- 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.
15th Jun - 20th Jun 2019
Richard BowmanThis 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 5-6 hours riding each day, […]
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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.
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.
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.
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/
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 5-6 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.
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. 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)
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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by Bente Fjeld 31/07/2018
For all info I needed, but had been helpful to know altitude for the each day ride
Flexible guide divided the group so we got extra single track biking
Accommodation and Food
The first b&b had a grumpy host and very small rooms. The others were much better.
They both did a great job, flexible
The Bottom Line
Great way to see Scotland!
by Anne Buzby Walt 27/07/2018
Chantal and Rachel helped tremendously with pre trip details and were friendly and accessible
Although I did not feel that the trip was “easy” and suitable for beginners, the cycling and terrain was incredibly beautiful.
Accommodation and Food
Although the accommodation was suitable at the price point we paid, I would be willing to pay more for air conditioning and more quiet. The host/owner at the guesthouse in Spean Bridge was the least hospitable host I have ever encountered
TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thanks for your feedback. As you might be aware, Scotland experienced a heat wave this summer, and we've really never seen anything like it. As a consequence, it is very unusual to find places with air-con, as it is so rarely needed.
We are sorry to read your comments about the B&B you stayed at in Spean Bridge, as having met the owners in June, we found them to be very cheerful with a good sense of humour. We have passed on your comments to them, as we are sure they would be mortified to hear that they came across in this way.
Both Kelty and John were skilled,service oriented and very personable
The Bottom Line
by Jostein Lundberg 22/07/2018
Could be better reg the level of the trip, but know that this is difficult
Also needed to give same info several times
Accommodation and Food
All very good except in Speen Bridge
We had 2 nights here
Very good, also flexible
The Bottom Line
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
by Jan Vidar Thormodsrud 17/07/2018