HT DAY 3 – Tuesday May 30th, 2017 Route: Oykel Bridge (Oykel Bridge Hotel) – Suileag Bothy (overshot the bothy sadly and ended up tarping down the road) Distance: 153km Riding Time: 16 hours Mood: Optimistic, feeling more confident overall yet apprehensive about the dreaded, challenging Northern Loop ahead Favourite Bits “Not-so-favourite” Bits The breathtaking, tear … More My Highland Trail Diary – Day 3
HT DAY 2 – Sunday May 28th, 2017 Route: Fort Augustus (Blackburn of Corrieyarrack Bothy) – Oykel Bridge (Oykel Bridge Hotel) Distance: 179km (highest mileage day ever!) Riding Time: 16 hours Mood: Calmer rhythm and pace, tired, fuelled by the sun and beautiful rolling scenery, stoked and very emotional upon approaching and reaching the Oykel Bridge … More My Highland Trail Diary – Day 2
HT DAY 1 – Saturday May 27th, 2017 Route: Tyndrum to Fort Augustus (Blackburn of Corrieyarrack Bothy just outside Fort Augustus) Distance: 145km Riding Time: 14 hours Mood: Nervous, excited, very hungry, Favourite Bits “Not-so-favourite” Bits Finding food at Ben Alder bothy The Ben Alder descent Finding “trail magic” Meeting Robin the angel at Laggan … More My Highland Trail Diary – Day 1
Earlier this year I (somehow!) completed Scotland’s infamous bikepacking challenge – the Highland Trail 550. It’s a beautifully brutal, winding and rugged ride which works it’s way over the most remote and stunningly beautiful parts of the highlands on a 550 mile route eating up 16km of elevation (and descent) for the pain and … More My Highland Trail
Here’s what I brought along on the Highland Trail 550 2017. I completed the 550 mile route in 7 days, 7 hours, and during the race slept under a tarp for three nights, in a bothy one night and in B&Bs for three whole nights (what a princess!). I’ve been bikepacking for just over a … More Highland Trail Kit List
Cairngorms Loop Route Website Distance – 288.5km (boom!) My Kit List Trek Stache (Hardtail 29er +) Basic tool kit Terranova Adventure 2 man tarp &4 pegs Thermarest Evolite Salewa Spice 2 (3 Season) Sleeping Bag Dry clothes for sleeping (Merino baselayer top, bottom and socks) Fox Metah helmet Endura gel gloves Icebreaker headband Merino … More Route Report – Cairngorms Loop
SWEET! I finally completed a route, as planned, start to finish… awww yeahh!! 288km, 32 hours, 3100m of climbing – COMPLETO! All accompanied by sunny blue skies above the stunning Cairngorm mountains, and fuelled along the way with some essential food and coffee stops in Tomintoul, Braemar, Glenmore and Blair Athol with a brief 4 … More Cairngorms Loop Woop!
Upon landing back in Scotland from the desert of Dubai in March 2016 I was shamefully aware of how little of my country I had explored during my life. The last time I lived back home, 6 and a half years previous, I had been living in the party hub of Glasgow – intensively making … More Why Bikepacking?
Well, that’s me back home for over a year now after an amazing 5 years in the sandpit and city of Dubai and a couple of years in Marbella on the Costa Del Sol of Spain previous to that. What a journey it’s been since landing into Glasgow Airport with a couple of suitcases, a … More Sandpit to Scotland – One Year Back Home