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Road Cycling – The Mountain Passes

  • Soak up the views across to Skye and the Outer Hebrides while you journey over the UK’s highest road climb – the ‘Bealach na Ba’.
  • Enjoy spectacular scenery, challenging climbs and exciting descents through 5 different mountain ranges
  • Visit Scotland’s most famous landmarks, indulge in the locally sourced food and relax in comfortable inns and hotel.

Red Graded Road Cycling Holidays 7-9

Our Red grade cycling trips are designed for committed cyclists who love cycling and spend many weekends each year riding their bike. You will enjoy the challenge of longer days and grin at the prospect of testing climbs and fast descents. These trips may involve several challenging days in a row with a significant amount of climbing, sometimes exposed to the elements.

Distances typically range for 40-70 miles each day through hilly and often mountainous terrain. These trips also include some of the most testing climbs in the UK.

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 road bike most weekends during the summer and do the occasional longer multi day trips?
Do you get excited at the thought of testing climbs and fast descents?

 

Accommodation

This trip features some of the best hotel and guest house accommodation and food in the Highlands. As outlined above, each day lunch is either a wilderness picnic (included) or taken at a local cafe/restaurant (not included). Drinks and snacks are provided throughout the day as you require. Evening meals are not included 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.

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 £175 is charged if a single room is required.

You will be met by your guide at 0900 on Day 1 of the trip at Edinburgh Waverley train station. We will finish in Inverness train station around 1600 on Day 7. Full details on how to get to Edinburgh and from Inverness, please see our Travel to Scotland

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.

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by Marty Joyce 04/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Web site was well-designed and user-friendly. A great shout-out to Kirsty who handled my reservation. I have booked adventure trips before overseas, and I can only measure quality through the website and prompt replies to inquiries (although somewhere I must have read a review of Wilderness Scotland because I had the reference in my travel file). Kirsty was patient, knowledgeable and prompt. I called her once or twice and the same professionalism was displayed on the phone.
Trip Comments
The trip was a real challenge. As I understand, this was the first time you ran such a strenuous route. I applaud you for taking such a risk. I see that it is offered three times in 2016 and hope each episode fills. I was not in the condition needed to huff those hills and cussed out a lot of Scottish asphalt. However, the route was extremely scenic. I would probably not do it again opting for an easier route but this does nothing to diminish the excellent experience. This was a good trip that will never end.
Accommodation and Food
Food was excellent. I tried all the local fair and appreciated the opportunity to sample Scottish cuisine. Of course haggis daily. The B&Bs were comfy, the inn keepers quite accommodating, and now I have a list of screened inns for my next visit. I appreciated the variety and the different shades of tartan. The guides did a superb job with the picnic lunches.
Your Guide
OK - this is going to sound like I am related to Will & Ben but they were outstanding. I appreciate Will staying back with me as I was always last up the hills and felt bad to be holding him back - until we saw the golden eagle and pine marten. I did skid out on a tar patch on the first day rolling through light rain on a descent and ended up with a side full of road rash. I want to emphasize that it was nothing the guides could have prevented as I was going too fast for conditions - my fault. The guides were courteous, considerate and cooperative. The integration of the group and the guides certainly added to the enjoyment of the trip. My bike was replaced timely. Sorry for the damage to the bar tape.
The Bottom Line
The Scottish Highlands are 5000 shades of green coming into focus around each bend with patches of sheep and the occasional cottage and village to enrich your ride. The guides provide the thistle with just enough points to get you motivated and direct you to a rewarding experience. They knew the land and history which added another layer as you enjoyed the tour. Sorry to sound like the PR department, but the kudos were earned through the rain, sweat, wind and wool.

One criticism. The first aid kit had no large adhesive bandages (6 inches by 6 inches and larger) to cover road rash or antibiotic ointment. You may want to upgrade to something from Adventure Medical Kits.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thank you for your comments and criticisms they help us greatly on our endeavour to improve our trips each year. Sounds like you had a most wonderful adventure and we hope to welcome you back to the Highlands soon.

by David Godbe 24/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Just the right amount of info. Prompt responces. Questions answered quickly
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Lodging at Strathcarron below par. Food was done very well though. Guides did great job with meals and snacks on the road
Your Guide
Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Always well prepared and very helpful.
The Bottom Line
This was a great trip and would be just about perfect if lodging improved. Great value for the amount charged

by Jacques Cuneo 20/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Overall good, though billing was off and needed to put in an extra payment.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
B+B choices were good. The choice in Strathcarron was merely ok. Food was fine.
Your Guide
Will and Ben were excellent companions and guides for the trip. A successful company comes down to the people in it and these two were excellent representatives.
The Bottom Line
Loads of fun. I provided some specific feedback on equipment to Will, but otherwise had a great time.

by Stephen Webb 20/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
The whole thing was extremely well organised. Will Snow and Ben Walker both show a very obvious passion for what they do, and worked hard to ensure that the trip was a memorable one.
Accommodation and Food
Very good variety of food, especially seafood at the Applecross Inn. Was nice to stay in small guesthouses rather than big hotels; rooms were a bit more basic in remote locations, but that's to be expected, and was not a problem.
Your Guide
Will and Ben worked very hard to make the trip special, and they both show an obvious passion for what they do. They're very well organised, but at the same time gave us the freedom to explore and cycle at our own pace. Very professional and genuinely nice people - I wouldn't hesitate to travel with them again.
The Bottom Line
This was a physically tough trip, but I think the notes did a good enough job of scaring off those who wouldn't enjoy it! Only 7 days, but felt like I'd been away for much longer, which is always the sign of a good trip. Overall experience was excellent.

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Designed for fit and experienced riders, this trip has everything. Magnificent scenery, challenging climbs, exciting descents and fantastic food await you in the Highlands.

Riding through 5 different mountain ranges in one of Europes last wilderness regions  makes for the ultimate road cycling trip.

While taking in some of the most superb vistas in Scotland you can immerse in the rich Scottish culture and history. From the East the Cairngorm National Park, named by National Geographic as one of ’50 Must visit Places on Earth’ to the iconic Isle of Skye on the west coast.

Day 1 – Riding in Perthshire

Meet your guide in Pitlochry before transferring the short distance to Aberfeldy. When we arrive at our accommodation we will have lunch on the banks of the River Tay, followed by getting the bikes ready for our journey through the Ben Lawers mountain range and national nature reserve. Following a climb with stunning scenery we will descent into Glen Lyon, Scotland’s longest glen at 30 miles long. Here we make a stop at an excellent cafe before returning to our accommodation.(L,D)

Distance 46m/74km.

Day 2 – Perthshire to Royal Deeside

This morning we leave Perthshire and head for Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park. Our first stop today is at Scotland’s smallest distillery, Edradour Distillery. Here we will reward ourselves with a tour of the distillery and a whisky tasting before continuing our journey. For lunch we will stop at a country pub in the picturesque village of Kirkmichael. Fully fueled up for the challenge we climb 10km over Glenshee to the ski station. After a rest here for refreshments we cruise downhill to foot of the highest mountain range in the Uk and the royal village of Braemar.(B,L)

Distance 50m/80km

Day 3 – The Cairngorm Mountains

Today we’ll explore the Cairngorm Mountain range following 18th century military roads passing Balmoral Castle and several others. We will climb up the lecht pass to the highest village in the Highlands, Tomintoul. Another climb after lunch then the road eases and we follow the River Spey. Next we face 3km of ascent before reaching the rewarding Cairngorm Mountain Summit finish. (B, L)

Distance 64m/102km

Day 4 – From the East to the West Highlands

Today will be our easy day, in the morning we’ll take time to explore Aviemore before a transfer about 90 mintues east. Once we begin riding we will travel through 35 miles of stunning Highland scenery. We will arrive at our home for the next two nights near the quaint village of Lochcarron. (B,L)

Distance 34m/56km

Day 5 – Kintail & The Isle of Skye

This morning we make our way over to the iconic Eilean Donan castle famous for many films including James Bond. From here we ride around the loch before climbing the hairpins of Mam Ratagan pass. We’ll soak up the dramatic views at the top before descending into the village of Glenelg. After lunch we’ll board the ferry to Skye and climb the wonderful Udal pass. From here we go downhill towards the north coast and across the famous bridge to the mainland continuing to the colourful village of Plockton. After some refreshments we ride back to our hotel near Lochcarron. (B, L)

Distance 66m/105km

Day 6 – Applecross & The Bealach na Ba

This morning will be more challenging but the breathtaking scenery across the rugged islands of Skye, Rum and Rassay will more than reward the effort. Starting by the sea from Loch Kishorn we will climb the highest and hardest mountain road climb in the UK, Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle). A superb 10km descent brings us to Applecross Inn recently voted the best seafood pub in Britain. After lunch we will follow the winding coastal road before turning back inland to finish the day in the village of Torridon. (B,L,D)

Distance 51m/82km

Day 7 – Torridon to Inverness

For our final day we will start off with some easy rolling through the majestic Glen Torridon and the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve – home to some of the oldest mountain in the world. After a tea break in the glen we face our final climb above the shores of Loch Maree. At the top we can take in one of the best views of the trip before our descent to our lunchtime stop at a former hunting lodge. After lunch we will jump in the van and make the short journey back to Inverness. (B,L)

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Duration: 6 night(s)

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Customer Kudos
The Scottish Highlands are 5000 shades of green coming into focus around each bend with patches of sheep and the occasional cottage and village to enrich your ride. The guides provide the thistle with just enough points to get you motivated and direct you to a rewarding experience. They knew the land and history which added another layer as you enjoyed the tour. Sorry to sound like the PR department, but the kudos were earned through the rain, sweat, wind and wool.

One criticism. The first aid kit had no large adhesive bandages (6 inches by 6 inches and larger) to cover road rash or antibiotic ointment. You may want to upgrade to something from Adventure Medical Kits.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thank you for your comments and criticisms they help us greatly on our endeavour to improve our trips each year. Sounds like you had a most wonderful adventure and we hope to welcome you back to the Highlands soon.

Marty Joyce
04/08/2015

5

This was a great trip and would be just about perfect if lodging improved. Great value for the amount charged

David Godbe
24/07/2015

5

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