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Mountain Biking – Coast to Coast

  • 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.

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?

An inherently mobile itinerary, this trip will allow us to a range of high quality accommodation in the regions that we pass through.

 

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT

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. It may be possible to book a single room, provided one is available. Please request this at the time of booking and we will let you know if one is available. For this trip, a supplement of £250 is charged if a single room is required.

Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

5 star 34

4 star 7

3 star 1

2 star 0

1 star 0

by Theodore Fairhurst 07/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
quick and pleasant responses
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Jose Luis Fernandez Picazo 07/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Everything was perfect from the begining to the end. Very helpful team.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Very professional team
The Bottom Line
I will never forget this trip. Glorious!.

by Massimo Cadonna 02/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Well, the tour has been just as described in the page "Coast to coast", it's not an overstatement to say that it completly fulfilled my expectations
Trip Comments
Amazing country, good bikes provided, beautiful tracks, excellent guides and, last but not the least the group was fantastic!
Accommodation and Food
Carry on like that, you are doing a great job
Your Guide
professional, careful, friendly
The Bottom Line
Among all my tours, by far one of the best

by Marc Antoine Laporte 31/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Emails and updates very informative and well thought out. Very kind WS staff.
Trip Comments
What an adventure! This is my third time to Scotland, but it's the first time I discover Scotland!
Accommodation and Food
Very good lunches. Would consider simpler linches once in a while (i.e. Sandwiches, light salads). In general, evening accomodations and meals were very good.
Your Guide
Mark Cox was a formidable guide. Our assistant guide Paul was great, and undoubtably very busy behind the scenes.
The Bottom Line
A great, scenic adventure! One of the best trips of my life!

by Shelagh Munday 31/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Mark was fantastic, very knowledgeable and energetic.
Route was beautiful, would be great to do a bit more off track routes but I know these are not always available for time/weather/skills
Accommodation and Food
Lunches were outstanding, tasting, fresh
Accommodation was comfortable and clean.
Some live music (Scottish bands) would have been nice
Your Guide
Mark was great fun, and knowledgable, very pleased.
Paul was great at preparing food etc
The Bottom Line
Seeing the secret places across Scotland, that you will never experience by car. Being able to fit in so much in a week for such a stunning and beautiful country. Great trip, and memories that I will never forget.

by William Neville 31/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
No fuss. Direct easy and clear.
Trip Comments
Mark Cox was outstanding. Brilliant guide and leader. Route was stellar. Food and accommodation excellent. Bike hire excellent. Little touches of caring helped make the trip an experience none of us will forget. Looking after our bikes for us so well and putting our bags in our rooms made huge luxury. Craig added another dimension of support and friendship and was a great advert for WS. Will recommend it to everyone I know without hesitation. Intend to do another ho
Accommodation and Food
Perfect
Your Guide
Perfect. Great motivator. Great team builder. Highly informative. Never patronising but always caring. All of us rated him 10 out of 10. A fun person to spend a holiday with.
The Bottom Line
Outstanding in every way. Holiday did what it said on the label.

by Nick Bliss 18/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The lady with whom I dealt was very pleasant on the phone and informative.
Trip Comments
The first back up guide that we had - George - was extremely knowledgeable about anything to do with the Highlands (history, geography, the actual route etc). Graham and Henry, our other guides, clearly tried very hard to make our journey as interesting and as varied as possible; nothing was too much trouble.
Accommodation and Food
Each of the bed and breakfasts were good and interesting in their own way. Importantly, we were able to wash/dry kit at each stop. The food was excellent throughout. The bed and breakfast at Spean Bridge was undoubtedly the best b&b that we stayed at for food, accommodation, everything. The food provided by the back-up driver was just what we needed; good and plenty of it.
Your Guide
George's knowledge was outstanding and informative. Graham chose good routes for us including on the 2nd day when we took an alternative (and better) route and was a very reassuring presence. Henry was a lovely guy who clearly was keen to do his utmost for us.
The Bottom Line
Had a great trip - an outstanding experience! Will definitely recommend Wilderness Scotland. Many thanks.

by Stephen Collier 10/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The staff in the office were really helpful, and those I spoke to really knew and understood the requirements of the coast to coast. They gave sensible and measured advice.
Trip Comments
Graham our guide was simply excellent. He had a very friendly approach, made everyone feel included, and was a fund of knowledge and experience. He was also empathetic and able to judge our capabilities well. The support guys Henry and George were also really good, and went beyond the basic call of duty to make sure we enjoyed the trip.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation quite variable BUT that's half the fun, and certainly we took it in our stride. None of the accommodation fell below the higher end of 'acceptable'.
Food was really good throughout - George and Henry were imaginative in their buying, and the presentation was spot-on - even on very wet days.
Your Guide
Graham was brilliant (in an understated and slightly self-deprecating way). Massive trust in him from early on.
The Bottom Line
I had very high expectations of this off-road coast to coast trip, and the Wilderness Scotland team was able to surpass even those. It was a real achievement for me to make the crossing, and I quite simply could not - and would not - have done it without Graham, George and Henry and the experience, support and challenge that they brought. Epic.

by Jaime Barajas 22/06/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
After I paid my deposit, there is not a link to pay the rest of the fees. I spent quite a while trying to find where to pay until I figured out that you couldn't, and you have to call back. I'd wish you could pay through Paypal to avoid bank fees, block credit card and foreign exchange fees.
Trip Comments
The trip was well organized. Great places to ride and awesome guides. In a way, it was undersold because it is harder than presented. Not a complain, just an obsevation.
Accommodation and Food
Accomodations were great. The food for breakfast was good. The lunch buffets were delicious and excellent quality. There was more than you could eat.
Your Guide
Will Snow is the man! Super nice and knowledgeable of the area. Very helpful and always ready to get you whatever you needed. This is the kind of guide you want on every trip.
Kelty is an awesome guide as well. Sometimes I wish he was on the back of the group instead of the front. Some of the people were behind and you were always wondering if they were alright.
The Bottom Line
What an adventure! Great group and routes, awesome facilities and food. This side of Scotland is beautiful. Thanks Wilderness Scotland.

by John Lynch 22/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
personalised feeling of contact and predeparture reminder to get fit !
Trip Comments
second trip with wilderness scotland and trip lived up to expectations of brochure
Accommodation and Food
some excellent accommodation ,one a little disappointing but overall no complaints
Your Guide
Really great guides thanks to Will and Ketly both of whom looked after us well , Will was particularly good , nothing was too much trouble for either of them
The Bottom Line
A great trip , professional company , can you sort out the weather ???

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30th Apr - 6th May 2016
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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.

In the quest to make a great trip even better, we have made further improvements this year which mean more superb Highland trails and a higher standard of accommodation throughout the trip. 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 invest each year 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 professionals from the Highlands and know the trails inside out. Riding with them, you can sure of discovering the best riding, learning a huge amount 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 Ballater

We meet in Aberdeen where we begin our bike journey west across Scotland. We ride through Royal Deeside, following the route of the old railway line built for Queen Victoria. After lunch we b continue to Dinnet, to ride some of the best-kept secret single-track on Deeside, through beautiful birch and pine forest around the Burn of Vat and Cambus o May.    Distance 64km. (L)

Day Two – Lochnagar and Balmoral to Tomintoul, Via Glen Builg

A classic day, typical of riding in the Scottish Highlands. In the morning we leave Ballater behind, following the River Muick, rising slowly towards Lochnagar.  Climbing over the shoulder of the mountain, we then drop down to explore the trails around Balmoral Estate.  Lunch is taken at Invercauld, followed by a long steady climb into wild Scottish countryside and a real mountain experience. Overnight in Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands. (B,L) Distance: 70km

Day Three – Through the Cairngorms

Arguably one of the best day rides in the UK, today’s route takes us through the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Challenging hill climbs, beautiful ancient forests and sparkling lochs provide the backdrop to some of the country’s finest trails. Your guide will show you the way on this area’s hidden trails which link together to provide an unforgettable day in the mountains. Having traversed the National Park, our final is the village of Newtonmore. This is a classic and challenging day and 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. Some excellent downhill leads to morning coffee and a recharge 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 by boat across Loch Linnhe. Once ashore on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula we head south and then west to ride through one of the Highlands’ finest glens – remote, wild and dramatic. Our route leads to the shores of Loch Shiel and the historic village of Glenfinnan. 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

An awesome final day to finish. From Acharacle we head straight off-road into the Ardnamurchan 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! A truly epic location to finish our journey. 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. (B)

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30th Apr - 6th May 2016
£1,295
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11th Jun - 17th Jun 2016
£1,295
Trip Full
23rd Jul - 29th Jul 2016
£1,295
Trip Full
20th Aug - 26th Aug 2016
£1,295
1 place(s) left
29th Apr - 5th May 2017
£1,295
Places available
10th Jun - 16th Jun 2017
£1,295
Places available
22nd Jul - 28th Jul 2017
£1,295
Places available
19th Aug - 25th Aug 2017
£1,295
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Theodore Fairhurst
07/09/2015

5

I will never forget this trip. Glorious!.

Jose Luis Fernandez Picazo
07/09/2015

5

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