I'm stoked to share episode 4 of my short film series aptly named, 'Scotty's Scotland Showcase!' In this episode we ride the ‘Classic’ Torridon loop, a 52km route with 1200m of climbing.
Torridon is located in the North West of Scotland and it’s where my love for adventure riding began. As a destination, there’s something special about it, the vast mountains and unscathed landscapes are jaw dropping.
This one's best done in the summer and you're going to want to allow yourself between 5 and 8 hours! Starting out, it’s a short road ride before veering off and riding alongside lochs and through Glens. It’s simply stunning and isn’t a ride you want to rush. I prefer to take my time, enjoy the journey and take it all in. The climbs are challenging, they’re technical and require sudden urges of power to get you up and over the rocky features - I’ve still to clean it, no dabs!
The top of the Annat descent is incredible. Stood there, you’re surrounded by towering grey mountains and views stretch for as far as you can see. The descent is a technical one and whilst I wouldn’t say it’s overly challenging you’ve got to work to make it flow. It finishes alongside a river, contrasting to the upper section we're now deep in the greenery.
Our next point of interest is the Fionnaraich bothy and it’s a good chance for a break. The single track leading up to it is challenging and requires a lot of on and off power surges. The bothy dates back to the 1800’s and is still used to this day by stalkers. It’s a place where riders can seek shelter from the ever-changing Scottish conditions. From the bothy to our next descent is a challenging path through lowland bogs before hitting a rugged hike a bike.
The descent to Annat is fairly undulating, rocky and is one of my personal favourites, you’re back in amongst those huge grey mountains and have a view over the Atlantic Ocean. There’s something humbling about being able to ride in such a location. The descent’s super fun, rewarding and it has so many different elements, fast single track, huge rock slabs and river crossings. It just puts a smile on your face!
Finishing right at the bay, there’s a chance to refuel at a traditional Inn which offers delicious locally sourced food and drink and accommodation - there’s no better location to finish a ride at!
This episodes sustainability focus is around travel. To get to Torridon, we drove three hundred and twenty-five kilometres in a diesel van which emits one hundred and eighty-two grams of Carbon Dioxide per kilometre driven. Creating the series, we lift shared wherever possible and to offset our overall journey emissions, I’m planting native Scottish trees through Trees 4 life. Trees can absorb between twenty-two and thirty-four kilograms of Carbon Dioxide. To ensure neutrality, I’m planting one tree per one hundred kilometres driven and for this episode, I’ll be planting 16 trees.
The entire series is being created carbon neutral. All our journey emissions will be offset and the advertising revenue generated from you watching this series will be split across planting more native trees in Scotland and the local trail associations.
Produced by Scotty Laughland
Cinematography by Glen Thomson and Max Rendall
Photography by Jonny Cook