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Mountain Biking – Coast to Coast

  • 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.
  • 6 nights accommodation in locally-owned guest house and small hotels
  • Breakfast and lunches, plus 2 evening meals (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transport throughout the trip, starting in Aberdeen and finishing in Inverness
  • Private boat trip on beautiful Loch Shiel
  • A support vehicle & trailer throughout
  • The services of qualified and experienced mountain bike guides and assistant guide/support driver throughout your trip.
  • All group safety and bike maintenance equipment.

Red Graded Mountain Biking Holidays 7-9

Our Red grade mountain biking trips are designed for regular mountain bikers with a good level of fitness and technical riding skills. You may need to include some pre-trip preparation to build your stamina to cope with being in the saddle for consecutive days. You can expect around 6-8 hours of riding each day through a wide variety of terrain. Distances covered will typically be in the range of 50km-70km each day and you can expect to be some wild mountain environments where weather is a factor.

Trail conditions will vary from easy fire road trails to rocky land rover tracks and technical singletrack. The singletrack will often be technical. The hardest trips in this grade will challenge even the most skilled rider with rock gardens, drop offs and steep rooty ascents and descents.

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

Are you happy being on your bike for between 6-8 hours each day for up to 6 days in a row?
Do you ride your mountain bike most weekends during the summer and do the occasional longer trip?
Are you happy riding all red and easier black trails that you will find at most mountain bike centres?

Accommodation

An inherently mobile itinerary, this trip will allow us to a range of high quality accommodation in the regions that we pass through.

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 £250 is charged if a single room is required.

Customer Kudos

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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.

5 star 48

4 star 7

3 star 1

2 star 0

1 star 0

by Alvaro Rebollo Ena 25/06/2014

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Pre-Trip Service
Service was great, and the information brochure was quite ok. Nevertheless I must admit that I read it quite quickly, and gave for granted that dinners were included.
Trip Comments
I've really liked the Scottish landscapes that I have been able to see thanks to the trip.
Accommodation and Food
In general, hotels were quite poor. I expected much better hotels, specially after you recommending the Jurys Inn at Aberdeen. I though that the standard would be around that one. The Ben View hotel the last two nights was specially terrible, as for sure the guides will have already told you. They invited us to beers the first day and to dinner the second, and it seems that there was no other hotel available in the area, but it was terrible indeed. On the other side, I think that the trip without dinners (as it is now) is a bit expensive. And it would really simplify everything if dinners were included (as it has happened to me in most of this kind of trips that I've done)

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
We sincerely apologise for the problems encountered here. We’ve worked with the Ben View for a number of years. Unfortunately, due to a number of unexpected circumstances, the standards slipped beyond what we have previously experienced. We tried to support the hotel through these times however it has not worked out. The hotel became the weakest point of the trip and as such we now use an alternative accommodation.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
As I said I really liked the landscapes we enjoyed in the trip, but the issues that I've told you before get me to not judge so incredibly well the trip finally. It's true that it might have also been different with a more homogeneus group, and without the bad luck with the last hotel (which resulted in a very poor end of the trip). By the way, it would also be great if, included in the trip price, you could give away a Finisher maillot to the people completing the trip. I think that it's a nice detail and also a good advertising opportunity.

Prices and Departures

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2017 Trip Dates

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
29th Apr - 5th May 2017
£1,395
2 place(s) left
10th Jun - 16th Jun 2017
£1,395
Trip Full
22nd Jul - 28th Jul 2017
£1,395
Trip Full
19th Aug - 25th Aug 2017
£1,395
Trip Full

2018 Trip Dates

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
28th Apr - 4th May 2018
£1,395
8 place(s) left
9th Jun - 15th Jun 2018
£1,395
8 place(s) left
21st Jul - 27th Jul 2018
£1,395
6 place(s) left
18th Aug - 24th Aug 2018
£1,395
8 place(s) left

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 350km, an awesome amount of ascent and descent and is the ultimate coast to coast mountain bike ride in the UK.

In the quest to make a great trip even better, we have made further improvements this year which mean more superb Highland trails and a higher standard of accommodation throughout the trip. The trails are as varied as the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands and range from flowing singletrack to rocky and challenging mountain passes to mellow forest fire-road. Beginning in Aberdeen, we leave the city behind and ride all the way across the Highlands through the backcountry to the tip of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, the westernmost point of mainland Britain. This is a truly superb multi-day mountain bike ride offering world class riding through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Scottish Highlands.

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 Itinerary

Day One – 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 b 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. (L, D)

Distance 64km

Day Two – Lochnagar and Balmoral to Tomintoul, Via Glen Builg

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)

Distance: 70km

Day Three – Through the Cairngorms

Arguably one of the best day rides in the UK, today’s route takes us through the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Challenging hill climbs, beautiful ancient forests and sparkling lochs provide the backdrop to some of the country’s finest trails. Your guide will show you the way on this area’s hidden trails which link together to provide an unforgettable day in the mountains. Having traversed the National Park, our final is the village of Newtonmore. This is a classic and challenging day and one you are likely to remember for a long time. (B, L)

Distance 58km

Day Four – 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 Wolftrax – one of Scotland’s best mtb trail centres. Some excellent downhill leads to morning coffee and a recharge before we head into a remote glacial valley which passes through the heart of the mountains. Double track combines with single track to leads us into the West Highlands. Overnight in Spean Bridge. (B, L)

Distance 64km

Day Five – Spean Bridge to Acharacle

The lower reaches of the Great Glen Way lead to Fort William where we take a short hop by boat across Loch Linnhe. Once ashore on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula we head south and then west to ride through one of the Highlands’ finest glens – remote, wild and dramatic. Our route leads to the shores of Loch Shiel and the historic village of Glenfinnan. The day ends in style when we are picked up by private boat for a journey down the loch to reach our overnight accommodation. (B, L)

Distance 45-60km

Day Six – Acharacle to Ardnamurchan Point

An awesome final day to finish. From Acharacle we head straight off-road into the Ardnamurchan wilderness. Heading west we join a beautiful coastline trail before climbing into the hills to reach one of the best and most challenging singletrack sections of the route. The views to Skye, the Small Isles and the Outer Hebrides are simply breathtaking on a clear day. After lunch we tackle the final short section of road and coastline singletrack to our final destination Ardnamurchan Point – the most westerly point on the UK mainland! A truly epic location to finish our journey. Celebratory dinner and drinks in Acharacle. (B, L, D)

Distance 45km

Day Seven – Return to Inverness

Following breakfast we load the vehicle and bikes and enjoy a leisurely 2 hour journey back to Inverness, arriving around lunchtime. (B)

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Prices and Departures

110 people viewed this trip in the last week

Book with confidence - we guaranteee our trips to run as soon as 2 people book.

2017 Trip Dates

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
29th Apr - 5th May 2017
£1,395
2 place(s) left
10th Jun - 16th Jun 2017
£1,395
Trip Full
22nd Jul - 28th Jul 2017
£1,395
Trip Full
19th Aug - 25th Aug 2017
£1,395
Trip Full

2018 Trip Dates

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
28th Apr - 4th May 2018
£1,395
8 place(s) left
9th Jun - 15th Jun 2018
£1,395
8 place(s) left
21st Jul - 27th Jul 2018
£1,395
6 place(s) left
18th Aug - 24th Aug 2018
£1,395
8 place(s) left

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Comfort: Classic

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Customer Kudos
As I said I really liked the landscapes we enjoyed in the trip, but the issues that I've told you before get me to not judge so incredibly well the trip finally. It's true that it might have also been different with a more homogeneus group, and without the bad luck with the last hotel (which resulted in a very poor end of the trip). By the way, it would also be great if, included in the trip price, you could give away a Finisher maillot to the people completing the trip. I think that it's a nice detail and also a good advertising opportunity.

Alvaro Rebollo Ena
25/06/2014

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