“A shovel and some sweat can go a long way,” says Chris Gibbs, a mountain bike guide in Scotland. The singletrack meandering through the Scottish Highlands have given riders like Gibbs so much over the years, he feels it’s only proper to give back to the trail with maintenance. Somebody has to do it—may as well be those who love and use them the most.

If you’re interested in biking or traveling through the Scottish Highlands, you’ll want to know about the bothys, huts, basically, dispersed about the backcountry, free for travelers to stay in. The Scottish Bothy Bible by Geoff Allan gives a lovely overview of the bothy system.


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