Meet your guides in Scotland

Meet your team of local mountain bike guides in Scotland

We have an incredible team of expert local mountain bike guides in Scotland, who are all hugely passionate about sharing the trails, history, culture, and landscapes of their home, here in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

Our guides hail from all over the Highlands, from the Cairngorms National Park, to Fort William, to the wild west coast. They come from a host of diverse backgrounds, but what they all have in common is their love of mountain biking, the Highlands, and sharing all this with like-minded adventurers from around the globe.

Here’s your chance to meet your mountain bike guides in Scotland, before coming to share with them their favourite trails!


Emma Holgate is the newest member of the H+I Adventures team in Scotland, bringing with her a wealth of guiding experience in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, and immense mountain biking skills. Emma was also a police officer for many years, so her people skills and patience are second-to-none.


Kevin Henderson is our resident poet and artist and, after a big day on the bike on the coast-to-coast or Cairngorms Adventure, Kevin can often be seen in a comfortable chair with a wee dram in his hand, reciting poetry from Scottish and international authors to a rapt audience. Kevin is always a very calming influence on an adventure and has been part of the team for several years now.


Chris Gibbs, or ‘The Bear’ as he’s often referred to, has a special talent for coaching as well as guiding. He really enjoys giving skills advice on the trails, helping you to make the most of your adventure in the Highlands, and to go home a better, more confident mountain biker. Chris also has a fondness for very colourful and…unusual… bike wear!


Alex Glasgow is our resident race-head, with a selection of impressive results under his belt in cross-country racing and triathlon. Alex has been part of the H+I Adventures team from the beginning and he loves nothing more than guiding a group of fit riders across the Highlands on our coast-to-coast adventure. Getting him to stop is the tricky part.


Jonathan Baldwin (‘Jono’) has switched from feeding 5,000 soldiers in Afghanistan every day, to living his dream to work in the outdoors as a mountain bike guide in the Cairngorms. Jono’s career in the army means that he isn’t easily flustered, which is always a good thing for mountain bike guides in Scotland!


Mark Clark spends most of his waking hours riding his bike round his local trails in Fort William – which means he’s a very skilled mountain biker! Mark also has a degree in adventure tourism and, in addition to pulling some impressive bike moves, he can also pull out some really interesting, little-known facts about the Highlands.


Ross Dunn was born and has lived his whole life in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, where his love of mountain biking has developed into a passion. After his bike, Ross’ second love is his Landrover Defender, which he has been painstakingly restoring for some years now.


Steve Bradley’s love of two wheels started with motorbike racing, which he got pretty good at! It was his daughter who first introduced Steve to the joys of mountain biking and now he can usually be found riding or building trails, and organising races in his local woods around Fort William.

A taste of the Cairngorms, Scotland

World-class food and drink in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, by H&I Adventures guide Chris Gibbs

My two great loves in life are riding a bike and enjoying great local food.

Whilst working towards becoming a mountain bike guide I had many jobs that allowed me to train, gain qualifications, and replace the numerous bike parts I broke in the process. These included everything from soundtrack writer, to outdoor instructor, to chef.

I’ve always been passionate about good food and have been lucky enough to travel through many different countries, tasting my way through local dishes and getting to know new cultures through their cuisine. A good meal often stays with you for a long time, and can make an adventure even more memorable!

I’m very lucky to now live in the Cairngorms National Park, in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland, which is home, not only to incredible mountain bike trails, but also to some of the best local produce in Britain.

The Cairngorms have a history of food and drink production dating back hundreds of years. Over 75 percent of the Cairngorms National Park is owned by private estates, each of them producing and supplying exceptional local ingredients to the surrounding area, and indeed, the whole of the UK.

One of the most distinctive and iconic flavours of the Highlands is venison. Rothiemurchus Estate, just outside Aviemore, has been supplying famous London restaurant Simpson’s in the Strand with venison since the 1930’s, a time when this fine meat was only accessible to the wealthiest households. It is now much more widely available and can often be found on menus across the country, which can be attributed in part to the fact that venison is lean, low-fat and full of flavour.

In the Cairngorms you are never far from a river and this provides an extremely fertile farming environment. The farming here is low intensity, which benefits the land and creates a habitat suitable for many types of plants and wildlife that would otherwise no longer exist here. For example, the vast moorlands of heather that bloom in the Cairngorms in July and August provide the perfect nectar for bees to produce sweet heather honey – delicious on a freshly baked scone!

Chocolate fudge cake and fresh Scottish raspberries - the perfect combination!
Chocolate fudge cake and fresh Scottish raspberries – the perfect combination!

Other delights for those with a sweet-tooth include sumptuous strawberries, brambles and raspberries grown on Alvie Estate, who supply their fruit to local shops and restaurants to create other sweet temptations to enjoy after a big day on the bike.

It would be remiss of me to talk about the produce of this part of Scotland without mentioning the world-famous Speyside whiskies, made from the clear, fresh waters the come from the mountains and rivers around the Cairngorms National Park. Speyside boasts the highest concentration of whisky distilleries in Scotland, producing well-known brands of our ‘liquid gold’ such as Glenlivet, The Macallan and Glenfiddich.

The whisky industry is closely linked with many other food industries, for example, salmon and trout caught in the River Spey, Scotland’s second longest and fastest flowing river, are often smoked in whisky barrels, giving them a fantastic, unique flavour.

Conversely, some locals might also argue that an even more iconic taste of the Cairngorms is that of the local beers brewed at the Cairngorm Brewery.

There’s nothing better than a nice cold craft beer after a big ride, and with an extensive range of permanent cask ales and seasonal brews, the Cairngorm Brewery has beers to suit all tastes. The best-selling Trade Winds has won numerous awards and it’s hard to find a decent bar in the area that doesn’t have it on tap. Black Gold is the big brother of the beers based on a traditional Scottish stout recipe and won the UK’s Supreme Champion of Beers award in 2013.

Local food and drink production is thriving in the Cairngorms National Park and the quality of the ingredients and dishes available here is world-class. The connection between mountain biking in the hills and forests of the Cairngorms, then enjoying a meal produced from this very environment is really special to me and I’m looking forward to sharing all this with you on our Cairngorms Adventure tour!

Customer reviews of our mountain bike tours around the world

This blog is dedicated entirely to customer reviews of the mountain bike tours and adventures they have experienced with us around the world. Our customers’ views of our mountain bike holidays are infinitely more important than ours, so we’ll stop talking now…

Coast-to-coast Scotland, June 2012
Romy and Alain, Luxembourg

First of all a big thank you to the guides who made this adventure just perfect. Riding the most fantastic singletrails was a big part of a day. We definitely enjoyed the second part too where we were hanging out together in the nicest places sharing funny moments. Still bunny hopping through our dreams; we already miss Scotland.

Mountain biking Torridon & Skye, Scotland, June 2012
Jim King, Canada

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.

Mountain biking in Oaxaca, Mexico, October 2011
Cynthia, USA

This adventure is a great cultural biking experience. Welcoming and friendly local guides, fantastic food, amazing biking, breathtaking views, and fun company made this trip truly memorable!

Mountain bike holiday in Spain, March 2012
Mark Henry, Scotland

Fantastic trails, from nice and flowy to technical and rocky with switch backs to die for. Beautiful scenery, sunny skys, amazing white mountain villages. Accommodation and food just superb.

Mountain biking in the Cairngorms, Scotland, June 2012
Gary and Dorothy, USA

We wanted a trip which wasn’t going to be too difficult for one of us, but challenging enough for the other. The trails were great, giving us a varied experience through out the week. Along with the great rides, we thoroughly enjoyed the evenings, spending time with the other riders and guides. H&I Adventures is definitely a first class operation!

Coast-to-coast Scotland, May 2012
Gavin and Elaine, Scotland

This is a fantastic tour through some of the most beautiful parts of Scotland with some of the best riding we have experienced. Even coming from Scotland, it was great doing this guided tour as all of the thinking was done for us (where to ride, navigation, accommodation, where to eat etc).

Mountain biking in Oaxaca, Mexico, October 2011
Lindsay Carruthers, Scotland

Fantastic trip! If you want to see and experience the proper Mexico whilst riding some world class trails, look no further, thoroughly recommended.

Mountain biking Torridon & Skye, Scotland, May 2012
Fernando, Spain

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 unforgettable and what can I to say of Skye…. uffff.
If you are thinking about this trip, no doubt any more, do it!!

You can read all our customer reviews, find out more about H&I Adventures, and even meet your guides in the Why H&I Adventures? section of our website. If you’d like to find out more about any of our mountain bike adventures around the world, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.