We get it!
You need to know you’ve picked the right outfit to deliver your mountain biking adventure.
There’s lots of behind-the-scenes stuff going into making our trips what they are – the most authentic, adventurous mountain bike experiences in Scotland – and much of that comes from spending a lot (a lot!) of time exploring the mountains, the trails, meeting the locals, getting to know the accommodation, eateries, the ferry masters, the distillers and brewers etc. It’s been a lot of fun along the way, and we’re still learning after twenty five years and counting!
“Let’s get one thing straight from the get go – you needn’t worry about whether the rides are going to be exceptional. You can take that for granted.”
A Few More Reasons
Like most things, you get what you pay for – so here’s a few facts to consider when you’re comparing our trips with some of the ‘cheaper’ alternatives.
Consumer Financial Protection
Each and every client who signs up for one of our mountain biking packages should know that their monies are protected. This is in fact a legal requirement. Not every adventure company even knows this and some choose to ignore it. Why? Because it’s an expensive, complicated process to become fully insured in this way, and not every application is accepted. Ours was. Your money’s safe with us.
Tour Operators Liability
Okay, so you’re a little more relaxed about spending your money with us – great! But did you know that in the UK it’s us, the tour operators who’re liable for all aspects of your mountain bike package. Ask your supplier if they have ‘Tour Operators Liability Cover’. You need it. They should have it.
Expert Mountain Bike Guides
Our guides are fully trained and qualified to the highest standards essential to operate in the mountain environments our trips take place.
“So what, we’re a bunch of friends, we ride lots and we’re pretty good at navigation.”
We hear this all the time, and we don’t want to baby anyone – that’s why we offer self-guided packages too, but only once we’re confident that our clients will be safe first, and have a great experience second.
When you pay for our services, you’re paying for the reassurance that we know our way around the mountains, how to read people, the local conditions, logistics, fix mechanicals etc and always have a second ‘A plan’ up our 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. We believe these to be the most robust and rigorous qualifications in the business and the minimum standard for running trips like ours in Scotland. They’re not easy to come by but your enjoyment is a serious business. We’re serious about your enjoyment.
An adventure wouldn’t be an ‘adventure’ without a degree of risk. It’s our 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 telecom’s, VHF long-range radios, emergency survival shelters, and extra emergency clothing and supplies.
We employ robust late back procedures, and every trip has been fully risk assessed. While no one can guarantee a 100% safe trip, we do everything possible to minimise risks.
And long before we depart we ensure the trip is suitable for you – none of this one size fits all approach; it simply doesn’t work!
Add to that our 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!
Our ‘Playground’ – Scotland
Only one thing matches our desire to enjoy Scotland’s amazing outdoors – our commitment to contribute to sustainable adventure tourism in Scotland.
That means we operate ‘small footprint’ mountain bike adventures to minimise any negative environmental impacts of running our business, and as well as being members of the key environmental organisations in Scotland, we encourage our clients to consider their interaction with the environments they are riding. And wherever possible, we make use of local hospitality, products and services to ensure our trips contribute economically to the rural environments we enjoy so much.
The Bottom Line
You’ll realise that running mountain bike adventures in a legitimate, sustainable, safe, and most of all fun way comes at a price. Hopefully you’ll agree we’re on the money.