49cc vs Scotland
Monkey Run Scotland: Full Details
The Monkey Bike revolution continues with our first ever adventure in the UK. The Pioneers’ edition launches this September.
Over 700 people applied to force a child-sized over the Scottish Highlands so the first edition is already SOLD OUT but panic not, this pointy beast of an adventure will be back in 2022.
1. The Un-Route
LAUNCH: Skaill House, Mainland, Orkney
FINISH: Secret Location, northern tip of the Isle of Jura
Kicking things off on Orkney right up in the north you'll cross the Churchill Barrier causeways, jump on the Monkey Run ferry and hit the wilds of the Scottish Highlands.
Packed with mountain ranges and whiskey distilleries, it's also one of Europe's most sparsely populated areas. You won't struggle to find places to get stuck and lost using public roads but we decided to turn up the adventure knobs on this one.
We've arranged access to a massive private estate exclusively for Monkey Runners so you can take a diversion through proper wilderness. This section of the route isn't open to anyone else and it's fully off grid. That means wild camping, or finding one of their bothies, and hoping you don't break your bike in the areas with no phone signal. Perfect.
To get to the finish line you'll have to take the official Monkey Run ferry (small fishing boat) from the mainland over to the Isle of Jura. From there it'll be a remote off road run into the finish camp, hosted on a private estate overlooking the sea.
Pioneers Edition Sold out
2. Exclusive locations for Pioneers
We're creating remote camps on private estates for the start and finish camps. We'll eat and drink in the banquet tent and have a bar on site plus charging points and plenty of room to camp. This also means covid is less likely to kick us in the nuts if the rules change.
We're building the start camp specifically for the Monkey Run Scotland. We’ll have access to a massive chunk of awesome private land for test driving including loads of off road terrain. There's a motocross race track for the pre-launch Monkey Bike Championship (as long as you sign an extra piece of paper saying it’s not a real race and it’s all your fault if you break yourself).
On launch day we'll have a ceremony at Skaill house, and the Laird of Breckness and a bagpiper will send us on our way south.
The Perfect Private Diversion
This one is a perfect giant slap of wilderness. You'll have to wild camp and talk to the cows if you get lonely, because there's nothing else out there with you. Maybe grab a topographical map and a compass. Or use the stars to navigate.
The finish line, stage and party is in a secret location overlooking the sea in a spectacular spot. We'll give you directions when you land on Jura, but allow a bit of time, you'll still have some pretty tough off road driving to do.
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.
Facilities at Start & Finish Camps
Riders will need to bring their own tent this time - covid rules means that we probably won't be able to put on shared tents for sleeping.
- Communal banquet tent
- On site bar
- Catering for all meals
- Drinking water
- Camp showers
- Charging points for devices (shared)
3. The Dates
Pioneers Edition - September 2021
16:00 Optional early arrival and camp.
Saturday 11th September
16:00 Arrive at the start camp on the western coast of Orkney
18:00 Rider briefing
19:00 Official launch party and dinner
Sunday 12th September
10:00 - Test driving begins
15:00 - Pre-launch dirt track championship
18:00 - Whiskey tasting session
19:00 - Dinner and drinks
Monday 13th September
08:00 - Departure from start camp
09:00 - Launch from Skaill House
Saturday 18th September
12:00 - Finish line opens
18:00 - Finish line party, prize giving ceremony and dinner
Sunday 19th September
TBC: - Survivors breakfast
TBC: - Boat back to mainland from Isle of Jura
4. Entry fee & what's included
50cc adventure ready monkey bike
Third party insurance
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 splendid locations
Exclusive Access to Private Estates
At the start, finish and for a chunk of the adventure you'll get exclusive access to spectacular private estates that are usually out of bounds.
Official Monkey Run Scotland patch for adorning your riding blazer
Institute of Adventure Research Patch for pioneering a new adventure (issued at the finish line only)
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.
We've lined up a bagpiper for the launch outside a mansion house. The Laird of Breckness will give us the official flag off.
OK one ferry and one fishing boat. We'll get you from Orkney to mainland Scotland. Then over to the Isle of Jura and back again the day after the finish.
Finish Line & Party
The location is a corker. The camp will host the actual stage and finish line, the last dinner and the party, plus the survivors breakfast the following day.
5. Saving the World
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.
6. Follow the Monkey Run
7. The Warning
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.