Scotland Mountain Biking
The Wild Trails
- Phil McKane
- Paperback (192pp)
- 20 May 2009
Scotland Mountain Biking – The Wild Trails features 24 of the best and more adventurous mountain bike rides in Scotland. The routes range from 6.5 to 290 kilometres in length, and are suitable for all levels of mountain bikers.
Split into three sections, Southern & Central Scotland, North-West Scotland & Highlands, and North-East Scotland & Cairngorms, this book includes challenging mountain passes, magical woodland singletrack, Munro peaks and idyllic spins past ancient lochs. The routes include a classic Torridon Circuit, Glen Sligachan on Skye, man-made and natural trails around the Minch Moor at Innerleithen, Munro Mount Keen, the end-to-end Corrieyairack Pass, and a big-mountain loop around Ben Alder. A Bonus Section includes the Fort William to Montrose Coast to Coast route.
The book is written by Scottish mountain bike guide Phil McKane and includes stunning photography by Andy McCandlish. It features Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps; easy-to-follow directions; details of distance, times and difficulty; and refreshment stops and local knowledge.
Phil McKane has been addicted to riding mountain bikes since his fluorescent Emmelle was systematically rattled to pieces beneath him, around 1991. Since then he has dabbled in many aspects of mountain biking, from cross-country racing to wilderness touring. After completing his Masters degree in Sports Science, Phil set up Scottish Mountain Bike Guides, operating mountain bike holidays and skills courses all over the country from the 7Stanes to the Western Isles. He has written two guides to mountain biking in Scotland: Scotland Mountain Biking – The Wild Trails and Scotland Mountain Biking – Wild Trails Vol.2.
- Title: Scotland Mountain Biking
- Sub-title: The Wild Trails
- Author: Phil McKane
- Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
- ISBN: 978-1-906148-10-2
- Rights: Worldwide
- Publication date: 20 May 2009 (reprinted in 2012, and again in 2019 with updates and corrections)
- Edition: First
- Size: 175mm x 120mm
- Extent: 192 pages, full colour with Ordnance Survey mapping
- Cover: Paperback
- Weight: 250g
- Retail price: £16.95
'If you are looking to take your mountain bike riding out into the boonies then this book is a superb start. It's well laid out, easy to read, with superb descriptions and images of the suggested routes.'
George McEwan, Scottish Mountaineer
'Sampling even just a handful of the routes included here will provide a flavour of the sheer variety of wild riding on offer in Scotland - and also test your technical skills to the full.'
Scotland Outdoors Magazine