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      Mountain Biking
      Bike Across Scotland

      16 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 6th Jul | 3rd Aug Duration: 5 night(s)

      From £1,250 View Prices & Departures

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      Trip created by Paul Easto
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      Region: Multi-Location
      Trip Type: Mountain Biking
      Comfort: Classic
      Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
      Deposit From £312.50

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      Trip Details

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

      This guided mountain bike holiday takes you on a journey across Scotland. 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 5-6 hours of cycling 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.

      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.

      Trip Highlights

      • Mountain bike across the Scottish Highlands from Fort William to Inverness.
      • Explore Highland villages, visit ancient castles and go monster-spotting on Loch Ness!
      • Perfect for beginner to intermediate riders looking for a challenge and to develop their skills.

      Day by Day 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. 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! (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 farewell dinner and drinks in the city centre. Your guide will depart this evening. (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)

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      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

      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 £260 is charged if a single room is required.

      Meals - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Read More

      Lunches are generally taken on the trail and are either prepared by our support driver at a suitable meeting point, or we carry packed lunches for the more remote sections.

      On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

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      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/

      Trip Dates & Prices

      Trip Dates for 2019 Availability Status Price Book
      6th Jul - 11th Jul 2019 3 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,250 Book Now
      3rd Aug - 8th Aug 2019 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,250 Book Now

      Make This Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

      Speak to an Expert

      As founder of Wilderness Scotland Paul’s craving for adventure and knowledge of Scotland knows no bounds. His leadership has resulted in Wilderness Scotland twice being named as Best Green Tour Operator in the World at the World Travel Awards and ranked as No.1 Adventure Travel Company in Europe by National Geographic. Paul’s commitment to excellence in all that he pursues becomes obvious in the routes we follow and the little touches included in this trip.

      - Paul Easto

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      Difficulty Grades Explained

      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.

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.81 out of 5 based on 16 review(s) of Mountain Biking – Bike Across Scotland

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      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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      Bente Fjeld

      Reviewed on 31/07/2018

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      Great way to see Scotland!

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      Anne Buzby Walt

      Reviewed on 27/07/2018

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      Loved it

      JL

      Jostein Lundberg

      Reviewed on 22/07/2018

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      I would be delighted to help you as a reference. When that is said, the trips are very much depended on the guides. Also nice to have a Scottish guide, have learned about the Hamilton Weather Window. Jon was also good at some local/cultural information. Please give him the best regards from the Norwegian delegation

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      Jan Vidar Thormodsrud

      Reviewed on 17/07/2018

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      Thomas Walt

      Reviewed on 15/07/2018

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      My wife an I enjoyed ourselves. We thought the guides were great.

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