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In this episode of Scotty’s Scotland Showcase we’re in the Cairngorms, the UK’s largest National Park. We head to Laggan Wolftrax, Laggan Brown, climb Dum-da-Lamph, ride at Glenlivet, head up the Munro Sgòr Gaoith and on a local recommendation explore some new trails in Burnside!
00:00 Episode Intro
01:12 Laggan, Trail Centre, Black and Red
04:19 Laggan Brown, Honey Monster
05:29 Glenlivet, Orange Jump Line
07:03 Glenlivet, Mini DH
08:25 Sgòr Gaoith
12:48 High Burnside
Laggan is known as the UK’s most progressive trail centre, famous for it’s massive rock slabs and technical ascents and descents. One of my favourite features is the ginormous rock slab, Air’s Rock. On the other side of the National Park is Glenlivet, they’ve been developing new trails and just this year they built an orange jump line! We also had the chance to check out their ‘Mini DH’ trail which is a hand cut natural trail with a good size jump line. Sgòr Gaoith is one of my favourite Munro’s in the Cairngorms, thanks to it being relatively accessible. Reaching the summit you have an incredible view and the descent is fast and technical all the way back down. Burnside is the trail network above Aviemore where the trails are rugged, burly and hand cut.
This episodes sustainability focus is on on rewinding, a fact very few might beware of is that only 4% of Scotland’s woodland is native and as a country we only have a 19% woodland coverage. Compare that to the 37% average in Europe. Once upon a time, our hillsides would have been covered in native woodland.
The entire series is being created carbon neutral. All our journey emissions will be offset and the advertising revenue generated from you watching this series will be split across planting more native trees in Scotland and the local trail associations.
Credit: Scotty Laughland