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  1. Keep it Local

    To us and the smooth running of our mountain bike tours in Scotland, Alpine Bikes in Innerleithen and Glentress are more than just a bike shop.

    They’re as much a part of the clan as our crew of guides – fettling, prepping and delivering the highest quality bikes and service above and beyond, time after time.

    And now, as a Santa Cruz and Juliana stockist / demo centre our guests have the opportunity to ride the same bikes we love. Winning!

    They’re a funny-looking bunch but don’t let that put you off.

    Thanks Matt, CJ, Dan & Neil xo

  2. Is this the best mountain bike trail in Scotland?


    Think of a wild Scottish landscape combined with world-class mountain bike trails and you will likely conjure a romantic image of Glen Coe, the vast wilderness of Torridon, the infamous Fort William or the foreboding Cuillin on Skye.

    ‘I can’t wait to head up to the north-west of Scotland with my bike’ I say to Aneela.

    ‘Ah but you should go to the east’, she replies. ‘Nobody thinks to go east but the riding is amazing…’ Her gaze trails off with her thoughts to a far-flung place and I’m left feeling curious.

    There’s very little that Aneela, Andy and their team of guides don’t know about mountain biking in Scotland so when they impart some free personal advice you make sure you file it at the forefront of your memory, ready to reference at the soonest opportunity for dreaming up your next escape.

    A majestic landscape of rugged mountains, pristine rivers and enchanted forests; what’s so special about the north east of Scotland anyway?

    From its source in the Cairngorm Mountains, the River Dee flows east towards Aberdeen, through a stunning landscape of impressive peaks, lush forests and heathery moorland. An area that captured the hearts of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, ‘Royal Deeside’ is home to Balmoral Castle and the Birkhall Estate. It has been a popular holiday destination with the Royal Family for numerous generations.

    You’re probably thinking ‘but mountain biking isn’t a very regal sport…’ This is true but the Royal presence has arguably helped to preserve the tranquillity of this remote corner of Scotland. If you’re looking for an authentic Scottish getaway without the swathes of tourists, then you’ve come to the right place.

    The area is steeped in history that extends far beyond the royal connection. Macbeth was defeated at Lumphanan and it is believed that the first Highland Games took place in Braemar. The ancient Pictish standing stones, kirkyards (churchyards) dating back over a thousand years and tales of ghosts, witches and curses, all add to this magical Scottish experience.

    The Cairngorms National Park also protects a diverse range of wildlife. As Andy and Aneela’s carefully considered routes swoop through this unspoilt landscape you might even catch a glimpse of a wildcat, capercaillie or golden eagle.

    To the north, the River Spey delivers pristine water to the distilleries of some of the finest Scotch whiskies. In fact, over half of Scotland’s distilleries are located in Speyside (the Whisky Triangle) so there’s plenty of choice for a well-earned post-ride dram!

    The important bit – what about the riding?

    The Mountain Royale mountain bike tour promises to tick a lot of boxes; heathery singletrack, long and steep descents from the UK’s highest summits, granite slabs and rollercoaster trails through ancient forests. There’s even a secret ribbon of perfect singletrack that is only reached from an old drove road.

    Of course Andy and Aneela don’t want to give too much away. However, if this year’s recce photos are anything to go by I can’t wait to check it out for myself!

    Visit our Book a Trip page to sign up for your next mountain biking adventure

  3. Torrid Affair June Trip // Late Cancellation

    Life has a habit of getting in the way sometimes…two of our lovely guests have pulled out of the June 10th to 17th ‘Torrid Affair’ mountain bike trip. This means two new lucky riders are just about to have the trip of a lifetime. Check out the latest newsletter for all the details on an unmissable trip at an unrepeatable price.

  4. Competition Time – Win a £200 Holiday Voucher

    Evoc Backpack

    What’s in your backpack?

    Here’s the average contents of one of our guides’ EVOC packs. Best guess at what that ‘Lavazza’ coffee wrapper is doing in there wins a £200 voucher towards one of our June Torrid Affairs or Mountain Royale week-long trips in July or August 2017 where availability allows (T&Cs apply).

    For a chance of winning, email: 

  5. Soul Trails Scotland Competition

    Soul Trails Scotland CompetitionAs Scotland’s ambassadors for Juliana Bicycles and Santa Cruz we’re delighted to announce an exclusive competition for mountain lassies who ride the world’s finest bicycles.

    Two lucky lady shredders each can win a £350 ($450) voucher towards our extra special Soul Trails Scotland adventure with Anka Martin in the Scottish Highlands from the 3rd to 9th September 2016. 

    All you need to do is watch the Juliana ‘Going Places‘ film and answer this question: what three words do the Scots (apparently!) find difficult to pronounce? Email your answers to: no later than Friday 5th August when the winners* will be drawn.

    Grab the trip of a lifetime – it’s the strongest ever time to come and explore the mountains and glens of Scotland. 

    *T&Cs apply; participants must be available to travel on the trip dates

  6. Going Places with Juliana Bicycles



    “From the glens of Scotland and the forests of New Zealand to the maritime alps of France, Juliana guides know all the best places to go by mountain bike.”

    We were blown away to be part of Juliana’s inspiring ‘Going Places‘ short film series.

    In this film, take a trip to Scotland with Aneela, the Glaswegian “fun-maker” and partner of Go Where Scotland where she shares the wild places she calls home (aboard her brand new Joplin!).

  7. The Hills Are Calling…

    Check out the March newsletter and see what’s brewing – we’ve got new Mountain Lassies mountain bike adventures going live, the latest trip dates are up on the website and there’s a whole heap of stuff to get you jazzed on mountain biking in Scotland this year.

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