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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 58

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by Chris Matthews 07/08/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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by Brad Day 29/06/2017

3Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I never received information about what to pack on the trip, or as you call it, dossier. I had to email Wilderness Scotland to get that information.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks for your feedback. I’ve had a wee look and you were sent the dossier and equipment list with your confirmation email when you booked but that was back in August last year so I wonder if it just got a bit lost in the shuffle? Sounds like you had a great time on the trip and enjoyed exploring Scotland with us!
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Really enjoyed the places we stayed!
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Really fun trip. Quite an adventure!

by David Gleave 27/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Jörgen Lundholm 26/06/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very informative home page and easy to get in touch with the staff. I had a problem to get my final payment thru.
Trip Comments
Fantastic environment, hard working guides, cosy lodgings and a mix of challenges. On the negative side is the quality of the rented bikes which often delayed the departure in mornings so we were late in the evenings which gave us little time to recover for the next day.

Team Wilderness Response:
Sorry to hear that you had some technical issues with the bikes. The C2C trip is a demanding trip on the bikes, so it essential that the bikes are checked over each day, this should be done in the evenings, so to allow for prompt starts.
Accommodation and Food
Se previous.
Your Guide
One of the guides were a bit to eager to keep a high speed from start and gave us no chance to warm up.
The Bottom Line
Challenging, rewarding and a lot of hard work.

by Devon Lumbard 26/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Only suggestion is the recommendation for 15-30L backpack was misleading. I carried a 24L, which was much more than I needed and more than everyone else. Perhaps clarify that the van will meet you for lunch each day.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Lunch was great and appreciated the guides continually offering us as much food as we wanted. In a large group, one can feel guilty eating/drinking too much if there is concern that others may not get enough.
Your Guide
Both Paul and Malcolm were great. It did seem that they were a little stressed at the start since we got a late start on day 1. Suggest they acknowledge that we are getting a late start and describe how late we are, but then put extra effort into getting everyone pumped about the trip.
The Bottom Line
The aberdeen to Inverness trip is very special. Scotland has a unique set of attributes in that it is both very rural/majestic yet comfortable. I love the mix of what feels like remote country during the day and small town B&B at night. Support van was great.

I realize pasta is not normal fare for Scottish restaurants, but given how long/hard we ride everyday, I would have loved to have a carb rich pasta dish on the menu each night. The lasagna options didn't have much pasta in them.

by Stuart Allen 19/06/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very helpful advice about preparing for the trip. I was told to bring a lock for my bike but this wasn't needed and I ended up carrying the extra weight around in my luggage.
Trip Comments
Riding singletrack was the highlight for me, plus the wilderness feel of the central section of the trip.
Accommodation and Food
Most were excellent apart from the first place in Ballater - far too hot and the breakfast service was slow.
Your Guide
Malcolm and Paul were fantastic guides. Paul was great at finding hidden singletrack and Malcolm knew so much about local wildlife and history.
The Bottom Line
A truly memorable experience with epic singletrack, lung busting climbs, stunning scenery and great company.

by Victor Prior 19/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
More Scotch Eggs and better weather.
Trip Comments
I was very impressed after my bike (suspension) was set up properly by Paul my bike then just sailed over everything.
Accommodation and Food
Don't change a thing!
Your Guide
Guides were great but poor taste in (their own) music.
The Bottom Line
Great trip well organised with plenty of good food and good company.

by Kirstin Pellom 16/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
This was my 4th trip with Wilderness Scotland and the pre-trip service has always been fabulous.
Trip Comments
WS is a first class operation all the way! I had been looking at this trip for several years before deciding to go for it, and it didn't disappoint in any way! Riding coast to coast in and of itself was very satisfying, and I can't imagine a better or more scenic route exists than the one Graham selected for us! We had a fantastic group and great weather, which made it all the more perfect!
Accommodation and Food
The guesthouses were all quaint, clean, comfortable and welcoming. The food provided for tea and lunch greatly exceeded my expectations! The incredible Lucy always surprised us with wonderful treats each day. Lunch was always fresh and interesting. Coffee and tea were always hot and very welcome! Dinner with our group each night at the local pubs and restaurants was always enjoyable.
Your Guide
Graham and Lucy operated as a well oiled machine in every way and complimented each other very well! They both had the most amazing senses of humor and positive attitudes. Graham was clearly very experienced, with extensive local knowledge of the trails. He was encouraging and kept a great pace for the group. We felt like we could slow down and soak up the spectacular scenery or take photos at any time, and still ride hard and make good time on the trails. I would love to join another cycling trip with Graham in the future. Lucy, was absolutely amazing with her support on this trip. I already mentioned how wonderful the food was, but the other support was amazing too. All I had to do every day was wake up and ride, then leave my bike with the van at the end of the day, eat, sleep, repeat. Lucy took care of our luggage and made sure our bikes were clean and in good working order each day. Impeccable service from our guides!
The Bottom Line
Amazing trip. Exceeded my expectations in every way. We had great weather, breathtaking scenery, great guides and a challenging and rewarding ride! Spot on with the rating of 8 I would say. It was physically challenging, but in the best possible way! I'm only sad it's over!

by Michael Burt 12/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Excellent guides and great support vehicle
Trip Comments
Great views and we got lucky with the weather
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Great company, great trip

by Hugh Hover 10/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
easy to contact, quick replys to questions.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The quality and variety of the accomodations was great. Very comfortable and interesting. The Food was really well thought out. Lucy always had suprises for us.
Your Guide
Graham and Lucy were fantastic. I honestly cannot say enough good things about both of them.
The Bottom Line
This is the first time I have been on a supported trip like this. I would normally just wing it myself but after doing the trip with Wilderness Scotland I really see the benefit of going with you. I got to see more of your wonderful country than I would ever have seen on my own.

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2018 Trip Dates

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28th Apr - 4th May 2018
£1,395
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9th Jun - 15th Jun 2018
£1,395
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21st Jul - 27th Jul 2018
£1,395
Trip Full
18th Aug - 24th Aug 2018
£1,395
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15th Sep - 21st Sep 2018
£1,395
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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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28th Apr - 4th May 2018
£1,395
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9th Jun - 15th Jun 2018
£1,395
3 place(s) left
21st Jul - 27th Jul 2018
£1,395
Trip Full
18th Aug - 24th Aug 2018
£1,395
4 place(s) left
15th Sep - 21st Sep 2018
£1,395
8 place(s) left

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Chris Matthews
07/08/2017

4

Really fun trip. Quite an adventure!

Brad Day
29/06/2017

4

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