Cairngorms Adventure Scotland

Classic Highland singletrack on this mountain bike tour Cairngorms

This mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland boasts everything you could want from a Highland adventure. Rolling, heather-clad hills, ancient glens, secluded lochs, wonderful local food, craft ales, whiskies and, of course, fantastic mountain biking trails. During your MTB tour Cairngorms National Park you will stay in a comfortable home-from-home, a traditional guest house in the heart of Aviemore, the adventure capital of the Highlands.

  • £1,350 / $1,958
  • 7 nights / 8 days
  • Skill level: Intermediate

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…

Is this Cairngorms mountain bike tour for you?

We want you to have the best experience in the Highlands, so it’s important to be sure that this is the perfect mountain bike adventure, with the right level of challenge, for you.

You ride your mountain bike on average once per week, and would be comfortable riding a variety of trails including: rooty singletrack through forests; rocky double track climbs; muddy singletrack descents; and loose, rocky trails. Read more on our intermediate skill level.

Tour dates 2020

  • 9 – 16 May (7 places)
  • 11 – 18 July
  • 5 – 12 September (6 places)

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

The Cairngorms Adventure

Mountain biking + whisky tour Scotland Itinerary

The flow of 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 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 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 Rothiemurchus

Your guide will meet you in Inverness around 12 noon (exact pick-up details will be specified two weeks prior to your trip) 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 cake. We’ll start as we mean to go on!

Once everyone is happy with their bikes we’ll make our way south to Aviemore for our first ride of your mountain bike tour Cairngorms. We’ll warm up our legs riding through the forests of Rothiemurchus, described by acclaimed naturalist Sir David Attenborough as “One of the glories of wild Scotland”.

The Rothiemurchus Estate is home to a great diversity of eco-systems and wildlife habitat, as well as some excellent singletrack. This first ride will introduce you to Highland singletrack – nothing too technical, just really enjoyable trails to get you in the mood. We will have a chance to look at some skills to set you up for the week ahead.

You’ll be staying in a lovely, welcoming guest house in Aviemore, the adventure capital of the Highlands, and this evening we’ll walk the couple of minutes to a local favourite for dinner.

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

+Day 2 - Ancient forests of Glenmore

Setting off from our accommodation, we head into the Cairngorms proper, and one of the largest surviving areas of ancient Caledonian pine forest in Europe. Covering an area of over 30 square kilometres, this forest is steeped in history and folklore.

Weaving our way through 300-year-old Scots pine, our ride starts to head off-the-beaten-track into the lesser-known singletrack that flows through the forest at the foot of the iconic northern corries of the Cairngorm massif.

We’ll pop out in the small hamlet of Glenmore for 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, which 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 views looking across the Eastern Cairngorms and, with one more flowing descent, we spin back to Aviemore, passing Highland cattle and red deer, 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, home to endangered animals from Capercaillie 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 then 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.

Back 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 cake shops!

Distance cycled: 30km (app. 5 hours)
Accommodation: Guest house in Aviemore
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 4 - Singletrack and Single Malt

After a good breakfast we’ll transfer the 15 minutes to Grantown-on-Spey for a tremendous morning of riding true local knowledge singletrack. You’ll weave through thick heather, over roots and rocks, and practise some of those new technical skills you’ve learnt so far. Once you’ve worked up a good appetite we’ll drop back into the village for some homemade cake.

No visit to Speyside 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.

We’ll then make our way to a small 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 (app. 3hours)
Accommodation: Guest house in Aviemore
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 5 - Ballater + Royal Deeside

Today it’s time to see a different face of the Cairngorms.

We’ll head towards the Eastern side of Cairngorm (1.5 hour drive) to Royal Deeside, home to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Highland residence. We’ll stop at the village of Ballater, which is steeped in history and surrounded by some of the best riding in the Cairngorms.

Crossing the River Dee, famous for its spring water and believed to have healing properties, we’ll begin the long climb up and out of the village. Gaining height quickly we’ll be treated to views over Lochnagar, made famous by the poet Lord Byron, and almost all the way out to the North Sea.

We’ll have a rest in a shepherd’s hut to re-fuel and take some photos, then follow singletrack all the way along the ridge high above Ballater. Our goal is a phenomenal trail known as “Heartbreak Ridge”. This seemingly endless trails dances across the moors before turning into grippy slab rolls and rocky corners, then drops into the trees and opens up into a fast swooping trail across the vibrant green blanket of moss.

It’s been a long, but rewarding day, and we’ll head into Ballater town for a well-earned meal, before driving back to Aviemore for a hot shower and a good nights rest!

Distance cycled: 16 – 30km (app. 3 – 6 hours depending on routes ridden)
Accommodation: Guest house in Aviemore
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 6 - The Chalamain Gap

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

Riding out from Aviemore 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.

We’ll squeeze through and over boulders, carrying our bike at times, in a tight mountain pass known as the Chalamain Gap. 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 7 - Carrbridge Singletrack Treats

After the previous day’s epic ride, today we have a much shorter transfer to 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

£1,350 / $1,958 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 £300 / $435 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 rental – we have a limited number of fantastic Yeti SB130s available at a cost of £350/$508 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 mountain bike approximately once a week 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 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 useful tips on how to pack your bike for travel.

Visas

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.

If you’re new to mountain bike travel we have some great advice on making your first mountain bike adventure a huge success.

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.

Tipping

It is not compulsory to tip your guides or drivers in Scotland, but if you feel that you have had a good service or experience 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 and you can arrange your insurance cover directly with them.

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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by Jono Clift on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Cairngorms Mtb Tour 21st -28th September 2019

I have been on many bike tours in the last 10 years both here and abroad. Seven trips have been with H+I and they are just the best!

Chris, our guide, was good at working out everything, from the skills of his riding group to the best places to ride to enjoy epic scenery in the best weather available. Along with awesome riding we visited interesting places including a distillery and a cooperage.

The accommodation was superb with a full Scottish breakfast to start the day. Evening meals were at carefully chosen places known for their good food often locally sourced.

Chris made sure that everyone’s bike was safe to go every day and was expert at doing on the spot repairs when needed.

H+I have a great team who really take care of their guests and they know all the best trails. I shall join them again.

by Terry Westerman on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
More than just a ride

There are more trails in this world than you can ever hope to ride, but this H+I trip was impressive in every sense a worth the time. The skills coaching and local knowledge from our guide, Chris made this trip much more than just a ride. The local history was fascinating, the variety of trails (and associated challenges) was way beyond my expectations, and I learned a lot about all aspects of riding.

The day after my week with H+I and I ran into an individual who had come to the Highlands with some friends to ride on their own. I spoke with him for about 15 minutes, comparing trips, and I can tell you his experience was a fraction of mine. He left Aviemore exhausted, I left Aviemore invigorated.

by Dave Walker on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Cairngorms mtb tour

I had such a fantastic week biking in the epic Cairngorms. Agne and I have done many mtb tours and this was one of the very best ever that we have done! Chris is a truly great guide who showed us some amazing trails in the wonderful forests, glens and high mountain wilderness. He also has a canny knack of reading the weather and choosing the best window for the trails. Chris is a great mechanic and was up early each morning to make sure our bikes were trail ready. Thanks for all the tips and advice.

A big shout too for Max who joined us on a couple of days - great company and upcoming guide - and to Victoria for all her help with organising the tour for us. Thanks for a truly memorable experience. Really looking forward to doing another tour with H+I before too long.

by Angela Kreps on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Surpassed my high expectations

I love to mountain bike and I love to travel so I knew this would be fun. But it was so much more than that! I can't say I had a lot of specific expectations but I can say my mind was blown by this amazing experience. Chris, our guide, and Victoria in the office, took care of us like family. If I didn't have to work for a living, I may never have come home! The food was amazing (totally unexpected), the tempo of the trip and the riding enjoyable and relaxed yet wild and adventurous, and the lodging was fantastic.

We are already talking about what trip to take next. I wholeheartedly trust this company to give a wonderful experience in any part of the world. Thank you!

by Andrei on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Fantastic Trip

Knowing how good H+I is, I came to this trip with high expectations, but they were easily exceeded! From meticulously planned details (hotels, restaurants, etc.) to the excellent rental bikes that we were riding, everything was great. But of course the star of the show was our guide Chris Gibbs - a patient & attentive instructor on the trail (and a truly inspiring great biker), life of the party in the evening during our group dinners and a wealth of knowledge on all things Scottish! He expertly chose our trails factoring in our experience/skill levels, weather, plus on top of that every day we saw something new and beautiful (and different from MTB point of view). Great, big thank you to Chris and everyone at H+I for this perfect trip! I am definitely planning to come back and to more destinations with this company.

by Marianna on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland

This was my first mountain biking trip and first time with H+I. From the get-go I was super impressed with the planning, coordination, and responsiveness from the H+I team. Victoria and Catherine were incredibly helpful and welcoming as we were getting set up for the trip.



The Cairngorms have an almost otherworldly beauty. I've never experienced anything quite like it. Weather may seem to be a concern, but I think it added to the adventure in a positive way--"character and team-building" as Chris would say 🙂



My husband and I started mountain biking regularly a few years ago and thought we knew what we were doing...turns out we were wrong. Within a week Chris completely transformed our confidence and technical skills on the bike! Aside from the technical aspect, Chris himself is above-and-beyond what I expected from even an expert guide. He is experienced and well-versed in biking, mountaineering, and outdoor safety/survival. He clearly has a passion for the area and sharing it with others. Most notably, his ability to read and adapt to both the individual and group dynamic is very impressive. Chris even stayed up nearly all night at the airport with my husband to help us track down lost luggage with all our gear (which we got thanks to his persistence with the locals). While we took hot showers after long rides in the evening and slept in late in the morning, Chris was out there cleaning and fine-tuning our bikes for the next day ride. This behind-the-scenes effort was certainly recognized and much-appreciated.



For us, the highlight of the trip was sliding tires, kicking up dirt, and sharing stories and good laughs with the group--all with the Cairngorms as our spectacular backdrop.



Can you tell I have a severe case of holiday blues? Already looking forward to our next trip with H+I next year. Thank you H+I team!



XOXO -Marianna

P.S. - I have to give a shout-out to Max as well, he's the bombdiggity 🙂

by Tom on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
MTB paradise

This was my first MTB trip and it was so worth it.



First of all the advice and recommendations from Victoria were great and really helpful when your travelling alone for the first time.



Our guide Chris was more than awesome. He was kind, humble and knowledgeable. He takes his time explaining the hard technical parts of the trail and how you should ride them. At the end of the week you will be a better rider.



That was probably the best week that I ever had and I'm already looking forward for another one.

by Tammy on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Cairngorms Scotland adventure

Sign up for a mountain bike tour with this company! After researching companies and reading reviews I decided on the Cairngorms, Scotland adventure and this company. I traveled here solo and recommend them for anyone else who is looking for a guided mountain bike adventure. They provided excellent bikes, service, guides, and accommodations.

Victoria from the office was fantastic and helpful in offering advice and recommendations for my planning of sightseeing excursions beforehand around Scotland. They even let me courier items to the office I didn't have room for to carry before starting my adventure. Thank you!

I had Chris Gibbs for a guide. He was excellent in explaining the trails (technical bits), choosing the trails to ride, maintaining our bikes and was a fun guide who had exceptional knowledge of weather patterns and trails to make the most out of our time riding in Scotland.

I had a fantastic time and plan on using them for my next adventure.

by Emma on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Marvelous on all fronts

This was my first mountain biking trip and thus first time with H+I, plus first time to Scotland. What a trip! It was absolutely wonderful.

First, the people - Chris Gibbs was an incredibly thoughtful, detail oriented, and encouraging guide on the bikes as well as during our time in town/out-and-about. He covered all facets of each day (weather, bike logistics, people logistics, etc.) with ease and humor. I learned much from him. Plus, everyone else I had contact with at H+I – Kevin, Victoria, Catherine, and Donald were all equally kind and generous with their time and help. Quite an excellent team!

Second, the riding. The week was well structured for ramping up distance and technical level. I was challenged up to the edge of my comfort zone, but never felt pressured and was always encouraged to make smart decisions on harder terrain. This, balanced with the coaching from Chris and encouragement from the group, made me a better rider. It was eye-opening to ride bigger and more mountainous terrain than the more cross-country style I typically ride. The scenery was outstanding – everything I anticipated (and more!) from a bike trip in the Scottish Highlands.

Third – off the bike and around the area. This was an integral part of the experience. Having a guide local to the area was key for better learning the ins and outs of the culture. This, along with H+I’s relationships with so many great local establishments (excellent food+bevvies!) made me feel at home in the Aviemore area.

I cannot express enough my gratitude for this experience and everyone at H+I that made it so remarkable. Already thinking about the next one…

by John on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
It all came together...

This was my second guided mtb trip and first with H+I. We had fantastic weather, rode in some spectacular places, had a friendly and enthusiastic group, ate delicious meals, and had the best imaginable guide in Chris Gibbs. Knowledgeable, skilled, friendly, and a great teacher/coach/mentor. Highly recommended.

by Lisa on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Woman's point of view

This was my first trip with H+I. The riding was excellent and different than what I am used to, coming from California. Wet, rocky, muddy and boggy. Emphasis on Boggy! Kevin was an excellent guide and taught me to climb rocks like a beast. He is very knowledgeable and was able to read the group very well. The scenery was beautiful.
The food....incredible. I was apprehensive at first, but all of the restaurants were worth the trip. Very hip and traditional selections were made on the style of food.
Accommodations were very comfortable and high end.
Loved Scotland and H+I- hire bikes are worth the price and well taken care of. Highlight- Whiskey at just the right time.
Looking forward to another trip-

by Greg on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Trip of a Lifetime

This was my first trip with H+I and my first time mountain biking the Cairngorm area.

The highlights begin with the people. Chris Gibbs was a terrific host, guide and coach. The group was intense ... we all wanted to be pushed to our limit, but chill … we all wanted to enjoy the beauty and the total experience of the Cairngorms. And, the people of Scotland are the most genuinely friendly people that I've ever met.

Of course the riding was excellent. Some of the most technical stuff I've ever ridden. Very thankful for the coaching, pointers and extremely capable Yeti rental bike.

I had an absolute blast. I am definitely planning to go on future trips with H+I.

by Laurie Cohen on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Another Breathtaking Cairngorms Adventure

This was our second bespoke Cairngorms trip, and it was every bit as exciting and memorable as the first: expert, sensitive guiding by Kevin Henderson and Ella Wright; awesome scenery; varied, fun (and sometimes a bit scary) trails in parts we hadn't seen before; and to top it off, rekindling H+I friendships, adding kids and friends into the mix.

Once again, Catherine and Euan put together a perfect adventure for us, and we’re already looking forward to the next one.



by Alison Harkey on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Highlander III, definitely a charm

Our third trip to the Cairngorms reuniting the Harkey and Myers/Cohen families with our favorite guide Kevin Henderson, new guide, Ella Wright, and a cameo appearance by Chris Gibbs was, as always, a delight. Scotland's scenery never ceases to amaze. Kevin and Ella's knowledge of the terrain and description of each upcoming section of trail, as well as technical tips added to our enjoyment and readiness for what was to come. We rode some old familiar trails and lots of new ones. The greatest adventure was descending from Heartbreak Ridge in thunderstorms and torrential rain - it's amazing how quickly you can ride when you have to!!

H+I Adventures is simply one of the very best - from accommodations, restaurant selections, bike rentals, amazing trails, whisky nips and top notch guides - I cannot recommend them highly enough. It looks like Highlander IV is already in the works!!!

by Daphne on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Highly recommend!

Highly recommend! Went on Scotland Cairngorm trip and had a great time. Even broke my arm and still had a good time! Accommodations were great, meals delicious, and our guide, Kevin, awesome!

I was impressed with the care and attention and help they provided during a medical emergency. Comforting to know that if something happens, they will take care of you.

by Wally Dumont on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
The Cairngorms

This was my first tour with H+I Adventures touring the Cairngorms in Scotland. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this tour including venue, accommodations and the culinary scene.
Kevin our tour guide is very experience bike rider but more importantly he is a great at analyzing other people’s riding techniques and making recommendations or adjustments to your riding style to make the journey even that much more enjoyable.
I have been riding for many years self-taught but just the advice and recommendations alone was worth the price of admission. I would even consider doing this tour again but they have many other treks that I most definitely be joining in the future,
Well done H+I Team

by Chris on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland

This was my second time taking this tour. The landscape and riding are so amazing I am considering returning next summer for round 3. My goal on this trip was to improve my technical skills while having a great time. Kevin was an amazing guide that spent time with each person focused on their individual riding ability to help them progress. Kevin was also a master of coordinating the group so even though the group consisted of different ability levels everyone was able to have the challenge they were looking for. Everyone on the tour improved their riding and had a great time. Scotland did it’s part by providing rain every day. The weather did nothing to hamper our spirits. We all packed the stuff listed on the recommended list and were covered. An unexpected perk was Kevin leveraged this weather to help us improve our wet conditions riding. As a side note, the rocks in this area are super sticky even when wet.

The accommodations were amazing. Each morning started with a great breakfast at the accommodations and then we had an amazing dinners at H+I selected restaurants that never disappointed us. Kevin has an interesting past that was interesting to learn about and he helped facilitate great conversations within the group. I think these people will be friends for life.

The mothership for H+I are also great to work with. They have all the boxes checked before you arrive and the trip runs flawlessly. They are very responsive and provide great advice on how to enhance your trip with pre and post tour activities.

I will be riding with H+I again this September and I am now looking at trips for 2020.

by Mike on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Misty Mountains

What a fantastic week in the Cairngorms, riding a variety of hidden gems and some tried and tested trails all under the excellent guiding of Kevin. Can’t praise him highly enough for his patience and knowledge, I felt I’ve come on as a rider thanks to some of his great tips. Staying in comfortable accommodation and starting each day with a great breakfast, even the trying wet conditions couldn’t dampen the mood of the group.

Each day just more and more fantastic scenery, the mist providing the perfect backdrop. All in all a great experience from H+I.

Only difficult thing is deciding which one to book next...

by Piet on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Tropical Cairngorms

Had an amazing week in tropical Scotland. Apparently is sometimes rains in Scotland, but all we saw was sunshine and beautiful trails, wild scenery, nice restaurants and a great B&B. Our guide Remi is a verry relaxed, fun and knowledgeful guy. We couldn't stop him from cleaning and oiling our bikes.

Glad we could experience this all. Thanks you guys!

by Thomas on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Beautiful Highlands

Really excellent trip! The riding and scenery in Scotland is amazing and thanks to the guiding highly varied as well.



The planning, organization and guiding worked perfectly. Highly recommended!

by Per Ovesen on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Mountain bike tour Gairngorms & Fort Williams, Scotland

A huge thanks to H+I for organising this amazing MTB trip for our small group of 4. We absolutely loved it all!! As if the spectacular scenery and nature wasn't enough we were blessed with perfect blue skies for almost the entire week. Our guide Jono did an outstanding job, always attentive, willing to teach and share his home turf with us. Not only is Jono a great guide and rider, he is also a really pleasant guy to be around, thank you Jono, we will most definitely try to return and ride with you again some day.

by Peter on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Cairngorms

A truly spectacular trip, made all the better by Jono's consummate professionalism, patience, and expertise. A fantastic trip if you're looking to explore some of the Highlands, build your mountain biking skills, and enjoy great food and whiskey, too!

Organization and execution by the H+I team very smooth, despite a record heat wave!

by Philip on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Exceeded expectations!

This was a perfect trip, which exceeded my expectations – by a long way! I’d done two previous trips with H+I – in Nepal and the Coast to Coast. Both were big adventures and both were utterly amazing.



This was a different kind of trip. It was based in a single centre, it promised gradual skills development, and it marked a step down in grade. I had lower expectations, but needn’t have worried – it was a great trip.



Aviemore proved to be a good base. It’s a small town with a good outdoor vibe and is at the heart of a system of easy trails that lead through ancient woodlands to the surrounding forests.



The forests were great – full of ancient trees, heather, the occasional deer and secret single track. These trails were the focus of our holiday. They are, for the most part, created by local riders and flow beautifully through the terrain, most with interesting technical features, all offering great riding.



Jono, our guide, was superb, offering great company, knowledge about the area, wisdom and patience. If one of our group balked at a feature, he took it in his stride, carefully broke down the problem, and let us session it. Group confidence and skill increased as the week progressed.



We stayed in a very comfortable Bed & breakfast in the middle of Aviemore and dined in some very good restaurants in the surrounding villages – the evenings were always very relaxed and a real pleasure.



The trip provided a perfect introduction to Scottish riding culminating in a high mountain ridge ride, with water bars, rocky features, a hike-a-bike section and great descents, a great introduction to the kind of riding that you find on the Coast to Coast. The trip would provide good preparation for the Coast to Coast, with good technical features but in less challenging environments. I, however, enjoyed it as a holiday in its own right and, as ever, with H+I, it was perfectly organised.

by Sally on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Beautiful Cairngorms

What a spectacular week of riding in the Scottish Highlands. A variety of terrain with some challenging single-track, flow trails and the obligatory hike-a-bike day. Throughout the week we were spoilt by views of the snow capped Cairngorms.

by Patrick on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Ride with the sun

Special thanks to the amazing Cairngorms, the place where we haven't seen any rain during the week. Special thanks for Jono who supports and endures our presence 🙂 Special thanks to Scotland for the gorgeous lanscapes, splendide nature and incredible single tracks.


And special thanks for H+I for this perfect organisation.

by Ethan Ditmanson on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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.

by Robert Pommier on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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!

by Blaine Campbell on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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!

by Vesa on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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.

by Caroline on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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.

by Maciej on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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.

by Skye Walker on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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!

by David on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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.

by Jim on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
Great

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

by Leslie J on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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.

by Kathy Evans on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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!

by Kelly & Jon Rygh on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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!

by Jerrod Snyder on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland

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.

by Robert Laney on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland

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.

by Frank on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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.

by Chance Bex on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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 !!!!!

by Jake Brown on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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!

by Monica Erion on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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!

by Erik Dithmer on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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.

by Ray Dames on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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.

by Jennifer Bramlette on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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!

by Quincy Kresler on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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!

by Sam Ball on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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...

by Claire on Mountain bike tour Cairngorms Scotland
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. 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 SB130s 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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