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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

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.

5 star 48

4 star 7

3 star 1

2 star 0

1 star 0

by Maria Martensson 11/05/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Make sure to point out hiking boots with clips are reqired due to the extreme weather conditions. Also water and wind proof gloves minimum two pairs.
Trip Comments
Extremely knowledge guides, fabulous lunches by Dave and Mark. The difference of places every day, very good variation in terrains and it showed the most beautiful sites of Scotland. The boat trip was great.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Great guides, immense knowledge and experience, great sense of humor always positive even in the most tough conditions.
The Bottom Line
I am so happy I did this trip, did expect a lot and it went over and above my expectations. It was tough, hard but most fun and I learned so much. Want to do it again!

by Craig Mckay 22/09/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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Good

by David Bower 23/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Some of the accommodation was not up to scratch. The owner of the Ben View hotel was drunk when we arrived my room had not been cleaned and we couldn't eat there as the chef walked out.

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 one of the weaker points of the trip and as such we now use an alternative accommodation
Your Guide
Both Neil and Kelty were execellent and very proffessional best highlighted in the manor that they coped with the Ben View incident mentioned above.
The Bottom Line

by Paul Bullen-Smith 11/10/2013

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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Your Guide
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by Mark Weisbarth 24/06/2013

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Pre-trip communication was very good; answered all my questions
Trip Comments
Loved the guides (Dave and Graham), loved the scenery, loved almost all of the challenges; did not expect to be pushing through so many bogs (did not like that), definitely did not expect to carry my bike up mountains twice (which I did not like); too often descents were too hard to ride; more fun mountain biking and less adventure would have been preferred
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Loved our guides; very caring and helpful; wished they would have dialed down down some of the crazier adventures we undertook
The Bottom Line
Loved the descent into Glenmore Forest; just breathtaking; that and the trails after lunch day 3 and at Laggan Wolftrax (wished we did more of that)

by Patrick Cooper 24/06/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I only found out about your company by searching the internet. Your competitors' market profile is much higher in my view.
Trip Comments
The low point was finding out that only two other people were on the trip. The high point was finding out that this meant I did not have to share a room.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
I took my own bike and would have preferred that it had been given some additional care at the end of each day. It got some kind of a wash each day, and chain lube, but would not have shown shown signs of rust if it had been sprayed with WD40 or similar.
The Bottom Line
A most challenging and rewarding adventure, in equal measures.

by James Fuller 13/05/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Just the right level of communication, informative without badgering
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was mostly pretty basic. The better of the B & B places I could see being a problem when its gets very muddy and wet, and nowhere has a decent drying room. Its Scotland it rains. All week there wasn't a decent drying room that would dry out stuff overnight, some of the places go halfway and let you hang gear somewhere in the boiler room, but there is no racking and no ventilation so most gear is still soggy the next day. It not difficult, bit of heat, load of racking/line and some vents in the door.
Your Guide
Loved the bike 'lubing' service every morning.
First couple of days I thought Stouts oatbars were great, by the end of the week I never want to see one again
The Bottom Line
Accommodation knocks it off a 5, I know it must be difficult to find decent cost effective accommodation for 10 filthy bikists.

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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 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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Customer Kudos
I am so happy I did this trip, did expect a lot and it went over and above my expectations. It was tough, hard but most fun and I learned so much. Want to do it again!

Maria Martensson
11/05/2015

4

Good

Craig Mckay
22/09/2014

4

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