Reviews

"...freedom, adventure, friendship, exhaustion, self reliance, big mountains and bikes."

"I can hardly wait to come back!"

We work hard to maintain high standards; we’re big on fun, and pack as much adventure into every mountain bike tour we can – and it puts the biggest smile on our faces when our clients take time out to tell us how much they enjoyed their mountain bike trip in Scotland.

Here’s just a few comments that make our day!

“Go-Where Scotland are the go-to for mountain bike trips in Scotland. Having followed them on social media for over a year, seeing the incredible locations they take their guests to and reading their customer reviews I committed to a weekend trip in Royal Deeside – the Crown Jewels.

Their knowledge of mountain biking and trails across Scotland is mind-blowing, it felt like they knew every trail, path and track everywhere we went and I have no doubt it’s the same on all of their trips.

All the guests had a voice as to where we went and what we rode each day and i think everyone was delighted with what we rode – no mean feat with six keen riders and six big personalties even when the weather didn’t play ball on the second day.

Andy and the guides, Huw and Aneela, were super friendly, entertaining and competent with a balanced focus on enjoyment and safety. It was quickly apparent we were getting to experience the best of the local area each day depending on the weather and what the group were up for. I can’t recommend Go-Where highly enough, if you’re at all interested in their trips go for it, they won’t disappoint.” Al Conroy, Crown Jewels

 

“I had an amazing time. One of the best trips I’ve ever been on. Coming from rural northern canada I had the misconception that scotland wouldn’t have much rugged, wilderness compared to canada. I was wrong! Scotland is beautiful and there is so much to explore. We could not have done it without our guides andy and huw. I was blown away by their knowledge of biking and the terrain. They also made us feel very welcome and comfortable with lots of laughs and stories on the trail and over delicious meals. It was an excellent way to explore scotland. I’ll be back!

10/10 for sure! They were absolutely amazing. I’ve guided a lot myself and i can say with complete confidence and certainly that the trip would not have been the same without them. They were very skilled, support and fun which i think is the best combination. The guides made the trip. I wouldn’t go with anyone else. I can’t recommend them enough.” Linnea Rudachyk, Torrid Affair

 

Hayley McGowan looking deservedly triumphant on her Torrid Affair

Hayley McGowan looking deservedly triumphant on her Torrid Affair

“As a Canadian girl coming from Vancouver having only ever ridden trails on the north shore, Squamish and whistler you guys blew my socks off. I would have to say this was one of the best weekends of my life and I’ve been a tad sad since it ended. From the scenery, to the riding, to the hospitality, to the organization, to the food, to the company and the laughter there was not one area that would need any sort of improvement. And I can hardly wait to come back.

If it wasn’t for our guide I don’t think the experience would have been the same. He was informative and we always knew what was coming at us around the corner, what to look at and the history of where we were riding. He never put us in jeopardy and made sure we all started and finished the rides with a smile on our faces.

I think it is obvious from above that this trip was exactly as it was promised. I would rate this trip as a ‘if you don’t get yourself over here and ride it you are seriously missing out’ rating. So, what does that equate too? 10/10?”

 

Matt Jenkins, taking a breather! Border Raid and Torrid Affair

Matt Jenkins, taking a breather! Border Raid and Torrid Affair

“Excellent, as expected. Perfect logistics, perfect route planning, perfect accommodation. Really ignited my excitement of wilderness riding – the isolation and lack of any people at all. Awesome. really technical in places, one of the most epic descents I have ever ridden in scotland.

A better definition of “this will be a punchy climb” should be given….all I can think of is when am I going to go back and do it again. And some of the puchy climbs were actually more enjoyable than I thought they would be. 10/10 (food especially was fantastic)”

 

Andre Giard striking a pose during a bluebird Torrid Affair

Andre Giard striking a pose during a bluebird Torrid Affair

“Excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and have already recommended the trip to other riders I’ve spoken with. The Landscape! Rugged, wild, and interspersed with signs of human habitation.

I think the length of the rides was well thought out for the week, as multiple 48-km Torridon-like days would not have been as enjoyable. My bike is definitely feeling the effects of a solid week of riding in the NW Highlands!

Our guide was very clear with his instructions and delivery of daily information and a pleasure to have around. He was always positive and encouraging, and trying to follow him on some of the climbs helped challenge me to go further.

Blown away by how genuinely friendly every Scot we met was!”

 

Nicky Hjerpe weaves a fine line along a majestic Crown Jewels route

Nicky Hjerpe weaves a fine line along a majestic Crown Jewels route

“Really well organised from initial booking to the end of the trip. Every detail covered. Very warm welcome from Andy and his lovely wife Aneela who joined us for a couple of days. The guiding throughout the week was second to none. Our guide must have a GPS in his head as we were following routes that seemed non-existent in places, then out springs the most awesome trails.

Our aim was to explore the natural riding trails in the Caringorms. All expectations were exceeded. The diversity of the terrain and rides, not to mention the most beautiful landscapes and scenery. You can travel the world and not witness scenery that’s so dramatic and awe inspiring as the Scottish Higlands. Photos don’t do it justice.

Epic. We were completely shattered by the end of it. But we even rode on our day off as we couldn’t get enough. Every day was different. The grin factor was extremely high.

We were referred to GO-WHERE by a friend who described their knowledge of the Highlands as impressive. We were not dissappointed – the guiding was excellent. Very attentive, aware of the surroundings and environment. Always had a contingency plan of trails if the weather changed. But most importantly, we felt safe – Andy would never take unnecessary risks, and there were places where you could get really lost without an expert guide.

Just wish we could do it all again. We’ll start saving for another trip in a few months. Many, many thanks for such a memorable trip from us both.”

 

Charlie Beveridge receives some unexpected attention from his guide on their Torrid Affair mountain bike trip

Charlie Beveridge receives some unexpected attention from his guide on their Torrid Affair mountain bike trip

“Absolutely superb! Loved every single moment of the trip….10 out of 10 and can’t wait to do the next one!  The diversity of amazing riding. Each trail had its own feel. The high level of organisation. The feeling of being on an real adventure.
The riding was tailored perfectly for the group. Challenging at times, but always enjoyable.
I very much loved the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere in exposed locations, but while also knowing that I was with a guide that knew the land and what he was doing!

Our guide made everyone feel welcome, and brought us all together as a group, and no one was ever left out.. He also did an amazing job of making the whole trip feel seamless.
His knowledge of the area’s we rode was also extremely impressive, and his passion for riding was infectious. Fantastic!”

 

Debbie Read makes a splash on the Crown Jewels mountain bike holiday

Debbie Read makes a splash on the Crown Jewels mountain bike holiday

“Amazing week which exceeded our expectations – we were amazed at the quality of the single track. It was more ‘alpine’ than many alps trails we have ridden. The feeling of ‘getting away from it all’ and really going on a big adventure – taking bikes where it felt they have never been bikes before!

Having the opportunity to see some amazing wildlife – some of which we’d never seen before (2 ptarmigan, mountain hare, owl in the mountains) – beyond expectations, helped by the weather & Andy’s ability to read the forecast & pick the right routes in the right days based upon weather predictions.

The hike – a – bikes were an essential part of the adventure & added to the experience.

The group size was perfect, any more may have felt invasive on some of the rides. Felt like a group of friends riding together, not a guided holiday.”

 

Russell Fernandes digs deep before the big descent of the day, Torrid Affair

Russell Fernandes digs deep before the big descent of the day, Torrid Affair

“…..awesome, fantastic, surprising, superb, adventurous, tiring, a pain in the butt (literally)!?

The palpable sense of the riding here created an odd sort of anxiousness, where anything seemed possible and rewards for hard work struck at moments least expected…on a scale of of 1 to 10 a 9 ( just to keep you guessing about the missing 1)…kudos to our guide for keeping a ragtag bunch of medieval warriors thoroughly satisfied with Scottish charm, food and whiskey, who slowly taught us the art of not needing drawbridges over the infamous water bars…”

 

Ioan Jones takes it all in on his custom Big Mountain Safari trip

Ioan Jones takes it all in on his custom Big Mountain Safari trip

“Take freedom, adventure, friendship, exhaustion, self reliance, big, big mountains and bikes, and distill. What do you have ? The Big Mountain bothy biking trip. A true classic! Exceptionally well organised and executed. Even the weather was perfect.

Massive,technical, loose, isolated . Endless smiles, patient, calm, safe. Our guide was a true expert in this field. Just great. We will be back!”

 

Johan Malmberg (left) celebrates another epic day - Border Raid and Crown Jewels

Johan Malmberg (left) celebrates another epic day – Border Raid and Crown Jewels

“Awesome! Had my best day of riding ever! Perfect guiding, checking that everyone in the group was happy and keeping the pace. Taking breaks at just the right time to recover after a climb or to get some food in before a tougher section. Always there with a good story or some background to what we were riding through. 6 out of 5, couldn’t be better! Saving now for the next trip.

Our guide’s positivity and energy really got all of us smitten. Just didn’t think I guide could get to be one of my homies that quickly. Keep up the good work – you sure have made us ambassadors for Scottish mtbiking too!”

 

Mid-ride hijinx with Gary Michell and crew on the Big Mountain Safari

Mid-ride hijinx with Gary Michell and crew on the Big Mountain Safari

“Excellent!!! All of your preparedness, coordination, and guiding expertise exceeded our wildest expectations! Our guides ability to gauge our desires, abilities, and fortitude at every step of our custom tailored holiday. 

The choice of eateries…. the food was incredible, the hospitality inviting. The quality, friendliness and flexibility of our host accommodations. Expecting Scotland to be beautiful; the remote vistas were stunning. How did you plan all of those rainbows and waterfalls!”

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