Do it this month
Go bike-packing in Scotland
Some mountains are just inconsiderate. Well, okay... not inconsiderate, just anti-social. Awkward. Annoyingly far-flung. This is generally a Scottish thing, where there are at least a fistful of mountains that sit an uncomfortable distance from anywhere. With these monster walk-ins they present a tricky prospect when it comes to bagging them in a day – or even a weekend. Seana Braigh (pictured), A’Mhaighdean and this month’s Ridge Guide, Ben Alder, all fit this profile, and all have a convenient bothy within flinging distance to ease the strain even further. Which is where a bike comes in. And no matter if the last time you rode a bike was with a paper delivery bag over your shoulder, as even the most under-practised cyclist can part with a few quid for a weekend’s hire, leap on a rough-shod track and feel the load-lugging benefit. You know what they say: riding a bike is like... well, riding a bike.