Summer events guide
Make the most of the summer sunshine, and find an awesome outdoor adventure for the whole family in Scotland’s forests this June and July. Of course our woodland destinations can be calm and tranquil, but at other times, the forests are buzzing with activity!
From international mountain biking competitions to guided camping trips under the stars, to holiday-time activity clubs for younger kids, we’ve got something for everyone this summer.
Fort William World Cup 2019
In many ways the big daddy of all the mountain biking competitions held in Scotland, for many riders, the Fort William World Cup is the height of the year. With extensive development having taken place at the Nevis Range recently, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever.
At Nevis Range, you’ll be able to try out one of the new ‘e-bikes’ - putting some power behind your pedals. The big finals all take place on Sunday 2 June. Meanwhile, throughout the event there will be workshops, demos and tutorials for all skill and experience levels, with a huge swathe of the big mountain bike brands in attendance.
- How much? Tickets from £17.50
- When? 1-2 June
- Where? Glen Nevis, Fort William
Summer Family Nature Clubs
It’s the return of the much-loved Summer Family Nature Club at The Lodge, in Aberfoyle! Give the kids a chance to get back to nature, get their hands and feet muddy, climb trees and splash about in rivers. Wild play is the bedrock of an active child’s life beyond school, so why not get the kids involved this year, and make some wild summer memories with us.
These fun-filled mornings are aimed at kids of all ages, with specialists from organisations like the RSPB, and our own forest rangers. Youngsters can build their own bird boxes, go hunting for bugs and beasties and aquatic creepy crawlies, and learn all about the wonderful world of nature.
- How much? Varies by event, from £3 (Bird Box sessions cost £10)
- When? Weekends throughout July and August
- Where? The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre
- Book now All info on our Events page
Tweedlove Transcend Bike Festival 2019
For the tenth year, the epic Tweedlove Transcend Bike Festival is returning to our trails in the Tweed Valley, with races taking place at Glentress. Tweedlove is more than just a race meet-up, however.
Keeping spectators entertained over the course of the weekend will be a selection of live bands, DJs, exhibitors and stalls, as well as some very special live demos from world-renowned mountain bikers. There will be street food stalls, and special activities to keep the youngsters happy.
- How much? £10 spectators (more to compete)
- When? 6-9 June
- Where? Glentress, Tweed Valley
- Book now tweedlove.com/transcend
Specialized Trail Days MTB Festival
Organized by Specialized, this three-day festival and celebration of all things related to mountain biking is less about races and more about the sport as a whole. You’ll be able to try out special new ‘test bikes’ with futuristic features, take part in guided rides, soothe those aching muscles with a massage, and attend bike workshops and coaching sessions with industry professionals, and even help with some trail digging if you’re so inclined.
With the biking stuff comprehensively covered, you can also enjoy the very best in the way of food stalls, and live music and DJs galore at the Trail Days Afterparty (for 18s and over). This is a popular event with a limited capacity - keep your eye on their website for the second ticket release if you’re keen to attend.
- How much? The first batch of tickets have been sold - batch 2 on sale soon...
- When? 5-8 July
- Where? Glentress
- Book now www.traildays.co.uk
Wake Up Wild - Camping in the Forest
Spending the night in the forest is a magical experience. The sounds of small woodland creatures scurrying in the dark, the beauty of starlight under darkened skies, the smell of a campfire… it’s an experience to engage all of the senses. Join our rangers as we set up camp together, then explore the forest with us as night falls.
In the morning, you can wake up in the wild, surrounded by nature, feeling more refreshed than ever before! A magical experience, especially for first-time campers, you will need to bring your own tent and gear. Places are limited, so drop us a line to book ahead.
- How much? £7 adults, £2.50 children
- When? 20 July, 3 August
- Where? Glenbranter
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