Mountain Bike Across Scotland

United Kingdom

Mountain Bike through dramatic landscape on this 79-mile trail through Scotlands most famous Glen.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fort William to Fort Augustus

You'll meet your guide and the rest of the team at 08:30 am in Fort William. After a short brief, you'll jump on your bikes, and head along an easy stretch of the Caledonian Canal to Neptune's staircase - the larges set of Lochs on the canal. Before lunch, you'll descend down to Invergarry, where you can enjoy some local ice cream and a well-deserved break. From here the trail will take you through the forests to your accommodation at Fort Augustus.

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After a hearty breakfast, you'll cycle above the tree line with incredible views of Loch Ness. For those who want to, there will also be an opportunity to cycle to the highest point on the Great Glen Way, which overlooks the famous Fairy Bridge. In the afternoon, you'll cycle along an undulating trail that takes you past the Stone Cave - a shelter built in the 19th Century for a local washerwoman to walk to work.

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The Ride out of Drumnadrochit boasts great views of Inverness. You'll follow an old drove road through a network of tracks - used in the 18th and 19th centuries to drive livestock from pasturelands all over the Highlands. After lunch, you'll ride through the forests and down the hill through Ness Island, and along the River Ness.

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FAQs

Included

  • Guides
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Bike hire (feel free to bring your own if you wish)
  • All the photos from your trip
  • Spares
  • Baggage transfer is available to Inverness from Fort William but not in-between.

Excluded

  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Transfers back to Fort William 

Start: You'll meet your guide at 08:30 am at 'Off Beat Bikes in Fort William' 

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End: Your trip will end at roughly 2:30 pm in Inverness near the bus station.

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Accommodation will be typical of a Scottish B&B. You'll be in a room on your own if booking solo or shared with the rest of your party (due to covid). You'll have a heart breakfast each day and you'll be close by to many shops and pubs. Free wifi and towels will be provided. 

Included

Breakfast 

Not included

You'll go to the shop in the morning buy your own lunch. 

You'll eat out both nights with the rest of your team for Dinner.

Clothing for Cycling

  • Shorts or leggings 
  • Active style top
  • Fleece
  • Cycling gloves (full fingered)
  • Sturdy trainers
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • Water bottle or camelback
  • A reasonable sized rucksack - 30L or similar
  • Warm hat 
  • Sunglasses

A dry bag containing the following:

  • Spare shoes
  • Dry change of clothes
  •  A few toiletries 

A word to the wise. Don't pack too much, You'll have to carry it all! 

Baggage transfer is available to Inverness from Fort William but not in-between. 

This very much depends on your spending habits. There will be opportunities to buy refreshments, ice cream, coffees etc.

You will need to buy lunch each day, rougly £4 a day 

You will also need to buy you evening meal, this will be roughly £15 

Transfer back to Fort William is around £30 if you decide to go back. 

18, or 14 if accompanied by an adult. 

The weather during the summer months is normally fantastic. However, you'll be in a mountainous environment so expect a some changing weather. 

Arriving by train: from Fort William train station or bus station, it is a 5-minute walk down the High street of Fort William to the bike shop. If bringing your own bike on the train, then it's very likely that you'll be required to book in advance. 

Arriving by car: you can enter Ellis Brighams into your sat nav. Parking is free on the street between the shop and the train line. From here it is a 5 minute walk to the bike shop.

Getting back: You'll end at the bus station in Inverness where you can get a bus back to Fort William or your bag can be dropped off here and you can travel onwards. The cost is around £30 and takes around 2 hours. 

There is some technical riding but no previous experience of technical mountain biking is required. If you would rather walk around certain sections, then this is also an option.

You should be reasonably fit and can cycle around 25 miles each day off-road.

Absolutely. Make sure it is a mountain bike with off road tyres and hydrollic disk breaks.

If you would rather hire an E-bike you are more than welcome. Get in touch and we can give you a price if there is availability.

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