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. Can't wait to ride with you again some time soon!
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 was always making sure everyone was enjoying themselves and pushing their abilities. You won't regret taking this amazing MTB trip of a lifetime!
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. The highlands host a great mix of technical and flowy stuff keep you on your toes at all times.
Epic mountain days
hidden Highland trails
Scotland’s rugged west coast
Mountain biking vacation in Scotland at its best!
Our mountain biking vacation in Scotland, in Torridon + the Isle of Skye, is featured in the National Geographic Adventure Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of 2013 as a “must-do” trip! This Highland mountain bike adventure has been carefully crafted to include 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.
Your expert local guides are the best in the business and each day they’ll share with you the trails that they most love to ride, and teach you how to ride them like a local!
You’ll experience the full majesty of the mountains on rides that take you where most will never go – at times carrying your bike for up to an hour – but the views, the descents and the sense of achievement will more than make up for even the toughest climbs.
And, as you would expect in the Highlands of Scotland, you’ll work hard on the trails, but your efforts will be rewarded with plenty of opportunities to indulge in the finer things, like world-class whiskies, local craft ales, and the freshest salmon and langoustines, caught just that morning. Don’t say we don’t spoil you!
Follow in the tracks of trials stars Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey, and downhill champion Steve Peat to the wild and rugged landscape of Torridon and Skye on Scotland’s west coast: mountain biking in Scotland at its best.
This mountain biking vacation in Scotland, Torridon + Skye is for advanced+ mountain bikers with level 4 fitness.
Tour dates 2016
- 21 – 28 May 2016
- 23 – 30 July 2016 ONLY 2 PLACES REMAINING!
- 20 – 27 August 2016 ONLY 6 PLACES REMAINING!
- 10 – 17 September 2016
If these dates don’t work for you, why not gather some friends together and become a group organiser to open up new dates? Contact us to ask about a private group tour.
Torridon + Skye tour diary by Euan Wilson, H+I Adventures owner
I love guiding riders on our Torridon + Skye mountain bike adventure.
I love the anticipation of sharing these amazing trails in the rugged west coast landscapes with riders from all over the world.
Today, 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.
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. Meet Euan, your local guide in Scotland and H+I Adventures owner
Mountain Biking Vacation Torridon + Skye Itinerary
The itinerary for your Torridon + Skye mountain bike adventure has been designed to become progressively more technical throughout the course of the week.
Your guides will give you skills coaching along the way so that you make the most of your Torridon + Skye experience and, in addition, go home a more technically skilled mountain biker.
Please note: the itinerary is flexible and may change according to weather conditions and group riding ability
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 take you for a short warm-up ride on some of our favourite local trails, picking the best ones for weather and riding conditions.
We don’t have far to travel to our fabulously comfortable and welcoming hotel for the night, where great home-made food and local craft ales are on the menu!
Distance: 15km (app. 1.5 hours)
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.
From Fort William we’ll set about riding a six-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 Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain.
We’ll stay in a lovely B&B in Fort William, looking out onto Loch Linnhe, and we’ll head back up into Glen Nevis to have dinner in fabulous bar with views all the way back down the Glen to accompany your meal. If you’re lucky, there may even be some live music on the go!
Distance: 55km (app. 6 hours)
From Fort William we will head south to Glen Coe, an impressive, but often very moody, valley of volcanic origins and considered one of the most beautiful in Scotland.
When we arrive at Glen Coe, we’ll set off on a big mountain day that will see us riding through the heart of the glen on a ribbon of singletrack that runs along the valley floor, then up and over the imposing ‘Devil’s Staircase,’ before tackling a technical singletrack descent into Kinlochleven.
We’ll then ride up to the local reservoir, where we’ll stop for a lunch break. Having re-fueled, we’ll fill our lungs with good Highland air and embark on the very technical, rocky, singletrack descent, which goes on for around 10km and will, without a shadow of a doubt, leave you ready for your post-ride beer!
Luckily, we’re not far from the famous Clachaig Inn, where we can enjoy plenty of local craft ales and a great homemade meal. Many of the early mountain climbers stayed at the Clachaig Inn when they were making first attempts at climbing mountains in the area, so this place is steeped in Scottish history.
Following this epic day of mountain biking in the Highlands we will return to your accommodation in Fort William for another good night’s sleep, ready for more tomorrow.
Distance: 45km (app. 7 hours)
Today you’ll embark on the first of your two biggest days of the week. This is a day that can legitimately be described as “epic”!
We’ll 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 long hike-a-bike section 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 and some good grub, so we’ll drive round to Plockton and our home for the next two nights.
Distance: 55km (app. 8 hours)
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 descents. The terrain is pretty rocky and be prepared to work your arms lifting both wheels over obstacles!
After a quick dram in the Sligachan bar we’ll head over the Skye bridge to our accommodation near Plockton, and a delicious meal in a local seafood restaurant.
Distance: 25km (app. 4 hours)
Optional ride of 20km (app. 2.5 hours)
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 becoming more and more popular, but we’ll still have much of the trails to ourselves, as we have done most of this week. You’ll ride some challenging, but enjoyable climbs, loads of rocks, steps, and “babies’ heads”, 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. Dinner will be in a local cafe in Torridon, open in the evening just for us. We’ll kick back, relax and enjoy incredible home-cooked food, great local craft ales, and relive the thrills and spills of the day.
Distance: 60km (app. 8 hours)
After two days of big wilderness rides, it’s 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, to celebrate a week of the best mountain biking in Scotland!
Distance: 25km (app. 4 hours)
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
£1,065 / $1,811 USD per person (ex. flights, based on two people sharing a room)
We welcome solo travellers on our adventures and if you are happy to share a room with another solo rider you do not need to add the single supplement. If, however, you wish to have a room by yourself, a single supplement of £220 / $374 USD will be payable.
Please note: We will be staying in some very small villages along the way, where accommodation is limited, so if you can share with another rider of the same sex it would be very much appreciated.
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.
- 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
- Global Rescue medical and emergency evacuation services
- Transport to and from Inverness
- Bike hire – we have a limited number of Yeti 575s to rent on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of £275/$468 each
- Travel and activity insurance
- Personal safety and cycling equipment
- Lunches and evening meals
- Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
- Any other items not mentioned as included
- Why not add an H+I Adventures riding shirt (shown below) to your booking?! £45/$76.50 each, available in small, medium and large
Arrival and departure details
Your Torridon + Skye mountain biking vacation in Scotland 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
Inverness is well connected to the rest of the UK by good rail, air, and coach links. For more information on how to get to Inverness view our handy travel guide.
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 + 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 + Skye mountain bike vacation is a good quality full-suspension mountain bike with around 150mm of travel front and rear. 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Epic Experience in the Scottish Highlands
I would generally argue the term ‘epic’ is over used in this day and age, however in the case of the Torridon + Skye mountain biking tour, its really the only term I can come up with that suits. I’ve been in Scotland for a year and a half, and have done a fair share of mountain biking whilst living here, and yet all of the trails we explored were new to me with scenery that took my breath away. I found myself uttering again and again “This is unreal!!”: I think that really says something about the magic of this trip. The trails themselves were challenging in both endurance and technical aspects, but in that perfect amount such that you find yourself in a tired and sweaty heap at the end of the day but unable to wipe the grin off your face. Turns out that sense of achievement also fuels a well-earned appetite allowing you to fully appreciate the delicious meals that await your return from the trails. As magic as the combination of scenery, heavenly trails and amazing food were, it didn’t come together by magic: The H+I team did an incredible job of ensuring everything ran smoothly right from the get go, really professional, helpful and relaxed. Catherine was super helpful in the preparation for our trip and our guide Euan was a wealth of local knowledge, always had a variety of trail options on offer depending on what we wanted to do that day and kept spirits high even when the rain showed up. Thanks to the whole H+I team for a truly unforgettable experience, hope to ride with you again one day!
Epic and amazing trip!!
Just completed this tour a few weeks ago. From start to finish the trip was phenomenal. Catherine did a great job setting things up and getting us there. Euan took over on the mountains with help from Kevin. Everything ran like clockwork. Great information and support all the way along. My skills improved and I learned a lot. The trails with weather and all were tough but so amazing. Great way to discover and explore the Highlands of Scotland. Im hooked and coming back to H & I for more as soon as possible. 10 out of 10. Thanks H & I for exceeding my expectations and for a fabulous adventure.
Been home a few weeks now and reflecting on our trip and it was an amazing adventure. The trails were difficult yet so rewarding and the scenery was awe-inspiring...if not a wee bit wet. Euan and his crew were top notch, professional, and fun guides. The accommodations and food exceeded expectations (we even loved the haggis). This trip was an amazing way to experience the Scottish Highlands. Looking forward to our next trip with H+I adventures!
WOW - Time is running. Already back home. I am still dreaming of the awesome and epic trip. Take me back, please....
It was a pleasure riding the trails in Scotland with Euan and his crew. H+I Adventures is very professional and always try to meet the expectations of the customers.
- special requests (gluten free meals e.g.) are welcome and they take care of it
- very good & professional guiding (even in "very wet" situations with a kind word and smile :))
- good combination of trail centers & wild trails
- delicious food & beer :) (really good choice of restaurants!)
- the nature is amazing (unforgettable)
Keep it up guys!
Still Recovering 2 weeks later
Had an amazing 1 week trip. Still recovering! Great job.
Well I've been back from trip for a month now and all i can think about is what an amazing time that I had experienced :) :) There was not one part of the trip that I did not enjoy. Although a bit challenging at times, I feel a great sense of accomplishment! Euan is an outstanding guide and person...always bringing out the best in people...he makes it look so easy! While I am back here in my office...I shall close my eyes and imagine that I am riding in your "office" with the H&I team and all the good people that I met along the way...I'll will surely spread the word...and be back again!
Awesome backcountry Scotland
Lived up to all expectations and a few more can be added:
- very cool and professional guide
- exceptional choice of cute accomodation
- exceptional places to eat
- daily routine very relaxing (we have participated in multi day stage
races and often suffered from stressful daily routines)
Torridon & Skye adventure
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
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
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!
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
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. 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
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
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!
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
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!
Torridon and Skye
We had fantastic weather, only a wee bit of the real Scottish stuff. It was a nice way to see a very dramatic landscape. We had some really fun rocky singletrack to ride, both up and down. Torridon was great riding. The accommodation were some very friendly B&B\'s, and Euan, our guide, instructor and Scottish historian, kept us well fed (boy that pudding was good) and well connected (there\'s wifi almost everywhere). It was a very memorable holiday with new and old friends.
Torridon and Skye
The weather that Euan arranged for the tour was outstanding, 25C and sunny many of the days. And his knowledge of the trails and places was pretty good too ;)
Seriously though, it was a really great trip. The trails were ones we probably never would have found otherwise, and they were empty of people but full of amazing sights to behold.
Euan kept us safe and sound and set us up with great logistics all week. We even got some riding hints to build skills.
Torridon and Skye
Had an awwwwwsome mtb holiday with H&I Adventures. Couldn\'t imagine a better way to learn and see more of the real Scotland.
Nearly everything was fine, accommodation was extraordinary, the food (didn\'t know there is good food in scotland;)) was really really good. The guide(s) were great, the trails were challenging, awesome and a great adventure. Even the day at the UCI Downhill finals in Fort William was great!
Just had a great week in Scotland, thanks for that.
Torridon and Skye
An amazing bike trip. Best way to know awesome landscapes, trails and people. and all of it put together with a fantastic guide. The food and acommodation are really good.
The Torridon area is unforgetable and what can I to say of Skye.... uffff.
If you are thinking about this trip, no doubt any more, do it!!
Torridon and Skye
It wasn\'t just an ordinary biketrip - it was also a fascinating journey into the heart of scotland! From the first moment we felt that this is a unique experience - like being on the road with good friends!
If you not only like to ride some challenging trails with stunning views, but also like to really get to know the country and the people, this is your trip! Accomodations (handpicked B&Bs) are
great and of course the food is awesome (seafood with a dark ale just matches perfectly)!
Skye and Torridon
A fantastic trip! In fact, this was the second holiday I had booked through H&I Adventures, and just as in the first, the quality of the trails and guiding was outstanding. The two big descents in Torridon were incredible. My biking skills even improved through both trips thanks to the guides advice. Overall, terrific riding, accommodation and food. Very highly recommended.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for our Torridon + Skye mountain biking vacation
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 + Skye mountain bike vacation in Scotland 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 + Skye mountain biking holiday is a guided mountain bike vacation, ideal for 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 may include a trail centre, if the weather doesn’t allow an epic wild day, 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,in Scotland, or our tri-country mountain bike holiday in Slovenia, Austria and Italy?
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. Meet your mountain bike guides in Scotland…
Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?
A. On this mountain biking vacation 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 also recommend tubeless tyres to reduce the chance of punctures. 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 your mountain biking vacation in Scotland.
Booking your mountain biking adventure in Torridon + Skye 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
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.
The 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.
H+I Adventures has partnered with Global Rescue, who offer the finest medical advisory, and medical and security evacuation services, to protect all of our riders travelling around the world with us. Global Rescue delivers world-class emergency services, from detailed reports on more than 200 countries to help travellers prepare, to medical evacuations and security extractions when needed most. Global Rescue intelligence ensures that our guides around the world are in a position to anticipate and mitigate against any potential issues, and if the worst does happen, Global Rescue medical and evacuation services will get you to safety and the best medical provision available, as quickly as possible. Global Rescue benefits for our travellers include:
- Medical evacuations to nearest appropriate hospital, from anywhere in the world to the nearest appropriate hospital (excludes cost of any resulting medical treatment, which must be covered by your own insurance)
- Security extractions – If you experience threats to your safety that could result in grievous bodily harm or there is a government order to evacuate, Global Rescue will extract you and bring you to the nearest safe area
- Field rescue – Global Rescue will rescue you from the point of illness or injury, even if you’re far from civilization. Their personnel and partners deploy and bring you to safety
- Medical advisory services – Our guides around the world have 24/7 access to critical medical advice from the Global Rescue team of physicians, paramedics and Johns Hopkins Medicine, ranked #1 in the U.S. 22 times since 1990
- Destination reports – Our worldwide team has access to constantly-updated intelligence on more than 200 countries with critical information on medical, security and other important events that may impact upon your travel with us
When you book your mountain biking adventure with H+I Adventures, all of these services are included as standard. Please also be aware of the limitations and exclusions of our Global Rescue policy.
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. Our partnership with Global Rescue will cover costs associated with medical evacuation and field rescue to the nearest appropriate hospital, and security extraction to a safe area, so you do not need to include this in your own travel insurance policy. 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.
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.