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4 Days Classic Mountain Cycling Holiday in Cairngorms National Park, UK
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Relaxing Cycling Holiday UK

Mountain biking in Scotland, particularly in the Cairngorms area, is natural, not man-made. Spend a great long weekend break for the enthusiast. There are accessible bike rides from the door of your accommodation. The trails in the Cairngorms National Park are world-class for mountain biking. There are miles of off-road tracks crisscrossing the moors and hills. Scot Mountain Holidays picked out three of the classic routes which can be done from your front door, meaning that once you arrive, you will not need to get back in your car until the end of your trip and neither will you need to ride the roads on your bike.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: mountainous
  • Starts in: Aviemore in Cairngorms National Park
  • Ends in: Aviemore in Cairngorms National Park
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, the terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometimes, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: Can be adapted to the cyclist needs
  • Type of bike: Mountain Bike

Highlights

  • Laid-back mountain ride
  • Explore Glenn and Loch Einich
  • Go biking in Cairngorms National Park
  • Cycling in the Pass of Ryvoan and Burma Road
  • Some steep climbs and amazing views
  • No great technicalities involved
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily tasty breakfast

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Inverness Airport
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Accommodation

During this cycling holiday, you will be staying at Fraoch Lodge for nights one to three. Scot Mountain Holidays is the only adventure tour operator in the Highlands of Scotland with a combined home and guest lodge. They strive to be more than just a tour. They aim to provide you with a “home away from home” on your adventures.

They thought of no better way of doing that than to welcome you into their own home. They have owned and operated Fraoch Lodge as their home base and business since 1999. In that time, they have come to embrace guests as members of their extended Highland family. No matter the season, the Cairngorms and Fraoch Lodge is a place to relax and explore all its beauty and comforts. Scot Mountain Holidays hopes to make you feel as at home as they are.

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 the cozy lounge where a fire is lit on chillier days.

Perhaps you will pass the time reading one of the many books, playing a board game with the family, or simply sit and look into the fire with a wee dram.

At night, the comfortable bedrooms create the perfect ambiance for restful sleep and if you so choose, it is 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 sleeps 14. Three rooms currently have private bathroom facilities. The lodge consists of 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 Fraoch Lodge, you can enjoy Wi-Fi access, a self-catering kitchen for times when you would prefer to cook some of your own meals, meals provided if you would prefer to sit back and enjoy the fire, a log fire in the lounge, a 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.

Program

Day 1: Arrival day

You will arrive at the Fraoch Lodge in the evening before you intend to head out on the route. Scot Mountain Holidays suggests aiming to arrive sometime around 07:00 p.m. so that you can have the chance to put your feet up by the fire before dinner.

However, if your work commitments do not allow you get to Fraoch Lodge by 07:00 p.m., the staff will be happy to keep dinner for you or serve you some light refreshments when you arrive.

Day 2: Gleann and Loch Einich, Speyside Way, Boat of Garten, and Aviemore

On day two, you will go biking along Gleann Einich and part of the Speyside Way, the Boat of Garten, Aviemore, and Loch Einich. There are limited opportunities for cake and coffee stops on the ride. You will return to the lodge afterward.

Day 3: Kincardine Circuit

You will traverse the Kincardine Circuit through Abernethy Forest nature reserve owned by the RSPB. You will pass Loch Garten and the Osprey Hide. Then, you will go through Ryvoan Pass.

Day 4: Departure day

You will bike through the Burma road above Aviemore. Thereafter, enjoy a pub lunch in Carrbridge. You will return to Fraoch Lodge to freshen up before the departure. Do feel free to stay on and explore the area. There are also organized mountain biking centers which you have a chance to explore. Glenlivet Mountain Biking Center is an excellent set of trails and you can link their rides with a visit to the distillery.

Skill level

Intermediate

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

This cycling holiday will take place in Gleann and Loch Einich, the Speyside Way, Aviemore, Cairngorms National Park, Abernethy Forest, Loch Garten, Osprey Hide, Ryvoan Pass, Burma Road, and Boat of Garten in Scotland, UK. Like many homes that belong to outdoors fans, Scot Mountain Holidays is geared up to cater for walkers, cyclists, mountain bikers, and families who are keen to enjoy an outdoor adventure or two.

The area is on the edge of the Speyside Malt Whisky trail, on the Strathspey Railway route, and on the Speyside Way. There are walking routes to suit all abilities as well as five of Britain’s six highest peaks within the national park and beautiful low-level walking in the Caledonian pinewoods.

It is also a 10-minute drive from Aviemore’s gear shops. There are local pub, shops, and mountain bike hire, 100s of miles of off-road mountain biking tracks, and local cross-country ski trails. It is one of the best places for rare wildlife in the United Kingdom.

  • 30 Munro’s – 1 hour
  • Aviemore, 5 miles
  • Aviemore Station – 10 minutes
  • Findhorn Beach – 45 minutes
  • Inverness – 30 minutes
  • Laggan Wolftrax – 45 minutes
  • Loch Garten Osprey Centre, 2 miles
  • Loch Morlich Beach – 20 minutes
  • Loch Ness – 40 minutes
  • Northern Corries – 20 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Mountain biking

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board

Food

During this cycling holiday, you will be served with Continental breakfast daily. All guests are offered a free Continental breakfast consisting of home-baked bread, homemade jams, cereals, porridge, and coffee and tea, or you can upgrade to a hot breakfast. If you have food allergies, let Scot Mountain Holidays know what your likes and dislikes are on your booking form and then you can leave the rest to them.

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

Things to do (optional)

You can ride the Glenlivet bike trails at the mountain biking trail center with expertly designed downhill runs and technical challenges for all abilities. The red route is approximately 22 kilometers. Then, you can visit the Glenlivet Distillery and learn the full whiskey story under expert tutelage with a guided tasting at the Whisky Castle. You can also ride the Great Glen Way from Drumnadrochit to Inverness.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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).

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 area, 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 (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 “30mph” speed sign.
  • The lodge is 50 meters 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 Inverness

  • Follow A9 south (towards Perth) until you reach the Carrbridge exit (approximately 28 miles).
  • Continue through the village of Carrbridge, following the road round to the right past the garage.
  • Three miles after Carrbridge, you will reach a junction. Turn left following signs for Boat of Garten.
  • Head into the village of Boat of Garten and the lodge is 50 meters further on the right-hand side as you pass the village green on the left.

Arrival by train

Please book your flight to arrive at Aviemore Station. Transfer from the station is included. Scot Mountain Holidays will pick you up from the airport.

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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