, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
The Deeside Way itself runs along the disused railway line from Aberdeen to Ballater and is 45 miles from start to finish – but, with just a couple of hours to spare I only sampled the route from Ballater to Dinnet, however,
Terrain: Easy to moderate with a few semi-technical spots, mostly flat with gentle ascent and descent. Distance: 12 miles Highest point: approx. 300m Bike: Hardtail This route would normally be one of my lunch hour jaunts as it’s quick and fun, but having been medically forbidden from riding for about a month (!) while I [...]
The Ryvoan Pass is definitely in my Top 10 favourite off-road routes in the Highlands – it’s got a little bit of everything and makes for an excellent after-work ride or link it with any of the large number of surrounding routes and you’ve got yourself a class day out!
Riding up out of Fort William was a good time for me to find my rhythm and settle my mind. It had been a mad week and weekend. Now I could start relaxing! I flew through Kinlochleven exactly two hours after starting and was up level with the Blackwater dam soon after. Once above this point
I am sure some riders will be familliar with this route, so i will only give it a brief description as the route is very straightforward. Either park at the bridge of orchy hotel car park or drive along the minor road to inveronnan and park just beyond in the large car park just before [...]
Having done this ride solo a few years ago, i though this might appeal to lovers of a tough route in spectacular surroundings. Park your car in a small lay bye at the head of the cam loch a mile or so north of the tiny village of elphin, and go back uphill for a short [...]
After waiting for almost 2 years for the weather to be clear and for the time off work I finally managed to get over to Skye to tackle the Sligachan trail, described in the “Scotland The Wild Trails” book by Phil McKane. Being my first trip to Skye I was loving the scenery, views and steep rocky [...]
Every time I’m out riding I have my phone with me, which happens to have a half decent video camera function! Most of us will be riding with a phone of sorts nowaday, and due to the wonders of modern technology most of them will have a fairly good video camera option, some even being [...]