Epic days on Scotland's rugged west coast mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye
Our mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye boasts 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 when you’re riding with the best guides in the business, you can be sure of a truly epic adventure!
Top photographers Tim Winterburn, Andy McCandlish and Ross Bell braved the threatening skies to ride with us on the west coast of Scotland and capture the essence of our mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye in images. From hike-a-bike to ‘spicy’ descents, take a look through the gallery to see what mountain biking on the west coast is all about…
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 they’ll have you riding like a local on our mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye!
You’ll experience the full majesty of the mountains on rides that take you where most will never go, 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, for example!
Tour dates 2019
- 18 – 25 May
- 22 – 29 June
- 27 Jul – 3 Aug
- 14 – 21 September
Contact us if you would like to create your own private group tour.
Our mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye is firmly about experiencing the best riding that Scotland has to offer, and here are some of the special moments you can look forward to in Scotland:
- Riding all day and not seeing another soul on the trails
- Carrying your bike for up to an hour to reach a 9km descent
- Cresting a long climb to be welcomed by magnificent views
- That first taste of a local craft ale in the evening
- Rewarding yourself with freshly-caught local seafood
Danny, Peaty and Hans in the Highlands
Mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye Scotland Itinerary
The flow of the itinerary for your mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye has been designed to become progressively more technical throughout the course of the week. Your guides will ensure you make the most of your Torridon + Skye experience 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 - Inverness welcome + warm-up ride
Your guide will meet you late morning in Inverness (exact details will be advised two weeks before) 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 cycled: 15km (app. 1.5 hours)
- +Day 2 - World-class riding round Fort William
After a hearty breakfast we continue our way down to the end of the Great Glen, and Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK.
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 cycled: 55km (app. 6 hours)
- +Day 3 - The drama of Glen Coe
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-fuelled, 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 cycled: 45km (app. 7 hours)
- +Day 4 - The secrets of Morvich
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 cycled: 55km (app. 8 hours)
- +Day 5 - Over the sea to Skye
After a couple of very big days on the bike we’ll head over to the Isle of Skye for a slightly more relaxing ride at Sligachan.
This is an out-and-back route where the trail carves its way through the valley between the Cuillin mountains with a combination of mouth-watering descents and technical climbs. 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 back over the Skye bridge to our accommodation near Plockton, and a delicious meal in a local seafood restaurant.
Distance cycled: 17km (app. 3 hours)
- +Day 6 - Torridon Part I
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 cycled: 60km (app. 8 hours)
- +Day 7 - More Torridon Treats
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 cycled: 25km (app. 4 hours)
- +Day 8 - Departure
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.
Please note: Our mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye 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 Torridon and Skye price
£1,320 / $1,914 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 / $348 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.
- Services of a fully-qualified, expert mountain bike guide for the duration of the trip
- All breakfasts
- 7 nights’ accommodation
- Luggage transfer
- 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
- 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/$464 each
- Travel insurance
- Lunches and evening meals
- Tips in restaurants and hotels
- Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic drinks
- Personal safety and cycling equipment
- 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.
- You were born on a bike!
- You can tackle anything the trail throws at you and have experience of riding all types of trail and obstacles (large, loose rocks, roots, drop-offs, logs, north shore…)
- You take every opportunity you can to get out on your bike, in all weathers, and you’re happy to ride all day long
- And the ‘+’ part of ‘Advanced+’ means that you will be aiming to ride as much singletrack as we can reasonably fit in during your adventure with us, and your guide will aim to show you the trails that they love to ride!
- You have an excellent level of bike fitness, exercising four or five times every week throughout the year, for at least an hour at a time
- You are comfortable mountain biking up to six hours a day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for four or more consecutive days
- You can tackle several serious climbs a day, up to 600 metres each
Typical trails you’ll be riding
- The trails on our mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye 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 head-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 have to carry your bike (hike-a-bike) on a couple of occasions, for up to 1 hour, and there are river crossings to contend with
- You will have wet feet!
- +Arrival + departure details
Your mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye in Scotland will start and end in Inverness. Your guide will meet you in Inverness around 12 noon on the first day of your tour (exact details will be provided two weeks prior to departure).
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 for spending 24 hours in Inverness before the start of your mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye.
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 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 tips and video on how to pack your bike for travel.
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 tour Torridon and Skye, 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!
One of the trail obstacles you’ll encounter often along the way, which some people may not be used to, is water bars. To overcome water bars without incurring pinch punctures, you need to be proficient at the front + rear wheel lift (bunny-hop), so get practising!
The ideal bike for the mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye is a good quality full-suspension mountain bike with around 150mm of travel front and rear.
To get the most out of your mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye 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.
If you would prefer, we can arrange bike hire 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 Torridon and Skye, 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 Torridon and Skye, 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 Torridon and Skye.
Please note: Our mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye 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.
Mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye Scotland reviews
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I am sitting in my living room on New Year’s Day reflecting on my past year. The highlight real in my mind keeps replaying images from my trip to Scotland in September with H+I. This was a once in a lifetime adventure which was orchestrated to perfection by H+I and our guide Chris. From the trails to the bikes to the food and accommodations, I could not have asked for better.
They seemed to have worked out every detail. I cannot say enough about Chris. He was a guide, a mechanic, a personal coach and a great “mate” to hang out with at the pub with at the end of a challenging day of riding. I can’t recommend this riding experience enough and it made for a memorable 2018.
Long overdue review, I was hoping something witty would come to me which has just not happened.
The long and the short of it - this was an outstanding trip made possible by an outstanding company.
We had 7 days of rain! That would mean it rained every day of the entire trip, the sun came out as we drove back into Inverness. So, the fact that this was so enjoyable speaks volumes of H+I and our guide Chris.
Every facet of this trip was well sorted, starting with the informative website - excellent help with deciding on the appropriate trip, very useful office support with everything from travel arrangements to kit list.
The accommodations and meals were excellent with obvious thought and effort put into them.
The Yeti's were well tuned and awesome to ride. The terrain spoke for itself - fantastic.
Last and certainly not least, our guide - Chris Gibbs. Simply outstanding, I echo what every other review on this site says regarding Chris. He has a love for his profession and that can make a rainy day fill with sunshine - which was necessary. Guide, comic, mechanic, friend...he truly has it all.
Thank you H+I for a memorable and outstanding time in the Scottish Highlands!
We chose this particular trip based on the bike tour company H+I Adventures. They organize (to put it loosely) trips to the coolest places on the planet that a mountain biker could imagine visiting. The whole company is setting the bar of service and professionalism to a standard of bike tours that no one will reach.
Heidi and I were amazed at the effort and dedication put forth to make sure everything was going as well as it should. Bear, our guide, is cut from a rare mold. His skills and knowledge as a guide, mechanic, physicist, and lover of bikes put him in a field of his own. Add the fact that he's genuinely a nice person you quickly realize that the bar he sets is unattainable by many others. Besides his daily tasks of guiding a bunch of dirtbags safely through the mud all day, Chris was always going above what I'd expect from a guide. No one in our group was unaffected by one of The Bear's herculean gestures of kindness. "Brain on, shock's open."
Thanks again to everyone at H+I for a trip of a lifetime.
The buzz of riding in the Scottish highlands is slowly leaving my blood, jet lag has set in and it's back to the office to deal with the day to day.. Still thinking about the trip.
The team at H+I were awesome, Our guides, Fugin Euan, Chris the Bear and Alex the Amazing, were absolute legends. The team put together an amazing tribe, and took us to a world unknown, so amazingly beautiful this Yeti tribe may be hard to beat. (just sayin)
We rode loam, we saw dust, we played in the mud and rain, got wind, and most importantly sun! It was lumpy,bumpy, techy, spicy and to be honest, pretty bad ass.
Accommodation, transport and food were great, If you roll on your next H+I tour expect some wild descents, some rebel yell's, fist bumps and life changing views. (Mental note) If anybody ever comes on a tour with me and flats every ride, you are buying the first round.
Fist bumps for all the Yeti freaks that made the journey to Scotland.
P.s, Thanks to Cat as well as she works hard to make it all happen.
"Scotland sounds like fun" I thought to myself. Sign me up! During our trip, it seemed that Scotland was more than kind enough to show us all she had. Beautiful vistas, Amazing terrain, soft grippy loam, great food, great drink, and some occasional sunshine.
Our amazing and patient guides made sure we had a taste of all of their favorite trails too, from steep loamy and rooty descents in their backyard on trails they help build themselves to some of the rockiest, technical gnar I've ever pointed by bike downhill on. Scotland has certainly given me a new perspective on my own local trails.
Every trip operated by H+I exceeds my expectations, even after reading the descriptions and all the reviews. These folks are the best in the world at what they do. Sitting on the beach for a holiday is overrated. Go ride your bike with H+I in Scotland.
There’ll be rocks they said, hike a bike, gnarly trails and punchy, technical climbs. Reading that in the office I thought, yea, cool.
H+I don’t muck about though. Turns out there were rocks, hike a bike, proper gnar, technical trails to challenge the best of us. It got emotional.
There were also hoots and hollers, exhilarating, breathless descents, majestic mountains and landscapes that had a transcendent quality to them.
We were supported and assisted throughout the week by some very skilled and, at times, patient guides.
I can’t imagine a better mountain biking travel experience nor indeed can I imagine ever using anyone else.
Chapeau to H+I
It’s hard to say more about the Torridon + Skye tour that has not been said already in past reviews: diverse technical terrain; spectacular scenery (reminiscent of Lord of the Rings); a fantastic guide who knew all the trails like the back of his hand and was a mechanic extraordinaire; excellent food and accommodation; and a great group of riders to share the experience with. It was amazing - and best summed up by spontaneous hugs at the end of an exhilarating day in Torridon.
Many thanks to H+I and Chris for a awesome week and what will hopefully be the first of many more tours with you.
John and Joanne
A wonderful week with breath-taking scenery and outstanding trails. Lovely restaurants and nice B&B’s that got us in touch with Scottish culture. All the week was perfectly guided by Chris who made this week unforgettable for us.
Coming from Darwin, Australia where the lay of the land is best described as flat with a few bumps the photo and videos of Scotland looked exotic and daunting, oh well I’m up for the challenge! (Small confession I have ridden some of the best New Zealand has to offer)
From a wee boy I’d always dreamed that one day I would visit the highlands of Scotland and what better way than on a Mountain bike being guided by a few passionate locals taking you those gems that you know you’d never find or spend all day finding only to realise that it would have ridden so much better the other direction.
From my initial enquiry to the moment I was collected on that very first day, the communication and information was excellent.
Read all the information that was provided, but resisted the temptation of looking at what we were likely to be doing or forming any preconceived ideas. In so many ways it was very different to what I’d expected and better, looking back now so please I did this!
That first day was a bike build, lunch, what to expect, and the introduction ride on what Euan and Catherine simply described as their “lunchtime trails” which required a bit of climbing and descending into some sweet singletrack, which Euan very clearly described obstacles, features and gave advice about each of the descents (this was done constantly throughout the week, very helpful), with each descent getting more and more technical, let’s say there was plenty of smiles with us all looking for more. Great start.
Day 2 was at Fort William, such a mix of trails and eased us into the trip, little did we know!
Day 3, in the same area, a solid introduction to the “Scottish Water bar” all the warnings now make sense. A big day out with Euan being joined by Steve (another of H+I guides) for a wee bit of a ride on his day off. Great day finished off with a Pub meal and an ale.
Day 4, Was another big day out, this was the first of the remote highlands I was hoping to see, hike a bike, great descent, bothys, bogs, boulders, water bars and more, and this was epic, reckon you struggle to wipe the smile off my face with a cricket bat!
Oh yeah, water bars, they are relentless. As the fatigue sets in and the ambition overtakes the ability, mistakes happen. Carbon rims and square edge rocks are not a good marriage, thanks to H+I (Euan, Cat, and Chris) it was sorted before I knew it, thanks. The bonus to this meant on Day 5 we had quite a crew, Catherine and Chris joined us for the easy day, the ride across Skye, such a great day out with great company.
Day 6, Epic! This is one I’ll never forget, 2 big ascents and 2 big descents. The Highlands at its best! You just need to experience it.
Day 7, what a way to finish the trip some amazing technical singletrack. Thanks Euan and Chris what a way to finish what was already an amazing adventure.
My adventure was also an adventure for three other people and without doubt they too were a key to a fantastic trip. So a huge thanks to Lena, Jan and Carter and the H+I Crew (Euan, Catherine, Chris and Steve) ever the professional who just love what they do, showing us their backyard.
I have focused on the key reason all of us go on these trips, that is the riding and destination! Well many of us are a long way from home and all the “little things” can make the difference. Like the choices of accommodation, restaurants, places to stop for snacks even the van you travel in. It was all great and went without a hitch, shows great organisation and planning.
My first question to someone would be would you do another trip, that’s simple; Absolutely. See you in Spain!
From the pre-trip communication to the last day of riding and final dinner, this trip is just what I wanted. The guiding and service was incredible. Chris Gibbs is a very professional and fun guide and really made this trip special. The riding was amazing, pushing your technical and mental comfort zones, but smiling and enjoying the views all the time. Accommodations and food were comfortable and tasty to get a good feel for Scotland.
I would do this trip again in a heartbeat, can't say enough good things about it to do it justice. Thanks H+I!
Can’t recommend this trip enough. The landscape and riding is just incredible and so much more dramatic than anything in England or Wales. I really struggled to convince myself I was still on the same island! There is something for everyone too; techy climbs, hike-a-bike, flow trails, gnarly decents and more grippy rock than you can shake a stick at. There’s even an all-natural wall ride!
Chris was a fantastic guide, rider and mechanic. He knows these trails like the back of his hand and it really showed. When I destroyed my rear wheel on a water bar, Chris’s trailside fixes got me rolling off the mountain and he spent 2 hours that evening rebuilding it with me in a cloud of midges. I really can’t thank him enough.
The whole operation is 100% professional and the finest details taken care of. I will certainly be back to Scotland, and probably elsewhere in the world with H+I after this trip.
What an amazing week! Hard to pick a favourite day, all of them were just great – starting with the warm welcome from Catherine and Euan at the H+I HQ. Every day was a blast, we had tons of fun, incredible trails, stunning nature, fantastic food, really nice hotels, great people…
The trip was so perfectly organised, you could really feel the love and hard work that H+I had put in it to make this trip such an amazing experience with attention to every single detail. If you like being in the backcountry with not a lot of people, this is definitely a "must". Bring some riding skills, some endurance and you will have pure fun!
Having Euan as a guide and also having Catherine, Chris and Steve joining on some tours was the cherry on top of everything! It truly felt like friendship after just a short time. Wonderful.
We absolutely LOVED IT! We will be back!
Lena & Jan
I have been mountain biking in many places. To name a few: Moab, Chilean Andes, Cappadocia (Turkey), NZ, Pyrenees, Italian Alps. None beat this trip for the combination of physical demands, amazing scenery and fantastic natural single track .
Combined with great food sourced from local producers, a brilliant guide in Kevin , glorious weather ( not one drop of rain in a week!), this was backcountry mountain biking at its very best. I could not recommend this holiday highly enough as a "bucket list" trip for any serious mountain biker .
The high quality attention to detail and personalised care from the whole crew at H+I is outstanding. Thanks guys !!!
When my friends came up with the idea of riding Scotland (as a preparation for the New Zealand trip a couple of months later), I was really not too enthusiastic. Scotland? Really? My idea of a bike trip was always as far as away as possible combined with a lot of sun. But they talked me into that trip (they did the coast-to-coast before)... And i cannot stop thanking them.
Scotland was a blast. When it comes to trails and landscapes (you’ll never forget these landscapes), the scottish ones are unbeatable. If you live in Europe, don’t waste your time on flying your bike around the world. Best trails (even if some are really technical but hey, you have the best guides on your side) are definitely based in the Scottish Highlands.
And after the trails comes the food. And to my surprise, the food was so so delicious. You will love every single accommodation/restaurant picked by H+I. The whole Torridon and Skye trip is exactly how you imagine your perfect bike vacation.
Euan (10 out of 5 stars as a guide and as a person), Catherine, Chris, Mark...and all the others riders on that trip. They felt like family…
I will be back in Scotland and it will be definitely with H+I. Thank you Euan and Catherine for this marvelous week which will always put a smile on my face when i am thinking back...
An absolutely epic week. Brilliant logistics-accommodation, excellent food and great local ales. Our guide Chris was fantastic, fun but a very deep knowledge and respect for the truly remote and challenging routes.
Truly expedition biking with solid climbs and hugely rewarding descents....no crowds and really no people, huge vistas and a very well planned build up to some of the most entertaining and fun descents possible and all surrounded by the beauty and stunning views of the highlands. H+I and Chris made for a truly memorable adventure.
Charlie, Vancouver, Canada
If you like to mountainbike this is definitely one of the best trips you can take worldwide. I have ride in many places worldwide and very hard and beautiful places and without a shadow of a doubt Scotland and particularly this trip have made me feel AMAZED and in love again with MTB.
Our guide Chris show us how hard and rewarding can be to hike bike for 1 hour to descent for 9 km for an incredible landscape. He knows perfectly how to guide a group and make feel happy everyone, knows a lot about technical skills that will help you a lot in difficult tracks and at the end of the day he will drive you to have a fantastic dinner and a beer while chat about the next day plan.
Overall 10 over 10. Thanks H+I adventures for this amazing week riding in torridon & Skye trip.
Chris Gibbs is a fantastic guide and Scotland did not disappoint on my 2nd go-round (did Coast-to-Coast in 2013). Classic Torridon and Morvich big days combined with loamy roosty grin-inducing handbuilt singletrack on Laggan and fast Fort William!
Although H+I won't use the word, this trip combines enduro-style days (easy pedaling up, grin-inducing down) with big trail days.
Food and drink was fantastic. Another great trip in the bag!
Thanks to the full team at H+I. From the Saturday morning meet and greet till the final meal on Friday night i cant fault one moment. Been the lone Scot on tour does seem strange but im the one who gained loads of information on the great rides on offer and whats required to do them be it bike detail or fitness!!!
Our guide for the week was Jono...who was very organised patient knowledgeable and friendly towards all his clients.. superb job Dude!!
Rides..as a Scot who has never ridden in Morvich or Torridon well lets just say i was blown away massively stoked!!!on climbs and especially the descents big rock good technical turns big slab rock they had the lot!!!!
Great job guys keep up the superb job you lot are doing
What a fantastic trip! Euan, Catherine and the rest of the team really worked hard to make this adventure come together so well. Coming from the desert in the Southwestern U.S. the rain, cool weather and misty landscapes were a welcome change. Sure it was wet, but as Euan said, "If it did not rain this much in Scotland, it would not look like it does". It does looks amazing, with more shades of green than I have ever seen before in my life. The trip was very professional with the relaxed attitude that any mountain biker would appreciate. We had an awesome group and it felt like riding with my favorite crew back home. The accommodations and food were amazing every single night. Every place we stayed had lots of options for food and drink. I never had a bad meal. As far as the riding goes, the Advanced + rating for this route is very accurate. This trip is for experienced riders for sure. The climbs and hike a bike sections were emotional, but worth it for the steep, technical, long and fast descents. Euan tailored our ride based on the weather conditions and we changed up the schedule a little which made each day suit us perfectly. He kind of knows a thing or two about Scotland. Also, we rented bikes from H+I and they were awesome. Brand new Yeti 27.5's. Perfectly maintained and exactly the right bike for the terrain. I was very skeptical about not riding my own steed on such a demanding trip but on the first day they got the bikes dialed in for us and they were perfect. We did a few extra days sightseeing on the front and back end of the trip and it made traveling so much easier without having to worry about the bike. I would highly recommend this option. Anyway, thanks again to H+I, you guys killed it! I look forward to doing another one next year!
This was easily one of my favorite mountain biking adventures! The staff at H+I put a great deal of work into making your experience seamless, and have a great time while doing it! The terrain in Scotland was just surreal, so beautiful and rugged. Amazing biking! It’s a Bummer not to be riding through the Phantom mists and Tolkien like mountains right now! My group is already planning our next trip with H+I.
This is a Bike Tour with a capital B. H+I Adventures did an amazing job putting this together. Very professional and friendly from the first contact to the last goodbyes. You feel very welcome already with pre-trip materials sent to you before the trip.
I did the trip in May 2016 and the weather was with us all week, not a single drop of rain during the week. The trip included variable trails from flowy singletracks in Fort Williams to open mountain trails in Torridon. The trip is categorized as Advanced+ and that it was too. Long mountain days require good physical condition and for rocky technical trails you need to know how to dance with your bike. This was what I was after and I surely got it. I can still remember the feeling and views at the top of the mountain before starting 10km decend down. The landscape and views in Scotland are just amazing, truly epic. A very nice collection of accomodation and restaurants visited during the week. The other members of the group were really nice and the whole trip felt like a trip with good friends. Euan as our guide always did what was the best for the group. He picked the most suitable trails for us and was always there to give a hand if any technical problems with you bike. With H+I Adventures you can just do what you love, ride the bike, all the rest is taken care of. Surely not my last one with them.
It was marvellous! Thanks Catherine and Euan
A big thank you to the H+I team that made this unforgettable week possible for us. The combination of trails, accommodation and local food was perfect. Also I am very thankful that the guides helped me improve my riding skills without putting any pressure at any time. Six days of dry and sunny trails in the beautiful highlands. We will never forget this ride!!
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!
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!
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!
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)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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)!
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) mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye
- 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 eight people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye is four.
- Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this holiday?
The mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye 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 excellent bike handling skills you will enjoy this mountain bike tour no matter what your age.
- Q. What style of mountain biking vacation is it?
The mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye is a guided mountain bike vacation, ideal for advanced+ mountain bikers. You’ll ride our guides’ favourite trails, which are also the most technically challenging in the UK, in some of the most remote and dramatic scenery in Scotland.
- Q. How far will we be mountain biking each day?
The distances we cover each day range from 35km to 60km, 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. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next B&B each day, and have it ready and waiting in your room when you arrive.
- 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 Torridon and Skye. 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 Torridon and Skye, 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 price?
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, and we’ll carry this with us on the trail. 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 150mm travel front and rear will be ideal for this mountain bike tour Torridon and Skye. 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 Torridon and Skye.
- 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.