Mountain Bike Scotland Singletrack

Mountain Bike Scotland Singletrack



Seven full on days of riding over 100 miles of Scotland's best singletrack, from the reindeer-filled moorlands to the peak of Cairngorm Mountain.

from $1,868 pp    8 Days/7 Nights     $233/Day

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Seven full-on days of riding over 100 miles of Scotland's best singletrack, from the reindeer-filled moorlands to the peak of Cairngorm Mountain.


No matter how much you love your local trails, there's just something special about jumping across the pond to experience what others call home. This eight-day trip does just that. You'll be based out of a cozy guest house in the Scottish Highlands, a small village tucked inside of Cairngorm National Park. From there you and your group will ride spectacular and new singletrack every day. Expert guides know this area like the back of their hands, and have no problem blowing up the spot to share it with you. You'll climb through ancient forests, summit rocky mountain peaks, descend flowy singletrack, and wash it all down with local whiskey before doing it over again the next day.

By staying in one place, you'll quickly start to feel like one of the locals. Pull up a barstool at the pub each night to order your favorite whiskey, pick up on a few of the local sayings, and get used to eating cake as a recovery food between hill climbs. Soon enough you'll be putting down Scottish roots and thinking these trails might just be as good as those in your own backyard—if not much, much better.

Please keep in mind that this is one of our only set departure trips where you travel with a group. Spaces are still available for the June 24 and September 9 departures for 2017! 

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Day 1

Arrival and Warm-Up Ride in Grantown



The fun begins at the Inverness train station at noon. From there, you'll head off to build and tune the bikes with the rest of your group and guide for the week. Whether you've decided to rent or brought your own, the team will get you set up on the ground for the great riding ahead. Enjoy some lunch with coffee and cake—but don't overindulge!

That afternoon you'll ride the nearby village's local trail system. Climbing above Grantown-on-Sprey, you'll pick up an old railway line and then head up into the singletrack that twists and turns through the birch and pine forest. You'll also have a chance to look at some skills to set you up for the week ahead. The trail ends at a welcoming local bike shop where you can pick up any supplies you might need before heading into the lively mountain village of Aviemore for the next week.

Distance biked: 6.2 miles (app. 2 hours)

Day 2

Loch An Eilean and the Rocky Road



Day number two is your first full day in the saddle. You'll head into the Rothiemurchus Forest, one of the largest surviving areas of ancient woodland in Europe. This evergreen area covers almost 12 square miles and is steeped in ancient history and folklore. Weaving through 300-year-old Scots pine and passing the iconic Loch an Eilean with its ruined castle marooned on an island, the ride heads off the beaten track and into ancient and lesser-known singletrack that flows through the forest.

Devour a hearty lunch in the small hamlet of Glenmore at a cafe famous for its apple strudel—a well deserved treat! After lunch, it's back in the saddle. You'll ascend a short climb then descend a great piece of singletrack built for the national cross country championships that has since been left to change over time into the natural fast and flowing trail it is today.

You'll connect that with the "rocky road," with great views of the Eastern Cairngorms. One more flowy descent through fields of Highland cattle and red deer takes you back to Aviemore, just in time for dinner and whiskey tasting. 

Distance biked: 21 miles (app. 5 hours)

Day 3

Glen Feshie and the Southern Cairngorms



One of the most beautiful, dramatic, and lesser-traveled areas of the Cairngorms is Glen Feshie. This wide-open glen could easily be mistaken for a set from Jurassic Park and it's where you'll start to get a real taste of wilderness. Kick off the ride along the river on winding double and singletrack, always on the lookout for endangered animals from capercaillie (giant birds resembling our turkey) to pine marten. You'll pass old hunting lodges before arriving at a beautiful piece of singletrack that flows through the high forest and down into the moorland. Let off the brakes before the final sweeping corners below, and if you can manage to look up from the trail, the view across the moors is often littered with herds of wild deer.

Next, you'll climb again on a short but punchy trail. Catch your breath and then begin the ride down. Fast and flowy, this is a local favorite! Top off the day with a stop at one of Aviemore's  best hidden cake shops. 

Distance biked: 32 miles (app. 5 – 7 hours)

Day 4

Singletrack and Single Malt



After a good breakfast you'll transfer to a fantastic local trail center at Glenlivet. Carbo-load again in the café for a tremendous afternoon of riding, including the longest descent in the Highlands! Afterwards, head to Speyside to learn all about the ancient art of coopering—making casks or barrels that hold famous Scottish whiskey. You’ll see the master craftsmen at work and discover just how intricate and complex the tradition of coopering is, and how important each cask is to the end product. Following that, you'll make your way to a small independent distillery, where you'll have the opportunity to see the distilling process and of course sample a couple of different whiskeys. When you've had your fill, transfer back to Aviemore for dinner at one of your guide's favorite local restaurants.

Distance biked: 10 miles (app. 3 – 4 hours)

Day 5

The Pass of the Cat



After the past few days riding in the shadow of Cairngorm Mountain it’s time to tackle the mountain itself. You'll ride right from Aviemore along the Alt Mor Burn stream, slowly climbing from dense Caledonia forest onto the open mountain and into Britain's only Arctic climate. If you're lucky, you'll pass the wild reindeer herd that lives in this area. Two bulls and five cows were brought to the Cairngorms by Mikel Utsi in 1952, and the unique sub Arctic climate provided an ideal environment for them. The herd is now over 150 strong!

Next you'll put your technical skills to use, squeezing through and over boulders, carrying your bike at times, in a tight mountain pass known as the Pass of the Cat. The pass opens up and eventually joins one of the best trails in the Cairngorms and a firm favorite of the guides. This short but incredible trail on the edge of a mountain ravine will certainly be a memory that stays with you.

Distance biked: 20 miles (app. 6 hours)

Day 6

The Shelter Stone Big Mountain Day



After yesterday’s mini-mountain adventure you should be perfectly set up for an epic day in the saddle. You'll head towards Cairngorm, this time to the western side, getting an increased sense of the remoteness and beauty of this area. The gradual ascent will be peppered with stops at beautiful places, such as Loch Avon, where you can stop for snacks and to take in the view. After a short hike-a-bike, you'll arrive at the Cairngorm plateau. This area looks much like the Arctic Tundra found throughout Scandinavia. Now the hard work is over and you'll enjoy a thrilling mountain trail all the way back down to the valley floor. Day six is certainly a long, but rewarding day, and after a hot shower you'll re-group at Aviemore's favorite local bar for post-ride drinks and dinner.

Distance biked: 34 miles (app. 8 hours)

Days 7, 8

Carrbridge Singletrack & Departure



After the the previous day’s epic, your last ride in Scotland will be all about fun. You'll head to the small village of Carrbridge where the trails shoot off in all directions. Whichever way your group decides to go, you'll find flowy, rooty singletrack that darts between birch and pine trees, with a few technical tricks to keep you on your toes!

That afternoon, head back to Aviemore to pack up your bike. That night you'll enjoy a final celebratory meal in a restaurant on the banks of the River Ness, and toast an incredible week of mountain biking in the Highlands of Scotland.

Distance biked: app. 15 miles (app. 3 – 5 hours)




  • Discover the Scottish Highlands with a fully immersive experience in Cairngorms National Park
  • Stay at a cozy guesthouse in the small village of Aviemore with access to trails and pubs from your front door
  • Embark on daily rides with expert guides who will help you develop new skills
  • Explore all kinds of terrain, from moorland to forest and finally to Britain's only arctic area on Cairngorm Mountain
  • Look for wildlife such as capercaillie, pine marten, and reindeer
  • Go whiskey tasting in the epicenter of Scotland's famous distilleries 


Mountain Bike Scottish Singletrack


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