GrAviemore…. Where the riding is epic and the vibe is chilled

September 15th (from 5pm), 16th & 17th 2023 at Inshriach, Cairngorms National Park

Image: Andy Toop

Mid-September is made for weekends like this, dedicated to riding, chilling and doing all the good stuff. Sleeping under canvas, awesome food, coffee and a cracking bunch who share your vibe: Graviemore is into year two and this is already an iconic set up.  

Image: James C Birkenbuel

The routes are chosen by riders who know the best of the best Cairngorm classics. As part of the event you get access to Graviemore’s RideWithGPS account, giving you the premium features in the app on your smartphone, like turn by turn Navigation and PDF maps/cue sheets and offline mapping too! With no start times or ‘racing’, you just need to ride…Set off solo, with your buddy or make new friends and set off as a group. The routes are mixed-surface, largely off-road on gravel and have short sections of single track. All of them are superb adventures — it is the Cairngorms after all!

These are not guided rides. The routes are unmarked, and you should plan to be self-sufficient and carry all the things you normally would for a day ride on your own. As always, the Scottish Outdoor Access Code applies, so respect the trail, the landscape and any instructions from land managers, as well as other trail users. The routes will be mainly off road on a variety of surfaces, so bring a bike with tyres from 35mm upwards. Depending on your skills/comfort zone, you may choose to hike short sections of some of the routes, but we aim to keep them enjoyably rideable.

Graviemore is not just about the riding though. The craic when you get back to camp is pretty awesome too, and the BackcountryScot team will be busy refuelling you. Overnight oats for brekkie, soup when you get back from riding and a plant-based supper — all the hard work will be done, so you can grab a beer (gin or coffee!) and soak up the weekend.  It. Will. Be. A. Blast! The bottom line: we want every rider at Graviemore to be able to finish their ride at their own pace, and celebrate each others success over a boogie and beer.

Enjoying a well earned beverage at Inshriach. Image: James C Birkenbuel

Places are limited.  Kids are welcome.  The food is awesome. There is space for just 100 riders, so be part of the crew and grab a ticket. It’s set to be a cracking weekend!

Inshriach, base for the weekend. Image: James C Birkenbuel

About Backcountry.Scot 

The Cairngorms is a honey pot of epic rides, and Andy from BackcountryScot has been riding and loving these trails for twenty years.  He knows his stuff!

Based in Aviemore, BackcountryScot is an essential stop for all things bikepacking, packrafting and all-round adventure. With bike hire, servicing and a bunch of riders who really know the trails, you are guaranteed to get a hefty dose of expert knowledge and enthusiasm. You can even stock up on some pre-loved kit.

One of Andy’s Favourite Rides……

The Cairngorms Inner Loop

Words: Andy Toop
This ride does what it says on the tin, it loops around the Cairngorms taking the big passes and glens that dissect the Cairngorms massif. The ride being around 300 km is no mean feat but it can be chunked down into the inner loop or the outer loop or a handful of out and back loops, once you get the lie of the land and feel confident to explore beyond the route. I would say the outer loop by itself is a great Gravel route, tyre size 35’s plus recommended. And the inner is firmly a MTB type of ride.. So if you’re toying with the whole thing then MTB is the tool for the job.……. click on the route below for more information!

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