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Books

Bikepacking gravel guide books that inspire your adventures in Scotland – our books are researched by experts, shipped worldwide and with free postage in the UK. Let us inspire your bikepacking and gravel adventures in Scotland we three titles published by Vertebrate Publishing.

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BIKEPACKING SCOTLAND

Bikepacking Scotland by Markus Stitz features 20 great multi-day off-the-beaten-track cycling adventures across the Scottish mainland and islands. Click here for a sample.


‘If you’d like to benefit from the years of hard work and exploration that Stitz has put into his routes, check out his books.’ James Howell-Jones, Global Cycling Network

What to expect

Our book features routes of different lengths which take in the best of Scotland. We take you on routes from the Ayrshire Alps, Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders in southern Scotland, through Perthshire’s unique drovers’ roads and the grand architecture of the Central Belt. Additionally we encourage you to travel across to Argyll’s islands on ferry-hopping adventures around Islay, a paradise for whisky connoisseurs, and to Jura and Mull to spot magnificent golden eagles.

Moreover, enjoy the Scottish Highlands with an epic tour of the Cairngorms National Park, home to 25 per cent of Britain’s rare and endangered species. And additionally you can enjoy Markus’ own take on the North Coast 500 and more. Watch the film below to get inspired by Bikepacking Scotland.

All the detail you need to plan your trip

You can benefit from our extensive research, and we made sure that most routes are accessible by public transport. Additionally each route includes all the information you need to help you plan your ride, with points of interest along the route, food recommendations and accommodation options.

Our book features stunning photography and overview mapping, and you can download GPX files for each route in the book to navigate. Let Bikepacking Scotland inspire you with information on what to pack and valuable insight from Scottish cycling personalities including Mark Beaumont and Jenny Graham. Leave the planning of your Scotland bikepacking trip to us. We made sure that our book is full of practical tips and advice for both experienced bikepackers and those who want to try it out for the first time.

Reviews in the media

This is a guide I can wholeheartedly recommend.’ Sam Waller, Cycling UK

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ‘Beautifully illustrated, easy to use and with a ton of useful information … perfect for exploring on two wheels.’ Richard Bath, Scottish Field

‘Bikepacking Scotland is a well-edited book whose many route suggestions are just for jumping on the bike and riding. It can also be used for inspiration when planning your very own personal route.’ Torben Finn Laursen, cykelportalen.dk

this is scottish adventure at its best, writ large with a capital ‘a’ (if i actually employed capital letters in the first place). markus’ unbridled enthusiasm for his metier shines out of every page.’ brian palmer, thewashingmachinepost

‘This book is far more than a visual aid; it’s an adrenaline shot, to get you out on open tracks adventuring.’ Eoghan McHugh, Sportive.com

‘The book is well laid out and packed with useful information. The photography is excellent and inspiring.’ Fiona Russell, FionaOutdoors

‘Markus’s enthusiasm for just riding a bike as it seems to shine through on every page.’ Gary Walls, UK Gravel Collective

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A treasure trove of information

August 13, 2023

A brilliant book jammed pack full of information. It’s comprehensive and I love that there are routes of varying difficulty fore both beginner and seasoned bikepackers. I love that you can scan the QR codes and then you’ve got the GPX files on your phone. Markus has covered everything in the book, from this beginner’s point of view.

Heather Moore

Reader reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.com


Media coverage of Bikepacking Scotland

The Guardian‘It’s all about freedom and adventure’: five of the best bikepacking routes in Scotland

UK HillwalkingBikepacking Scotland – Five of the Best Routes

Always Another AdventurePodcast Bikepacking Scotland

BBC Outdoors PodcastBikepacking in Scotland with Markus Stitz

Scottish FieldTake a look at the top five bikepacking routes in Scotland

The CourierBest wild adventures in little-known corners of Scotland – by bike

The HeraldBikepacker Markus Stitz on his love for Lairig Gate in the Cairngorms

Press & Journal Cycling expert believes Inverness could be a hub for off-the-beaten-track adventures

Der SchottlandBerater (DE)Bikepacking Scotland von Markus Stitz

Grit! – Gravel with Grinta! (BE)LEESTIP: Bikepacking Scotland

BikerumorNew Cycling Guidebook Helps Bikepackers Explore Scotland’s Mountains and Glens


GREAT BRITISH GRAVEL RIDES

Our second book Great British Gravel Rides pays homage to the very best gravel cycling across England, Wales and Scotland. In this book we have curated a collection of 25 routes across Britain – each a favourite route of a well-known gravel cyclist.

You can join round-the-world cycling men’s record holder Mark Beaumont in East Lothian, experience a different side of East Anglia with ultra-endurance racer Josh Ibbett and GBDURO20 winner Gail Brown, or embark on a coast-to-coast trip across Scotland with round-the-world cycling women’s record holder Jenny Graham. You get the chance to see the best of Scottish Borders with diversity in cycling champion Aneela McKenna.

‘Never mind gravel, this book is a real gem: highly recommended.’ Sportive.com

You can find more reviews, media coverage and much more on markusstitz.com


BIG RIDES – Great Britain & Northern Ireland

Big Rides: Great Britain and Ireland is your inspirational guide to the most iconic, epic and popular long-distance cycle trails in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland, including two excursions from mainland Britain to Northern France.

The book features twenty-five routes showcase the best of Britain on two wheels. If you prefer to pedal on-road, the routes take you along the historic Way of the Roses trail through Lancaster and York, as well as across Scotland’s Atlantic perimeter on the Hebridean Way. You can head off-road to Northern England’s hills on the Sea to Sea (C2C) and past iconic monuments in Southern England on King Alfred’s Way.

If you are a mountain bike enthusiast, you will find plenty to challenge you in the Sarn Helen and through the Scottish Highlands on the renowned Highland Trail 550. Or head offshore, to Ireland’s coast on the Wild Atlantic Way and from Devon and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast to Normandy’s alabaster cliffs on the Tour de Manche.

Big detail

Big Rides is designed to inspire big adventures. Rather than carry you along the route, this guide provides everything you need to plan and explore further, including a general overview of the trails, specific technical information, overview mapping, key information and stunning photography.

You can plan your adventure ach route specifies approximate timings which allows for you to plan your adventure at your own pace. Whether you’re completing routes at a leisurely speed or racing towards the finish, let Big Rides: Great Britain & Ireland be your guide.


You can also buy signed copies of the books at the following local shops:

Edinburgh

Central Scotland

Southern Scotland

Northern Scotland

England

Germany

Alternatively buy the books in good book shops, or ask your local library to order them.