Do it this month

Go bike-pack­ing in Scot­land

Trail (UK) - - CONTENTS -

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.

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