Riding Mastermind

https://youtu.be/-glMJpliqV4 A destination trail, a single ribbon of singletrack sublime enough to make any amount of journey time worth while. Mastermind and the Ridge are to be found on opposite sides of the Dee next to Ballater. The Ridge is a long rugged natural trail that goes steep once it re-enters the treeline. Mastermind however,…Read more Riding Mastermind

Lochnagar

“Eye and foot acquire in rough walking a co-ordination that makes one distinctly aware of where the next step is to fall, even while watching sky and land.” Whilst I was grateful for how true this was, I was also acutely aware that this would be a mighty foul place to twist or break an…Read more Lochnagar

Death of a Trail

Land-use, a polorizing and often controversial topic of conversation. One person can look at a hillside and see the epitome of rugged, up touched natural landscape. Another will look the same slope and see a burnt, over exploited desert, perpetuated for one exclusive activity at the expense of all other. Some will just see heather.…Read more Death of a Trail

Durris

Chosen by NETCO as the proposed site of their ambitious trail and adventure sports centre. Durris has a compact, yet challenging network of trails. Infamous among local riders for being perpetually slow at drying after any wet weather, yet I only ever seem to make it during the autumn and winter months. So with this…Read more Durris

Moray Monster Trails

Nestled far enough of the normal drag Moray Monster trails doesn't get the rep it deserves. Outside Fochabers and set over two hills with a road running between them, the trails are a superb mix of flowing jump and berm filled blue, red and technical blacks. Whilst having a tight natural character, the loops themselves…Read more Moray Monster Trails

Pannanich DH

On a recent ride I went to find a local legendary trail called Heart Break Ridge. A long sinuous line flowing singletrack cutting over a open hillside along a wide ridge before dropping steeplly into the tree line for a rooty technical finale. Or so I was hoping for. Setting off up a burner of…Read more Pannanich DH

Fungle Road

Heading south from the Fungle singletrack is the Fungle Road itself. The old drovers road connects Deeside in the north with Tarfside in the south and is usually part of a larger loop. I have a favourite section, from Birse Castle up to the edge of the estate. It is a real leg burner of…Read more Fungle Road

Finella or Drumtochty

(depending on what side you approach the hill), is a hidden gem in the southern edges of Aberdeenshire. From the steep old growth of Drumtochty Glen, to the tight dark stands on the Auchenblae side, this hill has a lot of character and range of trails on offer. For the committed downhill rider and enduronaut…Read more Finella or Drumtochty