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Mucknmacfest - An event with a difference

Updated: Jan 10, 2022


Mucknmacfest is an event with a difference. Its the brainchild of Cameron Balfour - cyclist, runner and owner of Outsider Events. The festival features two fantastic days of gravel riding across some of the most epic trails and roads the Scottish Borders has to offer. And it does all of this whilst blending in family entertainment with camping, live music and a brewery all situated within the event hub.

A former elite racing cyclist, Cameron also holds a degree in Events Management. Outsider Events was created from a love of the outdoors, bringing people together and having them leave the event with smile on their face. Many of our members can readily identify with that and it fits well with Scottish Adventure aim of enabling adventures and connecting the community. We are delighted to have Cameron and Outsider Events as business partner and look forward to collaborating with him further as he brings this and future adventure events to the calendar.

See link below for event website:

Cameron Balfour - Director of Outsider Events

The Event Weekend

The event will be run over the weekend of 29th April / 1st May 2022. Both days riding start and finish at the Festival Village at Traquair House and each feature multiple Enduro-style timed stages.

Epic Gravel Riding

On the Friday night Red Bull will be staging an Outdoor Film Night - just to get us suitably excited and motivated about two days of Gravel riding in the Tweed Valley.

High Above the Tweed Valley

For those of us needing some "Dutch Courage" for two days of epic gravel riding, Traquair House has its own brewery and its located on site. Handy!

Traquair House Brewery

As the riding gets underway there will be kids activities hosted in the grounds of Traquair House. With Scavenger Hunts and Guided Forest School Workshops available there's lots to do outside and inside the house there are tours involving puzzles and games to keep the kids amused indoors.

Family Activities at Mucknmacfest

There will also be yoga classes on available on both days to help prepare you for a days riding and help recover afterwards

On the Saturday night there will be Live Music at the event village with an eclectic line up sure to satisfy all musical tastes. Again with Traquair Ales literally on tap, there will be ample chance to soak in the atmosphere and swap tall tales about the first days riding.

A spectacular event setting - Traquair House

And after all that, we'll get to get up and do it all over again! Brawsome!

Events Programme


If riding is not for you or if you'd like to bring the family along then a non-riding ticket includes the following:

  • Camping

  • Onsite catering

  • Toilet & Shower facilities

  • Full access to live music with a mix of musical genres

  • Unlimited use of outdoor activity services

  • Family friendly activities for all ages

  • Educational Outdoor Talks

  • Free U12's'

If you are riding then the Full weekend Pass includes:

  • 2 full days of riding on marked routes

  • Rider Goodie Bag's

  • Electronic Timing across multiple stages on each day

  • GPX Upload of route for Electronic GPS Devices

  • Festival Village

  • Camping

  • Toilet + Shower Facilities

  • Bike washing facilities

  • A range of live Music

  • On-site catering

  • First Aid Support on route + on site

  • Feed Stations on Route

  • A range of outdoor Activities at the Festival Village

  • Prizes for Categories

  • 50% off Event Village tickets for friends/family

Scottish Adventure Discounted Tickets

Cameron and Outsider Events have kindly offered a 10% discount to Scottish Adventure members for a weekend ticket. The discount Code will be published in the Members Forum. You can get your tickets here:

Full Price weekend tickets are £95

Outsider Events

Outsider Events are an events company creating events that they themselves would like to attend! The Mucknmacfest is one of a number events that they have ran post COVID if like them and ourselves you are keen adventures of the bike too then take a look at their site here

There is also this promo for the Blair Castle Trail Weekender - featuring some incredible trail runs in and around the Blair Castle estate ranging from 5 to 58Km


Scottish Adventure will be part of the event expo and having spent sometime riding with Cameron in the last week or so, I'm delighted that we will be able to be there to support Outsider Events and be part of the Event Expo! Can't Wait! See you there?


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