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3 Days Family Mountain Bike Holiday Under Your Own Steam in Highland, UK
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Fraoch Lodge, Deshar Road, Boat of Garten PH24 3BN, Badenoch and Strathspey, Highland, Scotland, UK

Leisurely Bike Holiday in UK

Scot Mountain Holidays invites you to join their mountain biking holiday. It is an off-road biking break for all the family, located in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. This trip is ideally suited to a young family or those just getting into mountain biking and not looking for anything too strenuous. Create the perfect holiday with your beloved ones!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Off-road and forestry tracks
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day)
  • Vacation type: Mountain biking
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike

Highlights

  • 2-day self-guided mountain bike tour
  • Cycling on good forestry tracks and along river banks
  • Leisurely mountain biking with stunning views of the local area
  • Observing the osprey hide at Abernethy National Nature Reserve
  • Transfers from and to Inverness Airport (INV) or Aviemore railway station
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and complimentary tea and coffee
  • Roundtrip steam train journeys
  • 2 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Inverness Airport
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Accommodation

Fraoch Lodge offers accommodation near Aviemore at reasonable rates and is very flexible for groups, families, and individuals who want to get outside and enjoy the Cairngorms National Park. At any time, guests can relax in its cosy lounge where a fire is lit on chillier days. Perhaps, you’ll pass the time reading one of their many books, playing a board game with the family, or simply sitting and looking into the fire with a wee dram. No matter the season, Fraoch Lodge is a place to relax and explore all its beauty and comforts, and they hope to make you feel as at home as they are.

The lodge offers four twin rooms (two en-suite and two with shared bathrooms), one double room (shared bathroom), one single room (shared bathroom), and one triple room (private bathroom). At night, their comfortable bedrooms create the perfect ambience for restful sleep - and if you so choose, it’s possible for a group of friends or a larger family to have the privacy of an entire upstairs floor or annex to themselves where bathroom facilities are shared. The rooms have private basins within.

The lodge amenities include Wi-Fi access, self-catering kitchen (for times when you would prefer to cook some of your own meals), log fire in the lounge, purpose-built drying room, lockable bike shed, bike wash down area, biomass boiler to fuel the central heating, mountain weather forecasts, route advice for mountain bikers and walkers, and activity advice and recommendations. Towels are not kept in the rooms but they try to remember to offer towels to the guests on arrival. If they don’t ask, just let them know and they’ll be happy to offer you a towel.

Program

Day 1: Evening of arrival

At whatever your arrival point in Scotland (Inverness Airport (INV) or Aviemore railway station), Scot Mountain Holidays will be there to meet you. You will then head to Fraoch Lodge to a welcoming cup of tea and a roaring fire. If you would like one of Rebecca’s delicious evening meals on your arrival (normally served around 20:00), please ask Scot Mountain Holidays to quote.

Day 2: Abernathy National Nature Reserve

After a bit of a lie-in, breakfast is served at 08:30 before you have a chance to get ready and the bikes are adjusted accordingly. It’s just a short cycle to the other end of the village to the station to catch the steam train to the beginning of the route. With panoramic views across beautiful Strathspey to the High Cairngorms, you arrive at Glenbogle Station (of BBC series "Monarch of the Glen" fame) for the start of the day's route.

You will drop down on a quiet lane to cross the River Spey on an old wooden trestle bridge before following the River Nethy to Nethy Bridge and a chance to have a break on its banks. Passing quaint houses, you then enter the RSPB's (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Abernathy National Nature Reserve on the Speyside Way.

Meandering on good forestry tracks and paths, the route brings you to the shores of stunning Loch Garten for a picnic lunch and views to the hills. It’s then just a short ride to the osprey hide to get the latest on the comings and goings at the nest. From here, it is then back to Fraoch Lodge for cake o’clock in front of the open fire.

Day 3: Aviemore to Boat of Garten

After breakfast, it’s back on the bikes to head in the other direction along the Speyside Way to a real ale and gastropub on the banks of the River Spey for Sunday lunch. The route is a lovely one, initially running adjacent to the steam railway before meandering through open birch woods and over heather moor with expansive views to the Cairngorms beyond.

After a delicious lunch, you will have some free time in Aviemore. There are loads to do for the younger generation. There is the opportunity to go swimming or to soft play, or you could watch the local ospreys diving for fish. A little further on, there is a high ropes course.

If you still have the energy, you could continue onto the glorious Rothiemurchus Estate and Loch an Eilein with its 800-year-old castle or you could just relax on the banks of the river. There are numerous possibilities. At around mid-afternoon, it’s the time to take the last steam train back to Boat of Garten for a shower and cake o’clock back at Fraoch Lodge before departing.

Beginner

  • Can cycle for two to three hours
  • Assistance required
  • Comfortable with curves and leans
  • Basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Short distance ascents and descents

Location

This cycling holiday will take place in Cairngorms National Park, UK. You will start the cycling from Boat of Garten where you reside and cycle to Abernethy National Nature Reserve and Aviemore.

Boat of Garten

Boat of Garten is ideal for families who love the outdoors. The forest walks around the village make trekking with the kids an option off the lodge’s doorstep. You can bike or walk to the osprey centre to watch the majestic birds or simply enjoy the scenery. There is windsurfing, canoeing, river trips and more at Loch Morlich and Loch Insh for the water sports enthusiasts.

Just up the road, you can visit the Speyside Heather Centre (near Grantown-on-Spey), the Highland Folk Museum (in Newtonmore and Kingussie), the Working Sheepdogs (Kincraig), the Landmark Forest Adventure Park (Carrbridge) or the Highland Wildlife Park (Kincraig). There are also numerous castles, lakefronts, and tours to explore. Culbin Sands, Ballindalloch Castle, Cawdor Castle, Balvenie castle, and the whiskey trail (Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, etc.) are all within easy commute distance.

The area also provides some of the finest biking in the UK along the very extensive tracks in the pine forests of Abernethy, Glenmore, Rothiemurchus, and Inshriach. They also have good access to the trails at Laggan Wolftrax and the forthcoming trails at Glenlivet as well as Abriachan, Golspie, and the Monster Trails near Forres. The Number 7 Sustrans route from Inverness to Newcastle runs past the lodge’s very front door.

Nearby places

  • Aonach Mòr - 1 hour
  • Aviemore, 5 miles’ walk
  • Aviemore station - 10 minutes
  • Aviemore’s gear shops - 10 minutes' drive
  • Cairngorm Ski Resort - 20 minutes’ drive
  • Findhorn beach - 45 minutes
  • Highland Folk Museum - 20 minutes
  • Inverness - 30 minutes
  • Laggan Wolftrax Mountain Bike Trails - 45 minutes
  • Landmark Forest Adventure Park - 10 minutes
  • Lecht Ski Centre - 45 minutes
  • Loch Garten Osprey Centre, 2 miles’ walk
  • Loch Morlich beach - 20 minutes
  • Loch Ness - 40 minutes
  • Munro’s peaks over 3,000 feet - 1 hour’s drive
  • Speyside Heather Centre - 10 minutes
  • The winter climbing of the Northern Corries and Ski area - 20 minutes' drive
  • Working Sheepdogs - 15 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

Food

Scot Mountain Holidays invites guests into their home, Fraoch Lodge, as if it is their own. All guests are offered a free continental breakfast consisting of home-baked bread, homemade jams, cereals, porridge, coffee and tea, or you can upgrade to a hot breakfast. They also provide packed lunches for day trekkers, and two-course dinner made with locally-produced, and homegrown ingredients from their vegetable, fruit, and herb garden to provide you with the most delicious flavours and traditions the area has to offer (while minimising the impact on the environment too).

This means you can relax in their sitting room, enjoy fresh, home-cooked meals at their dining table and use a range of home-from-home facilities (they have a fully equipped self-catering kitchen with complimentary tea and coffee for guests to share). If you have a food allergy, that will not be a problem. You must notify Scot Mountain Holidays of any special dietary requirements of intense food dislikes when the balance of payment becomes due. The company can not be expected to cater for any special provision at short notice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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)

  • Birdwatching at Osprey Centre
  • Canoeing at Loch Morlich and Loch Insh
  • Castle visits
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Crafty workshop at 3 Bags Wool in Aberlour
  • Eating out in the village
  • Evening views of the badgers by Alan Bantick
  • Exploring Cairngorms and Aviemore
  • Feeding the fish
  • Golf
  • High ropes course
  • Horseback riding
  • Orienteering or geocaching
  • Paintballing in Aviemore
  • River trips at Loch Morlich and Loch Insh
  • Shopping
  • Smarty Art for children
  • Soft play
  • Strathspey Railway trip
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Trekking
  • Visiting Rothiemurchus or Loch an Eilein
  • Visiting the Highland Folk Museum
  • Visiting the Highland Wildlife Park
  • Visiting the Landmark Forest Adventure Park
  • Visiting the Speyside Heather Centre
  • Visiting the Working Sheepdogs
  • Walking around the lodge
  • Wildlife evening talks at the Boat of Garten Community Hall every Monday
  • Wildlife watching
  • Windsurfing at Loch Morlich and Loch Insh

What's included

  • 2-day self-guided mountain bike tour
  • Steam train journeys
  • Transfers from and to Aviemore railway station or Inverness Airport (INV)
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • 2 nights' accommodation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Aberdeen

  • Leave Aberdeen on the A93 through Banchory and continue for 43 miles.
  • Turn off just after Ballater, at Bridge of Gairn onto the A939.
  • Head up the A939 for 24 miles passing through Corgarff.
  • Continue past the Lecht Ski Centre, through Tomintoul to the junction of the A939 with the A95.
  • Join the A95, heading west towards Aviemore (approximately 26 miles down the A939).
  • Bypass Grantown-on-Spey by staying on the A95 heading for Boat of Garten and Aviemore.
  • Continue down the A95 for nine miles to the second junction (i.e. not at the sawmill) signposted Boat of Garten.
  • Turn past Deshar Primary School off the A95 and head into Boat of Garten.
  • As you enter the village, you will pass a 30-mile-per-hour speed sign.
  • The lodge is 50 metres further on the right-hand side as you pass the village green on the left.
  • There is a big green signpost with Fraoch Lodge on it.

Driving directions from Edinburgh and its airport

  • Follow directions to the Forth Road Bridge and on to the M90 north towards Perth.
  • Continue along the M90 to join the A9 just outside Perth.
  • Follow the A9 north for 88 miles to the junction with the A95, turning off just north of Aviemore.
  • Continue along the A95 north for three miles.
  • After three miles, the A95 turns right which is signposted for Boat of Garten.
  • Do not continue ahead for Carrbridge.
  • Turn right off the A95 into Boat of Garten.
  • Fraoch Lodge is on your right opposite the village green before you get to M & B Stores (on the left).

Driving directions from Glasgow and its airport

  • Follow directions for the M8 eastbound.
  • Travel along the M8 to junction 13 turning off onto the M80 and follow for four miles.
  • Continue northeast on the A80 for its full 12 miles following directions to Stirling.
  • Continue on the M80 for six miles to join the M9 south of Stirling.
  • Continue north along the M9 and then the A9 firstly to Perth and then for a further 88 miles to the junction with the A95, turning off just north of Aviemore.
  • Continue along the A95 north for three miles.
  • After three miles, the A95 turns right which is signposted for Boat of Garten.
  • Do not continue ahead for Carrbridge.
  • Turn right off the A95 into Boat of Garten.
  • Fraoch Lodge is on your right opposite the village green before you get to M & B Stores (on the left).

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Inverness Airport (INV). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Scot Mountain Holidays will pick you up from the airport.

You need to inform them when you are due to arrive. They usually aim to pick up from Inverness about 5 p.m. depending on when the last flight is due in.

Arrival by train

Scot Mountain Holidays will pick you up from Aviemore railway station free of charge. All you need to do is let them know when you due to arrive. Aviemore station is only 10 minutes away from the lodge so they can usually pick up at your convenience.

Airport: Inverness Airport Airport transfer included: Inverness Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.
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