Like the sound of the Trossachs, but don’t know where to start? Maybe it’s time to get guided.

by Tom Hill 0

It’s always a tricky one. There are some great possibilities for gravel riding out there, but how do you explore a new area? Of course, those who are comfortable with it can pick up a map and plot out a route. There are online tools that will help too. But if you have limited time, and want to ride the best of the best an area has to offer, sometimes it’s worth investing in a guide.

Want to be shown the way to trails like this? Photo credit: Andy McCandlish

Go-Where Scotland has been offering mountain bike guiding in Scotland since 2008, but it is branching out to offering the same service to gravel riders.

Big views. Photo Credit: Phil Crowders

It has chosen the village of Aberfoyle, in the heart of the Trossachs as the start point for its gravel-based operations. It’s perhaps no surprise – the area has more than its fair share of dirt roads, forest tracks and sinewy singletrack through glens, over hills and skirting lochs. If you raced the inaugural Dukes Weekender, you’ll be familiar with the area.

You’ve got to put back in what you take out. Photo Credit: Phil Crowders

Go-where has followed hot on its heals with the Duke’s Gold gravel tour, led by local ‘gravelista’ and professional guide Andy Stanford. The two and half day trip takes in the best riding in the area, combined with cosy nights in a local inn. Sounds good to us!

The kind of track that gravel bikes were made for. Photo Credit: Andy McCandish
Aneela (aka Mrs Go-Where) and a certain Graeme Obree

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