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      Mountain Biking
      Coast to Coast

      105 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 16th May | 13th Jun Duration: 6 night(s)

      From £1,895 View Prices & Departures

      Trip Details & Highlights

      Trip created by Craig Little
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      Region: Multi-Location
      Trip Type: Mountain Biking
      Comfort: Classic
      Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
      Deposit From £250.00 £473.75

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      All you need to know about your trip, this essential document is a must for all adventures.

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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 400km, an awesome amount of ascent and descent and is the ultimate coast to coast mountain bike ride in the UK.

      The stunning mountains are not just great hiking locations but are also amazing places to traverse two wheels. The trails are as varied as the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands, and range from flowing single-track to rocky and challenging mountain passes to mellow forests tracks. You will ride under the leadership of our expert guides and spend each night in welcoming accommodations with great food. There is no doubt that this is a challenging itinerary, but there is also no doubt that this is the ultimate coast to coast mountain bike ride in the UK.

      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 Highlights

      • 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.
      • Enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the Highlands and savour the view when you reach the Atlantic Ocean!

      Day by Day Itinerary

      Day 1 – 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 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. Our first night’s accommodation is in the charming village of Ballater. (L, D)

      Distance: 75km Ascent: 675m Descent: 480m

      Day 2 – Lochnagar and Balmoral to Tomintoul

      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, D)

      Distance: 66km Ascent: 1230m Descent: 1090m

      Day 3 – Through the Cairngorms

      An unforgettable day through the wild Cairngorms. This is backcountry biking at its best in the Highlands, and we must ride through this wilderness regardless of the weather conditions. We head west from Tomintoul into remote country, first through ancient pine forest and then into the open hills. A challenging 10km of single-track leads us into the beautiful Glen Feshie, and then the Spey Valley and our stop for the night in Newtonmore. This is the most demanding day of the trip and one you are likely to remember for a long time. (B, L, D)

      Distance: 67km Ascent: 780m Descent: 880m

      Day 4 – 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. Here we stop for a coffee before we head into a remote glacial valley which passes through the heart of the mountains. Double track combined with single track to leads us on and into the West Highlands. We reach our accommodation for tonight in the village of Spean Bridge. (B, L, D)

      Distance: 70km Ascent: 720m Descent: 850m

      Day 5 – Spean Bridge to Acharacle

      The lower reaches of the Great Glen Way lead to Fort William where we take a short hop across Loch Linnhe. From here we journey to Loch Shiel, where we jump off our bikes and onto a boat for a private cruise down Loch Shiel (with a beer in hand!). Back on land, it’s an easy 200m roll to our hotel. (B, L, D)

      Distance: 65km Ascent: 450m Descent: 550m

      Day 6 – Acharacle to Ardnamurchan Point

      A great final day as we cover all types of terrains. From our hotel, we head west, soon joining a beautiful coastline trail and then heading into the hills. The views of the islands are simply amazing on a clear day. After lunch we tackle the final short section of road and coastline single-track to our final destination, Ardnamurchan Point – the most westerly point on the UK mainland! Celebratory dinner and drinks in Acharacle. (B, L, D)

      Distance: 46km Ascent: 820m Descent: 820m

      Day 7 – Return to Inverness

      After breakfast, we load the vehicle and bike trailer and enjoy a leisurely 3.5 hour journey back to Inverness. Here you can catch your onward travel, and on the way home you’ll have a chance to reflect on what will surely be a memorable experience! (B)

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      ACCOMMODATION
      This trip features some of the best hotel and guest house accommodation and food along the route we travel. We use a variety of accommodations such as country inns, guesthouses and small hotels, all hand-picked by us. Accommodation is in a choice of double or twin rooms with ensuite facilities.

      SINGLE ROOMS
      There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a room for single occupancy, a supplement of £315 is charged.

      Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

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

      Lunch each day will be either a wilderness picnic or taken at a local cafe/restaurant. Drinks and snacks are provided throughout the day as you require. Evening meals are included, and on this itinerary and we have the flexibility to take evening meals in local restaurants or pubs. Based upon our knowledge and experience, we will visit the best places to eat along the routes.

      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.

      Travel - All transport throughout the trip Read More

      ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
      You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Aberdeen Railway Station at 9:00am on Day 1 of your trip. At the end of the trip you have the option of being dropped at 10:30am at Fort William Railway Station or at Inverness Railway Station at 1:30pm.

      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 2020 Availability Status Price Book
      16th May - 22nd May 2020 5 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,895 Book Now
      13th Jun - 19th Jun 2020 4 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,895 Book Now
      11th Jul - 17th Jul 2020 7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,895 Book Now
      8th Aug - 14th Aug 2020 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,895 Book Now
      29th Aug - 4th Sep 2020 7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,895 Book Now
      12th Sep - 18th Sep 2020 6 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,895 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

      Craig has over 12 years experience in delivering travel experiences and events of exceptional quality across Scotland. As one of the longest-serving members of the Wilderness Scotland team, Craig’s speciality is in road cycling and mountain biking. His expertise and innovation helped create the Road Cycling Guide Award which helps all our guiding team deliver excellence on our trips.

      - Craig Little

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      Difficulty Grades Explained

      Red Graded Mountain Biking Holidays 7-9

      Our red graded trips are designed for regular mountain bikers with a high level of both fitness and riding skill. You can expect up to 8 hours of riding each day through a wide variety of terrain. Although unlikely, there is the potential for longer days under certain conditions. Distances covered will be in the range of 50km-70km each day and this will normally include significant ascent and descent. You may need to plan some pre-trip preparation to build your stamina to cope with being in the saddle for consecutive days.

      Trail conditions will vary from easy trails to rocky land-rover tracks and technical single-track. The single-track will often be technical requiring a good skill set. The hardest trips in this grade will challenge even the most skilled rider with rock gardens, drop offs and steep ascents and descents.

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.87 out of 5 based on 105 review(s) of Mountain Biking – Coast to Coast

       

      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.

      JB

      John Boyle

      Reviewed on 30/09/2019

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 14/09/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      This is challenging and rewarding trip, which gets you to the parts of Scotland which other trips don't reach.

      PK

      Peter König

      Reviewed on 29/09/2019

      Age: 50 - 60
      Country: Switzerland
      Trip Date: 14/09/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      I would do it again and I have already booked another trip with wilderness for 2020

      MN

      Maria Nilsson

      Reviewed on 23/09/2019

      Age: 40 - 50
      Country: Sweden
      Trip Date: 14/09/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Great trip!

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