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49cc vs Scotland

Monkey Run Scotland: Full Details

Ahhh Scotland. An ancient land of mountains and seas, pickled with whiskey and wrapped in a mixed bag of weather that unleashes on vast terrain. So really the only thing to do is use a monkey bike to adventure across it. Last year the Pioneers took on the first edition and by jove was it a beast…

“Honestly, it was an incredible experience, unlike anything I’ve done before. The people, the camaraderie, the set up and uniqueness of the starting/finishing lines. From start to finish, I had an amazing time.” Jake – Pioneer

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And now that the Queen is getting all silvery jubilee the entire UK is on holiday so what better way to celebrate all this time off than flinging yourself at the highlands and a hopeless attempt to get to the finish line of the Monkey Run Scotland.

2022

28th MAY – TEST DRIVING: Private estate, west coast of Mainland, Orkney

30th MAY – LAUNCH: Skaill House, Mainland, Orkney

04th JUN – FINISH: Secret Location, northern tip of the Isle of Jura

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1. The Un-Route

We don't really care how you cross Scotland but we hope you get lost and stuck. To aid you in your noble pursuit we kick things off on Orkney because it's inconvenient and rather far away from the finish line on the end of the Isle of Jura. For an adventure that requires land we think islands surrounded by water make the perfect spots to start and finish. If everything was easy it would a holiday, not an old school adventure.

Once you wobble off the start line in Orkney you'll cross the seas to the mainland and hit the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Packed with mountain ranges and whiskey distilleries, it's also one of Europe's least populated areas.

At the other end you'll have to cross the seas once again to reach the finish line at the very northern tip of the Isle of Jura. About half way through the island road will stop but you won't. Well you might, but not through want of trying. From there it'll be a remote off road run into the finish camp, hosted on a private estate overlooking the sea. Wherein much merriment and back slapping will commence.

Get Lost

As with all our adventures we highly recommend you don't plan a route or bring one of those awful smart telephones. Google maps will truly ruin any adventure.

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2. The only way to start

The test driving, official launch party, whiskey tasting, rider briefing, pre-launch dirt track championship, launch day day ceremony and general merriment. Free drinks, hot showers, fresh coffee, incredible food. This frankly outrageous luxury is in preparation for you face planting in mud and rocks for a week before emerging like a mangy dog at the finish. The launch site - Camp Monkey - is also home to the legendary Safety Last Pub. We've also got enough room to go full feral at test driving, a 17th century mansion house for the launch and a dirt track to break your stead on before we even begin.

Camp Monkey in Bullets

  • Communal banquet tent
  • On site free bar
  • Strict afternoon tea schedule
  • Catering for all meals
  • Drinking water
  • Hot showers
  • Toilets
  • Charging points for devices
  • Shared bell tents for passing out in
  • Test driving
  • Dirt track day
  • Much celebrationing

The Safety Last Pub

The mighty Safety Last pub is moved from our office and re-constructed for your drinking convenience in the middle of nowhere. Serving free booze, soft drinks and fresh coffee day and night (except when you have to drive) along with all the food you need to put in your face.

The Safety Last is the perfect place to spin yarns of adventure, compare broken arms from recent crashes and pass out from overindulgence.

Afternoon Tea

Is served like a god damn religious obligation at 4pm inside Camp Monkey. Don’t fuck with it.

A place to lay your hat

You shall also be sleeping like King Robert the Bruce in our very own hand-built bell tent village. How’s about that for fancy.

Mechanics Briefs

For those of you less accustomed to which is the sharp end of a spanner our resident mechanic will be on hand to run you through the cons and cons of these marvellous machines.

Launch celebrations

We like a good knees up. So we’ve combined the historically accurate Monkey Bike Highland Games with the not very olympic sport of the Whiskey Tasting World Championship. Followed aggressively by feasting and dancing etc…

Come launch day we'll have a flag waving ceremonial at Skaill house, and the Laird of Breckness will send us on our way south to the sounds of bagpipes.

So good! The cancelled flight and weather were such vibe killers but it only took 10 mins in the "Safety Last" before the smiles came out again. The afternoon tea was inspired, the whiskey tasting hilarious and the party was great. The highland games were ridiculous. I'm amazed no one got hurt. Tom - Pioneer

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3. The only way to Finish

Once you get the shores of Jura beneath your tyres you'll be heading off road to the very northern tip of the island. Driving through a private estate into a very lonely corner of the island to find the recently and somewhat rapidly relocated Safety Last Pub.

The finish line and party is in a secret location overlooking the sea in a mind-bendingly spectacular spot. We’ll be on a recce soon to scout out a new and more ridiculous location but when you get here allow a bit of time to cross Jura.

Just like the start camp we're building this arena of overland victory from scratch. The next day we'll have a survivors breakfast before boats take us back to mainland Scotland.
“That is without a doubt the best finish line of the 3 adventures I've done. The food was out of this world. The views were just breathtaking. What a spot for a party! Can we go back please?” Tom - Pioneer

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4. The Dates

Early Summer 2022

Friday 27th May
16:00 Optional early arrival and camp.

Saturday 28th May
Anytime - Arrive at the start camp on the western coast of Orkney
13:00 - Test driving begins
18:00 - Rider briefing
19:00 - Official launch party and dinner

Sunday 29th May
10:00 - Test driving begins
15:00 - Pre-launch dirt track championship
18:00 - Whiskey tasting session
19:00 - Dinner and drinks

Monday 30th May
08:00 - Departure from start camp
09:00 - Launch from Skaill House

Saturday 4th June
12:00 - Finish line opens
18:00 - Finish line party, prize giving ceremony and dinner

Sunday 5th June
TBC: - Survivors breakfast
TBC: - Boat back to mainland from Isle of Jura

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5. Entry fee & what's included

Bike
50cc adventure ready monkey bike

Bag Drop to the Finish Line
We'll carry one bag for each rider from the start to the finish line.

Free bar plus all food at start and finish
On site catering and a plethora of quality booze included.

Start & Finish Camps
Bespoke remote camps in most splendid locations

Rider Swag
Official Monkey Run Scotland patch for adorning your riding blazer
Official Monkey Run Scotland t-shirt

Test Driving
Variety of off road terrain for test driving your machine and mechanics on site to show you how to keep the beast alive on the road.

The (Definitely Not a Race) Dirt Track Monkey Bike Championship
We've got a motocross track lined up for this. You'll have to sign a piece of paper agreeing that any use of stopwatches is for entertainment purposes only.

Ceremonial Launch
We've lined up a bagpiper for the launch outside a mansion house. The Laird of Breckness will give us the official flag off.

Finish Line & Party
The location is a corker. The camp will host the finish line, the last dinner and the party, plus the survivors breakfast the following day.
Stag in the Scottish Highlands

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6. Saving the World

Not only is the Monkey Run an industrial dose of adventure, it’s also about Saving the World. We ask every team to raise a minimum of £500 for the official charity Cool Earth, who work alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction.

Anything above this can be raised for any other registered charity of your choice.

If you raise £1000 or more for Cool Earth you could win a money-can't-buy trip deep into the Peruvian Amazon to see their work first hand. All Adventurists teams who raise at least a grand are automatically entered into an annual raffle. The prize trip includes flights and expenses for up to three team members and it isn't just educational. We're talking vine-swinging, jungle trekking, river wading and hanging out with the Ashaninka tribe deep in the jungle.

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8. The Warning

These are genuinely dangerous things to do. The website is written in a light-hearted fashion but you cannot overestimate the risks involved in taking part in this adventure.

Your chances of being seriously injured or dying as a result of taking part are high. Individuals who have taken part in past Adventurists' adventures have been permanently disfigured, seriously disabled and even lost their life.

This is not a glorified holiday, it's an unsupported adventure and so by its very nature extremely risky. You really are on your own and you really are putting both your health and life at risk. This is what makes them adventures.

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9. Contact Us

THE ADVENTURISTS UK OFFICE:
+44(0)117 4223400

EMAIL:
[email protected]

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