As the ferry pulls away from Ardrossan you leave regular life behind. Anticipation builds throughout the hour-long, scenic ferry ride, as jagged peaks come into view, and finally the ferry unloads in Brodick, on the Isle of Arran.
The Isle of Arran is known as “Scotland in Miniature,” with more than 60 miles of rugged coastline, atmospheric woodland, soaring peaks, historic ruins and trails aplenty. Arran is quickly becoming one of the UK’s must ride destinations, with trails ranging from steep and technical to fast and flowing. In other words, it’s the perfect location to host the Grinduro.
Grinduro Scotland will be based in the village of Lamlash in a beautiful sheltered bay that overlooks the impressive Holy Island. This is where it all happens, from the Bike and Art Gallery to the post-race music festival and party. This is also where the route departs from, heading out on a mix of forest roads and singletrack trails that offer expansive vistas along the way. After a return to the event village for lunch, the afternoon loop heads north, offering more singletrack and a visit to the grounds of Brodick Castle. Some testing climbs give more amazing views, before descending a cliff top trail to the finish.