Mountain Biking Across Scotland
Mountain Biking Across Scotland

Mountain Biking Across Scotland

6 days

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Experience the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands by mountain bike

This guided tour is an incredible mountain bike ride across the Scottish Highlands. A ride in the Scottish Highlands is the stuff of legends.

From ancient castles and rugged landscapes, to beautiful coastline and scenic lochs, your Mountain Biking Across Scotland Tour shows you the highlights of the area on an active mountain biking adventure you won’t soon forget.

Imagine riding along the shores of the famous Loch Ness, or across densely forested hills that open to moors with castle views. Surround yourself with the history, culture, and folklore of this unique and spectacular part of the world. This trip is perfect for mountain bikers who also want to improve their skills on new terrain with qualified guides and coaches.

What better place to challenge yourself than the Leanachan Forest near Fort William, which is home to the annual Mountain Biking World Cup? This Mountain Biking Across Scotland Tour in the Scottish Highlands is a mountain biking dream come true.

Highlights Of Mountain Biking Across Scotland Tour

Explore the famous Loch Ness area and be on the lookout for Nessie, the Loch Ness monster.
Visit historic villages in the Scottish Highlands, such as Spean Bridge, Drumnadrochit, and Fort Augustus.
Ride through the city of Inverness, crossing bridges between its beautiful network of islands.
Learn new skills from experienced coaches in the Leanachan Forest, home to the Mountain Biking World Cup

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Mountain Biking Across Scotland Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Ride in Cairngorms National Park

Arrive in Aviemore and meet your guide at the Aviemore Railway Station by 10:00 AM. Begin your tour with a warm-up ride through Cairngorms National Park, Britain’s largest national park. Before the ride, your guide will check to make sure your bike is well-equipped for the journey ahead. Today’s route is flexible, and you’ll ride for just 2-3 hours as an introduction to your tour. You can expect to see beautiful views of the Cairngorms mountain range and the surrounding hills and forests. After the ride, transfer to the west to the village of Spean Bridge where you’ll have dinner and spend the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Spean Bridge
Distance: 2-3 hours, flexible distance
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Ride to Fort William and Back

Ride from your hotel this morning, following trails through the Leanachan Forest. This area is home to the Mountain Bike World Cup and offers a wide variety of trail features that you can enjoy or learn to ride, including berms, rolling and flowing twists and turns, and boardwalks. Ride through the forest for 15 km to reach Fort William then return to your Spean Bridge hotel via a cross-country route. Leaving Fort William, pause to enjoy views toward Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Ride past the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle and follow Loch Linnhe’s shoreline to the Caledonian Canal. The last leg of the ride is flat and gentle along the canal’s tow-path. Altogether, today’s fun ride will take about 4-5 hours.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Spean Bridge
Distance: 4-5 hours, 30 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Ride to the Loch Oich Overlook, then down to Fort Augustus

Leave your Spean Bridge hotel and ride along the canal at first, then on the western side of Loch Lochy you’ll follow a remote forest trail. Emerge from the forest at Laggan Locks, where you can eat lunch in a floating restaurant converted from an old barge. After your meal, return to the trail and cross a swinging bridge. Here, beside the Loch Oich, begin to climb up into the forest above Invergarry village. It is a tough but rewarding climb, giving you excellent views overlooking Loch Oich and the hills that surround it. With the hardest part of the day behind you, descent down a fun trail to the shores of the famous Loch Ness and the village of Fort Augustus. This area offers a number of pubs, restaurants, and cafes. Stop here for the night after about 4-5 hours of riding.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Fort Augustus
Distance: 4-5 hours, 36 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Ride around Loch Ness

A challenging but memorable day awaits as the trail climbs high through a forest to reach the open moors above Loch Ness. Spend the day around this legendary lake, crossing the moors high above it then enjoying the trail as it descends to the village of Invermoriston. Stop here for a break, then hug the shoreline of Loch Ness for a while before the trail takes another climb. After this, an easy trail allows you to coast into Drumnadrochit village. Spend the afternoon exploring the village at your leisure. Many visitors enjoy the Urquhart Castle or the Loch Ness Monster Museum.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Drumnadrochit
Distance: 4-5 hours, 35 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Ride to Inverness, Transfer to Aviemore

Celebrate your last day on the trail by riding from Drumnadrochit and the incredible Loch Ness to Inverness, often called the capital of the Highlands. Begin the day with a climb that rewards you with incredible views of the Great Glen, then relax knowing the rest of your tour is downhill. All along your ride today you’ll have beautiful views of the city of Inverness and beyond to the sparkling blue waters of Moray Firth. Enjoy the fun single-track trails that lead to the city. When you reach Inverness, you’ll follow the river and cross a series of bridges between islands. The ride ends just outside the stunning Inverness Castle. What a fitting finish line! Transfer back to Aviemore for a celebration dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Aviemore
Distance: 4-5 hours, 30 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Departure Day

Sadly, your Mountain Biking Across Scotland tour has come to an end. Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and begin your journey home. Have a pleasant journey!
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Mountain Biking Across Scotland Tour Price and Dates

Pricing for this guided mountain biking tour to Highlands of Scotland depends on whether you choose to join an existing group on a specific date or if you prefer a custom tour for your group only.

The best time to travel to Scotland for this trek is from May to September.

Prices of Private Guided Mountain Biking Across Scotland Tour

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Have your own private tour with just your group! Please contact us with your preferred date and the number of people in your group and we will create the itinerary just for you.

Dates and Prices to Join a Group Tour of Mountain Biking Across Scotland

Make new friends and join a group road biking tour in Scotland Highlands. Prices below are per person:

Apr 30, 2022
May 05, 2022
From Aviemore
To Aviemore
USD$1,975
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jun 25, 2022
Jun 30, 2022
From Aviemore
To Aviemore
USD$1,975
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Aug 13, 2022
Aug 18, 2022
From Aviemore
To Aviemore
USD$1,975
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Sep 10, 2022
Sep 15, 2022
From Aviemore
To Aviemore
USD$1,975
6 days / 5+ Spaces Left

Accommodation on Mountain Biking Across Scotland Tour

This tour is based in hotels and guesthouses.

All the accommodations for this tour are hand-picked from high quality local businesses and are of 4-star quality. The first two nights are in a small hotel, while the rest are in guesthouses. All rooms are double or twin rooms but you can book a single room for your trip for an additional fee.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $375 USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try to match up single travelers when possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1-2

Hotel in Spean Bridge

Welcome to the “Crossroads of the Highlands”, a perfect location for touring the Highlands region. Don’t miss the view from the Commando Memorial.

Night 3

Hotel in Fort Augustus

Stay in this historic village on the southern tip of Loch Ness and beside the Caledonian Canal. Enjoy lovely scenery and a variety of attractions.

Night 4

Hotel in Drumnadrochit

Situated beside the legendary Loch Ness, this lovely village is especially popular with visitors hoping to spot Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.

Night 5

Hotel in Aviemore

Stay in the heart of the stunning Cairngorms region, surrounded by the incredible natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

What’s included in Mountain Biking Across Scotland Tour?

Meals

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, and snacks along the route each day.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 5 nights along the tour. Accommodation before the tour in Aviemore is not included.

Transportation during the Tour

All the transportation for you, your luggage and your bike is included starting from Aviemore.

Also Included

  • 2 qualified and experienced mountain bike guides throughout your trip
  • Ride support from vehicle with trailer
  • Entrance and admission fees during the tour
  • All the equipment needed to ensure group safety and bike maintenance

Not included

  • Bike Rental
  • Transportation to and from Aviemore
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not stated as ‘included’

Optional Extras

  • Bike rental:
    • Full suspension - $425 USD per trip
    • Hardtail - $275 USD per trip
  • Extra night in Aviemore before or after the tour

Frequently Asked Questions about Mountain Biking Across Scotland

Wilderness Scotland is an Aviemore based company with a huge experience and big group of returning happy customers. This company, being one of the leading adventure travel organisers in the area, guarantees great service and unforgettable experiences!

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. This tour requires 5-6 hours of biking each day. You should be used to mountain bike rides of this length in mountainous terrain.

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