- Discover a wealth of backcountry singletrack on the beautiful Scottish Isles of Skye, Harris and in magnificent Torridon
- Experience the long, technical trails which make the singletrack riding on the Isle of Skye the best in Britain
- Expert guides and memorable Highland Hospitality with great accommodation and superb local food.
- 6 nights accommodation in locally-owned guest house and small hotel
- Meals stated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- All transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Inverness
- The services of a qualified and experienced mountain bike guide throughout your trip
- All group safety and bike maintenance equipment.
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.
15th Sep - 21st Sep 2018
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ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
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.
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 on the first and final evenings, 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 route.
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 require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. A single room supplement of £400 is charged if a single room is available – please see booking form terms and conditions.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Inverness Railway Station at 08:30am on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Inverness Station for 1:00pm on the final day of the trip.
For advice on getting to and from Scotland please our travel advice page on our website: www.wildernessscotland.com/faq/travel-to-scotland/
Combine Skye with the Outer Hebrides and Torridon and you have an epic week of mountain biking in one of the most spectacular and unspoilt regions of Europe.
During this 7 day mountain biking holiday in Torridon, the Outer Hebrides and Skye, you will ride some of the best and most dramatic singletrack trails on the British Isles.
This exciting itinerary, revised for 2015, includes a visit to the challenging mountain landscape of Torridon. This trip offers six days of amazing riding featuring the best two routes in each location. Starting with a day ride on Skye, followed by the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, we will tackle classic wilderness day rides through some of the most unspoiled mountain and sea landscapes in Europe.
Day 1 – The Abandoned Village, Skye
We meet at 08:30 at Inverness railway station for the drive to Boreraig, located in the North West corner of on the Isle of Skye, which takes approx. 3.25 hours. The biking offers fantastic views of the ocean, and the surrounding islands as we start with some technical riding followed by great double track. Returning to the van, we will then transfer to Uig, to catch the early evening ferry across to Harris. Dinner can be taken aboard the ferry followed by a welcome dram in Tarbert. (L)
Route Details: distance = 16 miles/26.8km, ascent = 571m, descent = 574m
Day 2 – Circuit of North Harris Mountains
Today offers a superb circuit of the North Harris Mountains. Starting right from the hotel, you can expect a challenging ride with some big climbs and, in places, some very remote and wild terrain. This is one of the best places to see Golden Eagles in Europe and, en route, we can spend some time at the spectacularly situated Eagle Hide in Glen Meavaig. Overnight in Tarbert. (B, L, D)
Route Details: distance = 43km, ascent = 1,395m, descent = 1,320m.
Day 3 – Reinigeadal Loop
This morning we will ride directly from the Hotel as we tackle the Reinigeadale Loop. This ride offers an amazing mountain biking experience as we ride through wild and mountainous landscapes; and visit one of the island’s most remote coastal villages. We kick off with some nice lochside singletrack with drainage ditches to hop over, up over a lochside climb and hit the first part of extended downhill. Your day goes up a gear from amazing to epic as we ride some techy singletrack past sea inlets to the start of a challenging climb. Time to dig in and use a bit of your reserves here and you know you’re going to be rewarded at the top; and rewarded you are, with expansive 360 degree views over silvery seas looking back towards Skye, grippy slabs that you and your tyres are going to love and the elation of knowing that the only way is down.
After finishing an epic day on the bike, we head back from Tarbert to Uig on the last afternoon ferry. When we arrive back on Skye, we make the short transfer to Portree, where we will stay for the next two nights and your head can hit the pillow and dream of what’s coming next. (B, L)
Route Details: distance = 25 km, ascent = 782m, descent =778m
Day 4 – Glen Sligachan MTB on Skye
We kick off with an early start for a big day of mountain biking on the classic Sligachan loop. When we rode this trail with MBR Magazine some years ago they named it the Best Trail in Britain. Set among the jagged backdrop of the Black Cuillin Mountains which rise Tolkienesque from the sea, this route will definitely test your metal. The route finishes right back at the historic Sligachan Inn founded in 1830, for celebratory craft beers all-round. (B, L)
Route Details: distance = 32.5km, ascent = 546m, descent = 569m
Day 5 – Torridon and Ben Damph
Today we finish our island hopping and return to the mainland, to uncover the best mountain biking trails in Torridon on the west coast of Scotland. With some rocks dated as 500 million years old, Torridon is home to some of the oldest and most spectacular mountains in Europe. The strata here is largely horizontal and means that, over millennia, large terraces have formed, giving the landscape a dominating feel. For us this landscape means the mountains are criss-crossed by rocky trails, making this area an absolute must for the experienced mountain biker. Tonight’s accommodation is in the village of Torridon and friendly inn. (B, L)
Route Details: distance = 24.5km, ascent = 455m, descent = 580m
Day 6 – The Torridon Giants
After yesterday’s intro, this is the culmination of your mountain biking holiday in Torridon, our final day today is a Scottish classic, with 10km of breathtaking downhill in an amazing mountain setting. To access the descent requires a challenging climb and then hike through the heart of the Torridon mountains. The reward is a simply epic ride to end your week in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. (B, L, D)
Route Details: distance = up to 48.5km, ascent = 746m, descent = 969m
Day 7 – Return to Inverness
From Torridon it is approximately 2.5 hours drive to Inverness and we will be back in the Highland capital by 1300. (B)
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by Fergus Duncanson 04/06/2018
Clear, friendly communication from staff, who seemed fully aware of the trip details.
Fabulous mountain biking in three superb areas, Harris, Skye and Torridon; very good accommodation, and absolutely excellent leadership - skilled, relaxed and warm.
Accommodation and Food
All three places were very good and appropriate for the trip. Friendly, helpful staff, good food and decent beer!
Graham led the trip with warmth, skill and a relaxed sense of fun. Following him down bouldery trails was inspiring, if challenging!
The Bottom Line
Great trip, great experience and great value.
by Mark Bourget 27/06/2017
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Malcom was an expert guide and kept the group happy and healthy the whole trip. Our group had very similar skill level which made all the difference. The long rides with tiring hike-a-bikes and fast descents will be a lifelong memory. This trip was a fantastic way of seeing the Highlands and having a real adventure in Scotland.!
Accommodation and Food
The food and accommodations were amazing. The Sconsor House hotel was my personal favorite.
Malcom is an expert guide. He ran a tight ship with the group's safety and did not take uncesssary risks.
The Bottom Line
This trip was exactly what I was hoping it would be. Challenging mountain biking, great views, and nice people.
by Taylor Pfohl 05/06/2017
by Massimo Cadonna 30/05/2017
Perfect ride for bikers who love demanding single tracks (and more) in a beautiful landscape
Accommodation and Food
Very good quality, nothing to add ... simply what you want after a long day ride on a mtb
Great job Malcolm! No to lucky with punctures and mechanical failures but able to solve every problem without exitation. Professional, skilled, friendly ... we all enjoyed his presence
The Bottom Line
A great vacation in a beautiful country, just do it!