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    A classic Scottish route, on a new fangled 27.5x fat bike.

    The route from Old Bridge of Tilt, around the great lump of the Beinn a'Ghlo mountains is somewhat of a Scottish classic. On a good day, the views, wildlife and trails deliver a microcosm of all that is best in Highland mountain biking.

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    The Monzie road starts the route with a stiff climb until Loch Moraig is reached. From here, land rover track takes you to Shinagag, then the Girnaig Burn must be forded. The trail has been improved and soon, access to the back of the Beinn a'Ghlo range of Munros will be fast.

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    For me on this day, the sun was shining, so I did not mind getting my feet wet.

    Climbing through the purple heather was glorious and the singletrack trail to Glen Fernate was easy to negotiate on the fat tyres. The land rover track down to the ruin of Ruigh Chuilein, close to Loch Loch and the imposing cliffs above is fast and the low pressure tyres were welcome to tame the loose rocky terrain.

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    At Daldhu, climbing is the name of the game onwards and upwards to the re-known, pink, stone walls of the remotest hunting lodge in Scotland - Fealar Lodge.

    On occasion, I have found rows of deer heads draining their crimson juice here, but today there were just the usual assortment of yapping dogs.

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    The initial portion of the singletrack descent down to Glen Tilt was boggier than usual - again, the fatties earned their keep after having been dragged up the climb before.

    Soon enough, the trail dries and becomes loose and rocky down to the River Tilt and another hop-scotch on the rocks.

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    Descending Glen Tilt, alongside the river Tilt, is often interrupted by fast jets: they drop low in to the glen and the noise will make you jump out of your skin as they scream overhead at barely 90 meters altitude.

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    Despite the head wind, it was slightly disappointing to be back at the car. This loop is always beautiful and in 4 short hours, you can enjoy all the solitude the hills have to offer.

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    Thanks for sharing, that's a beautiful place to spend 4hrs on a bike!
    "I ride to clear my head, my head is clearer when I'm riding SS. Therefore, I choose to ride SS."~ Fullrange Drew

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    Great write up.

    Hard to go wrong in Scotland. Limitless trails and the rights to use them.
    As little bike as possible, as silent as possible.
    Latitude: 5736' Highlands, Scotland

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    Nice read!

    (BTW, nice bike, looks cool as $#!&)
    Disclaimer: I run Regular Cycles (as of 2016). As a profiteer of the bicycle industry, I am not to be taken very seriously.

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    Thanks! My vacation got shot to hell this summer, so it's nice to get away a touch, on someone elses!

    Beautiful, I need to get there someday....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    What's the altitude?

    I'm curious about the lack of trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racefit View Post
    What's the altitude?

    I'm curious about the lack of trees.

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    thanks guys.

    racefit: the tops are about 1100m or so. the land was denuded of many trees by sheep and deer and use for ships for the most part....though the ground in a lot of places is boggy and acidic and this has an impact too.

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    Great shots, and great looking loop. Sunny summer in Scotland?

    "B Fat" seems the easiest way to describe/differentiate what you're riding there. Loving mine.

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    Great pics and write-up, thanks! I have not been to Scotland in 30 years and would love to ride bikes in that terrain sometime. Stellar weather, not like the horizontal rain that can be so common!

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    thanks! yep, its been one of those soggy summers, but there is the odd window of better weather! mikesee - B fat - perfect! and thanks again for the help with that beast of a tyre - i like it a lot. it does make 26 x4 seem so small now...rolls light and fast though...sweet!

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    Very cool!

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