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7 Days Mountain Royale Biking Holiday in Scotland, UK
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Incredible Biking Holiday Scotland

Experience the exciting adventure that is more Alpine than the Alps! This Mountain Royale bike trip is something Go Where Scotland is very proud of - not least because it’s in one of those areas that’s still very much under the radar of the mountain biking public, so it comes as a big surprise just how fantastic the riding is. This tour also offers such a huge variety of riding from big mountain epics to sweet forest singletracks. You are guaranteed to be spoiled for choice in this secret mountain bikers' paradise!

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Unpaved, rocky, and mountainous
  • Starts in: Cairngorms
  • Ends in: Cairngorms
  • Total distance: Can be adapted to the needs of the cyclist
  • Difficulty level: Challenging (Cyclist needs to have a high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs / or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike

Highlights

  • Exploring the Cairngorms' lesser-known trails
  • Rewarding backcountry mountain ride in Braemar
  • Riding the natural heathery singletrack of the Deeside
  • Ride in the Queen’s highland hidden in the Scots Pine
  • Support of backup vehicle and mechanical assistance
  • Fun and experienced professional guides
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
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Accommodation

You will stay for six nights in a unique lodge accommodation in the heart of the action. Think of it a bit like a ski lodge (without the snow, obviously); a comfortable self-catering vacation rental chalet in the heart of mountain biking heaven. Your lodge provides a fantastic base in a prime location to come back to at the end of a big day in the hills. For those requesting single or private accommodation - in some instances, where this is available - an additional supplement may be chargeable.

Program

Type of trip

Mountain biking by another name is riding the whole hill and sometimes getting off and carrying or pushing to reach those tricky to access (but oh-so-worth-it) descents. This is the kind of riding most regular mountain bikers are familiar with - you’ll encounter almost every kind of terrain and gradient and may include some hike-a-bike.

Technical rating: 3

You are a confident mountain biker and have been riding technical terrain for at least two years including exposed singletrack and rough landrover track, on uneven, loose, and frequent steep gradients, with frequent variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots. You are comfortable riding on trails approximately 12 inches wide that vary greatly in their stability and may be unpredictable including loose rock. You are comfortable regularly traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, logs, and drop-offs up to 15 inches tall, and some obstacles encountered may exceed that.

Endurance rating: 3

You are an avid mountain biker riding twice a week or more, and the weather isn’t a big factor for you. You are at an above-average fitness level and regularly do other activities that qualify as exercise. You usually find yourself riding for three hours on the trails, you’ll ride on consecutive days, and you ride at a moderate pace.

Itinerary

Saturday

Did somebody say coffee? Trips typically begin with a fresh coffee (of course) and a rendezvous around 09:00 in the Tweed Valley with pick-ups in Edinburgh and Perth (full details are sent out beforehand). After high-fives and handshakes, a last-minute supply run may be the order of the day, then Go Where Scotland safely secures your precious cargo onto the custom bike trailer, load the minibus, turn on the tunes, and kick off the adventure!

As Go Where Scotland trucks north to the Deeside headquarter, you’ll be treated to a tasty ride on some lesser-known trail delights in this slice of mountain biking heaven. By the time you swing back into the village, you’ll be ready to crack open the beers and rustle up a hearty dinner at your accommodation or nip out and enjoy some local pub grub and ale, of course!

Sunday

Five minutes out the door of your fantastic accommodation, you’ll be picking up your second taste of what’s on offer. Big ups for big downs and wide smiles. You’ll take it easy on the climbs though, keeping plenty in the tanks for the good bits. A mix of fast natural heathery singletrack, granite slabs, and long steep descents are the rewards for today’s efforts. That evening, you’ll probably give in to the lure of the local pub and enjoy some great grub, a tasty ale, and the buzz from shredding some of the most fun descents anywhere.

Monday

Big mountains and big flow. Epic panoramas are just one reward for reaching the plateau of one of the UK’s highest summits - the real dessert comes when you tackle the maze of pristine singletrack below you. Before you focus on the trail, you’ll take five to soak it all up - in this landscape of giants, you’re just dots. It’s the perfect environment to forget the daily grind.

Tuesday

The tiny mountain town of Braemar is the gateway to the most rewarding backcountry mountain biking in Scotland - today’s going to be quite an 'out there' experience. It is definitely a three sandwich kind of day!

Wednesday

It feels like you’ve been riding here forever and the mountain biking never gets stale because there’s so much to choose from. Mountain Royale is a land of contrasts - the Queen’s highland retreat is nearby, hidden deep in the silent forests of ancient Scots Pine sheltering beneath some of the UK’s highest summits, where the sub-arctic landscape is more similar to Scandinavia than the rest of the British Isles. Today is one of Go Where Scotland's favourites - a loam-rich rollercoaster through the pines.

Thursday

With so much riding on your doorstep, you’ve plenty of time for another dose of singletrack goodness to keep your head spinning for weeks - this time a sweet ribbon, only reached by an ancient drove road and long forgotten track Go Where Scotland uncovered over the years of exploring this maze of mountain biking fun.

Friday

Just as you’re getting into the groove, you realise it’s your very last day. After a relaxed breakfast, you’ll sort out your kit, take one last look at this incredible part of Scotland before starting your homeward journey south.

Skill level

Advanced:

  • can cycle for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of bicycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

On this biking holiday, you will sample the incredible riding in the Queen’s ‘backyard’ - the splendour of the Cairngorms, Angus Glens, and Deeside in Scotland. On each day of this mountain biking tour, you will spider out into the wilderness by bike or in the vehicle from the picture postcard highland village of Braemar in Deeside to pick up sweet ribbons of singletrack, ancient drove roads, and long forgotten tracks Go Where Scotland has uncovered over the years.

Food

Visiting Scotland offers up opportunities to enjoy some great fresh Scottish fayre and of course a dram or two and a fine ale! Daily buffet breakfast will be served to set you up for the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • A week exploring the Cairngorms, Deeside and the Angus Glens
  • Professional guides (expertly trained, hugely experienced, but most of all great fun and with a wealth of local knowledge to share)
  • Comprehensive support including backup vehicle, first aid, and mechanical assistance throughout your trip
  • Detailed pre-departure information
  • Trip photos
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast

What's not included

  • Bike hire

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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