|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||30 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Apr 25, May 23, Jun 20, Jul 11, Aug 8, Sep 5, 2015 (all dates are guaranteed to depart)|
|Start city:||Inverness, Scotland|
|End city:||Inverness, Scotland|
This coast-to-coast mountain bike tour is the most exciting and challenging all-mountain holiday in the UK. So if your passion is for all-mountain riding and you’re looking for your next challenge, this coast-to-coast should be top of your list.
This week long epic mountain bike trip that takes in the best off-road riding Scotland has to offer, through some of the most wild, dramatic and diverse landscapes in the UK. You’ll start in the far north east, in the Highland coastal town of Bonar Bridge, and complete your all-mountain coast-to-coast adventure in the stunning fishing village of Applecross, where you can enjoy views out to the Isle of Skye to the west.
During this all-mountain extravaganza you will ride nearly 155 miles (250 km), descend a mouth-watering 24,000 feet (7,500 m), experience the best trails in Torridon, Gairloch, Ullapool and Applecross and even get a ride across a Highland sea loch on a high speed RIB!
Your efforts will be rewarded each evening in the comfort of hand-picked 3- or 4-star B&B accommodation where you’ll receive a warm Highland welcome and enjoy the local food, beer and, of course, sample the whisky.
Read a blog post from our operator partner, H&I Adventures: 6 things you never knew about Scotland >
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Scotland named 2014 "Best Bike Destination" by Outside Magazine.
Day 1: Arrival day and bike preparation
You’ll be welcomed by our mountain bike guides at Inverness train station (or airport) in the morning, before shopping for some supplies then going for lunch and a welcome briefing of the adventure ahead.
We’ll then head to a local trail centre to set up the bikes and go for a short pedal to stretch your legs, tweak bikes, and calm the nerves! After an hour or so we’ll head north to the beautiful historical town of Dornoch to your welcoming B&B, and a delicious local dinner.
Overnight in Golspie.
Day 2: Bonar Bridge - Ullapool (36 miles/60 km, 3281 ft/1000m elevation gained)
We have a short (30 minutes) transfer to Bonar Bridge and the start of our coast-to-coast Scotland mountain biking holiday. We’ll saddle up and set off on our westerly bearing through classic Scottish glens with their ever-changing colours.
We’ll have a snack stop at a mountain refuge (bothy) and make friends with the local wild horses, before hitting some fast, flowy singletrack that descends into Ullapool, and our stop for the night.
Ullapool is a fishing town and the gateway to the north end of the Outer Hebrides archipelago, and we’ll enjoy an evening of good local food and drink, including freshly-caught seafood.
Overnight in Ullapool.
Day 3: Ullapool - Poolewe (37 miles/60 km, 4921 ft/1500m elevation gained)
We will start today with a rapid boat crossing over Loch Broom on our way to some of the most mouth-watering singletrack in Scotland, if not Europe.
Once we turn westwards again our coast-to-coast trail starts to open up in front of you, snaking through the ancient landscape, over river crossings and then climbing up and over to Dundonnel forest.
You’ll have a 20-minute section of hike-a-bike, for which you will be rewarded with a fabulous descent, and by the time we reach Poolewe your cheeks will hurt from grinning!
Overnight in Poolewe.
Day 4: Poolewe - Kinlochewe (25 miles/40 km, 2789 ft/850m elevation gained)
Today we will mountain bike off-road straight from Poolewe on a fantastic section of singletrack that rises high above the head of Loch Maree before descending to the banks of the loch itself and our own private section of singletrack.
Loch Maree is often cited as the most beautiful loch in Scotland, with its five large islands and 25 smaller islets. It’s also the only loch/ lake in the UK that contains an island that itself contains an islet with a lochan in it (are you still following?!).
Depending on time, there is the chance for us to ride a 15km extra loop at the end of Loch Maree.
Overnight in Kinlochewe.
Day 5: Kinlochewe - Annat (22 miles/35 km, 4921 ft/1500m elevation gained)
Riding from Kinlochewe to Annat through the mountains of Torridon is our favourite part of the coast-to-coast Scotland mountain biking holiday. Each day of our trip increases slightly in technical difficulty, and riding the rocky trails that carve their way through the majestic Torridon mountains is the most technically challenging day, but also hugely rewarding.
This is one of the most ancient landscapes in the whole of the UK, and it has everything that you can possibly want from a mountain bike tour in Scotland, from stunning views, technical climbs, long, sweeping descents and grin-inducing singletrack!
Overnight in Wester Ross.
Day 6: Day off or half day’s local ride
Today is your rest day, where you can explore the localarea, read a book in the bar or join the guide for a halfday's mountain biking up a local hill, it’s your choice!
Overnight in Wester Ross.
Day 7: Shieldaig - Applecross (27 miles/40 km, 3281 ft/1000m elevation gained)
We’ll ride a lovely low-level singletrack alongside a stunning inland loch that will lead us straight to the fishing village of Shieldaig.
After admiring the view, we will move further along Loch Torridon, then cut through the middle of the Applecross peninsula on some of the most remote and unused singletrack we’ve been on all week. This leads us straight to Applecross bay and the end of our coast-to coast Scotland.
We’ll enjoy a celebratory meal of world-class seafood, whisky and real ale in the Applecross Inn and re-live the week’s adventures on our all-mountain coast-to-coast mountain bike tour in Scotland.
Our final night will be spent in Inverness, where we’ll enjoy our last dinner together and relax after our coast-to-coast mountain bike challenge.
Overnight in Applecross.
Day 8: Departure day
We will spend the morning packing the bikes, organizing your luggage and transport you back to Inverness to say our goodbyes.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Golspie Inn, Golspie
Day 2: The Arch Inn, Ullapool
Day 3: Corrieness House, Poolewe
Day 4: Kinlochewe Hotel, Kinlochewe
Day 5 and 6: Torridon Inn, Wester Ross
Day 7: Applecross Inn, Applecross Peninsula
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to be rented (reserved in advance at time of booking):
Equipment provided free with rentals:
Available upon request for no cost are cycling bags and a bottle cage.
All bikes are of superior quality and come with hydraulic disk brakes, Fox or Rockshox suspension, Maxxis tyres and high end finishing kit.
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it has a universal seat post.
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
The terrain on this tour is very hilly. The maximum daily elevation gain is 4,900 feet (1,500 m). Approximately 70% of this tour is on dirt trails, 20% on dirt or gravel roads, 5% on quiet roads and 5% on roads shared with traffic.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Iverness, Scotland
Nearest train station: Iverness, Scotland
The tour begins at Inverness railway station, and in the exceptional cases where we meet elsewhere you will be contacted with details of the meeting point.
A transfer from Glasgow or Edinburgh airport is available at a cost of 175 pounds per transfer, which can be split between up to 8 passengers.
Inverness by rail:
Inverness by coach:
Coach services run from London and other UK cities to Inverness. Regular coaches run from Glasgow (three hours), Edinburgh (three hours) and Aberdeen (two hours) to Inverness. For up-to-date coach timetables and booking information visit: www.gobycoach.com or www.citylink.co.uk.
Inverness by air:
Inverness is becoming increasingly well-served by major and budget airlines from all over the UK and Ireland. For up-to-date timetables and booking information visit: www.ba.com, www.easyjet.com, www.ryanair.com, www.easternairways.com or www.hial.co.uk.
If your group requires transfer from another Scottish airport, please ask.
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Mountain biking from the east coast of Scotland just north of Inverness to the stunning Applecross on the rugged west coast.
Scotland's rich history and culture are evidenced in its large cities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Glasgow. But it’s the rolling green hills and dramatic moors of the Scottish countryside that mark this as a top destination for international travelers. The "lochs" (lakes) are popular sites, particularly the famous Loch Ness and its alleged sea monster. The romance and drama of the barren moors covered in thick fog is an unforgettable sight. The coastal areas of Scotland feature craggy cliffs and many world-class golf courses. The tiny islands dotting the coast are home to quaint fishing villages and fantastic seafood.
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We personally research and test all of our tours before taking any bookings. We're committed to responsible tourism and use local guides/ drivers/ fixers in all our destinations, and contribute to local conservation efforts.
Our guides are among the best in the industry and give our customers a truly memorable experience. We offer skilled advice on all of our tours - no matter what level - to ensure our customers get the most out of their trip with us.
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