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Mountain Biking – Coast to Coast

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Price from: £1,075

Next trip: 2nd May

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Multi-Location

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 8

26 review(s)
  • 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!

Red Graded Mountain Biking Holidays 7-9

Our Red grade mountain biking trips are designed for regular mountain bikers with a good level of fitness and technical riding skills. You may need to include some pre-trip preparation to build your stamina to cope with being in the saddle for consecutive days. You can expect around 6-8 hours of riding each day through a wide variety of terrain. Distances covered will typically be in the range of 50km-70km each day and you can expect to be some wild mountain environments where weather is a factor.

Trail conditions will vary from easy fire road trails to rocky land rover tracks and technical singletrack. The singletrack will often be technical. The hardest trips in this grade will challenge even the most skilled rider with rock gardens, drop offs and steep rooty ascents and descents.

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

Are you happy being on your bike for between 6-8 hours each day for up to 6 days in a row?
Do you ride your mountain bike most weekends during the summer and do the occasional longer trip?
Are you happy riding all red and easier black trails that you will find at most mountain bike centres?

This is a mobile biking itinerary, which means we can sample a variety of quality accommodation in the regions that we pass through. In order to guarantee a high quality experience in terms of Scottish hospitality, we will generally use 3* or 4* accommodation throughout the trip.

We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex. If required, it may be possible to book a single room, provided one is available, but as mentioned briefly above we use different accommodation providers for each night of the trip and usually in remote locations, so singles are a rare commodity. The single supplement charge for this trip is £200 but this is subject to availability and we will not know until much nearer the trip whether it is possible. If required, please request this at the time of booking. Should single rooms be available, then we will allocate them to those who booked onto the trip first.

We will be sure to show you the best restaurants in the places we stay, which offer the finest locally sourced Scottish produce.

Our picnic lunches have also built a reputation over the years. At each lunch stop you can expect local cheeses, meats and a variety of Scottish produce including Irn-Bru! We also provide a range of home-baked snacks to keep you fuelled for the ride.

You will be met by your guide at 1100 on Day 1 of the trip at Aberdeen train station. We will return to Inverness train station around 1330 on Day 7.

For details on how to get to Aberdeen, please see our Travel to Scotland. With the planned ride, Day 1 can be quite a long one. Please note that lunch won’t be until about 1400, so bring snacks.

We ask that you please come to the meeting point ready to ride with bikes assembled (for those bringing their own) as we aim to start riding from here.

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by Paul Garner 15/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

0Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Trailer/van team is brilliant. Personal guiding also excellent.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Very good. Kev gave clear indication at defined stages of the journey and then let us get on with it. Mark had a different style, was more talkative. Both were cheerful and happy which was very helpful.
The Bottom Line
Excellent. The weather helped a lot. The route was excellent. I found some of the paths were too tough. Although I am not very experienced I think they were tough however experienced you are. I did quite a bit of carrying.

by Andrew Ross 25/08/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Your Guide
Tim really went out of his way to i) accommodate a group of mixed abilities so the faster ones could go ahead and regroup at a set point, and ii) managed the route appropriately when the poor weather caused a need to replan
The Bottom Line

by Lee Laborczfalvi 18/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

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Trip Comments
The trip was fantastic fun and really enjoyable. However I think that the level of mountain biking skills needed was somewhat oversold. The actual amount of technical mountain biking was not as much as the trip indicated, with a lot of the ride of land rover tracks.

Wilderness Response:
Our coast to coast route does offer plenty of singletrack riding (broadly equivalent to blue and red trail standard with some black sections). I understand from Tim your guide on this trip that due to the exceptional flooding and high river levels many of these singletrack sections had to be by-passed which was a pity - particularly the section on Day 3 where you had to start the day's ride in Grantown.

Craig Little
Bike Operations Manager
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Fantastic trip - though I'd not say that you need a full suspension bike for it, and it wasn't so challenging in terms of the technical mountain biking skills required.

by Alvaro Rebollo Ena 25/06/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

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Pre-Trip Service
Service was great, and the information brochure was quite ok. Nevertheless I must admit that I read it quite quickly, and gave for granted that dinners were included.
Trip Comments
I've really liked the Scottish landscapes that I have been able to see thanks to the trip.
Accommodation and Food
Service was great, and the information brochure was quite ok. Nevertheless I must admit that I read it quite quickly, and gave for granted that dinners were included.
Your Guide
Both guides were quite nice, even it seems that they got really disappointed one night that I think that, due to the differences in the group, they suggested to change the trip itinerary, all the group refused, and they didn't seem too happy initially.
The Bottom Line
As I said I really liked the landscapes we enjoyed in the trip, but the issues that I've told you before get me to not judge so incredibly well the trip finally. It's true that it might have also been different with a more homogeneus group, and without the bad luck with the last hotel (which resulted in a very poor end of the trip). By the way, it would also be great if, included in the trip price, you could give away a Finisher maillot to the people completing the trip. I think that it's a nice detail and also a good advertising opportunity.

by David Bower 23/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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Your Guide
Both Neil and Kelty were execellent and very proffessional best highlighted in the manor that they coped with the Ben View incident mentioned above.
The Bottom Line

by Brian Yates 28/05/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

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Pre-Trip Service
It could be mentioned that there is no need to consider bringing bike back up spares if you are hiring.
Trip Comments
Low point- breaking wrist.
Accommodation and Food
It could be mentioned that there is no need to consider bringing bike back up spares if you are hiring.
Your Guide
Very good and knowledgeable.
The Bottom Line
Suggestion- we were all given a bit of bike repair kit to carry. This was strangely not enough to say, repair a puncture if you were on your own. It would have made more sense to give each person a puncture fix kit with a pump. Great holiday- not cheap though!

by David Reaich 14/05/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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Pre-Trip Service
the list of equipment was rather forbidding!
It may be worth reviewing this and cinsidering what is really essential - a shorter list of essential items is more likely to be complied with.
Trip Comments
The trip was absolutely fantastic!
I was part of a group of four friends who were catching up after some time apart a great way of doing that, while also meeting new people.
Travelling into parts of Scotland that I'd never been to before was great.
Becoming more confident on a mountain bike (and being helped to do so by the guides) was really satsifying
Accommodation and Food
the list of equipment was rather forbidding!
It may be worth reviewing this and cinsidering what is really essential - a shorter list of essential items is more likely to be complied with.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Alan Curran 13/05/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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Pre-Trip Service
Would suggest that more emphasis be given to the priority kit for the C2C trip. The importance of having waterproof shorts/trousers got lost amongst the ambiguity of spare spokes, shock pumps etc - particularly when I was hiring the bike.
Trip Comments
Many high points. One low point was the loss of the nut on the rear axle of my hire bike a long way from the nearest road. It transpires the root cause is a known design fault with the Lappier Zesty which should have been addressed by the hire company on all bikes of this design. If it had not been for the sharp eyes of trainee guide Laura I would have had a long walk out from Loch Builg.
Accommodation and Food
Would suggest that more emphasis be given to the priority kit for the C2C trip. The importance of having waterproof shorts/trousers got lost amongst the ambiguity of spare spokes, shock pumps etc - particularly when I was hiring the bike.
Your Guide
All guides always looking to enhance the experience for the guests.

Mark - endless passion, enthusiasm and knowledge for both the bike ride and the natural environment.

Dave - calm, attentive and knowledgable.

Laura - sharp eyes saved the day beside Loch Builg
The Bottom Line
This trip had it all on many levels. The exhilaration of surviving the climb from Loch Doilet to the fantastic high speed landrover and single tracks. The scenery, the food, the company and finally arrival at Ardnamurchan lighthouse for the first time in 50 years - fabulous!

by Mandy Sadler 12/05/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
We seemed to miss out on the revised itinerary and meeting place arrangements - would have arranged to go to Inverness if I hadn't called the office about something else!
Trip Comments
Loved it all and both guides support. Finishing the journey at the lighthouse and enjoying some whiskey was a great touch!
Accommodation and Food
We seemed to miss out on the revised itinerary and meeting place arrangements - would have arranged to go to Inverness if I hadn't called the office about something else!
Your Guide
Both very knowledgeable about the areas, both very personable and professional.
The Bottom Line
Fantastic trip for seeing some of the best and quite remote areas of a Scotland. Great fitness challenge with quite diverse ground covered, however very doable if bike fit ie not overly technical! Loved biking down Loch Shiel and as always the Cairngorms and Rothiemurchus. Loved it all really despite some not so good weather at times. Fort William very wet again! A real trip down memory lane for us and totally met our expectations. Thanks again to all

by Gary Chape 13/10/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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Trip Comments
In terms of logistics, the only significant change (& I don't really know how you'd arrange this) would be to avoid starting the trip with the long drive down to Aberdeen; we recovered from it fine but everyone was really keen to get onto the bikes right from the start.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
I can't rate them (Will & Tim) highly enough. It's a very fine line but some bike-handling hints/tips/experiences would have been appreciated; it's not so much that people really needed it, more that (even the experienced riders) folks would have appreciated having new input.
The Bottom Line
Making it unaided to the top of the climb at the end of day 4...apart from the final arrival at Ardnamurchan which of course can't be beat!

Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
2nd May - 8th May 2015
£1,075
Places available
13th Jun - 19th Jun 2015
£1,075
Places available
1st Aug - 7th Aug 2015
£1,075
Places available
22nd Aug - 28th Aug 2015
£1,075
Places available

Trip Details

Our Coast to Coast mountain biking itinerary is an absolute epic and, without a doubt, one of our favourite trips. It features a week of superb riding from Aberdeen in the east to Ardnamurchan in the west.

Our pioneering route covers 350km, an awesome amount of ascent and descent and is the ultimate coast to coast mountain bike ride in the UK.

The trails are as varied as the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands and range from flowing singletrack to rocky and challenging mountain passes to mellow forest fire-road. Beginning in Aberdeen, we leave the city behind and ride all the way across the Highlands through the backcountry to the tip of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, the westernmost point of mainland Britain. This is a truly superb multi-day mountain bike ride offering world class riding through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Scottish Highlands.

Why choose the Wilderness Scotland Coast to Coast?

With many coast to coast itineraries out there, how do you know which one’s best? Through 20 years+ of experience, knowledge and passion, we believe our trip is the one to choose. Hopefully the following facts will help you make up your mind:

  • Our 350km route features some of the best trails in Scotland. We have made it our mission not just to get from A to B, but to ride the best trails along the way.
  • Over the years, we have ridden all the alternatives and know that the route we have devised offers the best riding, scenery and challenge. Unlike other routes, ours is genuinely coast to coast – right from the North Sea to the crashing surf of the Atlantic at Ardnamurchan Point.
  • We have invested in finding the best accommodation and food partners for the trip based upon our detailed knowledge and experience of the region. No other company offers such a high standard of accommodation and food throughout the trip.
  • All of our guides are from the Highlands and know the trails inside out. Riding with them, you can sure of discovering the best riding, learning about Scotland, being safe, developing your skills and, for sure, having a lot of fun.

START POINT – Aberdeen

END POINT – Inverness

Our Coast to Coast mountain bike trip was voted one of the trips of the year in the US’ leading outdoor publication. Outside Magazine. You can read the recommendation here.

Cycling Journalist and writer Rob Penn also complete the Wilderness Scotland Coast to Coast. To read his account of his trip in The Guardian, click here.

Trip Itinerary

Day One – City of Aberdeen to Dinnet

We meet in Aberdeen for our bike journey coast to coast across Scotland. We ride through Royal Deeside, following the route of the old railway line built for Queen Victoria. After lunch we begin a steady climb into the hills before descending some of Scotland’s finest singletrack to Glen Tanar and the village of Aboyne.
Distance 64km. (L)

Day Two – Aboyne to Tomintoul via Glen Builg

A classic day, typical of riding in the Scottish Highlands. In the morning, we will ride some of the best-kept secret singletrack on Deeside through beautiful birch and pine forest. From Ballater the route climbs into the heart of the Cairngorms and through Glens Gairn and Avon. This is wild country and a real mountain experience. Overnight in Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands.
Ride Distance 60km. (B, L)

Day Three – Through the Cairngorms

A wild and unforgettable day through the mighty Cairngorms massif. This is backcountry biking at its best in the Highlands and a good weather forecast is essential for this wilderness crossing. We head west from Tomintoul into remote country, first through ancient pine forest and then into the open hills. A challenging 10km of singletrack leads us into the beautiful Glen Feshie, and then the Spey Valley and our stop for the night in Newtonmore. This is the most demanding day of the trip but one you are likely to remember for a long time.
Distance 58km. (B,L)

Day Four – From the East to the West Highlands

From Newtonmore we continue our journey west, following an old military road before taking the backdoor into Laggan Wolftrax – one of Scotland’s best mtb trail centres. This is an ideal coffee stop before we head into a remote glacial valley which passes through the heart of the mountains. Double track combines with single track to leads us into the West Highlands. Overnight in Spean Bridge.
Distance 64km. (B,L)

Day Five – Spean Bridge to Acharacle

The lower reaches of the Great Glen Way lead to Fort William where we take a short hop across Loch Linnhe. From here we have a choice of routes depending upon the weather, group preference and our energy levels! All routes lead to a superbly scenic trail along Loch Shiel – classic west highland scenery. The day ends in style when we are picked up by private boat for a journey down the loch to reach our overnight accommodation
Distance 45-60km. (B,L)

Day Six – Acharacle to Ardnamurchan Point

A great final day. From Acharacle we head straight off-road into the Adnamurchan wilderness. Heading west we join a beautiful coastline trail before climbing into the hills to reach one of the best and most challenging singletrack sections of the route. The views to Skye, the Small Isles and the Outer Hebrides are simply breathtaking on a clear day. After lunch we tackle the final short section of road and coastline singletrack to our final destination Ardnamurchan Point – the most westerly point on the UK mainland! Celebratory dinner and drinks in Acharacle.
Distance 45km. (B,L)

Day Seven – Return to Inverness

Following breakfast we load the vehicle and bikes and enjoy a leisurely 2 hour journey back to Inverness, arriving around lunchtime.

 

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Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
2nd May - 8th May 2015
£1,075
Places available
13th Jun - 19th Jun 2015
£1,075
Places available
1st Aug - 7th Aug 2015
£1,075
Places available
22nd Aug - 28th Aug 2015
£1,075
Places available

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Excellent. The weather helped a lot. The route was excellent. I found some of the paths were too tough. Although I am not very experienced I think they were tough however experienced you are. I did quite a bit of carrying.

Paul Garner
15/09/2014

5

Andrew Ross
25/08/2014

5

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