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    Road Cycling
    Coast to Coast

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    Next Trip(s): 4th Jun | 23rd Jul Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Trip Type: Road Cycling
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    The Coast to Coast cycle is a rewarding journey of 262 miles/419km travelling from Aberdeen on the east coast to Applecross in the west.

    Cycling across the country we’ll climb over 17,000 feet/5,180 metres, including the UK’s highest and in our opinion arguably the most challenging road climb.

    You will be treated to stunning scenery each day, along with an array of cultural experiences, as we visit castles, a distillery and enjoy a fantastic boat trip trip along Loch Ness. Throw in some excellent Scottish cuisine and we can ensure that the food is as much a highlight as the riding! Our expert guides will be on hand to support you every turn of the pedal. We look forward to riding beside you on this fantastic adventure as we cycle the Scottish Highlands from coast to coast.

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    Trip Highlights

    • Ride right across Highland Scotland from the east to the west coast.
    • Quiet roads, testing climbs and superb descents through the UK's most spectacular landscapes.
    • Visit the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, atmospheric Loch Ness and the mighty mountains of Torridon.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Aberdeen to Ballater

    We meet at Aberdeen Train Station this morning and begin our journey across Scotland. A short van transfer takes us to our start point, on the shores of the North Sea. After a group welcome, bike fitting session and a briefing for the day, we set off – leaving the city of Aberdeen behind us as we roll along the quiet South Deeside roads. A riverside lunch awaits us in the picturesque village of Banchory. After refuelling, we continue along the River Dee, leading us to the village of Ballater and the end of our first day’s ride. (L, D)

    Distance: 64km / 40 miles, Ascent: 670m / 2,189ft

    Day 2 – Cairngorms National Park

    Today we ride through the UK’s largest and highest National Park. There are a few hills to contend with today with challenging ascents but the exciting descents and superb views more than reward the effort required on the climbs. After a stiff climb over the Lecht pass we’ll stop in the village of Tomintoul – the highest in the Highlands. It’s also home to one of Scotland’s best whisky shops which is well worth a visit. Most of the hard work is done for the day as we make our way to the village of Grantown on Spey, where we will stay tonight. (B, L, D)

    Distance: 93km/ 58 miles Ascent: 1342m/ 4,405ft

    Day 3 – Grantown-on-Spey to Fort Augustus

    Today’s ride takes us right off the beaten track. The day starts easily with a pleasant ride through the villages of Dulnain Bridge and Carrbridge before we strike west up the Findhorn Valley. Following a fantastic country road, we climb over the challenging Garbole where the views of the Highlands open up. The route then descends to the village of Farr and then follows quiet backroads alongside the shores of Loch Ness. A fantastic 5 mile descent awaits as the finish to the day, dropping us down to the shores of Loch Ness Followed by a short transfer to our accommodation in the village of Drumnadrochit. (B, L, D)

    Distance: 88km/ 55 miles Ascent: 1009m/ 3,312 ft

    Day 4 – Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

    We enjoy a relaxed morning in the village of Drumnadrochit. Mid-morning, we enjoy a treat as we board a zodiac for a high speed trip on Loch Ness, passing beautiful Urquhart Castle, its ruins perched right on the edge of the loch. Back on land, we bypass a short but busy section of road and start riding again from near the castle – we’re now back on two wheels for the remainder of the day. Our route from Drumnadrochit heads west, passing the Balmacaan Forest, and follows a lovely road alongside the River Glass towards the village of Beauly. The last few miles wind through the attractive countryside to our accommodation secluded in the hills above Contin. (B, L, D)

    Distance: 65km/ 41 miles Ascent: 594m/ 1,950 ft

    Day 5 - To the West Highlands

    After setting out this morning we pass through Garve and then on to Achnasheen, with the landscape becomes more mountainous around us. After some wild miles, we climb away from the shores of Loch a’Chroisg, rewarded with one of the finest views you will find anywhere – right down the length of the spectacular Loch Maree. The descent is an absolute blast on a perfect road surface and before long we will find ourselves at Kinlochewe. The final section of the day passes through the dramatic Glen Torridon. The scenery here is hard to beat with the majestic mountains of Liathach and Beinn Eighe thrusting skywards. As we gently climb across the watershed, we get our first glimpse of the west coast. We end the day with an overnight stay in the village of Shieldaig. (B, L, D)

    Distance: 69km/ 43 miles Ascent: 596m/ 1,958 ft

    Day 6 – The Applecross Peninsula

    Today we will start with a warm up on the fantastic coastal road from Torridon to Shieldaig. We then ride south through the hills on a winding single track road before reaching the start of our final, challenging climb – The Bealach na Ba. Famous and spectacular, the road is alpine in nature, crossing the rugged peak of Beinn Bhàn. Starting from sea level and rising through a series of ramps, hairpins and switchbacks to the summit at 626m (2,054ft) over a 6 mile climb, the road reaches gradients of up to 20% in places! Once at the top though, it’s an incredible view of the sea ahead of us and downhill all the way to the coast and journey’s end. Having cycled from Coast to Coast, a celebratory lunch awaits us at the fantastic Applecross Inn. Looking across the sea to the Isle of Skye, it’s the perfect place to relax after a tough day and an amazing trip. This is the official finish of the route, but for anyone who’s not ready for it to end yet, you still have the option of riding around the peninsula back to Shieldaig. (B, L, D)

    Distance: 40km/ 25 miles Ascent: 973m/ 3,193 ft

    Day 7 - Transfer to Inverness, then depart

    This morning we will have a leisurely breakfast before transferring back to Inverness. The journey takes us around 1.5 hours, arriving into the city around 12 noon, allowing you plenty of time to connect with onward transport. On the way home you’ll have a chance to reflect on what will surely be a most memorable adventure. (B)

    Road Cycling
    Coast to Coast

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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    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.

    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 £350 is charged if a single room is available.

    Meals Read More

    Breakfast is provided each day at your accommodation. 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. All evening meals are also included throughout on this itinerary and we have the flexibility to take evening meals in local restaurants or pubs. Based on our knowledge and experience, we will visit the best places to eat along the route.

    On this trip we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 days professional guiding with lead guide plus assistant guide/support driver.
    • 6 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels/ inns/guest houses on a B&B basis.
    • All meals from lunch on day of arrival, to breakfast on the final day. (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • Vehicle transport throughout including ride support and luggage transfers.
    • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary.
    • Ride snacks, home-baking and drinks.
    Travel Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Aberdeen Railway Station at 11:00am on Day 1 of your trip. The trip will conclude and you will be dropped off at Inverness Railway Station for 12:00 noon 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/

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    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Paul Easto

    As founder of Wilderness Scotland Paul’s craving for adventure and knowledge of Scotland knows no bounds. His leadership has resulted in Wilderness Scotland twice being named as Best Green Tour Operator in the World at the World Travel Awards and ranked as No.1 Adventure Travel Company in Europe by National Geographic. Paul’s commitment to excellence in all that he pursues becomes obvious in the routes we follow and the little touches included in this trip.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Red Graded Road Cycling Holidays 7-9

    Red graded trips are suitable only for fit and experienced riders who love cycling and enjoy the challenge of longer days in the saddle, riding for consecutive days.

    Distances range from 40 – 70 miles each day, cycling at roughly 12mph. We will ride variety of terrain from rolling countryside to hilly and mountainous areas. Most days will be challenging and the trip will include some of the more testing climbs in Scotland including high mountain passes. These harder climbs are rewarded with fast and exciting descents. We will often be in the saddle for 7 hours each day plus the odd longer day. There is also time each day for breaks and lunches plus visits to some sites of interest.

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    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.86 out of 5 based on 22 review(s) of Road Cycling – Coast to Coast


    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.


    Richard Wilks

    Reviewed on 11/09/2019

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 10/08/2019
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    I've done several multi-day cycling trips throughout the United States and wanted to have the best experience possible on my first trip to Europe. Wilderness Scotland didn't disappoint! My entire experience was unlike any other - knowledgeable guides, accommodations and restaurants I wouldn't have found on my own, and a great value for the money.


    Justine Viera

    Reviewed on 22/08/2019

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 10/08/2019
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    My advice to future clients: just sign up and do it. You will love everything about the Wilderness Scotland experience!


    Jeff Wallen

    Reviewed on 11/07/2019

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 22/06/2019
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    I was happy to have done it, but I wouldn't do another bike trip like that in Scotland.

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