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Book your activity holiday with Europe's No.1 Adventure Travel Company - Wilderness Scotland

Our mountain biking holidays in Scotland offer the chance to ride superb trails through some of the most unspoiled scenery in Europe.

Scotland has twice been named the best place in the world to mountain bike. Our range of mountain bike holidays gets you away from trail centres and into the amazing backcountry.

From mellow tours through the UK’s largest National Park to our iconic Coast to Coast trip, we have a trip for every level of rider. Along the way, you’ll stay in carefully selected guest houses and small hotels, so you can ride during the day and relax in the evenings.

Our expert guides hold the respected Mountain Bike Leader qualification. With years of experience, they also know the backcountry trails in Scotland better than anyone. Many of our trips are point to point rides – our support vehicle transfers your luggage and offers a lift if you legs are tiring!


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Our clients receive a feedback survey automatically after finishing their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once it's submitted the review is automatically published on our website just as soon as our database updates. We read all our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience and if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
Faultless really - although we were only four trippers, the guide and support effortlessly made it seem like a group of 6 and not 4 + 2
They were as wonderful as the trip itself, and when the sun shone -well .....

Anne Bateman
13/06/2014

5

Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
As Tim and Malcolm know, Monika and myself also guide tours in Switzerland and first of all, all of you are doing a great job. (While ourselves, we can only try to achieve best scores during our tours here and can't influence the company that hires us… ) We also had booked tours in the US and if it comes to customer friendliness, they usually top score, way above Swiss Operators… But you guys are really matching them.

For the Swiss Bike Guide Training I once put together an adapted list of the little extras based on an article that I read in the IT News. First you may think, what the heck has Apple to do with Mountain Biking… ?

http://www.unifocus.com/focused-library/5-star-luxury-hotel-inspires-5-best-practices-apple

The list below is not meant as criticism, but as further improvement. Maybe it would be fun to have the guides read the Apple article and have them come up with ideas. Here are some thoughts of mine:

Anticipate unexpressed needs
If you hear the guests chain, derailler to be miss-adjusted and making noise. Offer to quickly turn the screw and fix it.
In a pause explain why it makes sense to offset the brake levers inward by 1cm in order to have a better break grip. With a 4, 5mm Inbus that's a big thing but also quickly done
If the guest reaches for something out of his/her backpack. Offer to hold the bike (not all the times…;-)
After the tour, help cleaning the bike. (You're already doing it)
Offer to take a photograph from a guest/couple at a very scenic spot, so they have nice memories to take home.
If it's cold, offer a tissue
Offer them special sweets during the tour - something "you" brought especially for them. (Besides the bars)

Own the relationship
I had to write this up, because especially mountain guides in Switzerland somewhat have the attitude to be "good of the alpes" and the guests should be thankful to be allowed on the tour.. Who pays whom?
For our Bike Guides that means: Try to take care of all the wishes of a guest..Even before and after the tour. Such as Hotelroom issues, Bike parts etc. and not to think that it's not my job. (Tim an Malcom actually did a marvellous job on our tour with the other Alexis' Lock)
Finally ask, it the issue has been solved.

Reset internal clocks
While waiting, explain things. Ask how people are feeling. Point out Nature etc. (Also here: Great job of Malcolm and Tim)
During technical training, chat about "technicals…" while waiting for others to complete the task...

Alexis Gehrt
07/10/2013

5

Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
Very enjoyable but hard work, not many opportunities to just relax as the days are long. The scenery on day 1 was stunning, probably the most inspirational moment for me. Overall I would book anoither trip with Wilderness Scotland.

Scott Shortridge
12/06/2013

4

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If you find yourself overwhelmed by the choice, or if you have questions about your fitness or suitability for any of these holidays, please feel free to contact our office on +44 (0)1479 420020 or by email.

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Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast

Next available trip: 2nd May        Duration: 6 night(s)
Location: Multi-Location    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 8
  • Voted one of the Trips of the Year by Outside Magazine
  • The ultimate mountain bike ride in the UK traversing the Scottish Highlands from coast to coast.
  • 350km of superb riding from big mountain passes to ancient pine forest singletrack.
  • Enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the Highlands and savour the view when you reach the Atlantic Ocean!

Price: from £1,150

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Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail

Next available trip: 11th July        Duration: 6 night(s)
Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 6
  • Fascinating history, culture, wildlife and island hospitality
  • 280km across seven islands with some of the most unspoilt and spectacular scenery in Europe
  • Fascinating history, culture, wildlife and island hospitality

Price: from £1,395

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Mountain Biking - The Cairngorm Trail

Next available trip: 9th May        Duration: 4 night(s)
Location: Cairngorms and Central Highlands    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 3
  • Ride point to point across Cairngorm National Park, named by National Geographic as one of '50 Must visit Places on Earth'
  • Explore the diverse natural landscapes from towering peaks to dramatic glens and lochs
  • Seek out the rich and varied wildlife found in this region including red deer, capercaillie and even wildcat

Price: from £725

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Mountain Biking - Harris, Skye & Torridon

Next available trip: 12th September        Duration: 6 night(s)
Location: Multi-Location    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 9
  • Discover a wealth of backcountry singletrack on the beautiful Scottish Isles of Skye, Harris and in magnificent Torridon
  • Experience the long, technical trails which make the singletrack riding on the Isle of Skye the best in Britain
  • Expert guides and memorable Highland Hospitality with great accommodation and superb local food.

Price: from £995

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What to Pack: Top 5 Items to Take on a Cycling Holiday

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 by Ross Dempster

What to Pack: Top 5 Items to Take on a Cycling Holiday

So you have booked on a cycling trip with Wilderness Scotland? You have read the trip dossier and have packed everything you could possibly need. Chamois Cream? Check. Brightly Coloured stretchy outfit? Check. Kitchen Sink? Check. It can sometimes be overwhelming, packing a bag for an adventure, this post is being written so that as […]

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Wilderness Wednesday – Photos of Scotland

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 by Rupert Shanks

Wilderness Wednesday - Photos of Scotland (1)

Autumn has been raising its auburn head here in the Cairngorms with the first frosts and lots of misty mornings across the glens. The team has been out and about as usual with some hillwalking, biking and pottering about! Here are our Wilderness Wednesday – Photos of Scotland. Stef has been up and into the hills […]

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