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Mountain Biking – Harris, Skye and Torridon

  • 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 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

We start our trip on the Hebridean island of Harris, where we are based in a comfortable hotel in Tarbert, the main village and port on the island. The Isle of Harris is probably most notable for its massive expanses of sandy beaches and our family owned and run accommodation here is situated at the pinch point between The Minch and the Atlantic.

After our transfer to the Isle of Skye we’re greeted by one of the oldest hotels on Skye. Overlooking the Sound of Sleat towards Knoydart, our accommodation here is comfortable and renowned for it’s locally caught seafood.

While we explore Torridon we’ll be based at a fabulous, award-winning Highland inn – now established as a seafood institution on Scotland’s west coast! It’s a fantastic location with great food, live music and comfy beds.

Special dietary requirements are of course willingly catered for.

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 £400 is charged if a single room is required.

You will be met by your guide at 0830 on Day 1 of the trip at Inverness train station. We will return to Inverness train station around 1300 on Day 7. Full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our Travel to Scotland.

With the journey west and the planned ride, Day 1 is a full day. We ask that you please come as ready to ride as possible with bikes assembled (for those bringing their own). The bikes will be loaded onto a bike trailer rather than in the vehicle. You should be able to store bike bags at your Inverness accommodation if you are staying there before or after the trip. Please let us know if you are unable to do this

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5 star 14

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by Mark Bourget 27/06/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Providing advice on alternative payment methods to avoid the fee charged to CC users would improve the pre-trip experience.
Trip Comments
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.
Your Guide
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

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Massimo Cadonna 30/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Perfect ride for bikers who love demanding single tracks (and more) in a beautiful landscape
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Very good quality, nothing to add ... simply what you want after a long day ride on a mtb
Your Guide
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!

by Scott Ashworth 29/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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Efficient, professional and helpful
Trip Comments
Nice hotels/hassle free/good rides
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Efficient and friendly
The Bottom Line
Great trip

by Peter Welch 05/10/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
There was a mix up with names so I ended up having to provide some of my information twice
Trip Comments
Well organised and timed. Accommodation was good, cycling was a bit tough for me. Too much carrying/pushing the bike which I didn't expect.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Occasionally got a little flustered with the responsibility of looking after 8 blokes! Overall good and looked after me personally very well.
The Bottom Line
Be prepared for carrying/pushing your bike. Very technical, this is not trail riding!

by Simon Briggs 27/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Chris Brooke 26/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
all good
Trip Comments
great scenery, great riding, excellent guide, lucky with the weather!
Accommodation and Food
all good. the Torridon hotel was probably the best, followed by the Sligachan, and then the Tarbert hotel. The rooms were fine in the latter but the food in the restaurant was very over priced with tiny portions
Your Guide
Malcolm was fantastic and very helpful at every stage of the trip. a great guide to have with us
The Bottom Line
Fantatsic trip and looking forward to the next one

by Andrew Hanson 12/06/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Great advice was given when I contacted you to ask about what I needed to bring with us on the trip. Very friendly and helpful.
Trip Comments
Graham was a fantastic guide, he helped make our trip a wonderful experience. The biking and the routes were amazing, the scenery was spectacular.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation in Portree was good but the breakfast and packed lunch was not the best. Graham rectified this by stopping at the seafood deli bar in Kyle and the Langousines he provided saved the day. The Harris restaurant portions were not enough after a hard day riding in the mountains, the bar food looked more satisfying.
Your Guide
EXCELLENT!!
The Bottom Line
It was a fantastic experience, and would do it all over again.

by Fiona Hanson 07/06/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Really helpful and friendly.
Trip Comments
It was great to explore some remote trails and areas of Harris, Skye and Torridon in the capable hands of our leader who gave us lots of information on the areas we visited and the terrain we were covering.
Accommodation and Food
Whilst I appreciate reservations need to be made for evening meals to ensure people are able to get food on this trip. The Harris Hotel restuarant was a bit pricey and the bar meals seemed more appealing due to portion size ! The breakfast and packed lunches in the Portree B and B were poor with little choice. All the other accomodation and meals were great.
Your Guide
Graham was knowledgeable and very experienced regarding the routes we rode. He had a relaxed attitude which meant individuals within the group rode at a pace they were comfortable with.
The Bottom Line
Excellent trails in remote areas. Accomodation and food organised for you. Experienced guide and like minded people to share it all with. The amazing weather really made it a fantastic experience as we could really appreciate the views of the mountains, lochs and coastline.

by Duncan Wood-Allum 06/06/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Good communication
Trip Comments
The first ride in Torridon was poor quality (Ifed this back two years ago) - far too much carrying and too technical a descent to find any flow for all but the most expert riders. As one of the group described it - 'filler'. A slog of a day - not a not of fun. Beach was nice however! Breakfast in Skye x 2 was very poor. Substandard as was the lunch. Good rescue by our glorious leader! Accomodation ordinary in Skye. Room in Harris was stuffy and hot - no window openings! Not a good experience. Cost of evening meal in Harris was extortionate - no heads up on this - £56!!!!!
Accommodation and Food
see prev
Your Guide
First class - very chilled. Thought of everything. Brilliant guide. Thank you!
The Bottom Line
Thanks for restoring my faith in your business, but small details still need a bit more work to get smiles 100% of the time. Well done and thanks to Graham for a super experience.

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Trip Details

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.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – The Abandoned Village, Skye

We meet at 0830 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, D)

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)

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 offers an amazing mountain biking experience as we ride through wild and mountainous landscapes; and visiting one of the island’s most remote coastal villages.

Once we have finished our ride, we will then return from Tarbert to Uig on the last afternoon ferry. On arrival  on  Skye, we make the short transfer to Portree, where we will stay for the next two nights. (B, L)

Route Details: distance = 25 km, ascent = 782m, descent =778m

Day 4 – Glen Sligachan on Skye

An early start for a big day 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 amazing Black Cuillin Mountains of Skye, this route will definitely test your metal. The route finishes right back at the historic Sligachan Inn for celebratory beers all-round. (B, L)

Route Details: distance = 32.5km, ascent = 546m, descent = 569m

Day 5 – Torridon and Ben Damph
Today we leave island life behind and return to the mainland, heading for Torridon on the west coast. Torridon is home to some of the oldest and most spectacular mountains in Europe. The mountains are criss-crossed by rocky trails which make this area a 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

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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Run the GauntletMooove aside pleaseWith every bit of up……comes a great bit of down.Swimming in the Atlantic for the braveAnd for those that prefer the view, it’s stunning.Cycle past ruined settlementsAvoid the booby-trapsTarbert local storesFriendly cosy accommodation2000 years of megalithic historyToffee CowOnto Skye for more quality ridingWeaving your way through the mountainsLoch and mountain sceneryMTB the QuiraingTorridon never gives up easilyBut the rewards are enviable every timeTechnical climbing to test the bestExplore mountain bothiesGet the kick of the downhillIn some of the most incredible scenery in Scotland.
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This trip was exactly what I was hoping it would be. Challenging mountain biking, great views, and nice people.

Mark Bourget
27/06/2017

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05/06/2017

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