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Torridon and Skye

Mountain biking in Scotland at its best!

Our mountain bike tour in the Torridon hills, Scotland is featured in the National Geographic Adventure Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of 2013 as a “must-do” trip!

This Highland mountain bike adventure includes some of the most exhilarating mountain biking and awe-inspiring landscapes the Highlands and Islands of Scotland have to offer. Torridon and the Isle of Skye on the west coast of Scotland boast dramatic scenery and majestic skylines that demand respect and represent mountain biking in Scotland at its best.

The Cuillin and Torridon mountains rise up out of the Atlantic Ocean, daring you to take them on, and those that are willing to take up the challenge will discover some truly epic mountain bike trails.

Follow in the tracks of 2009 world downhill champion Steve Peat, and trials stars Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey to the wild and rugged landscape of Torridon and Skye on Scotland’s west coast: mountain biking in Scotland at its best.

Our mountain biking holiday in Torridon and Skye is for advanced to expert mountain bikers with level 4 fitness, and to find out what this means read the explanation of our skill and fitness levels.

Read one rider’s account of his Torridon and Skye experience!

Want to know more about our mountain biking vacation in Torridon and Skye? Ask us a question, and read more about why you should choose H&I Adventures for your next mountain bike holiday.

Tour dates 2014 and 2015

  • 13 – 20 September 2014 TRIP FULL, SORRY!
  • 2 – 9 May 2015 
  • 23 – 30 May 2015 
  • 1 – 8 August 2015  ONLY 4 PLACES REMAINING!
  • 29 August – 5 September 2015 ONLY 6 PLACES REMAINING!
 

Torridon & Skye tour diary by Euan Wilson, H&I Adventures owner

Life is good! The weather is stunning and I am standing outside Inverness airport with a coffee in hand waiting for our guests to arrive from all over the world, for another amazing trip around the west coast of Scotland. All flights arrive on time, so we pack the trailer, jump in the van and we are off!

Within two hours we are at Laggan Wolftrax, the north’s best trail centre, building bikes and picking up last-minute biking kit for the week ahead. With bikes built we head off onto the trails, graded from green to double diamond black, this checks the bikes are trail worthy, gives us a taste of what is to come and settles the nerves.

From Laggan we head west to Fort William to watch the World Cup downhill round at Aonoch Mor on the northern slopes of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. Sadly Peaty isn’t on form this year and we settle for a Gee Atherton win. When all the stands are packed away and the after show party is finished, we drive to Arisaig for the night to wait for our ferry, first thing the next morning. We pass the evening with a couple of beers, eating locally caught scallops and teaching one of the crew how to play cards – without success – before turning in for the night.

After spending the night in a hotel that has over 200 malt whiskies behind the bar, day two on Skye starts a little slower than normal, but once we get going we are riding in the far north of the island around some of the most impressive cliffs in the country. If you can imagine Lord of the Rings on steroids, that sums up fairly well the setting through which the singletrack snakes all morning, then to lunch on a white sandy west coast beach. In the evening we visit our favourite meal spot of the week, in Portree, which is the best of an excellent selection of restaurants that we visit this week in the west of Scotland.

After a good and well deserved sleep, we make our way to Torridon and the mountain biking playground that Goose and Maverick (Top Gun references abound throughout the holiday) are desperate to experience.

We spend two days in the Torridon area enjoying the delights of the scenery, from the towering mountains that rise straight out of the sea, to the almost purpose- built trails that weave their way through the mountains. The group can’t get enough. Cries of, ‘Can we stay
here for the rest of the week?!’ mark the end of every single descent, especially the 7km descent that ends at the door of the pub. After two of the best and funniest days I’ve spent on a trip, we move on to Poolewe for
a ride into one of the most awe-inspiring corries in the Highlands. We do an amazing out-and-back ride that combines a beautiful climb with some really sweet, technical singletrack sections, then finish the day in a great coffee shop with some home baking. Sadly, this is the last night of the trip, so we settle ourselves into 
a nice pub, order some food and drinks and celebrate
 a successful mountain biking holiday in Scotland.

In the morning we make our way back to Inverness to pack the bikes, take a walk around some downhill trails and have the last supper before transferring everyone to the airport to say our goodbyes.

Torridon & Skye Mountain Biking Vacation Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival and ride local trails near Invergarry

Your guide will meet you at Inverness train station at 12 noon and transfer you to H&I Adventures HQ, just outside the town, for a welcome briefing, coffee and cake, and bike building/ tuning session. Once everyone is suitably fed and bikes are ready to roll, we’ll drive south-west, climbing high above Loch Ness, to Invergarry where we’ll enjoy some real local-knowledge trails through the forests on the banks of the River Garry.

We don’t have far to travel to our fabulously comfortable and welcoming hotel for the night, where great home-made food and local ales are on the menu!

Day 2 – World-class riding in Fort William

After a hearty breakfast we continue our way down to the end of the Great Glen, and Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Once there we’ll set about riding a five-hour loop consisting of hidden local trails, a singletrack stretch of the west Highland way, man-made flow-trails and perfect riverside singletrack.

Your cheeks and legs will both be hurting from a great day on the bike, riding around the foot of the highest mountain in Britain.

We’ll stay in a lovely B&B in Fort William, looking out onto Loch Linnhe.

Day 3 – Beaches, fishing boats and wilderness singletrack

From Fort William we will head to the far west coast and the end of the road to the white sand beaches of Mallaig and Arisaig. From here we’ll take you on a mesmerising ride along the shores of Loch Morar, that will see you snaking on some true wilderness singletrack, to a secluded bay, where you will have lunch. We’ll enjoy lunch in a real wilderness location, in the middle of the Scottish Highlands, waiting for a small fishing boat to appear on the horizon to pick us up and take us back to Mallaig.

Upon arriving back at Mallaig we will get the ferry across to Skye and your accommodation for the night.

Day 4 – Over the sea to Skye

Our full day on Skye will see us heading to the north of the island and into the Lord of the Rings landscape of the Quiraing. Whilst not a particularly long trail, the Quiraing requires nerves of steel to negotiate your way along the pencil-thin trail etched into the side of the hill, with a steep drop to one side – eyes forward!

If we have time and energy we can also tackle Sligachan, where the trail carves its way through the valley between the Cuillin mountains with a combination of mouth-watering technical climbs and hair-raising descents. The terrain is pretty rocky and be prepared to work your arms lifting both wheels over obstacles!

Day 5 – The secrets of Morvich

We are leaving the views of Skye behind today and heading inland for the first of your two biggest days of the week. Today we have a new epic! We will venture in to the Morvich area of the Highlands and to a very challenging climb, that will lead onto a singletrack that will tease you deeper into the wilderness, before turning back on yourself and winching you higher up to a hike-a-bike and onto an 9km singletrack descent made in heaven! Enough said, you will need to come and ride it for yourself…

After all that we’ll need a beer, so we’ll drive round to Torridon and our home for the next two nights.

Day 6 – Torridon

Our first day of mountain biking in the Torridon area will blow your mind! As far as mountain biking in Scotland goes, the area is a fairly well-kept secret. You’ll ride some challenging, but enjoyable climbs, and then be rewarded with a superb descent that seems to go on forever! You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to take some spectacular photos across the hills and sea.

Day 7 – More Torridon treats!

After two days of big wilderness rides, it is time to tame the best four-hour loop in Scotland. We’ll leave from our accommodation and head along the valley to what has become know as ‘The Climb.’ This one-hour climb is a singletrack feast, that will have the best of the group challenged, but we have one hour of hard work for three hours of the best rocky singletrack descent, dropping us back down to the pub, where we started four hours earlier!

The last part of this descent is one you rode yesterday, so now that you know it, you can ride it smoother and enjoy your final descent of the tour!

After a couple of celebratory beers in the pub, we’ll head back to Inverness for our last supper together in a local restaurant, and your final night’s accommodation.

Day 8 – Departure day

Sadly, this is the end of your Torridon and Skye mountain biking vacation in Scotland. We will load the vehicle and transfer you back to Inverness train station for 10am at the latest, where we will say our farewells.

Torridon & Skye Mountain Biking Vacation Price

£995 / $1,692 USD per person (ex. flights, based on two people sharing a room)

A single supplement of £220/ $374 will be payable should a single room be requested.

H&I Adventures is bonded by the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), so you can be sure that when you book with us your money will be safe.

Price includes:

  • All breakfasts
  • Seven nights’ B&B accommodation
  • The services of a fully qualified and experienced mountain bike guide for the duration of your trip
  • Transportation around the Highlands and Islands throughout the week
  • All group safety equipment

Price excludes:

  • Transport to and from Inverness
  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Bike hire – bike rental costs are: £275/ $468 for a good quality full suspension bike for the duration of the trip
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
  • Any other items not mentioned as included

Arrival and departure details

Your Torridon and Skye mountain biking holiday will start and end in Inverness. Your guide and/or driver will meet you in the main concourse at Inverness train station at 12 noon. He/she will be holding an H&I Adventures sign and should be easy to see since the train station is not particularly large or crowded.

If you are flying to Scotland we recommend that you arrive the day before and book an overnight stay in Inverness, in order to allow for any delays in flights and/or luggage.

On your departure day we will return you to Inverness train station at 10 am, at the latest. If you have an earlier connection please let us know and we can discuss it with you.

Travelling to Inverness

If you would like help booking your flights, our partners Flight Centre will work with you directly, with our support, to plan your travel itinerary and book your flights. We will advise Flight Centre of your chosen itinerary and from there, they will use their expertise to find you the most suitable flights at competitive prices.

Inverness is well connected to the rest of the UK by good rail, air, and coach links. We have compiled some useful information and links for travelling to Inverness and the start of your trip from London, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

You must book your bike on to your flight in advance, otherwise you could face a heavy charge at the airport. Here are some handy hints and tips on travelling by air with your bike.

Preparing yourself and your bike for the holiday

Please read our full kit list before you start packing for your trip, so that you have everything you need!

Our Torridon and Skye mountain biking holiday in Scotland is for advanced mountain bikers with level 4 fitness, and to find out what this means read the explanation of our skill and fitness levels.

The ideal bike for the Torridon and Skye mountain bike vacation is a good quality full-suspension mountain bike with around 150mm of travel front and rear.

To get the most out of your mountain bike holiday in Scotland you should plan some training in advance of your tour, and it is essential that, if you’re bringing your own bike, you ensure that it has been properly serviced before the trip.

We can arrange bike hire for you, and have the bike ready for your arrival, at a cost of £275/ $468 USD for a high quality full-suspension mountain bike for the duration of your trip.

Accommodation and food

One of the things that set our tours apart from other mountain bike tours in Scotland is the excellent accommodation we use. We understand that when you’ve had a big day in the Great Outdoors, you want a warm welcome, hot shower and a comfortable place to relax and unwind – because that’s exactly what we’re looking for too.
This is why we only work with accommodation providers across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland whose standards of service match our own high expectations.

Food is a major part of our mountain biking holidays in Scotland, and we’ve worked hard (it’s been very tough!) to find the best local restaurants, cafes and pubs that produce the most delicious home-cooked meals using fresh, locally sourced produce.

Our mountain bike guides in Scotland

Our mountain bike guides are qualified to the very highest level in the UK, through the Scottish Mountain Bike Leader Award. They are qualified in first-aid and for this type of trip they also hold an expedition leader award, which means that they have the knowledge and experience to lead a group safely in these very remote, wild and unpredictable parts of Scotland.

In addition to formal qualifications, our guides have years of experience in the saddle on the Highland trails and will be able to enhance your holiday with facts and fables on local history, flora and fauna.

The team is made up of local riders who are experts in their fields, superb local guides and genuinely nice people. Their passion for mountain biking and for the Highlands and Islands is truly infectious and they’re completely committed to responsible tourism and making sure that our business is run as sustainably as possible.

Health and safety in Scotland

  • No vaccinations are required for visiting Scotland
  • You can drink the water from the rivers on our tours, 
following the instructions of your guide
  • Purification 
tablets will be available should you require them
  • Guides are fully trained first aiders

Currency and foreign exchange

  • The currency in Scotland is GBP (£), and this is the only currency that will be accepted, without exception
  • Where we will be travelling there are few banks, so you will need to have enough cash to see you through three to four days of travelling

Tipping

It is not compulsory to tip your guides or drivers in Scotland, but if you feel that you have had a good service or experience, you can tip at your discretion.

Visas

Visitors from certain countries require a visa to holiday in the UK. Please check www.ukvisas.gov.uk before booking to see if you will need a visa for your mountain bike holiday in Scotland.

Holiday insurance

You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.

We work closely with WorldNomads whose policies are specially designed for mountain bike holidays. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them and we ask that you send us your policy details.

Please note: if you have arranged your own holiday insurance, you must bring a copy of your policy with you on your mountain bike holiday with us.

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Jul 07, 2014 by Nikki and Carl, UK

Thanks H&I Adventures for another incredible weeks holiday. Loved every minute, especially the big mountain days, was great to explore and ride those hidden parts of Scotland most people never get to see. We feel very lucky. Quality food and accommodation and loads of personal touches (won't forget those giant cookies on the last day) Thanks for a memorable and happy holiday. Can't wait to ride with you again some time soon!


Such good times

Sep 22, 2013 by Leo

This great trip had it all. A super cool crew made for what felt like never ending laughter. Great weather. The way the trip was planned let you get a good feel for the "real" Scotland, which by the way is sick. Super nice people and the landscape is unreal.

And then there is the riding. The ascents doesn't even feel that bad here. Perhaps it's the views that makes you forget about the lactic acid, or just the fact that the descents are so good. The highlands host a great mix of technical and flowy stuff keep you on your toes at all times. I guess these trails can be ridden by most people, but being comfortable on the tricky stuff is the way to go to get maximum enjoyment out of a trip like this.

Here is a video and some pictures from our trip: http://tinyurl.com/noaqmpm


Epic Adventure

Aug 21, 2013 by Skye Walker

To say the Torridon & Skye trip is epic is an understatement. Your senses are constantly being blown away by the amazing views, awesome trails and dramatic landscapes.

H&I Adventures is a class act- our awesome guide Euan was always making sure everyone was enjoying themselves and pushing their abilities to new levels in some of the most technical terrain around. We had a solid crew of guys from around the world and we had full days of insane riding and laid back evenings with great food, lots of laughs and we were stoked to wake up each day for more.

I became a better rider, made some new friends and left Scotland stunned at it's beauty and majesty. Make sure you train for this trip though, it's not for beginners.

You won't regret taking this amazing MTB trip of a lifetime!


good stuff

Aug 13, 2013 by Captain America

Euan runs a choice show here. Professional, yet laid-back at the same time. He was interested in everyone having a great holiday. I could have dealt without the bloody midgies, but everything else was awesome! This was my first time with the company on the Torridon & Skye tour.

After a day getting the bike dialed in, we did bigger and bigger rides. We saw everything from buff singletrack to gnarley technical. I recommend this trip to solid intermediates and advanced riders only. Good times!


Torridon & Skye

Jun 10, 2013 by Wolfgang

I really had a very good time.
The trails and landscape are awesome.
I’m very satisfied with the great organization (accommodation, transport, restaurants).
The guides are very friendly, helpful. They improved my MTB-skills and I had a lot of fun.
Many thanks and I’m looking forward to rock the Highlands again!


Excellent trip

Dec 10, 2012 by LAMBERT Rémy

Excellent trip. We spent a very good time, not because of the weather but mostly because the guides and the organisation where fantastic. The scenery is beautiful.
The only small detail is that I would like more intensive riding, and maybe more homogenous groups. But I will keep a very good memory of this trip. I love Scotland. Thank you H&I Adventures!


Torridon & Skye

Sep 22, 2012 by Luke

Amazing trip from beginning to end!!! Trails were challenging and fun. The scenery is inspiring and absolutely beautiful. The guides were knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly and I\'m a better rider today because of them. Even the food and accommodations were great! Best of all, I now have some new riding buddies to go on future trips with. H&I Adventures took care of everything perfectly!


Torridon & Skye

Sep 19, 2012 by John C

My first trip with H&I Adventures also, but definitely not my last. I completely agree with Chris and Jonno - the trails, scenery, accomodations, food and guides were all awesome. Unreal value for the cost of the trip and my fitness and technical skills were definitely increased and put to the test. Making some new good friends was just icing on the cake - can\'t say enough about this trip!


skye/torridon

Sep 11, 2012 by chris-cycleworld

This was my first trip with H&I Adventures and I will strongly recommend them to customers and friends alike. The guides/ accomodation/ food/ trails/ organisation were all awesome...my skill levels have increased and I\'ve got some new international mates! It was all great value for money...thanks again guys!


Torridon and Skye

Sep 10, 2012 by jono

This was my 4th time with H&I adventures and it was epic. Our guides Alex & Tim were outstanding, the weather was the real Scotland, the trails wild and rugged particularly Torridon, which I have history with! I love the outdoors and have a love of Scotland. I highly recommend it!


4.7 5.0 16 16 Thanks H&I Adventures for another incredible weeks holiday. Loved every minute, especially the big mountain days, was great to explore and ride those hidden parts of Scotland most Torridon and Skye
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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for our Torridon and Skye mountain biking holiday

Q. How many people will be in the group?
A. We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, and there will be a maximum of eight people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run this mountain biking holiday in Scotland is four.

Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this vacation?
A. The Torridon and Skye mountain bike vacation caters for a wide age range; typically between 30- and 55-years-old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! As long as you are an experienced mountain biker with a good level of physical fitness, you’ll enjoy this mountain bike vacation, no matter what your age.

Q. What style of mountain biking holiday is it?
A.The Torridon and Skye mountain biking holiday is a guided mountain bike vacation, ideal for fairly advanced mountain bikers. It’s not a bike park-style tour with uplift services and man-made trails. We ride the best natural trails that the Highlands and Islands of Scotland have to offer. We do include one trail centre, Laggan Wolftrax, at the beginning of the trip, but the majority of the riding is on ancient, natural trails on the west coast of Scotland. The trails in Torridon are very rocky and technical, and will keep you on your toes with some tricky descents!

Q. How far will we be mountain biking each day?
A. We’ll ride distances of between 25km and 50km per day. This will typically take anything from three to six hours per day because of the technical nature of these fantastic trails. The distance covered isn’t the objective on this trip; the trails and the riding themselves are the holy grail here! Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s mountain biking and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.

Q. What if I come across a section of trail that I can’t ride?
A. Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your Torridon and Skye adventure. If there is a section that you would prefer not to ride, then you can simply hop off your bike and walk. You won’t be the only one to walk certain sections and it’s not a competition in biking ability; it’s a mountain bike holiday!

Q. I’m not a particularly technically proficient mountain biker, can I still come?
A. The trails we ride on this mountain biking holiday require a good level of technical bike handling skills in order to get the most enjoyment from the tour. It’s normal for people to walk the odd short section, but if you find yourself walking 50% of the trails then you’re not going to be having a great time and neither is the rest of the group who are waiting for you. Why not have a look at our less technical mountain bike vacations, such as the Cairngorms Adventure, or coast-to-coast in Scotland, or our mountain bike holiday in Oaxaca, Mexico?

Q. Who will be guiding us?
A. Your mountain bike guides are local, qualified, experienced professionals who have a real passion for mountain biking and for the fabulous outdoor playground that is the Highlands of Scotland. Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your holiday. You can meet your mountain bike guides on our ‘Why H&I Adventures page?’.

Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?
A. On this Torridon and Skye mountain bike holiday in Scotland you will be staying in 3- and 4-star B&Bs, guest houses and small hotels. We use the best quality accommodation in each area, and favour small, family-run establishments over large chain hotels. You’ll often be staying in family homes, which gives you the chance to get to know the local people of the Highlands of Scotland.

Q. Which meals are included in the tour?
A. All breakfasts are included in the price of the tour, and you’ll enjoy fantastic breakfasts at each accommodation which will set you up well for each day in the saddle. Lunch and dinner are not included in the trip price. Each morning we will pick up our own provisions for lunch, or stop at a local café. We can cater for most dietary requirements. We’ll have dinner in a local pub, café or restaurant in the evening. This means that everyone can choose exactly what they want for lunch and dinner and only pay for their own choices. You should allow around £25-£35 per day for lunches and dinners.

Q. What type of mountain bike is best for this holiday?
A. A good quality full suspension mountain bike with 150mm travel front and rear will be ideal for this mountain bike holiday. The terrain you will be riding is rough and rocky, and is much better enjoyed on a full suspension bike. We can arrange bike hire for you for the duration of your trip; please let us know if you would like to rent a bike in Scotland.

Q. What clothes and kit should I bring?
A. The weather in Scotland is changeable at any time of the year, so you must make sure that you have a waterproof jacket that you can ride in, and you should also bring plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot. You should bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, a warm jacket for the evenings, padded undershorts, and specific shoes for cycling. We would also recommend bringing elbow and knee pads for some of the trails. Read the full kit list to find out what you need to pack for mountain biking in Torridon and Skye, Scotland.

Booking your mountain biking holiday in Scotland

Booking your mountain biking holiday in Scotland with us couldn’t be simpler:

  • Click the ‘Book now’ button, then select your preferred holiday dates
  • Follow the simple steps to complete your online booking and pay a 25% non-refundable deposit
  • The final balance for your mountain biking adventure is due 60 days in advance of the tour start date

You can add bike rental and travel insurance during the booking process also, then all you need to do is ride your bike and look forward to your fantastic mountain bike vacation with us!

Attention! Don’t forget to read our booking terms and conditions, BEFORE you complete the booking process!

You can also read our privacy policy to find out how we use and protect the personal information that you supply to us.

Booking terms and conditions

Terms and conditions of booking a mountain bike holiday with H&I Adventures

Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking available in the link below prior to booking your mountain bike vacation with H&I Adventures.

We strongly recommend that you also read all the details set out in the web page relating to your holiday prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary and style of the mountain biking holiday you are undertaking.

Read our terms and conditions of booking.

Your money secured

H&I Adventures is bonded by ABTOTThe Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for H&I Adventures Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provide for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with H&I Adventures Ltd.

Travel and activity insurance

You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.

We work closely with WorldNomads.com whose policies are specially designed for mountain bike tours. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them by visiting worldnomads.com and then we ask that you send us your policy details.

Please note: WorldNomads don’t cover for domestic travel, so for example, if you live in the UK and have booked on a holiday in Scotland, or you live in Canada and have booked our Yukon adventure, you cannot arrange an insurance policy with them.

You must bring a copy of your insurance policy with you on your holiday with us.

Adventure traveller's code of conduct

The following code of conduct is a guide to how we expect our customers to behave on our mountain biking holidays around the world. By observing them you will have a more enjoyable vacation and will gain the respect of the local people. We ask you to travel respectfully and pay attention to local rules and values.

Why do we have these guidelines?
During our mountain biking vacations we will be travelling through communities, homes and sensitive areas, and as a responsible tour operator we want our type of tourism to be sustainable and of reciprocal benefit to you and all of these communities. Over the years our guides and customers have made friends whilst travelling in these remote areas, and we don’t want any of these relationships to be compromised.

Respecting cultural differences
In the areas that we visit during our mountain bike holidays things may be done differently from where you live and work, which is why we love them, and why you are there. So when dealing with local people please accept their differences and respect their way of life. A traveller who is happy and converses with locals will have a much better experience and will leave a better impression than one who seeks fault.

Etiquette
There are a few general behaviour rules that apply throughout the world:

  • Shouting at a member of waiting staff is frowned upon, a gentle hand signal is all that is required
  • No smoking in any enclosed public places
  • It is impolite to enter a store or restaurant and not say hello in the local language
  • In most countries it is inappropriate to express anger in a raised voice. Becoming angry is embarrassing to the local people with whom you are dealing – they will not be embarrassed for themselves, but for you making a fool of yourself

Environmental responsibility
The world is beginning to realise the impact that our waste management is having on our environment. We have identified the recycling points situated along the routes that we take during our mountain bike holidays, so we ask you to keep any rubbish that you may have, so we can dispose of it into the correct bins when we return to civilisation. There are bins for plastic bottles, paper, glass, aluminium cans and general rubbish.

When our guides are on the hill they will be picking up any litter that they come across, but more importantly, they will encourage you to do the same.

Packed lunches: some of the day rides during our adventures take place in very remote areas, where there are no food stops or support vehicle stops, so we need to carry our lunches with us. We ask the providers of these lunches not to use layers of packaging and when they need to, they use recycled paper bags or reusable containers.

Drinking water: before our holidays commence we supply you with a kit list, asking you to bring your own water carrying device, like a bladder or bottle that you can fill up at a designated place each day. We actively discourage the use of throw-away bottles. In some countries water can be taken from the taps and rivers that we will pass on our daily mountain bike rides, and the guides will be on hand to advise you and dispense purification tablets should they be needed.

Food and accommodation
Food is an integral part of any country’s identity. During our mountain biking holidays we will take you to a selection of hand-picked local restaurants and cafés that offer traditional dishes, created from locally-sourced produce. In using a selection of one-man-band cafés to top quality expensive seafood restaurants, we believe that we are distributing the tourism wealth fairly around the areas we visit.

In order for you to get the full ‘experience’ we use small family-run guesthouses, or bed and breakfasts that employ local workers, as far as is possible. If we have to use larger hotels, we opt for non-chain, locally-owned establishments.

Being a responsible traveller doesn’t finish at the end of your holiday…
We hope that during your travels with us through some of the wildest and remotest parts of the world you will have learned something from our guides and your experience, that you can take back home with you to your daily life.

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A tough descent, mountain biking on Skye, Scotland
Stopping for a snack at a mountain bothy, mountain biking in Scotland
Mountain biking vacation in Skye and Torridon, Scotland
Mountain biking in the ancient rock-strewn landscape of Torridon Scotland
Enjoying the trails at Laggan Wolftrax, Highlands of Scotland
Mountain biking on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Sunshine over the Quiriang, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Mountain biking at the Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Mountain biking holiday in Torridon Scotland
Torridon and Skye SKU UPC Model

Torridon & Skye adventure

Jul 07, 2014 by Nikki and Carl, UK

Thanks H&I Adventures for another incredible weeks holiday. Loved every minute, especially the big ...
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4.7 5.0 16 16 Thanks H&I Adventures for another incredible weeks holiday. Loved every minute, especially the big mountain days, was great to explore and ride those hidden parts of Scotland most Torridon and Skye

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Euan Wilson

Euan Wilson