Ride amongst the mountains and the heather
Get off the beaten track and ride some historic landscapes
Experience some of the local fare each day of the tour
Discover Scotland from the seat of your bike
Experience a group guided and supported bike tour of Scotland
Explore this beautiful country by bike
Bike through the hidden landscapes of Scotland
Experience some fantastic camaraderie on tour
Get up close and personal to the local wildlife
Pedal your way across the country, through a diversity of terrain and landscapes
Travel the countryside by bike and fall in love with Scotland
In the capable and experienced hands of a knowledgable guide, you'll see the bits bit of the ride and the landscapes will come to life

Scotland - Highlands Coast to Coast

Duration
7 days
Site savings
$46
From
$2,246 USD

A classic wilderness journey through the remote and beautiful Scottish Highlands over 7 days. This route dives into the very heart of the Highlands on a series of ancient drove roads, loch-side routes, forest tracks and twisting singletrack. The route will take you 215 miles from Fort William on the west coast to Montrose on the east coast. This is a route that is varied throughout and, while achievable for fit intermediate riders, there are plenty of technical sections which will challenge more experienced riders and is perfect for those up for a mountain biking challenge. Note that e-bikes are available and that some of the departure dates are e-MTB only.

  • Category
    Mountain Biking
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    4 - Advanced
  • Activity Level
    4 - Challenging
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Rugged
  • Distance
    213.8 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    35.4 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    7 days
  • Main Destination
    United Kingdom
  • Distance
    213.8 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    35.4 miles
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Rugged

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Arrival in Glasgow

    With easy access by plane, train or car, the meet-up point for this trip is Glasgow International Airport (GLA). The meeting time of 13:00 provides plenty of time to transfer you to Fort William for late afternoon.

    Fort William on the west coast of Scotland is situated “beneath” the UK’s highest peak, Ben Nevis (1345m). It’s a busy little place with no shortage of establishments for a wee dram or to tuck into some Highland fayre. It’s the perfect place to base ourselves before we start the biking journey the next day.

    Following arrival, there will be plenty of time to ensure all the bikes are ready for the adventure ahead. Tonight’s evening meal provides a chance to chat with the guides in a little more depth, about the schedule for the days ahead and get to know your fellow participants a little better.

    • Local accommodation
  2. Day 2Fort William to Fort Augustus

    Following a hearty Scottish breakfast, you'll ride straight from your accommodation up into Leanachan Forest and the Nevis Range. Host of the Mountain Bike World Cup, the Nevis Range is an adventure playground where you will encounter some excellent natural mountain bike trails in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Even at this early stage, you’ll begin to get a real flavor of the amazing scenery to come.

    After descending into Spean Bridge you'll join the famous Great Glen Cycle Route alongside Loch Lochy. At times your guides will take you off this well-used trail to ride some single track hidden gems. After some more exciting single track around Invergarry you'll finish the day with a simple scenic ride along the Caledonian Canal towpath into Fort Augustus at the southern point of Loch Ness.

    • 43.5 miles
    • 4,494.8 ft
      4,494.8 ft
    • Fort Augustus accommodation
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  3. Day 3Fort Augustus to Kingussie

    Setting off from Fort Augustus you'll get a few miles under the wheels before the challenge of the day unfurls in the shape of the Corrieairack Pass. Situated on General Wade's old Military Road, at a height of 772m / 2500ft this is the highest point on the whole route. The climb up the Corrieairack is a tough and long climb followed by a technical and exhilarating descent and showcases mountain biking in Scotland at its wildest and dramatic best.

    Once over the pass, the route picks up the River Spey at Melgrave from where you'll follow the river downhill to Garva Bridge and then a country road to Laggan.

    • 36 miles
    • 3,346.5 ft
      3,346.5 ft
    • Local accommodation
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  4. Day 4Kingussie to Tomintoul

    Another day of varied mountain biking lies ahead today. A ride through Inshriach Forest provides great riding with some cheeky climbs, flowing singletrack and a ford at Allt Chromhraig to negotiate.

    You'll follow the Spey Valley north-east before turning eastward through the stunning Rothiemurchus Estate. Today you'll have lunch on the shores of Loch Morlich in the heart of Glenmore Forest Park. After lunch, the route takes you along forest tracks and out onto some wild moorland singletracks through the Braes of Abernethy to an afternoon snack stop at Bridge of Avon.

    From here the quality riding continues on up to the highest village in the Highlands -Tomintoul. Located in the stunning landscapes of Glenlivet Estate and the Cairngorms National Park it's a great place to end today's ride.

    • 42.9 miles
    • 3,871.4 ft
      3,871.4 ft
    • Tomintoul accommodation
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  5. Day 5Tomintoul to Ballater

    Another amazing off-road day as you skirt the east side of the Cairngorm Mountains. From Tomintoul, you'll head south following a track up the side of the River Avon and into Glen Builg.

    With spectacular mountains to the west the route soon takes you up and over the side of Culardoch before descending down to Invercauld House near Braemar.

    The final part of the day sees you follow the River Dee down the valley past the Queen’s country house of Balmoral and on to Ballater where you’ll be staying for the evening.

    • 36 miles
    • 2,460.6 ft
      2,460.6 ft
    • Ballater accommodation
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  6. Day 6Ballater to Edzell

    The last full day of riding, and what a day of quality Scottish mountain biking is in store for you!

    Your morning starts with a short flat ride along the River Dee to Dinnet – the eastern gateway to both the Highlands and the Cairngorms National Park, before you turn south up Glen Tanar and through the towering Caledonian Pines of the Forest of Glen Tanar.

    The Mounth Road is a technical singletrack route that takes you up and round the side of Mount Keen. From here it's all downhill to Glen Esk.

    The route then follows the beautiful River Esk along a lovely section of fun woodland singletrack to the picturesque village of Edzell.

    With just a few easy miles to do tomorrow, you’ll be more than a little tempted to sample one of the fine malts on offer following a well-deserved evening meal.

    • 40.4 miles
    • 2,788.7 ft
      2,788.7 ft
    • Edzell accommodation
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  7. Day 7Edzell to Montrose

    There are no major ups on this final section to Montrose and maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a few more rashers of bacon or an extra portion of haggis during your final Scottish breakfast.

    It’s around 15 miles to the coast and all on tarmac, so click off your suspension and enjoy the countryside as you ride from Edzell to Montrose, where your coast-to-coast journey ends.

    Once here it’s time to crack open the fizz and toast your fellow riders and guides as you celebrate completing this epic journey across Scotland.

    For the brave a dip in the North Sea is on the cards before you head to a nearby leisure centre for a warming shower and a change into your civvies.

    With a real sense of satisfaction you'll make the journey back to Glasgow and mid to late afternoon will be dropped off at Glasgow International Airport (GLA) for onward travel connections.

    • 14.9 miles
    • 754.6 ft
      754.6 ft
    • Breakfast and Lunch