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Muck n' Mac Fest

Traquair House, Innerleithen, EH44 6PW, United Kingdom

Fri 3rd May 2024 - Sun 5th May 2024

Starting at 16:00

3 races

£50.00 - £120.00

Organiser's Description

Outsider Events are excited to welcome Muck n' Mac Fest!

Staged in the grounds of Scotland's oldest inhabited Home, Traquair House will host the the third edition of the festival in 2024.

Nestled in the heart of the Tweed Valley, Traquair just so happens to be the gateway to some of the finest gravel riding + MTB the country has to offer!

Over the course of the weekend, riders will take on 6 timed stages, which are accumulated in a GC format for the overall. In between, the clock stops running, giving riders the opportunity to kick back, have a blether and take in the rolling hills of the Borders that surround.

The weekend is as much about riding as the time off the bike. Our festival village has an amazing mix of activities on offer. Expect to see; live music, film, event partner expo, camping, yoga, bar areas, mixed catering experiences and various family friendly activities around the grounds of the house.

The event will run from 3 - 5th May

The first day's riding is on the 4th.


  • Full Weekend - Riding Ticket (Long)


  • Full Weekend - Riding Ticket (Short)


  • Adaptive Riding




  • Full Weekend - Riding Ticket (Long)


  • Full Weekend - Riding Ticket (Short)


  • Adaptive Riding



What's Included

Entry Fee:

What's included?

Marked Course on Saturday + Sunday
Electronic Timing for stages
Festival Village access
Event goodie bag
GPX for both days
Safety & First Aid Teams
Public Liability Insurance

What's based at the event village?

Race Sign-on
Toilet Facilities
Medical HQ
Event Partner Stalls
Start/Finish Area

  • Live Music - Muck n' Mac has an extensive range of live music on offer. Expect anything from Trad Scottish right through to multi-piece jazz bands. We've spent time meticulously selecting our artists to give you a truly wholesome musical experience.
  • Maze - Any weekend tickets allow you access to the grounds of Traquair House. This includes the fantastic maze, situated behind the house. Up to the challenge?
  • Walking Routes -'Traquair was originally built in part of the Ettrick Forest and today it continues to be surrounded by ancient woodlands and more recent plantings. Some of the oldest yew trees in Scotland can be found on a woodland walk as well as striking examples of Scots Pine,Douglas Fir, Horse Chestnut, Limes, Ash and Beech. There are woodland trails around the house including Lady Louisa’s walk which takes you past the Quair water and on to the River Tweed'.
  • Massage - After a big day in the saddle there's nothing better than a massage - especially when you're doing it all again tomorrow.
  • Yoga - We will have multiple outdoor yoga classes for pre and post ride.

How to Get There

Approximate Drive Time:

Edinburgh - 1hr 30

Glasgow - 1hr 20

Carlisle - 1hr 20

Newcastle - 2hr 10

Manchester - 3hr

London - 6hr


Traquair House,


EH44 6PW


  • What categories are there?

    Male + Female ​Senior - 16 to 39 Vet - 40 to 49 Grand Vet - 50 to 59 Super Vet - 60+

  • Riding's not my thing/i've drawn the short straw and have to look after the kids. What will I get with my Festival Village only pass?

    Camping Onsite catering Toilet Access 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 U14's'

  • I'm all in, what does a Full Weekend Riding Pass get me?

    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 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

  • What type of bike should I use?

    Well, that would depend on which option you go for. For 'The Mucker' we would suggest a gravel bike but any off road bike will do. If you are going for 'The Mackie' a road bike will be the beast for the job.

  • Is this a race?

    No, it isn't a race. However, we do have some timed sections which you can choose to ride as fast or slow as you please. Between these stages is completely untimed giving you the chance to kick back and enjoy what's going on around you.

  • Can I use an e-bike?

    Yes, we completely understand that accidents, injuries and ageing happens - this is life. One thing we really are trying to promote here is inclusion, so if that means you riding an E-bike, then ride your E-bike. We don't have charging points for batteries in the village.

*leave no Trace*

We are so lucky to be able to stage Muck n' Mac Fest in one of the most stunning locations the country has to offer. The trails are glorious, the roads are epic.
One of our driving forces is to operate an event format that is as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possibile. When out on the trails and roads it is our policy to remember a few key points.

We are not the only users of these areas. Be cortious to the landowners and other users. Respect the privacy, safety and general working livelihoods of such people living and working in these areas.

Leave the land as you see it.

Many of our trails pass through farmed land. If you see a closed gate, you close it after yourself.

Remember that the outdoors can never be made risk-free. Please act with care at all times for both your own safety and that of others.

Absolutely no littering, under any circumstances.

The Mucker

The Mucker is our gravel festival ride which takes in about 65% off-road trails and tracks and the other 35% on the road. Ideally, a gravel bike is the ultimate beast for the job, but any bike from the off-road family will do the trick. We'd say a minimum of 40mm tyres to be safe - there are a few rocky stretches!

Despite the gravel bike being the all-round best fitter, there are a few technical sections throughout the route to keep you on your toes, which might favour the MTB at points.

Taking in some of the most excellent gravel, farm and fire track trails the Scottish Borders has to offer, this one truly is a beauty!

There are multiple timed Enduro style stages throughout the route. However, in-between, the sections are untimed - giving you a chance to kick back and enjoy the stunning scenes unfolding in front of you.

*GPX upload of Routes Available 1 week in advance

Day 1 - 80 (ish) (1,700m) or 40kmish
After leaving the grounds of Traquair, riders will follow the Tweed South, before turning off after approximately 5km for the first stretch of gravel. Gradually winding it's way into the forest and steadily gaining elevation.

Without a doubt the hardest of the two days, Day 1 has a considerable amount of climbing on some tough terrain. Nonetheless, the scenes and endless Kilometres of gravel trails more than make up for it.

A testing day, however, with the clock stopping running between the stages there is plenty room for taking it easy and saving the legs for the live music later on in the evening.

Day 2 - 80 kmish (1500m) or 40kmish
A slightly more easy day in comparison with the previous - and for good reason too. There is a little more flexibility with start times as we want to make sure you make the most of what we have on offer at the festival village.

However, and a big however the first climb and first stage of the day - The Outsider Events is a bit of a beast climbing up to heights of 646m!

After a big first stage, the route meanders down the Tweed Valley toward Cardronna before hitting our final two stages which are much more forgiving.

A truly fantastic route that's a (little) easier on the legs than than day 1!


Muck n' Mac Fest 2024 will feature a diverse mix of entertainment that truly caters to all. Not just gravel cyclists!

Expect to see an eclectic mix of live music over the course of the weekend -Blues, Funk, Soul, Rock, Punk and Electronic... We have it covered!

In addition to the live music, we're excited to have our Friday evening live talks & tales, Yoga, + an amazing expo display from our event partners.​

To keep your bellies full and thirst quenched, we also have a fantastic mix of onsite catering and bars across the village.

Family Friendly Activities

For those with young families we have a great mix of family friendly activities throughout the weekend around the event village.

With all tickets you gain access to the grounds of Traquair House (including the maze!). Have a look at what's on offer in the grounds here.

Plus, all kids under 14 go free too!

adaptive rider

Muck n’ Mac Fest 2024 is excited to announce that this year’s event will be open to adaptive cyclists. Working in partnership with the Adaptive Riders Collective (ARC), we are providing a 40km cycle route which is suitable for off-road adaptive cycles. The camping facilities and event village will be accessible with a path throughout the camping area and event village, and ARC will be on hand to support adaptive riders and campers throughout the weekend. ARC will be supporting the 40km ride on Saturday and will be offering two 20km led rides on the Sunday, which will be available to all cyclists.

Thanks to support from EventScotland, adaptive cyclists will have free entry for the cycling elements of the festival and will also have the option of bringing along a support rider. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] and we will help answer any concerns you have.

We look forward to being part of cycling in Scotland becoming more inclusive for all.

Schedule of Events
Friday - Evening of Talks & Film
Saturday - 2x guided Adaptive Rides with ARC
Sunday - Adaptive ride with 1x timed stage - 38km

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