Get on your bike and come along for the ride

A new film featuring one of the world’s greatest mountain bikers aims to promote the South of Scotland as one of Europe’s leading adventure destinations.

The movie, produced by Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, charts US professional freeride mountain biker Eric Porter’s first ever experience of riding in Scotland.

The Utah-based mountain biker hit the world-famous mountain biking trails and routes off the beaten track around the Tweed Valley area of the Scottish Borders.

Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland worked with Go-Where biking tours, Cringletie House Hotel, Neidpath Castle, Borders Forest Trust and Gordon Arms to showcase the spectacular trails, landscape and experiences on offer in the Scottish Borders for mountain biking enthusiasts.

The film features the stunning scenery of the Tweed Valley, from St Mary’s Loch to Glentress Forest, as well as the undisturbed dark skies to the historic sites that can cross a mountain bikers path in the region.

In his first ever visit to Scotland, Eric talks about the accessibility of the area, but describes it as ‘feeling like the middle of nowhere.’ The film shows the group of mountain bikers tackling the trails, as well as experiencing a night in a remote bothy and sampling Scottish food, such as cheese and haggis.

“Eric has mountain biked all over the world so it was awesome to hear him rave about our mountain bike trails but we also wanted to showcase the culture and sense of history that makes a trip to southern Scotland so special,” said Ed Shoote of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland

“Many mountain bikers head straight to Glentress so it was great to show with Go-Where Scotland that there is so much more to explore in the area.”