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

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

Fungle to Keen

One of the wonders of living in Scotland is the landscape in which we live.   https://www.facebook.com/Stavaiging/videos/1284539545008855/   Sometimes, you need to step out and journey into those hills. Riding with a former student I taught, (Callum Grant) we took in a 45km route that sampled flowing natural singletrack, warp speed loose fire roads and…Read more Fungle to Keen

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