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7 Days Torrid Affair Mountain Biking Holiday in Scotland, UK
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Cam-Allt Na Mara, Cam-Allt, Strathcarron, Highland, Scotland, UK

Adventure Biking Holiday in UK

Go Where Scotland invites you to join this adventure biking in Scotland. You can expect the best trails of the Northwest Highlands and the Isle of Skye expertly curated to pack an unforgettable punch. This top-notch, fun, friendly, and professional mountain biking will give a satisfactory challenge for you. Every sense, every muscle, every skill in your mountain biking armoury will be challenged and rewarded in equal measure as you ride in a landscape where dinosaurs wouldn’t look out of place - the Northwest Highlands of Scotland is a truly must ride destination!

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Type of transportation: cycling
  • Terrain: Singletrack, rocky, and mountainous
  • Starts in: Tweed Valley
  • Ends in: Applecross
  • 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 (50 GBP per day)

Highlights

  • Weeklong guided biking
  • Cycling on the Isle of Skye
  • Challenging climbs and descents on Northwest Highlands' trails
  • Services of professional mountain bike guides
  • Support vehicle throughout your trip
  • Pick-up and drop-off service
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Cam-Allt Na Mara is a stunning lochside lodge in the heart of the Northwest Highlands. Think of it a bit like a ski lodge, a comfortable self-catering vacation rental chalet in the heart of mountain biking heaven. The lodge provides a fantastic base in a prime location to come back to at the end of a big day in the hills. The bedrooms are supplied with bedding, towels, and hairdryers.

For those requesting single or private accommodation – in some instances, where this is available – an additional supplement may be chargeable.

Program

Close your eyes for a second - imagine being transported to a world of rock slabs, towering mountains, glens, and sea lochs stretching as far as the eye can see. Add mountain bikes and you’re getting close to the landscapes and terrain you’ll be riding on the Torrid Affair mountain bike adventure.

As if the opportunity to ride in this remote corner of Scotland isn’t rewarding enough in itself, where conditions and stamina allow, you will explore the whole northwestern corner of Scotland, and load up and hop over the sea to the Isle of Skye to take on the might of the rugged Cuillins too!

And long before you depart, Go Where Scotland ensures the trip is suitable for you - none of this one-size-fits-all approach; it simply doesn’t work! Add to that their comprehensive pre-departure package including trip notes and essential kit, all you’re left to do is get in shape and count down the days!

Sample itinerary

Saturday

Trips typically begin with a fresh coffee and a rendezvous around 08:30 in the Tweed Valley with alternative pick-ups in Edinburgh, Perth, and Inverness (full details are sent out beforehand). Journey time to the accommodation in Strathcarron is approximately five hours excluding stops. Near Aviemore, you’ll have a quick lunch in a fantastic bistro and afterwards enjoy a short two-hour ride to sample the trails and stretch the legs before continuing northwards. In Inverness, approximately at 17:00 / 17:30, you’ll refuel and pick up essential supplies before the last leg of your journey to Strathcarron, arriving at the lodge approximately at 19:30.

After high-fives and handshakes, a last-minute supply run may be the order of the day, then Go Where Scotland will safely secure your precious cargo onto their custom bike trailer, load the minibus, turn on the tunes and kick off the adventure!

As you truck north to the secret loch-side headquarter, you’ll treat yourselves to a tasty post-lunch ride on some lesser-known trail delights. By the time you swing into the glen, you’ll be ready to crack open the beers and rustle up a hearty dinner - and maybe even enjoy an ale or a dram (maybe best not to overdo it though, day two might be a big one) by the fire overlooking tomorrow’s mountains.

Sunday

Waking up to 360-degree epicness - stunning views of mountains rising straight from the loch; it’s quite a spot to polish off a hearty breakfast, drain the last drop of fresh java from the cafétière before donning bike gear, fettling bikes, and steering a course for those very same peaks.

Day two could be a ‘three-sandwich’ kind of day. Whichever route you pick, prepare to be out in the mountains all day, picking the best lines amongst the boulder-strewn singletrack the Northwest Highlands are notorious for. You can expect the bike to be over your shoulder or on your back at points - the riding in this part of Scotland has its challenges for everyone, but the best descents in Europe are well worth the effort. And the awesome mountain backdrop helps take the sting out of the climbs so don’t forget your camera! Plus, you all know the beer tastes sweeter when it’s earned.

Monday

On day three, it’s time to return to the big mountain buffet for a flavour of your choosing: there’s no shortage of new trails and new views to blow your socks off! With a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast under your belts, there should be plenty of fuel in the tank to get right back to it and get stuck into the good stuff.

By now, you’ll be getting your eye in, and hopefully understanding why Go Where Scotland just can’t keep themselves away from this place. Big climbs, big scenery, big smiles: it’s all there to be earned. Serious days call for serious relaxation back at the base though, so alongside a hearty evening meal, you can raise a glass to your achievements so far.

Tuesday

You’ll see how everybody’s feeling after two big mountain days - today’s an optional chill-out or ‘lighter’ ride day. You might be curious to see the area at a slightly more leisurely pace, or just burning to know what the local whisky tastes like! As good as it is, this part of Scotland has a lot going for it to compliment the great riding, so Go Where Scotland will make sure to show you a little of the special character of the area.

Wednesday

Today’s one of those mornings where the mountain views from a cosy bed may slow up progress for a while, but what’s waiting for you on the Isle of Skye has a stronger pull than the duvet! You’ll pick a tasty route - whether an epic point-to-point, a stunning coastal loop, or a short uber-technical alpine sortie, or even a combo if time and stamina allow. You’ll grab coffee and cake after the ride and by the time you roll back to the headquarter in the evening, it’ll be time for a lochside BBQ, a hearty home-cooked meal or some pub fayre served locally.

Thursday

Retracing the ancient coffin road (singletrack) across the Applecross peninsula, you’ll climb onto an exposed headland with stunning views all around, before weaving your way to the coast, climbing and descending on some of the world’s most ancient rock, singletrack created by the Gods!

Your prayers will be answered because the ride finishes nearby one of Scotland’s finest and friendliest seafood restaurants, the Applecross Inn. After a late lunch at the inn, you’ll travel over the UK’s most alpine pass, Bealach na Bà, to catch the setting sun as you truck back to the headquarter. There might be some legs that are glad for the relief, but Go Where Scotland reckons your head will be bursting with ideas and dreams to come back here!

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. You will be arriving back in the Edinburgh Park area around 15:00 / 16:00, and Innerleithen by 16:00 / 17:00.

Daily schedule

Over a beer in the bar, after dinner or breakfast, you’ll discuss what’s in store for the day ahead. Because the weather plays such a big part in which routes you ride, and for how long you’ll be out riding in the mountains, sometimes Go Where Scotland has to modify the itinerary. For this reason, they do not provide fixed itineraries as they need a degree of flexibility built in. This allows your guides to select the best rides for the prevailing conditions, weather, trail conditions, group fatigue, etc. and because ascent / descent / distance figures are largely meaningless for the terrain you will encounter.

Daily ride time varies from 4 - 8 hours, with climbing / descending ranging from 300 - 1000 plus metres per day depending on the rides picked by your guides.

Rental bikes

A fully serviced three-to-six-inch travel full suspension bike with dropper seatpost and hydraulic disc brakes is recommended. Throw out those skinny lightweight cross-country tyres - this trip is screaming out for sturdy rubber and big volume casings! It’s entirely possible to take part in the trips on more modest setups or hardtails but Go Where Scotland finds that over the course of several consecutive days riding, the added comfort and confidence of a full suspension trail bike is a real asset, and enhances the overall experience.

If you prefer not to travel with your bike, or you’d like to try something new, Go Where Scotland has access to some of the best full suspension mountain bikes available from brands including Santa Cruz, Juliana, Trek, Orange and Whyte to name just a few.

When hiring a bike, for your safety and comfort they always recommend bringing your own helmet and pedals. You must at all times participate within your own ability and always wear approved safety equipment. Helmets must be worn.

For those participating in cycling and mountain biking – whether hired or belonging to you – it is your responsibility to arrive with and keep your bike in safe working order.

Luggage

  • For all trips, there is an allowance for one large holdall plus riding backpack per person.
  • Go Where Scotland does not have provision to store / carry bike bags and boxes during trips but they’re happy to assist with arrangements.
  • Bikes are securely carried (fully-assembled) and attached to the custom Burtech trailer.
  • Go Where Scotland always recommends guest bikes are fully insured – they have negotiated a 5% saving on policies from Bikmo.

Type of trip

Mountain biking by another name - 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.

Trip grading

Go Where Scotland wants you to pick the right mountain bike trip in Scotland for your fitness and technical ability - it helps ensure you’ll be riding with people of a similar skill level and can ride at the pace you want to ride at. They’ve developed a trip grading based on their experience riding the terrain that features on their trips, as well as meeting and learning from riders from all over the world and understanding their expectations.

Technical rating

The goal of the technical rating is to understand the ability of the rider as it pertains to obstacles, conditions, and trail design. This means it has nothing to do with your physical endurance but is instead strictly a measure of your technical ability. Making sure you accurately rate your technical ability will ensure you have an exciting ride while remaining within your ability level to keep you safe.

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.

Rating: 4

You are an expert mountain biker and have been riding expert level trails for at least five years. You think of yourself as a ‘mountain biker’ and you already know that the more competent a bike handler you are beforehand, the more you’ll get from the trip; you’re confident riding unpredictable terrain and using bunny hopping and front / rear wheel lifting techniques and relish unpredictable, varied natural ungraded trail surfaces including a mix of flowy and loose rocky or rooty singletrack, landrover tracks, steep technical climbs (including hike-a-bike sections) and descents, frequent rocks, slabs, and water bar drainage features.

You are comfortable riding on trails of any width that are highly unstable and are completely unpredictable including loose rock. You are comfortable regularly traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, logs, and drop-offs well over 15 inches tall, and many obstacles encountered will exceed that. You are comfortable riding any technical trail features that may be present on the trail.

Rating: 5

Level 5 is reserved for the level 4 expert riders who live and breathe mountain biking and take every opportunity to manual, nose-wheelie and bunnyhop the trails. You love the biggest, most technically challenging trail features - up or down. Speaking of which, you also know that in order to go down, you must pedal (and carry) up and can handle any trail conditions or obstacles identified in level 4.

Endurance rating

The goal of the endurance rating is to understand the ability of the rider as it pertains to overall physical endurance. Riding on the road or in “Spin Class” is great and all, but mountain biking is a completely different animal (ask anyone who has made the switch). The reason being is that the terrain is changing every second, which forces your entire body and your mind to be involved in the exercise process. This exertion will cause exhaustion to set in a lot quicker than you think. Be sure you read the descriptions carefully because Go Where Scotland wants you to have fun out there, not think this is a form of cruel and unusual punishment.

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.

Rating: 4

You are a very avid mountain biker, who is considered an athlete and only getting out on the trails twice in the week is a bad week for you. Riding and exercising is a frequent part of your weekly routine: you relish sustained challenging riding including long rides of 4 - 6 hours at a moderate pace for four or more days in a row. The weather is never a factor for you, rain or shine - you are riding.

Rating: 5

You are fit! You devour six-to-more-than-eight hour rides for five or more days in a row. You are an XC or enduro racer who probably missed their flight to the World Cup / Enduro World Series this year because you were too busy training so you opted to come for a ride with Go Where Scotland instead. You train on your mountain bike daily, and you are comfortable riding on trails for distances in excess of 60 kilometers per day and climbing vertical in excess of 7,000 feet in a day. You ride your bike everywhere, in all weather conditions, and would likely enjoy riding in a hurricane.

Professional guides

Go Where Scotland's guides are fully trained and qualified to the highest standards essential to operate in the mountain environments their trips take place. When you pay for their services, you’re paying for the reassurance that they know their way around the mountains, how to read people, the local conditions, logistics, fix mechanicals, etc. and always have a second ‘A plan’ up their sleeve.

As well as being extraordinarily great human beings (as standard), all guides hold as a minimum the Mountain Bike Leader qualification, and emergency outdoor first aid qualifications. Go Where Scotland believes these to be the most robust and rigorous qualifications in the business and the minimum standard for running trips like theirs in Scotland. They’re not easy to come by but your enjoyment is a serious business. Go Where Scotland is serious about your enjoyment.

An adventure wouldn’t be an adventure without a degree of risk. It’s Go Where Scotland's job to manage those risks so you have the best time possible. As well as substantial field first aid kits, your guides will be packing or distributing among the group essential group emergency items including mobile telecoms, VHF long-range radios, emergency survival shelters, and extra emergency clothing and supplies. They employ robust late back procedures, and risk assessment has been fully carried out on every trip. While no one can guarantee a 100% safe trip, they do everything possible to minimise risks.

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

This mountain biking holiday will take place in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland, UK. Go Where Scotland has been exploring this area for more than 10 years, and it might sound corny but no matter how often they ride in this remote corner of Scotland, the sheer scale of the mountains and the quality of the trails never fail to blow them and their guests away as they unload the bikes and take their first pedal strokes deep into this magical wilderness.

When they shared this epic place with Danny Milner of MBR Magazine, he was smitten after the very first pedal stroke into the glens. They voted it ‘Trail of the Year 2011′ after spending a week with Go Where Scotland cherry picking the best riding in the area.

The lodge you will be staying at is situated on the south side of Loch Carron on the west coast of Scotland. The scenic Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh railway line passes in front of the lodge.

Lochcarron village can be seen across the loch and is five miles by road (or two miles by kayak). The village has the most amenities that you will need, including a well-stocked shop, a 24-hour petrol station, a doctor's surgery, restaurants, and a cafe. It is a five-minute walk from the lodge to the Carron Pottery and Carron Restaurant for lunch / dinner.

The nearest railway station to the lodge is Strathcarron railway station, just two miles away while the nearest airport to Lochcarron is Inverness Airport (INV) at Dalcross, seven miles to the east of Inverness city centre. The airport is about 70 miles from Lochcarron - approximately 1.5 - 2 hours' drive. From Attadale, you can walk along the rocky seashore back to the lodge (about a 40-minute walk).

Nearby places

  • Attadale - 40 minutes' walk
  • Carron Pottery and Carron Restaurant - 5 minutes' walk
  • Lochcarron village, 5 miles by road or 2 miles by kayak
  • Strathcarron railway station, 2 miles

Features

Activities

  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Smoke-free property

Services

  • Wireless internet

Food

Mountain biking in Scotland means you will be hungry and despite the remoteness of this particular trip, there are opportunities to enjoy great fresh Scottish fayre and of course a dram or two and a fine ale!

Breakfasts

Breakfasts are included and are provided on a help yourself basis to set you up for the day e.g fruits, yogurts, muesli, cereals, porridge, juices, breads, etc. (dietary requirements are taken into account from your booking).

Lunches​

There will be opportunities for you to buy packed lunch provisions to carry on the rides, or, depending on routes you may enjoy a great cafe stop or lunch at a traditional inn (your guides will let you know the plan each day).

Evening meals​

Your first meal is at Cam-Allt Na Mara with refreshments. This is Go Where Scotland's welcome to you (no cost).

Some meals are enjoyed in locally selected inns and bistros, and for the rest, provisions will be purchased on your behalf by Go Where Scotland to enjoy preparing meals at the beautiful accommodation facilities. A lochside BBQ is also a regular occurrence (your guides will let you know the plan each day).

For meals prepared at the lodge, Go Where Scotland estimates 10 GBP per person each night to cover the cost of evening meals with beverages. There will be a ‘kitty jar’ in the kitchen where guests can deposit their contribution towards those evening meals. Guests are also welcome to use the full kitchen facilities available at Cam-Allt Na Mara.

Buying provisions

On the journey north, you’ll be stopping off in the city of Inverness - here you will refuel and have access to a great selection of lunch, snack, and alcohol supplies. During the course of the trip, as well as relying on local suppliers, on occasion, Go Where Scotland arranges online shopping deliveries to Cam-Allt Na Mara.

Eating out​ (some of Go Where Scotland's favourites)

Lochcarron Bistro

Situated in the heart of the pretty village of Lochcarron, this highland bistro strongly promotes local sustainable and seasonal produce. Go Where Scotland loves the warm, friendly staff and of course the deliciously fresh food on offer in its intimate, relaxed setting.

Applecross Inn

A firm favourite of Go Where Scotland's for over a decade, their close friend Judith Fish and her staff will give you a warm welcome to the inn and its world-famous menu. Situated in the village of Applecross, on the remote Applecross peninsula, the inn boasts lovely views across the Inner Sound of Raasay to the isles of Raasay and Skye and boasts an equally fine selection of honest, home-cooked cuisines. Just don’t eat too much as you may well have another couple of hours riding afterwards!

Shieldaig Bar & Coastal Kitchen

Shieldaig’s friendly local bar and coastal kitchen restaurant has a magnificent situation on the seafront in the centre of the village - specialising in langoustines, lobsters, mussels, crabs, scallops, oysters, surf and razor clams. One of their secret gems is their wood-fired pizzas though - they are to die for! If there are any questions, please just ask the guides.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Attadale Gardens visit
  • Carron Pottery visit
  • Climbing
  • Eilean Donan Castle visit
  • Hill walking
  • Kyle of Lochalsh trip by train
  • Pony trekking
  • Sailing
  • Sea kayaking
  • Swimming

What's included

  • Weeklong mountain biking
  • Professional guides (2 minimum)
  • Backup vehicle
  • Qualified first aid assistance
  • Mechanical assistance throughout your trip
  • Detailed pre-departure information
  • Trip photos
  • Ping-pong
  • Use of BBQ facilities on the lochside deck
  • Apres-bike swimming in the loch
  • Full use of kitchen, laundry, and drying facilities
  • Shuttles throughout the trip
  • Transfers at the start and finish of the trip
  • Your first meal with refreshments
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

What's not included

  • *Additional meals and drinks
  • *Travel insurance
  • *Personal equipment
  • *Additional transportation or accommodation should you be unable to complete the trip

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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