Ever seen a photograph of a rider immersed in the mountains, surrounded by peaks and beautiful trails? Have you ever wanted to be that rider in the photo? Thought you would never be able to get out there and ride it? Well we want you to be that rider, experience those landscapes and ride those trails in style. That's why the UK's leading big mountain tour company and mountain bike coaching company have joined forces – to share our knowledge of the best trails in the world, with you.
The north west of Scotland is a wild place. A place of big mountains, rock faces, boulder strewn trails and some of the best wild riding imaginable. It's simply inspirational and our time spent in these glens, valleys and mountainsides made us realise that we had to get more riders out there but quickly realised that many don't feel ready to make the jump into the wilds. So, we partnered up with Go Where Scotland, laid out plans on how to take you and our mountain bike coaching into the big country and in the process won a tourism innovation award from the Scottish Government.
We take you through the most iconic of Scottish mountainscapes. From Glencoe and Ft William to Knoydart, the Isle of Skye and Torridon. You'll take six individual boat trips, a day on a gondola, eat in the UK's most remote pub and ride beautiful natural trails under some of the most breathtaking mountain tops in Scotland.
To make sure you get the most out of the wild north westerly mountains, we start the trip with one and half days on classic, but man made trails that give us the opportunity to talk you through what you'll encounter out in the wilds and get you prepared for the big country. You'll already need to be a pretty good rider before you sign up but we'll take the time to tidy a few things up and get the teaching out of the way so you can go on to experience the wild rides without feeling like you're in a classroom. After all, our aim is to give you the tools to truly experience the big mountains without feeling frustrated, overly challenged or nervous about what lies ahead.
We'll cover all the core skills you'll need whilst still riding some great trails and having a great time. With a few hours under your belt, we'll then take you into the heart of Kinlochleven for your first wild ride. Voted one of the best rides in the UK, you'll get a taste of what's to come in the week ahead whilst still being saturated with epic views, huge towering peaks and classic scottish mountain biking. From there it's boats, whisky, singletrack, a little hike-a-bike and experiences for all of your senses.
But here's the really unique part...
Following your first few days of being coach led, the teaching element will back off and the guiding part will take over, giving you the chance to absorb, ride and enjoy the trip. However, your coach will never leave you flying solo. In fact they'll be on hand the whole week to help you, answer your questions and make sure you have everything you need to really get the most from the riding.
Consider this trip a mountain bike holiday with benefits – an investment not just in your experiences but in yourself. You'll leave us not only with memories of epic trails in incredible locations but also with the skill set to take your riding up a gear when you get back home. As a safari, we take you on the road to only the best spots, building you up from some of Scotland's finest managed trails, to our biggest and most beautiful wild mountain routes. By the end of this trip your riding will be through the roof, and you’ll already be thinking of when to book your next trip to Scotland.
The low down...
The low down...
How Challenging? Starts moderate, builds through the week, from coastal routes and on to one of the longest, most remote descents in the UK.
Is this a training camp? No Way - it's the opposite. This trip is a holiday with benefits. Fun and good times are the main aim of this trip, we're just here to make sure that when you come across a challenge on the trail, we can help you get over it so you can go on to experience the next amazing view, singletrack or landscape.
Adventure Factor Off the Scale!
You can expect a structured introduction to key techniques and skills in the first two days. You'll then be left to practice them out on the big terrain but never without a coach to help with anything you need. This way, you can enjoy your riding, the epic scenery, unique atmospheres and still learn and grow in ability and confidence throughout the week.
- Expert Leadership and professional coach on hand all day, every day
- Video of you riding throughout the week
- Apres ride playback sessions if you desire
- Individual focus on your riding development
- Great group experience, mellow atmosphere and good times
- Expert answers to any riding questions you may have
- Private boat access to remote trail gems
- Professional Guide
- One day of chairlift assisted riding
- Quality Hotel / Guest House Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
- Transfers, ferries and private transportation throughout the trip
- Mechanical Support
- Detailed pre-departure information
- Trip video and photos
How Long? 6 nights / 7 days or a private 3 nights/ 4 days option
When? 4th to 10th August 2012 - Enquire about 2013 availability
Where? Joining in Edinburgh (if you are arriving elsewhere, please contact us to discuss alternative arrangements)
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