Cairngorms MTB traverse: Tromie Bridge to Dalnacardoch via Gaick

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Bike, East Highlands | 8 Comments

Campsite by Loch an t-Seilich. The waves give an indication of the invigorating headwind that I enjoyed on the cycle out. When travelling between Blair Atholl and Kingussie I have never previously given much thought to hinterland that lies to the east, an area roughly the size of the Monadhliath that extends between the A9 […]

Cairngorms: Camping in Glen Quoich

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Bike, Camp, East Highlands | One Comment

Camping amid the remnants of the Caledonian Forest in the Southern Cairngorms Of the many outdoor blogs that I read Will Gadd’s is one of my favourites. He did a post of top tips last year that stuck in my mind. Not because I agreed with  most of them but because I agreed and disagreed in […]

Culra Bothy

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Bike, Bothy, East Highlands | One Comment

Culra bothy with Ben Alder beyond I’ve been wanting to get into Culra for quite some time so when a couple of friends announced that they were heading in for the weekend I decided to join them for a night and have a day on the hill. I left home after dinner and arrived about […]

Bothy trip to Glenbeg

Posted by on Nov 16, 2010 in Bike, Bothy, Northwest Highlands | 3 Comments

Bothying is the strangest – and perhaps my favourite – of all outdoor sports .  It is true that it is not for everyone. Some people just don’t get it. Maybe they’re not doing it properly – in order to to ensure that your outing is a satisfying one it is wise to observe a few simple rules. Friday night’s […]

North Coast Cycle Day 4: Strathy to Thurso

Posted by on Aug 5, 2010 in Bike, Northwest Highlands | 2 Comments

One question has been burining in my mind since finishing the tour. Does the act of cycling itself induce flatulence, or is it simply that gas is generated in direct proportion to calorie intake, three times the calories generating three times the wind? Perhaps the liberal consumption of foaming pints of Radler plays a part. Or […]

North Coast Cycle Day 3: Durness to Strathy

Posted by on Aug 1, 2010 in Bike, Northwest Highlands | No Comments

Another soggy, squalid start to the day in a beer-smelling tent, thanks to a minor spillage on the first night. This must be Scotland as the tourist sees it, day after day of low cloud and constant precipitation. Always a risk when activities are planned far in advance, as they must if they involve securing […]

North Coast Cycle Day 2: Stoer to Durness

Posted by on Jul 31, 2010 in Bike, Northwest Highlands | No Comments

The weather was kinder today, the steep grinding climbs and exhilarating descents through cnoc and lochan scenery that comprise the rollercoaster coast road to Kylesku were completed in substantially dry conditions. The photo is of shifting cloud on the summit of Quinaig, not quite to the same standard as yesterday’s stolen image of Suilven. Kylesku […]

North coast cycle day 1: Ullapool to Stoer

Posted by on Jul 30, 2010 in Bike, Northwest Highlands | One Comment

By bike bus to Ullapool and on into a day of contrasts; a delightful dry sweep through Coigach, remembering hill days past and plotting hill days still to come, then a soggy slog round the coast road to Lochinver. Food stops ended hurriedly, pedalling into the drizzle, fumbling bars with midge-blackened hands. When Suilven appeared […]

Lochaber Mountain Biking: Corrour to Tulloch via the Euston Sleeper

Posted by on Oct 12, 2009 in Bike, West Highlands | No Comments

On friday night we boarded the 2030 sleeper train at Tulloch station. Had we stayed aboard we could have been breathing the foul air of the Metropolis by 0800 on Saturday morning. Our lungs remained uncontaminated, for it was not the bright lights of the big city that had tempted us aboard. Instead the train […]

Is shandy a sports drink?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2009 in Bike, Northwest Highlands | One Comment

The idea of loading of loading my bike up and setting off on an adventure directly from home has always appealed to me. Last weekend I had the opportunity to indulge myself – my friends Paul and Robin have been working on a project to cycle the north and west coasts in a series of […]