Calling all cycling enthusiasts! Are you a beginner or intermediate mountain biker looking to experience wild Scotland under the watchful eye of an experienced mountain biking guide? Then you should sign up for an expedition with Wilderness Scotland and bike from the mountain town of Fort William to the historical city of Inverness.
The first day will be spent in Aviemore, where you’ll meet your guide, and then spent getting your mountain biking skills up to grips in the Cairngorms National park. Here you’ll take a few hours to get to know your bike and then transfer yourself to Spean Bridge, where the first night is spent.
The journey begins on day two with a 15km ride into Fort William, riding some fun forest trails and heading out to the Downhill World Cup trails in Leanachan Forest. Here you can further develop your mountain biking skills and hit some awesome trail features like berms, bumps and boardwalks.
The third day is a biggie, with 41km of riding the at first follows the canal before heading further on to Loch Oich to take on a big uphill climb. After this point you’ll drop into Fort Augustus and end the day there. This village on the banks of Loch Ness features loads of cafes, shops and restaurants to spend the evening in before bedding down in the hotel.
You’ll take a splendid day to travel along the banks of Loch Ness, following the Loch and then traveling high up onto the plateau above the valley. You’ll spend the day climbing and then descending on thrilling trails before finishing at the Highland village of Drumnadrochit. From here you can either explore the highland village or take a small trip out to the famous and historic Urquhart Castle, a ruin that once played a vital role the in the Scottish wars of independence in the 14th century, and held by Clan Grant until 1692, where it was destroyed to thwart Jacobite revolutionaries who wished to hold it.
The fifth and final day of riding will take you along a lovely, flowing path that can be challenging at times but ultimately rewarding, finishing off your trip at the Highland Capital of Inverness. The day is as memorable as any that came before with cycle paths winding past lochs and over bridges onto a series of islets before depositing you at the castle.
The final day gives time for reflection before embarking back on train or by bus to the finishing point Aviemore.