Cairngorms Adventure Scotland

Classic Highland singletrack on this mountain bike tour Cairngorms

This mountain bike tour Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, boasts everything you could want from a Highland adventure. Rolling, heather-clad hills; ancient glens; secluded lochs; great local food, craft ales, and whiskies; and fantastic mountain biking trails with Scotland’s No.1 Mountain Bike Tour Operator!

We had some wonderful days in 2016 where we headed into the Cairngorms with photographers Tim Winterburn and Ross Bell to get these amazing photos of this glorious mountain bike tour in the Highlands of Scotland. Have a look through the gallery to see what mountain bike tour Cairngorms is all about…

The Cairngorms is the UK’s largest National Park and hides a wealth of diverse ecosystems and landscapes, including Britain’s only Arctic environment, the cleanest rivers and lochs, huge native forests, moorland and farmland.

We’ll share all this with you during this week-long mountain biking + whisky tour in one of the most unspoilt and naturally beautiful areas of the Scottish Highlands.

During your mountain bike tour Cairngorms you will stay in your own comfortable home-from-home in a traditional Highland guest house in the heart of Aviemore, the adventure capital of the Highlands.

Tour dates 2018

  • 12 – 19 May
  • 2 – 9 June (5 PLACES)
  • 23 – 30 June
  • 11 – 18 August

Contact us if you would like to create your own private group tour.

Trip Highlights

In addition to tremendous mountain biking through diverse and quintessentially Highland landscapes, here are some other special moments you can look forward to on your mountain biking + whisky tour in Scotland:

  • Improving your biking skills with the help of our expert guides
  • Sampling a range of Speyside’s finest whiskies
  • Enjoying some of the fantastic local ales
  • Riding in the only Arctic eco-system in the UK
  • Visiting a Speyside cooperage to learn about the craft of cask making
  • Spotting the herd of wild reindeer on Cairngorm Mountain

Mountain biking + whisky tour Scotland Itinerary

The flow of the itinerary for your mountain bike tour Cairngorms has been designed to become progressively more technical throughout the course of the week. Your guides will talk you through each new challenge so that you make the most of your biking + whisky experience in Scotland and, in addition, go home a more technically skilled mountain biker.

+Arrival in Scotland - refresh + prepare for your adventure

If you’re travelling a long way or across several time zones to Scotland then we would recommend arriving a day or two early to allow your body to adjust and to make sure any flight or luggage delays don’t spoil your trip.
+Day 1 - Group meet-up + warm-up ride in Grantown

Your guide will meet you at Inverness train station at 12 noon and we’ll head to H+I Adventures HQ to build and tune bikes, and go through our welcome briefing over a light lunch, coffee and some cake. We’ll start as we mean to go on!

Once everyone is happy with their bikes we’ll make our way south to Grantown-on-Spey for our first ride of your mountain bike tour Cairngorms. This village is home to a huge network of secret local trails to get your legs warmed up and used to the Scottish dirt.

Climbing above the village we pick up an old railway line and then up into the singletrack that twists and turns through the birch and pine forest. We will have a chance to look at some skills to set you up for the week ahead. The trail ends at our favourite local bike shop where you can pick up any supplies you might need before heading into the lively mountain village of Aviemore, our home for the next week.

You’ll be staying in a lovely, welcoming guest house in Aviemore, the adventure capital of the Highlands, close to local restaurants and pubs.

Distance cycled: 10km (app. 2 hours)
Accommodation: Guest house in Aviemore

+Day 2 - Loch an Eilean and the Rocky Road

Setting off from our accommodation, we head into the Rothiemurchus forest. One of the largest surviving areas of ancient woodland in Europe and covering an area of over 30 square kilometres, the forest is steeped in history and folklore.

Weaving our way through 300-year-old Scots pine and passing the iconic Loch an Eilean, with its ruined castle marooned on an island, our ride starts to head off-the-beaten-track and into ancient and lesser-known singletrack that flows through the forest.

We’ll pop out in the small hamlet of Glenmore for a late lunch in a café famed for red squirrels and apple strudel! Back in the saddle and after a short climb we will descend a great piece of singletrack built for the national cross country championships, since then it has been left to change over time into the natural fast and flowing trail it is today.

Heading up and over the Rocky Road we get a view looking out to the Eastern Cairngorms and, with one more flowing descent, we spin back to Aviemore, looking into the Northern Corries, passing Highland cattle and red deer and making it back in time for some of the finer tastes of this area!

Distance cycled: 35km (app. 5 hours)
Accommodation: Guest house in Aviemore
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 3 - Glen Feshie and the Southern Cairngorms

One of the most beautiful, dramatic and lesser-travelled areas of the Cairngorms is Glen Feshie. This wide open glen could easily be mistaken for a set from Jurassic Park and this is where we start to get a real taste of wilderness.

Our ride starts with a short transfer into lush forest, which is home to all sorts of endangered animals from capercaille to pine marten and slowly opens towards the River Feshie.

Skirting along the river on double track and singletrack we ride further into the glen itself and the adventure really starts! Be prepared for wet feet as we cross the river and head up above the old hunting lodges.

We arrive at a gorgeous piece of singletrack flowing through the high forest and into the moorland. Let off the brakes before the final sweeping corners below, and if you can manage to look up from the trail the view across the moors is often littered with herds of wild deer.

Still buzzing from the descent we start to work our way across to the hillside opposite, passing old crofts and abandoned black houses left from the Highland Clearances.

Once again on singletrack we climb a short but punchy trail to the top of the hillside for a short breath catcher. From here is the cherry on top of the icing of today’s ride! Below is a local favourite – super-fast and flowy it’s impossible not to have fun on the well earned last descent.

If there’s still time we will head back to Aviemore via one of the best hidden cake shops!

Distance cycled: 53km (app. 5 – 7 hours)
Accommodation: Guest house in Aviemore
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 4 - Singletrack and Single Malt

After a good breakfast we’ll transfer to a fantastic local trail centre at Glenlivet, where we will first have lunch in the café to re-fuel for a tremendous afternoon of riding, which includes the longest descent in the Highlands! Once you’ve worked up a good appetite you’ll have lunch, including some home-made cakes, at the trail centre café.

No visit to the Speyside area would be complete without a visit to a distillery and a whisky tasting. Speyside has the largest concentration of distilleries in Scotland, thanks to Cairngorm mountains and the abundance of fresh, clean water.

In the afternoon we’ll head to Speyside cooperage to learn all about the ancient art of coopering. You’ll see the master craftsmen at work and discover just how intricate and complex the tradition of coopering is, and how important each cask is to the end product; the whisky.

Following that, we’ll make our way to a small independent distillery, where we’ll have the opportunity to see the distilling process, and sample a couple of different whiskies, under the guidance of a whisky expert.

When we’ve sampled enough whisky, we’ll head back to our accommodation in Aviemore and freshen up for another delicious dinner in one of our favourite restaurants.

Distance cycled: 15km – 20km (app. 3 – 4 hours)
Accommodation: Guest house in Aviemore
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 5 - The Pass of the Cat

After the past few days riding in the shadow of Cairngorm Mountain it’s time to start getting high up on it.

Riding out from Aviemore up along the Alt Mor Burn ( a mountain stream) we slowly climb from dense Caledonia forest up onto the open mountain, a mix of beautiful mountain scape and dramatic weather, this is Britain’s only Arctic climate environment.

If we’re lucky we will pass the wild reindeer herd that lives on Cairngorm. Two bulls and five cows were brought to the Cairngorms by Mikel Utsi in 1952, and the unique sub Arctic climate provided an ideal environment for them so that the herd is now over 150 strong.

Next we squeeze through and over boulders, carrying our bike at times, in a tight mountain pass known as the Pass of the Cat. The pass opens up and eventually joins one of the best trails in the Cairngorms and a firm favourite of the guides, starting a little technical and ending up with a fast flowy finish. This 3km trail on the edge of a mountain ravine will certainly be a memory that stays with you.

This day will also introduce you to some of the techniques essential for big mountain riding.

Distance cycled: 33km (app. 6 hours)
Accommodation: Guest house in Aviemore
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 6 - The Shelter Stone Big Mountain Day

After yesterday’s mini mountain adventure you should be perfectly set up for an epic day in the saddle.

As we head towards Cairngorm, this time to the western side, the ride has a feeling of increasing remoteness and beauty. As we head further into the mountains and ride alongside mountain streams we find ourselves at a remote mountain loch, Loch Avon, where we can stop for a snack.

Continuing along the banks of the loch and passing pristine beaches we will find ourselves at the Shelter Stone, a huge fallen boulder with just enough space to get underneath. This has been a haven for many mountaineers caught in bad weather over the years.

Now we start to climb and, after a short hike-a-bike, we are rewarded with the spectacular views from the Cairngorm plateau, which you could easily mistake for the Arctic Tundra found throughout Scandinavia. Now the hard work is over and we have a thrilling mountain trail all the way back down to the valley floor.

It’s been a long, but rewarding day, and after a hot shower we’ll re-group at our favourite local bar for post-ride drinks and dinner.

Distance cycled: 56km (app. 8 hours)
Accommodation: Guest house in Aviemore
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 7 - Carrbridge Singletrack Treats

After the the previous day’s epic ride, today we start making our way north with a visit to another small village, Carrbridge, where the emphasis of the day is pure fun!

The trails around Carrbridge shoot off in all directions and we’ll pick our trails depending on how the group is feeling. Whichever way to go, we’ll find flowy, rooty singletrack, darting between birch and pine trees, with a few technical tricks to keep you on your toes!

It’s the perfect way to wrap up our Cairngorms Adventure before heading back to Inverness and sadly packing bikes away.

We’ll have our final celebratory meal in a restaurant on the banks of the River Ness, and toast an incredible week on our mountain bike tour Cairngorms, in Scotland.

Distance cycled: 20km – 30km (app. 3 – 5 hours)
Accommodation: Guest house in Inverness
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 8 - Departure

Your guide will transport you back to Inverness train station at around 10am where we will say our farewells after an unforgettable adventure in the Cairngorms of Scotland.
Meals included: Breakfast

Please note: Our mountain bike tour Cairngorms is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in the Highlands of Scotland and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.

+Tour Price

Mountain bike tour Cairngorms, Scotland price

£1,195 / $1,793 USD per person (ex. flights, based on two sharing a room)

We welcome solo travellers on our adventures and if you are happy to share a room with another solo rider of the same sex you do not need to add the single supplement. If, however, you wish to have a room by yourself, a single supplement of £240 / $360 USD will be payable.

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:

  • Services of a fully-qualified, expert mountain bike guide for the duration of the trip
  • All breakfasts
  • 7 nights’ guest house accommodation
  • Entry to distillery + cooperage
  • All group safety equipment
  • Airport/ H+I recommended hotel pick-up on day 1 and drop-off on day 8 of tour (specified times apply)
  • Global Rescue emergency evacuation services

Price excludes:

  • International/ domestic flights
  • Bike hire – we have a limited number of fantastic Yeti SB5s available on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of £320/$480 each
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Tips in restaurants and hotels
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic drinks
  • Any other items not mentioned as included

+Skill + fitness levels required

Does this sound like you? Your vacation time is precious and we want to be absolutely sure that you’re making the most of it, by finding the perfect adventure for you. Be honest with yourself, if this adventure isn’t right for you, we have other tours that may well be a better fit for your mountain biking experience and ability.

Please note: The skill level required reflects an overall rating for the trails on the trip but you should expect to find sections and obstacles that push your ability levels.

Skill level: Intermediate

  • You have been mountain biking regularly for at least two years
  • You can brake, use gears and corner with confidence
  • You have good bike handling skills, and are confident riding rough double track and non-technical singletrack
  • You are competent at riding undulating trails with moderate climbs and descents on both double and singletrack, but tend to get off and walk technical singletrack sections
  • You ride approx. four times per month throughout your biking season

Fitness level: 5/7

  • You have a good level of bike fitness, exercising at least three times every week throughout the year, for an hour at a time
  • You can ride a mountain bike for up to six hours a day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for three or more consecutive days
  • You can tackle two or three fairly significant climbs a day, up to 600 metres each

Typical trails you’ll be riding

  • The trails on our mountain bike tour Cairngorms are natural ‘rustic’ ancient walking paths of varying trail surface, that will require you to choose your own riding line and decide if it is suitable to ride
  • Double track: undulating and sometimes steep jeep tracks made up of a hard-packed and loose dirt surface
  • Singletrack: you will encounter up to fist-sized, fixed and loose rocks, as well as fixed bedrock style trails, drainage bars, roots, and ruts (some deep)
  • The surface may be dry and loose, or wet and muddy depending on weather conditions
  • You will experience a river crossing or two
  • You will have wet feet!

+Arrival + departure details

Your mountain bike tour Cairngorms, 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 on the first day of your tour (unless otherwise indicated in your pre-trip info). 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 advise 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.

We have created this handy guide to spending 24 hours in Inverness before the start of your Cairngorms adventure.

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 Scotland

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.


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

+Preparing yourself + your bike for the trip

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

The ideal bike for this mountain bike tour Cairngorms in Scotland is a good quality full-suspension mountain bike with around 120mm of travel front and rear.

To get the most out of your mountain bike tour Cairngorms, Scotland you should do plenty of training in advance of your tour, and we have put together this great training plan to help you on your way.

It is essential that, if you’re bringing your own bike, you ensure that it has been professionally serviced, including all suspension, before the trip.

If you would prefer we can arrange rental of a good quality full suspension mountain bike (Yeti SB5 or similar, depending on size required and availability) for you, and have the bike ready for your arrival.

+Your 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. Meet your mountain bike guides in Scotland…

+Accommodation + 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 bike tour Cairngorms, 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.

+Health + safety

  • 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

You should always consult your own doctor or physician before travelling to new countries to seek their advice on matters concerning your health abroad.

Your health and safety is on tour our top priority so when you travel with us you also have the peace of mind knowing that you will be covered by Global Rescue emergency medical and evacuation services.

+Currency + 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, but most restaurant and shops accept credit card. It is, however, a good idea to have a small amount of cash (£50 per person) with you at all times, as a back-up.


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 on your mountain bike tour Cairngorms, you can tip at your discretion.

+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 tour Cairngorms.

Please note: Our mountain bike tour Cairngorms is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in the Highlands of Scotland and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.

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Mountain Bike Tour Cairngorms

A challenging week of spectacular riding in the beautiful part of the world. Skills development as the week went on was progressive and constantly reinforced. Jono is a consummate teacher, coach and motivator.

Mountain bike tour Cairngorms

This was kind of a bucket list trip for me. I lived in Scotland back when I was very young and have wanted to go back ever since. I finally booked it and headed out. I knew I really made the right decision on our 3rd or 4th day when we dropped out of the woods into a field of heather that seemed to go on for ever. We crossed a stream and came upon 2 abandoned stone buildings. It framed the perfect picture with a few riders in the background. That was exactly why I felt this trip was perfect for me.

Jono couldn't have been a more perfect guide for this trip. Humor, stories, knowledge, encouragement, you name it. Never a dull moment with him at our helm!

Our stay at Ravenscraig B&B also couldn't have been better. Rooms just the right type for our visit. Great breakfast and the staff was so amazing. My group was an amazing mix of people from all over. So much fun and laughter on our trip. I would only hope everyone has such a great group.

The one thing that really surprised me was the quality of the places we had dinner at. All the little villages. Boat Of Garten, Carrbridge, Grantown On Spey, Aviemore and more I'm sure I'm forgetting. I spent the following week between Edinburgh and Glasgow and no where we ate could come to close to the quality we had during our trip.

And all rest of the folks at H+I were so great. Can't say enough about how the minute we all met up and started the week it felt right at home.

If you're undecided still, do it! You won't be disappointed!

Variety & Flexibility

I truly enjoyed the Cairngorms with a great group of riders and guides, offered all of the "bits and pieces" (Jono) and exceeded my expectations. H+I's attention to detailed planning with room for flexibility given daily weather and rider constraints resulted in an enjoyable, but challenging tour.

The mid-August timing offered beautiful vistas of heather filled valleys as well as; rocks, roots, and mud! Also, the Scottish dining renaissance (local chefs focused on farm to table cuisine) in recent years resulted in fantastic evening gatherings at great venues.

Kudos to H+I, and especially our guide Jono!

Fantastic variety

We had a great group to ride and have fun with for the whole week, including our 70's-haired local guide Jono. Different trails, views and restaurants every day, each day unique and memorable in its own way.

Jono had a nice way of adjusting the daily routes due to weather and our abilities/preferences, including some skills training. Relaxed and aggressive!

Definitely have to get back to Scotland, thanks Jono & Cat & H+I. Yetis rock.

Séjour fabuleux!

Nous avons adoré notre séjour à Cairngorms avec H+I. Les paysages écossais sont sauvages et magnifiques, nous avons traversé des rivières à vélo et profité de paysages très divers.

Notte guide Jono était très sympathique, gentil et vraiment compétent, il m'a fait bien plus progressé en une semaine que ce que j'avais appris en 1 an de pratique de MTB. Il a un catalogue de singletracks bien ettofé!

L'organisation H+I était parfaite jusqu'au moindre détail, et nous repartirons avec certitude sur une autre destination l'an prochain.

Great time!

Great trails, amazing views, lots of fun. Jono helped me a lot with my riding so also learnt a lot during the trip. Everything was very well organised. Pure riding fun.

Totally Amazing

My trip through the Cairngorms was not only epic but totally awe inspiring. This trip had great ascents and some definite leg burning climbs, but every climb was worth it for the glorious views and excellent descents.

Every day I had a smile on my face from how rad this adventure was. I learned a lot about the area while we rode and also become a better mountain biker in the process.

Our guide Jono was so knowledgeable and cool - he really made this trip outstanding. I can't wait to go back and ride more trails in this beautiful land!

great trip

H+I put on a great trip. We had to play a couple things by ear due to the weather by group consensus. Jono was a fantastic guide and teacher. His experience and love for mountain biking shines as well as his local area knowledge.

I'm not a fan of road riding and there was a little more on this trip than I would have preferred, however the single track trails accessed by these road rides were worth it.

I have returned a better rider, putting what Jono taught me into practice.


We had a great tripOur guide Jono was excellent, funny, motivating, patient, and expert at his craft. He repaired cuts and flat tires quickly.

Amazing Cairngorms

This was my first guided mt bike tour and H+I did not disappoint.Every detail was considered. Each day was a perfect blend of flow and tech trails, amazing food and plenty of cake to keep our engines humming.BIG thanks to our remarkable guide Chris who challenged me to push beyond my perceived limitations. I’m a better rider for it! No one does Scottish style adventure like H+I.

Cairngorms trip

Nothing but praise for H+I and our guide Chris! Everything was flawlessly planned from the transport, the rides, the lodging, and the dinners (great food even for a vegetarian). I will definitely be returning to do another trip with H+I!

Cairngorms May 2017

We had yet another amazing experience with the H+I team. Chris was an excellent guide, coach, skills enhancer, entertainer, and just all around "Ambassador Extraordinare" on our trip. We can honestly say we both left better riders than when we arrived. The H+I team makes everything about the trip brilliantly seamless and stress free.

The Cairngorms is a beautiful area of the Scottish Highlands that we are happy we were able to visit, enjoy the excellent food, and meet some wonderful people.

We will definitely be returning for another H+I adventure in the future. We just have to decide which one should be our next😊

Thank you all again for a great adventure, we will be talking about this for years to come!

Our Cairngorms adventure came about as an alternative to the incredible looking Coast to Coast tour. Someday I will likely do that tour, but Cairngorms seemed like a good introduction to Scotland riding and H+I Adventures. I'll admit that I had a bit of trepidation about whether the rides would be challenging enough, but there were plenty of opportunities to test myself and I quite enjoyed the trip. If you're a die-hard that simply must ride advanced terrain every minute of every day, you'll be disappointed. But if you're up for variety, adventure, quite a lot of intermediate terrain, and some significant technical challenges, this is your tour.Jono was an excellent guide. He was thoughtful in his route preparation, entertaining in the van, on the bike, and at dinner. I learned much about his thoughts on bike handling, and left a better rider than I arrived.I would happily recommend this tour to a wide range of riders.

It’s nearly impossible for me to fully state how great my adventure was in the Cairngorms with the H+I team and our guides. From the highest quality attitudes, skills, training, caring and attention to detail, all the way through to the accommodations and beyond. Catherine, Euan and the H+I team are total pros. They are uncompromising in the quality of what they do and how they do it. They are caring, fun, funny, kind and eager to please. They listen and they pay attention. They take safety seriously and they don’t cut corners.The biking was huge, even epic, in so many ways. Some of the days were long and sometimes terrifically challenging but I kept smiling throughout. Much of that happiness had to do with the terrifically supportive attitudes of our guides, Jono and Jacques. Jono in particular is one of the most impressive characters I’ve had the pleasure of riding with and also getting to know. A total class act with a big heart (and lungs to match!). And Jacques is just a terrifically kind, gentle, encouraging person with an ability to take on technical descents with skill and confidence that is sheer joy to watch.One of the things that really set this trip apart for me were the evening meals. We all went out together with our guides every night and spent quality time talking, getting to know each other, listening to each other’s fantastic stories and having a LOT of laughs. It really helped drive the cohesiveness and positive vibe of our group and, therefore, the willing and enthusiastic support we gave to each other particularly on those long days of tough riding. I can’t quite describe it fully but it certainly made it easy to look forward to the next day even if we knew it would be super challenging along with the occassional shitty weather. ;-)I could go on but here’s something telling: A good buddy who wasn’t on the ride asked me if I’d do the Cairngorms again in spite of all the trials, difficulties, weather, some pretty tough and uncompromising trails and even taking a few tumbles. I surprised myself by immediately saying “Yes, I would!” But only with H+I Adventures.I will do another H+I trip, no doubt in my mind. I can’t imagine doing another guided mountain biking trip with any company other than H+I. Top notch, best-in-class, reasonably priced, and just ridiculously nice people who I now consider genuine friends. It’s a no brainer.

Bike and Whiskey

This holiday was absolutely brilliant. Our guides Jono and Jacques did a great job. In addition to their excellent general guiding and organizational skills, both were really good guys. I was very satisfied with the support in the office provided by Catherine. Thanks again for a great holiday in the Highlands. Awesome.

Magical Cairngorms

Incredible, Inspiring, Magical, Uplifting, Life Changing........I could go on and on about the attention to detail and the love and professionalism that the H+I Adventures staff and mountain guides pour into each and every tour they offer but instead take my word for it and pick the adventure and location that suits you and your group so you can start to truly live for today instead of always finding a reason to not chase your passion and experience what the great sport of Mountain Biking has to offer.My Guide "Jono" instilled Safety, Confidence, Respect , Team work and Fun factor into each and every mile we rode in the Scottish highlands. Thanks again Catherine for everything you and your team do and I look forward to my future trips with H+I !!!!!

A great adventure!

Using a bicycle to explore these new, and beautiful, places with our excellent guide made for the experience of a lifetime. Not only did we get expose to great trail, places, and sights, but we got such a real feel for the area. We left with new friends, improved skills, enhanced knowledge, and memories of an adventure that will last forever. We would strongly recommend this to others! Thank you so much to the H&I team for showing us such a great time!

Cairngorms and Whiskey

Our entire mountain biking adventure was amazing! From the very beginning all the way through the last night in Inverness! Our entire group arrived as good friends who mountain bike together, but all with different abilities and expectations. Our hosts and guides were knowledgeable, caring and fun, showing us all the amazing landscape the Cairgorms has to offer. Our guides were not just guides: they quickly became our coaches, therapists, friends and cheerleaders, giving us all confidence and skills to push through and believe in ourselves and our technical abilities! We will do another trip soon and add additional friends to join us! We have all become family through this great experience!

Technically Awesome

Great adventure--the H&I team (Euan, Catherine, John, Chris and Jono) are top notch and completely focused on making sure that we had a tremendous adventure. Arrangements were top notch, the flexibility in the trails and the focus on teaching and helping me through the tougher spots made this one of the best adventure trips that I have gone on. The whisky helped as well.

Cairngorms in April

I have alot of road biking experience but relatively little mountain biking experience, so I was definitely concerned about what trails we would be doing. We certainly got lucky that the trails were relatively dry, and our guide took us on trails that were challenging but at my level; I was actually surprised at the things I was able to do by the end of the trip.

Euan did a great job making the trip fun for everyone and assessing riding levels. He also threw in an extra day of riding which was great.

Another amazing adventure!

This was my third holiday with Euan and, as usual, it was amazing. To be specific, it was well organized, flexibly arranged, and great fun. Euan knows the area like the back of his hand and could come up with riding, touring, eating and drinking options on the fly to suit the capabilities and interests of the people in the group. He even fixed my bike and pushed me up a hill when I took a wee tumble! Now that's service. I'll continue to use H&I Adventures and will recommend them to anyone who will listen. Great company, excellent trip, and worth every drop of sweat!

A wonderful adventure

This is a long overdue note to say what a wonderful time we had with Euan in the Cairngorms National Park. Not only was the scenery spectacular, but it was such a special way to see the countryside. The planning and support throughout the trip were fantastic and we couldn't reccomend it more highly!

Thank you for an amazing holiday!

A brilliant holiday! The trips out were amazing with beautiful scenery and challenging routes. Being in a small group was ideal as we all got a chance to get to know each other. Also meant that the holiday could be tweaked so it suited everyone. I would definately recommend this holiday... for the cycling, the beautiful Cairngorms and the holiday itself which felt personal and very relaxed. Thank you Euan and Catherine, I had an amazing time... and to Kev who arrived day one when the real work had been sorted but more than made up for it with his cooking!! I hope to get the chance to join you again...

Cairngorms Adventure

The Cairngorms Adventure was the perfect blend of breath-taking scenery, amazing singletrack, delicious meals, and new friendships. It's ideal if you're looking for exciting mountain biking, but also want to explore a bit of Scotland too.

by Gary & Dorothy Heglund on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Cairngorms June 2012

We wanted a trip which wasn't going to be too difficult for one of us, but challenging enough for the other. Euan was great in answering questions about this trip and assuring us this trip would "fit the bill". 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!

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) mountain bike tour Cairngorms

  • Q. How many people will be in the group?

We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, and there will generally be between five and 10 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our mountain bike tour Cairngorms is four.

  • Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this holiday?

This mountain bike tour Cairngorms 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 have a good level of physical fitness and reasonable bike handling skills you will enjoy this mountain bike tour no matter what your age.

  • Q. What style of mountain biking vacation is it?

This mountain bike tour Cairngorms is a guided mountain bike vacation, ideal for intermediate mountain bikers. You’ll experience riding on a huge diversity of trails throughout the Cairngorms National Park, including man-made trail centres, natural trails, and big mountain days.

  • Q. How far will we be mountain biking each day?

The distances we cover each day range from 15km to 56km, in accordance with the technical difficulty of the trails: the easier stages of the route are longer. The technical difficulty of the trails increases each day, so you can practice your technique and increase your confidence as you progress through the tour. 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. Do we have to carry all our gear with us?

No, you only need to carry a 20 litre day pack with you whilst riding. You will be staying in the same accommodation for six nights, so you can unpack and leave your luggage at the accommodation. On the final night you’ll be transferred to a riverside accommodation in Inverness.

  • Q. What if I come across a section of trail I can’t ride?

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 mountain bike tour Cairngorms. 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. Who will be guiding us?

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 trip. Meet your guides in Scotland….

  • Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?

On this mountain bike tour Cairngorms you will be staying in a traditional guest house in the heart of Aviemore, and a small hotel in Inverness. We use the best quality accommodation in each area, and favour small, family-run establishments over large chain hotels.

  • Q. Which meals are included in the tour price?

All breakfasts are included in the price of the tour, and you’ll enjoy fantastic breakfasts at your 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, and we’ll carry this with us on the trail, and on some days we’ll be able to stop at a local café for lunch. 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 the trip?

A good quality full suspension mountain bike with around 120mm travel front and rear will be ideal for this mountain bike tour Cairngorms. The terrain you will be riding is rough in places and you will feel more comfortable on a full suspension bike for the duration of the trip. We can arrange bike hire for you for the duration of your trip and we have a limited number of fantastic Yeti SB5s available on a first-come, first-served basis

  • Q. What clothes and kit should I bring?

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 also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, a warm jacket for the evenings, padded undershorts, and shoes specific for cycling. Read the full kit list to find out what you need to pack for your mountain bike tour Cairngorms.

  • Q. Can I bring a drone with me?

Unfortunately not. We are working hard to provide each and every customer who rides with us an unparalleled mountain bike experience in every destination we ride. This takes years of experience, riding and planning to get right, and a drone adds a very real danger to the group’s riding experience and health & safety.

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