Standing silently behind Clachnaben, Mount Battock looks a innocuous little peak behind its more popular sibling.

Not one to be underestimated, it is nearly 200m higher than Clachers and enjoys unbroken views in all directions. Sometimes, all you need is a proper hardtail hoof, a stiff climb and to go 40-50km on the way back down.

On these sorts of rides I like to listen to music, tunes help me keep a good rhythm in the climbs and off the anchors on the way back down. But a playlist on random can be a funny thing, when your going full gas and Belle and Sebastian’s “The Boy With the Arab Strap” comes on, it is a little incongruous to be on the attack, if you know what I mean.

So heres the soundtrack to a ride, a great climb (almost) up a stonking big hill and a fast charge back down.

Clachnaben Mount Battock cycling

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Gold Lion

Glen Dye Mount Battock Mountain Bike

Get Innocuous – LCD Soundsystem

Glen Dye Mount Battock Cross Country Scotland

Without You – Junip

Glen Dye Mount Battock sheep shed

Hey – The Pixies

Mount Battock Climb out of Glen Dye Mountain Bike

White Light – Gorillaz

Mount Battock Climb Enduro Scotland

King Of The Mountain – Kate Bush

Mount Battock Shooting Cabin

Crimes Against Pop – Motormark

Mount Battock desert Mountain Bike Scotland Stravaiging

The Beat That My Heart Skipped – Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip

Glen Dye to Mount Battock Mountain Bike

Under Your Spell – Desire


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3 thoughts on “Mount Battock

  1. Love the ride up from Glen Dye to the head of Mount Battock. I prefer to drop down into Glen Esk though, there are a choice of routes all with cracking descents.

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    • Thanks for reading/commenting. Yeah the shooting estate were out in force that day so I missed the trail up to the summit as there vehicles were blocking the way, then thought better of climbing through a bunch of game keepers in the run up to shooting season. Your right though, there are some lovely trails down into Glen Esk.


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