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
Mountain biking is a tribe with a vocabulary all of its own. Gnar, loam, brap, berm, lip, kicker, stoked, flow, table, gap, double, roost to name a few. Some of those words, like the vernacular of any facet of life, have a tendency to be overused, none more so than the word epic. Epic is a…Read more In Search of Epic?
Everyone has a local spot, it might need a drive to get there but it is their default place for riding. For many people these are local woods or, if they are lucky, a trail centre. There aren't any full sized trail centres in Aberdeenshire, but that doesn't mean we are lacking riding spots. My…Read more Scolty/Goauch
The frozen dew drops reflect crystal light from my head torch, the winter air crisp with each intake of breath. The darkness just increases the contrast of the light, making each drop, on each blade of grass and pine needle all the more stunning. The song birds are back in their nests, the evening chorus…Read more Sounds Different in the Dark
(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