Video: Scotland's Wild Backcountry - Chasing Trail Ep. 23

Jul 24, 2018 at 8:06
by SCOTT Sports  

The Highlands of Scotland are famously known in the mountain bike world for the arduous Fort William Downhill World Cup track that's long, tough and rocky. However, away from that, there is a wealth of trails that remain undiscovered.

I, Scotty Laughland, as a Scotsman have lived in Scotland for 28 years but I've never truly gone in search of the very best trails on the West Coast. Joining me would be fellow SCOTT ambassador Monet Adams who had previously ridden Fort William as a race venue but never explored any further North or West. This would be a new experience for both of us. Our photographer and videographer would be Sam Flanagan, a longtime friend and the following days were going to be full of good riding, laughter and new experiences.

Scotland is lucky enough to have a 'right to roam' whereby you may respectfully cross land by bike, horse or on foot allowing for some incredible exploration of the beautiful Highland countryside.

We would start our journey in Fort William, where unfortunately the trip began on a low as we were greeted by a cold, wet and snowy Spring morning. It meant we had to decide to slightly alter our route and stay on the lower ground due to the snow level of 300m. Shuttling to Mallaig, a small coastal town where we jumped on a private charter boat that would take us to one of the many peninsulas in the areas.

Arriving in an almost deserted Loch Laggan we were greeted by the locals, a population of 3 and some sheep. We headed over a pass originally created by the Vikings who attempted to conquer Scotland between the 9th and 12th Centuries that had been made to carry the Longships between sea inlets making for quick and successful invasions.

See below for the full story.

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Words: Scotty Laughland
Photos/Video: Sam Flanagan



  • + 38
 Title change.... "if a Scot called Scotty rides a Scott in Scotland he only needs a rear wheel".
  • + 28
 We all manual everywhere. Being a tight b@stard race of people this saves on front tyre wear.
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 "Hey check out that backdrop! - I'll pull a manual!" Big Grin
  • + 4
 Beautiful place, but spastic edit... Recut this with some longer shots and better music and it would be easier to watch
  • + 3
 I feel so lucky to live in Scotland. When it's sunny there is nowhere I would rather be in the world, for the 300 days that it rains per year I wish I was somewhere else.
  • + 4
 is that twat still running the old forge, or has he been run out of town?
  • + 3
 scott is a scot riding a scott scott cubed.
  • + 3
 Its good to see Scottie in a video again :-)
  • + 1
 Holy hell man, beautiful place, great riding, but hell the cinematography and edit was making me dizzy...
  • + 2
 I've been there, amazing place!!!
  • + 2
 Maybe let Monet ride out front once and while, hey?
  • + 1
 PREACH! xxx
  • + 2
 What a chate
  • + 1
 That's the scot-est thing I've ever seen!
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 I guess the weather is better now Smile
  • + 1
 No eye protection and roadbike helmets. What could go wrong?
  • - 1
 if anyone knows what's the first tune, don't hold back, sounds perfect for driving. ta. Wink
  • + 1
 I had to look it up myself and the songs name is “Ahead of it” with “Mr. Harrison and the congregation”. I didn’t find the song on Spotify though ????
  • + 1
 Flippin' brilliant...
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 Beautiful. If you like rain.
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