One of my favourite places in the world… Loch Garten on Speyside, in the heart of the ancient Caledonian pine forest. This forest used to cover most of Scotland; now only about 1% of it is left. The mix of Scots Pines and Silver Birch create a unique environment, dripping with lichens (so much so it almost looked like it had been snowing today.) The bike is parked opposite the RSPB reserve, where in May, if you are willing to get up very early, you can go and watch the elusive capercaillie gather, or at other times, watch Osprey fly to and from their nest. All in all a gorgeous place to explore on a Brompton, whose lively, responsive handling helps keep you feeling close to nature!

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