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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 grade mountain biking trips are suitable for people new to mountain biking or with limited experience. The itineraries are designed to be active yet laid back with plenty of opportunity for instruction, sightseeing and relaxation.

You can expect around 3-4 hours of riding each day through mostly flat and undulating terrain. Distances covered will typically be in the range of 20km-35km each day.

Trail conditions will generally be straightforward with quiet minor roads, forest trails and easy sections of fun singletrack.

Before joining trips in this grade, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

Are you generally active and enjoy riding a bike?
Are you up for a challenge, learning a new skill and having a lot of fun?

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.

You will be met by your guide at 1000 hours on Day 1 of the trip at Aviemore Railway Station. On the final day, we transfer back to Aviemore, arriving around 11am. Alternatively, you can depart Inverness at leisure by train or plane. Full details on how to get to Aviemore and Inverness, please see our Travel to Scotland.

Customer Kudos

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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 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

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

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.

by Simon Burgess 05/06/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Receiving documents as PDFs rather than some html PDF version that was difficult to open especially at a later date would be my only suggestion. Otherwise everything was efficient, and made us feel very welcome.
Trip Comments
Excellent route with excellent guides to build up our confidence with mountain biking. Tracks, trails, scenery, teaching and advice were all excellent. Great Glen is a majestic area to cycle in.
Accommodation and Food
Only comment is hotels two days in a row put next to or above plant rooms. This sort of noise does not make for great sleep. Otherwise everything was great.
Your Guide
You should be proud of guides like Annie and Helen, they were amazing looking after us. They taught us mountain biking, building our confidence, with lots of local knowledge. They even gave us route advice for a couple of days in Aviemore after the end of our trip.
The Bottom Line
The Great Glen Way is an excellent trip to learn mountain biking and build your skills and confidence. It is also a majestic background to a brilliant holiday.

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27th May - 1st Jun 2017
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8th Jul - 13th Jul 2017
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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.

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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£1,095
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8th Jul - 13th Jul 2017
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Customer Kudos
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,

John Lodge
25/07/2016

5

Michelle Lodge
25/07/2016

5

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