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Mountain Biking – Bike Across Scotland

  • Perfect for beginner to intermediate riders looking for a challenge and to develop their skills
  • Mountain bike across the Scottish Highlands from Fort William to Inverness
  • Improve your mountain bike skills with help from our expert guide
  • Explore Highland villages, visit ancient castles and go monster-spotting on Loch Ness!
  • 5 nights accommodation in 4* small hotels / guest houses, with breakfast each day
  • The services of a qualified and experienced mountain bike guide throughout, backed up by an assistant guide / support driver
  • Meals stated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Vehicle transport throughout including ride support and luggage transfers
  • Ride snacks, home-baking and drinks

Green Graded Mountain Biking Holidays 1-3

Our green graded mountain biking holidays are suitable for people new to mountain biking or with limited experience but a reasonable level of fitness. The itineraries are designed to be active yet accessible with plenty of opportunity for instruction, sightseeing and relaxation as well as some great riding.

You can expect around 5-6 hours of saddle time each day. Distances covered will typically be in the range of 30km-35km with straightforward ascents and descents. Trail conditions will vary from quiet minor roads, forest trails and easy sections of fun single-track.

Accommodation

An inherently mobile itinerary, this trip will allow us to a range of high quality accommodation in the regions that we pass through. We spend the first two nights in a 4-star small hotel, and then 1 night each in Fort Augustus, Drumnadrochit and Inverness, staying in 4-star guest houses.

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 £150 is charged if a single room is required.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Aviemore Railway Station at 10:00am on Day 1 of your trip. The trip will finish in Inverness on the last day after breakfast. You can either leave directly from the hotel or be dropped at Inverness Station for 10:30am.

For advice on getting to and from Scotland please our travel advice page on our website: www.wildernessscotland.com/faq/travel-to-scotland/

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.

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by Sebastien pittet 27/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I liked the guides' kindness and humour, as well as the choice of the trails, even if they were harder than expected.
Trip Comments
I especially liked the landscapes and the people I have met
Accommodation and Food
Nothing to criticise, except the fact that the food in the restaurants was often really sweet (d caloric).
Your Guide
There were absolutely adorable.
The Bottom Line
It was really a nice trip, and I was in great company. Choose easy trails, because they are more difficult than what you would think.

by Adenihun Johnson 23/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Rachel gave us excellent directions and logistics in getting to Aviemore from our home city, Calgary, Canada
Trip Comments
Highlights - Cairngorm Hotel, first day introductory ride, seeing the forts, the lochs, Commando memorial and the last day - just like getting a dessert!
Accommodation and Food
No complaints. Each accommodation has special characteristics
Your Guide
Stories was exceptional in knowledge and patience. Provided well-appreciated tips on mountain biking. We are primarily road bikers
The Bottom Line
Well rated tour and would do it again

by Richard Johnson 20/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Good
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Seori is very pleasant to deal with and gave us good instructions.
The Bottom Line
One of the best guided trips we have ever experienced.

by Fanny pittet 18/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
good organisation
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
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by Vincent Pittet 17/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
achieving on the bike the top of the mountain and just after the WS bus and pick-nic are waiting with a warm coffee
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
thanks Seori & Kelty for your excellent guiding and dedicated motivation for the so called "beginner team"
The Bottom Line
a good compromise between Sport and adventure to discover a region with bike for a family. the food, guiding, sleeping organized you can enjoy riding !

by David Beaver 07/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The pre-trip team kept me informed of the trip, what I should expect and excited for the adventure.
Trip Comments
This trip was better than I could've imagined. The guides (Seaory and Laura) were excellent. I didn't really feel like I was on a tour of some sort, I really felt like I was out riding with some good friends (I travelled individually).

I was initially concerned that the rides wouldn't be to my level of experience (I ride about 2 - 3 times per month both road and M-bike), but Seaory and Laura made sure the ride was to my expectations.

The lunches were perfect, the dinners were spectacular and the accommodations were superb! Oh, and the views were amazing! This trip did NOT disappoint.

I'm definitely going to book another adventure!
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Seaory and Laura were spectacular! I really didn't feel like I was on a guided tour. I felt like I was riding with some good friends. I'm glad to have met them.
The Bottom Line
This was far more than I ever expected. I was initially apprehensive (due to traveling by myself), but I'm overall pleased with the Wilderness Scotland team! I am for sure going to do it again!

by Kory Clement 07/06/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Laura and Seori were incredible guides. Knowledgeable, Gracious, attentive, very helpful, fun and friendly. The ride itself was more challenging than expected- longer riding times and steeper Climbs. But overall experience was incredible.
Accommodation and Food
Comfortable beds and healthy food! A+
Your Guide
Laura and Seori are amazing guides! They were so helpful and accommodating- anticipated everyone's needs and ensured our safety.
The Bottom Line
Fantastic journey guided by the best of the best! Thanks for the great memories.

by John Lodge 25/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Great views good cycling some of the accomation was amazing especially the lovat hotel in fort Augustus, trip guides were great easy to get on with, enjoyed spending time with them, really made the holiday
Accommodation and Food
The lovat hotel was outstanding, the B&B was great with friendly hosts, went to the railway station in spean bridge really nice food, can't fault the food and accommodation apart from the hotel in Inverness was a bit tired and could do with a good clean but the food in the restraunt was really lovely
Your Guide
Both guides Malcolm and Amanda were outstanding, both put 100% into making the trip the best possible experience for us, both really put themselves out to make us feel comfortable even coming out with us in the evening, which made us feel like we were out with friends, taught us some really useful new skills,
The Bottom Line
The bike across Scotland trip was amazing, but it was a lot harder than what I expected, you really need to put some training in to be able to complete the climbs, I think someone needs to have mountain bike experience to complete this trip, but to be fare the climbs were worth the effort because the downs hills were awesome, wilderness Scotland as a company really put every effort into making the trip a memorable experience, this was our third trip with them and would certainly use them again,

by Michelle Lodge 25/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Lucy Jones 13/06/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
efficent service. only trouble i had was opening the initial docs I was sent, but then I asked for them as PDF's and that was fine.
Trip Comments
Guides were great. they listened to what we required and put it into action. They were down to earth, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
Accommodation and Food
Don't use the hotel to eat at in Inverness, a bit of a lad fest. Better to get a restaurant in town and get people to pay for their own. People want a bit more of a special celibration for the last night. Accomodation good, although a little noisy (plant room/ kitchen) on occassion.
Your Guide
Fantastic. Annie particularly knew her stuff but it didn't come accross like she was teaching you. Here teaching style made it easy to follow and not scary. Her fitness was amazing too. She also asked how much we wanted to learn, so taylored it to the needs of the group. Definately impressed.
The Bottom Line
This was a great trip. despite being the 1st time this was run, it was well organised and great fun. I would definately visit the, lake cafe, boat cafe and the one in the forest. I wouldn't start the 1st day at a trail centre (it may scare people off) definately think the Rothemurcus trails were a great 1st go. I think some clients may expect a less hilly ride being a beginer, I think you need to stress fitness for it. Also that its ok to push up hill on some of the technical bits. It maybe useful to tell people they can hire bikes in Avimore if they fancy making the trip a bit longer and that there are trails they can get to, as some people may not want to finish on the thursday.

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26th May - 31st May 2018
£1,250
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7th Jul - 12th Jul 2018
£1,250
Trip Full

Trip Details

This guided mountain bike holiday takes you on a journey across Scotland and provides a great challenge for novice to intermediate riders.

After a warm-up ride on Day 1, we bike for four days to cross Scotland, from Fort William on Scotland’s Atlantic Coast to Inverness on the Moray Firth. With 3-5 hours riding each day, you will have plenty of time to soak in the sights of the Highlands as you ride and at the end of each day.

Along the way, you’ll be accompanied by an expert guide and a support vehicle which moves your luggage each day (and provides a lift, if required!). This means you are free to focus on simply enjoying the ride and the changing scenery each day.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Transfer and Warm-up Ride

We start our trip in Aviemore this morning and kick off the trip by going for a warmup ride in the Cairngorms National Park.  Your guide will ensure your bike is all set up for the week ahead and then we get out on the trails. This allows you to get used to your bike and try riding on various trail types before the main journey begins. The trails offer the perfect introduction to the week, as well as superb views of the hills and forests of the Cairngorms. Afterwards we transfer west to Spean Bridge where we settle into our hotel and enjoy our first dinner as a group.  (L, D)

Distance = Flexible, depending on which trails we ride, approx 2-3 hours riding 

Day 2 – The Journey Begins

Our hotel is located 15km from Fort William, so today we do a loop ride, giving us the chance to ride some fun trails in the forest on the outward loop, before starting our cross-country journey at Fort William and riding back to our hotel. In the morning, we ride directly from the hotel and follow trails through Leanachan Forest, home to the Mountain Bike World Cup. This is a great place to learn how to ride new trail features such as berms, rolling and flowing twists and turns, and maybe even some boardwalks!

We enjoy lunch in Fort William and then cycle down to the waterside and the point that marks the start of our Bike Across Scotland. Following the trail out of the town, we pass the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle and enjoy views towards Ben Nevis. Hugging the shoreline of Loch Linnhe we ride along the coast to Corpach and the start of the Caledonian Canal, which links Fort William to Inverness in the east. We then enjoy an easy start to the trip, following the mainly flat canal tow-path back to our hotel in Spean Bridge. (B, L)

Distance = 30km, approx 4-5 hours riding   

Day 3 – Spean Bridge to Fort Augustus

We ride from the hotel, initially returning to the canal before following a remote forest trail on the west side of Loch Lochy. We emerge at the Laggan Locks, where we stop for lunch at an old barge which has been converted into a quirky cafe. After lunch, we cross the swing bridge and, by the banks of Loch Oich, take on the first big climb of the trip. This takes us into forest above the village of Invergarry, where we are rewarded for our efforts by superb views of Loch Oich and the surrounding hills. From here, the hard work is done and we enjoy a fun descent to the village of Fort Augustus, located on the banks of Loch Ness. With plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants to choose from, this makes a great overnight stop. (B, L)

Distance = 36km, approx 4-5 hours riding   

Day 4 – Fort Augustus to Drumnadrochit

A memorable day as we ride high above the banks of Loch Ness. Today is perhaps the most challenging day of the trip as we climb through the forest to reach the open moors high above Loch Ness. The hard work is worth it though because what goes up must come down! We enjoy a fun descent to Invermoriston, which is a natural place for a break. Afterwards, we follow the lochside more closely before the final climb of the day. The hard work now done, enjoy an easy coast down into the Highland village of Drumnadrochit. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the village, with a trip to nearby Urquhart Castle a popular choice, or you can check out the Loch Ness Monster Museum! (B, L)

Distance = 35km, approx 4-5 hours riding  

Day 5 – Drumnadrochit to Inverness

Your final day of riding takes you from the shores of Loch Ness to the capital of the Highlands – Inverness.  At 30km, it’s long enough to present a final challenge but short enough to ensure that we have the energy to celebrate our achievement later on. There is a climb and it comes at the start of the day – always the best time to take on a climb! We are rewarded with fantastic views down the Great Glen, and with the knowledge that it’s all downhill from here! We follow fun single track trails down through the forest, with great views towards Inverness and, beyond the city, across the blue expanse of the Moray Firth. Arriving into Inverness, we cycle alongside the river and through a network of islands linked by bridges, before arriving at our finish point outside Inverness Castle.  Tonight, we’ll celebrate our ride with a final night dinner and drinks in the city centre. (B, L, D)

Distance = 30km, approx 4-5 hours riding 

Day 6 – Depart

Following breakfast at the hotel, we provide a transfer back to Aviemore, arriving around 11am. Alternatively, you can jump on a plane or train at Inverness to begin your homeward journey.  (B)

PLEASE NOTE ‐ The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guide with regard to weather conditions and other factors.

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£1,250
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It was really a nice trip, and I was in great company. Choose easy trails, because they are more difficult than what you would think.

Sebastien pittet
27/07/2017

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Well rated tour and would do it again

Adenihun Johnson
23/07/2017

5

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