Scotland is one of the best places that I can think of for riding in the UK. You can set up camp wherever you want (within reason), there's plenty of room for everyone to ride the natural landscape. Best of all.... the potential for photos. It's beautiful. I took a weekend to go exploring and was amazed at what I found is such a small area.
Even as a lone photographer by myself I set up the camera, got the tripod out and ripped up the soaked Scottish soil. Tape is one of my most useful pieces of kit. Fixing a remote button to my handlebars is how I roll down those hills.
My place of choice...
The surrounding area blew me away. A 5 minute ride away from the main road I found this...
Horrible to get across with a bike and a heavy hiking rucksack full of camera kit, but definitely well worth it. Amazing scenery in every direction and trails leading off in every way possible. Natural berms, little drops, natural kickers, flowy sections, technical sections... everything I could have asked for.
One thing is for sure... Scotland being Scotland the heavens opened and the hail came down. The trails were greasy enough before but the hail just made everything more interesting.
The trails had obviously not been ridden by bikers for a very long time, which is sad. I think that exploring Scotland is amazing and people should do it more often. You'll be surprised at what you can find. No need for very expensive fancy bikes all I needed was my XC Marin Rift Zone to have a brilliant weekend.
Fun is definitely a word that I would use to describe Scotland. Its like home from home. Everyone is friendly (despite what people say) and it is a place of natural beauty. I would recommend a trip up there anytime, just watch the weather forecast.
I will return with mates, bikes, tents and more routes planned....