I'm planning a three day tour with some friends in May and need some route advice to link it all together.
The aim is quality riding with big hills rather than massive distance and the emphasis on technical rather than fireroad pootling taking in views (which is very nice in its own right). We'll be riding in a group, splitting a tent or two between us and travelling just with backpacks and lightweight kit. The current plan is-
Day 1, around 35-40 miles-
A big day starting in Glen Doll car park, over Jock's Road to Braemar, follow the River Dee west then up up Glen Lui and over Lairig Ghru to camp in Rothiemurcus. I appreciate the eastern end of Lairig Ghru will be a bit of a bog but it's Scotland...
Now where? There's a few options. Glen Feshie, possibly via Carn Ban Mor. However, this looks boggy too. Or, and I like this one because it's a hill I've not done before, is up to Ben Macdui and then down the Braemar via Glen Derry. Has anyone got any experience of this route? Any tips for Ben Macdui?
Provided it ends in Braemar it's fine.
Day 3, 20-25 miles-
From Braemar, up Glen Callater then over to Lochnagar and down to Loch Muick. I'm assuming that the Glen Allt descent is the way to do this- correct?
At the moment I like the look of Capel Road then down Capel Mounth back to the car. I've not done this before, but are there any decent alternatives? A longer one looks like up and over to Glittering Skellies then push up to the descent down Jock's Road, which I know to be phenomenal. Capel Mounth is unknown to me (other than I have it and the whole Lochnagar area on an OS placemat that I eat my tea off).
Thanks in advance for any help.