The Mucker Day One
Sat 6 May 2023 Innerleithen, Scottish Borders, UK Entries closed

Muck n' Mac Fest | The Mucker Day One

Day one of a weekend of gravel riding, live music, beer, yoga and family friendly activities all staged at Scotland's oldest inhabited house next to the fine riding of the Tweed Valley!

  • Sat 6 May 2023
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Traquair House, Innerleithen

The Mucker Day One



Age 18 & over

  • 74 km gravel riding + 1700 m ascent


Based at Traquair House in the beautiful Tweed Valley, a superb festival weekend based around the sublime gravel riding in the local area. Both days of cycling start and finish at the festival village, with each day featuring multiple enduro-style timed stages. Making good use of the supreme gravel trails in the area, each day offers around 75km of cycling over a mixture of terrain, and some punchy climbs.

Back at base, a superb atmosphere awaits, with a stacked programme of entertainment for the whole family. Expect live talks and storytelling, yoga, a superb expo and onsite catering and bars, along with a packed roster of live music to sing and dance into the evening hours.


  • A unique gravel riding festival weekend
  • Staged at Traquair House in the heart of the Tweed Valley
  • Festival featuring two fantastic days of gravel riding
  • Some of the most epic gravel trails and roads in Scotland
  • Features multiple Enduro-style timed stages
  • Live music and entertainment from Friday through to Sunday
  • Activities for non-riders and especially families
  • Yoga classes, introductory bike sessions for kids and adults, camping and much more!

The Name

What's the name 'Muck n' Mac' all about?

  • 'Muck' - the muck, grit, gravel roads we ride on
  • 'Mac' - the tarmac sections the routes take in


Muck n Mac takes in about 65% muck (gravel) sections and 35% Mac (tarmac).

This event is part of Muck n' Mac Fest.

  • Event village
  • Families
  • Free venue entry
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams


Muck n' Mac Fest 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... it's all covered!

Talks and yoga

In addition to the live music, there are Friday evening live talks and tales, yoga and an amazing expo display from event partners.

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

Family friendly activities

For those with young families there's 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!

Bike type

'The Mucker' is the 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. A minimum of 40mm tyres is recommended 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 mountain bike at points.

'The Mackie' is the road ride so a road bike would be best.

E-bikes are allowed.

  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Camping
  • Entertainment
  • Free parking
  • Mountains
  • Music
  • Park
  • Restaurant
  • Rural
  • Showers
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Traquair House
Scottish Borders
EH44 6PW

Approximate drive time

  • Edinburgh - 1hr 30
  • Glasgow - 1hr 20
  • Carlisle - 1hr 20
  • Newcastle - 2hr 10
  • Manchester - 3hr
  • London - 6hr

  • Cut off time
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Hilly
  • Marshals
  • Out and back
  • Timed section
  • Way markers

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.

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.

  • Stage 1 - tbc
  • Stage 2 - tbc
  • Stage 3 - tbc

  • Public transport links
  • Sustainability policy

Leave no trace

Muck n' Mac Fest is staged in one of the most stunning locations the country has to offer. The trails are glorious, the roads are epic. 

One of the driving forces is to operate an event format that is as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible. When out on the trails and roads it is the policy to remember a few key points:

  • Other users are in these areas
  • Be cautious 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 the 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

  • Chip timing
  • Post-race meal

Single day riding pass

  • One day riding on marked routes
  • Rider goody bags
  • Electronic timing across multiple stages
  • GPX upload of route for electronic GPS devices
  • Festival Village
  • Camping
  • Toilets
  • Bike washing facilities
  • A range of live music
  • On-site catering
  • First Aid support on route and on site
  • Feed stations on route
  • A range of outdoor activities at the Festival Village
  • Prizes for categories

Festival Village-only pass

  • Camping
  • Onsite catering
  • 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'
  • Toilets

  • Age 18 & over
  • Enter online
  • Full Weekend Riding Ticket (Long) - £97
  • Full Weekend Riding Tickets (Short) - £87
  • Day 1, Riding Only - £50
  • Day 2, Riding Only - £50 
  • Festival Village Pass - £20
  • Children's Festival Pass (under 14s) - Free



Male and Female 

  • Senior - 16 to 39
  • Vet - 40 to 49
  • Grand Vet - 50+

Other races at event

  • Fri 5 - Sun 7 May
  • #1 of 3
Traquair House, Innerleithen

The Mucker Weekend



Age 18 & over

  • 2 days gravel riding + 3200 m ascent
  • Sun 7 May
  • #3 of 3
Traquair House, Innerleithen

The Mucker Day Two



Age 18 & over

  • 80 km gravel riding + 1500 m ascent