THE SCOTTISH RUN
MIDDLE TO THE TOP BEFORE HEADING RIGHT BACK DOWN AGAIN
WHAT IS IT?
The Scottish Run is an adaptation of last year's Matlock 2 Matlock run, starting and finishing just a little bit further up in the Cumbrian town a new run that aims to maximise the time on the tour and give a more central start and end point than the regular Land's End to John o'Groats Garbage Run route.
Meeting at the scenic Derbyshire town of Matlock Bath, we'll have some breakfast before hitting the road, riding up through the best roads of the Peak District, up into the Yorkshire Dales and on into Cumbria and the Scottish borders. We'll take a ferry to the foot of the highlands before joining the famous NC500 coastal road around the top of Scotland. Having reached John o'Groats we'll begin the descent back south, heading from the East coast highlights of Whitby and the North Yorkshire Moors. We'll depart one weekend and return the next.
The majority of accommodation will be camping, staying at some of the best sites along the way. There's also one night's hotel accommodation. Daily mileage will be around 200 miles, with plenty of time for tea and cake stops and for photographs.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The run is for anyone who wants to ride some of the best roads and see some of the best sites in the UK. The run, like all Garbage Runs, will be semi-guided, so some degree of self-reliance is useful, with all riders encouraged to ride at their own pace, or equally, stick with the main group. The route is all on Tarmac and open to riders of all abilities. There are some single track roads up in Scotland and some of the access roads to campsites can be loose gravel.
WHO IS IT NOT FOR?
Like all the runs, this is not for anyone who wants to ride at mach 1 or who doesn't have the patience for group riding. This is a relaxed, laid back and social ride for anyone wanting to explore more of their own country and enjoy riding the fabled NC500 with new friends.
The price includes all accommodation including a night's hotel accommodation, mapping and guiding service. The road book and GPX files will be issued approximately 2 months ahead of the departure date.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
The price doesn't include fuel, food and spending money. Riders will also need to check their own vehicle insurance to make sure cover extends to Ireland, with breakdown cover and travel insurance both advised. It also advised that you take out suitable travel insurance and note that there is no provision for personal injury insurance. Riders embark on this trip at their own risk.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
You will need a well serviced and reliable machine. Breakdown cover is handy to have, just in case. You'll need good waterproofs - this is Scotland after all - a sense of adventure as well as a basic camping kit inclusive of tent, sleeping bag and mat. Cooking gear is optional as all places have facilities to either buy or cook food. Travelling light is always the best option on these trips.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
To secure you place click on the SIGN UP icon above-right which will take you to a payment area where you can pay a £80 deposit to secure your place. The remainder of the balance will be due further down the line, with further information also provided upon sign up.
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WHY I'VE PUT THIS TRIP ON
In 2019 I ran the Matlock 2 Matlock trip which proved hugely popular. The start and end point were far more manageable to people than the regular Land's End to John o'Groats run and it also gave chance to explore some of the eastern side of Scotland which has some incredible riding. I felt for this year that I'd trim that Matlock 2 Matlock run a little bit and start and end at Haggs Bank in Cumbria. Haggs Bank is a great bunkhouse and perfect start and finish point for the run. It also nips a day off the total length, giving people a bit more time to get home at the end and have a day of rest before heading back to work.
IN A NUTSHELL:
A circular route of around 1200 miles taking in some of the most scenic coastal and rural roads in the UK. Starting at Haggs Bank Bunkhouse in Cumbria, riding to the top of Scotland, across, and then back down again for journey's end. Back where we started.
The Scottish borders and a ferry to the Highlands
The Pass of the Cattle
The famous NC500 coastal road around North Scotland.
Saturday - After a night at Haggs Bunk House in Alston, Cumbria, we begin our journey North, aiming for Gretna and beyond that the stunning riding roads up to the Forth of Clyde, bypassing Ayr and making haste for the short ferry from Gourock to Dunoon. This puts us at the foot of the Highlands and the start of our Scottish adventure.
Sunday - After a night in tents at the remote Glendaruel campsite, it's onto Inveraray for breakfast, then on through the Glen of Orchy and into Glencoe for a ride through spectacular surroundings. Various detours can be taken to take in epic loch roads, before Fort William for lunch and on towards the Isle of Skye for our second night of camping.
Monday - The famous Pass of the Cattle is optional this morning, mostly dependant on weather - this is Scotland after all! - with us now well and truly on the NC500 and riding it in a clock-wise direction. We pass under the shadow of Beinn Eighe, aiming for Gairloch and perhaps a group curry in Ullapool. It's not the best but it does the job.
Tuesday - Today we head for the top, aiming first for Lochinver for breakfast, then around the narrow corridor of the Drumbeg loop, back onto the NC500 and up to Durness for the world's best hot chocolate at Cocoa Mountain. Loch Eriboll follows - hopefully not behind too many camper vans - before we catch Thurso on the horizon and our night of luxury in a hotel for the night. It's been a good day's riding.
Wednesday - We touch the post at John o'Groats, get our photos taken, before tracing our way down the A9 in the direction of Inverness. It's not a bad road, just watch for the downhill hairpins. The roads that follow into the Cairngorms however are some of the finest, with the village of Braemar serving us fish and chips and a warm camping spot that evening.
Thursday - Bypassing Edinburgh is the only niggle this day, but at least it allows us chance to stop off at the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel. The road out of the capital is as good a moorland road as you've ridden, the destination being the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, hopefully timing it so we can ride across the shallow tides of the causeway for a look around, before heading back to the mainland for nearby accommodation.
Friday - We complete the loop, taking some of Northumberland's best coastal and moorland roads as we head back to Haggs Bank Bunkhouse for a celebratory beer and be going our seperate ways the next morning.
Saturday - As a bonus, I'll be taking anyone who fancies it on a back road route back down to the Peak District, aiming to have you there for 4pm.