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  1. Soul Trails

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    Soul Trails

    Women only yoga & bike adventures

    Soul Trails are a brand new kind of Mountain Lassies adventure combining all of our favourite things with one of our favourite people – Anka Martin. Bikes, meeting new ladies to share adventures with, and the fun and flow of Vinyasa style yoga. And all in Scotland of course!

    What makes Soul Trails with Anka so special?

    • Fun, fun, AND fun! Massive‘WOOP FACTOR’ and no shortage of support and expert guidance
    • Have a blast learning from one of the world’s most seasoned riders, racers and adventurers
    • Ride amazing places, enjoy amazing scenery, take on new challenges and find new-found flow!
    • Ride for yourself – no need to worry about pace or ‘keeping up.’
    • Plan for big days and become more mountain savvy – share trail repair tips & techniques, learn how to read the local conditions and terrain (or if you’re already a super-confident all-rounder – come on board and share your expertise with the group!)
    • Ease out of your comfort zone – conquer those obstacles and push further
    • Bring more fun and flow to your riding with Vinyasa style flow yoga to help you warm up and wind down (no experience needed!)
    • Guaranteed good times – have fun on and off the bike and make new friends from around the world

    The Riding

    Our exclusive base for the week is set on the banks of a mystical Highland sea loch overlooked by the magnificent giants of Torridon and Attadale. Here, our only neighbours are the salmon breaking the loch in search of flies and the occasional steam train passing by on its way to Kyle.

    From here you’ll experience a rugged, wild land of contrasts. Towering mountains, hidden bothies and coastal rollercoasters washed down with a beer (or a dram!) and a hearty meal. The trails have something for everyone to enjoy, from long days out in remote backcountry to technical mountain trails through the glens and passes – retracing the steps of ancient drovers – beautifully rocky, ancient coffin paths to Clachan Church at Applecross Bay, what you won’t quite appreciate until your tyres hit the trail though are the stunning views, the tangible sense of history and the splendid isolation these rides pack in.

    After a ride, you’ll find yourself in the warm embrace of our friends at the Applecross Inn and the finest food anywhere before we round off the day uncovering one more scintillating singletrack that somehow the cartographer overlooked.

    But it’s not just the magnificence of the Northwest Highlands – on this trip we pick the best rides from Wester Ross, the Applecross Peninsula, Kintail and the Isle of Skye – it’s a veritable feast of trails and Highland hospitality. With so much choice on offer, a week barely scratches the surface, but we hope you’ll leave with a real sense of why this Soul Trail is called the Torrid Affair.

    • Type of TripAll-mountain
    • Technical Grading +
    • Endurance Grading +
    • How Long? Eight days (incl. travel) / seven nights

    Here’s what you can expect

    • Seven days exploring the best trails of the Northwest Highlands and the Isle of Skye
    • Professional Guides – expertly trained, hugely experienced but most of all great fun and with a wealth of local knowledge to share!
    • Fully trained and registered 400h RYT Yoga Teacher
    • Accommodation in a stunning lochside lodge in the heart of the Northwest Highlands
    • Healthy breakfasts everyday (for other meals, we’ll enjoy preparing fresh lunches and evening meals together at the lodge as well as dining out on local treats in nearby inns and eateries)
    • Logistics and comprehensive support including backup vehicle, First Aid and mechanical assistance throughout your trip
    • Detailed pre-departure information
    • Trip photos & video
    • Join the trip in Innerleithen, Edinburgh, Perth, Aviemore or Inverness (alternative arrangements may be possible – please contact us to discuss)

    Trip Dates

    • 22nd to 29th July (exclusively for Mountain Lassies)
    • Logistics : A/B/G/T/S
    • Price: £995.00 per person

    Hot Tips

    Awesome riding, bike specific yoga classes to help you warm up and wind down, small groups and a cosy atmosphere, great healthy food and nice wine. Curious about this trip, but still not quite sure if it’s really for you? Drop us a line and we’ll talk through the whole adventure with you!

  2. Torrid Affair

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    Torrid Affair™

    Magical Wilderness

    Words don’t do it justice…but let’s try. Close your eyes for a second – imagine being transported to a world of rock slabs, towering mountains, glens and sea lochs stretching as far as the eye can see. Add mountain bikes and you’re getting close to the landscapes and terrain we’ll be riding on the Torrid Affair mountain bike adventure – check out our bike partner’s video and our guest reviews for a flavour of what’s in store!

    We’ve been exploring this area for 10+ years, and it might sound corny but no matter how often we ride in this remote corner of Scotland the sheer scale of the mountains and the quality of the trails never fail to blow us and our guests away as we unload the bikes and take our first pedal strokes deep into this magical wilderness.

    When we shared this epic place with Danny Milner of MBR Magazine he was smitten after the very first pedal stroke into the glens:

    “A torrid affair: The hills around Torridon in the Scottish Highlands are beautiful enough to inspire a holiday romance, with GO-WHERE as our trusty chaperone.”

    They voted it ‘Trail of the Year 2011′ after spending a week with us cherry picking the best riding in the area, so come find out whether they were exaggerating or not!

    And as if the opportunity to ride in this remote corner of Scotland wasn’t reward enough in itself, where conditions and stamina allow, we explore the whole northwestern corner of Scotland, and load up and hop over the sea to the Isle of Skye to take on the might of the rugged Cuillins too!

    The Trip

    Every sense, every muscle, every skill in your mountain biking armoury will be challenged and rewarded in equal measure as we ride in a landscape where dinosaurs wouldn’t look out of place – the North West Highlands of Scotland are a truly must ride destination!

    • Type of TripAll-mountain
    • Technical Grading
    • Endurance Grading
    • How Long? Pick your flavour from three days to a full week-long adventure

    Here’s what you can expect

    • Three, four or seven days exploring the best trails of the Northwest Highlands and the Isle of Skye
    • Professional Guides – expertly trained, hugely experienced but most of all great fun and with a wealth of local knowledge to share!
    • Accommodation in a stunning lochside lodge in the heart of the Northwest Highlands
    • Buffet breakfast to set you up for the day
    • Logistics and comprehensive support including backup vehicle, First Aid and mechanical assistance throughout your trip
    • Detailed pre-departure information
    • Trip photos
    • Join the trip in Innerleithen, Edinburgh, Perth, Aviemore or Inverness (alternative arrangements may be possible – please contact us to discuss)

    2017 Trip Dates

    Week-long (Saturday to Saturday)

    • 20th to 27th May
    • 10th to 17th June
    • 22nd to 29th July (exclusively for Mountain Lassies)
    • 16th to 23rd September
    • Logistics : A/B/G/T/S
    • Price: £995.00 per person

    Drop-in*

    • Any three days/nights: £425.00 per person
    • Any four days/nights: £565.00 per person
    • Any five days/nights: £710.00 per person
    *Subject to availability

    If you have different dates in mind please contact us to discuss opening up a new trip for your group.

    Day 1

    Trips typically begin with a fresh coffee (of course!) and a rendezvous around 9am in the Tweed Valley with alternative pick-ups in Edinburgh, Perth and Inverness (full details are sent out beforehand).

    After high-fives and handshakes, a last-minute supply run may be the order of the day, then we safely secure our precious cargo onto our custom bike trailer, load the minibus, turn on the tunes and kick off the adventure!

    As we truck north to our secret loch-side HQ, we’ll treat ourselves to a tasty ride on some lesser-known trail delights. By the time we swing into the Glen we’ll be ready to crack open the beers and rustle up a hearty dinner – and maybe even enjoy an ale or a dram* by the fire overlooking tomorrow’s mountains.

    *Maybe best not overdo it though…Day 2 might be a big one!

    Day 2

    Waking up to 360 degree epicness – stunning views of mountains rising straight from the loch; it’s quite a spot to polish off a hearty breakfast, drain the last drop of fresh java from the cafétière before donning bike gear, fettling bikes and steering a course for those very same peaks.

    Day 2 could be a ‘three-sandwich’ kind of day…whichever route we pick, prepare to be out in the mountains all day, picking the best lines amongst the boulder strewn singletrack the northwest highlands are notorious for. You can expect the bike to be over your shoulder or on your back at points – the riding in this part of Scotland has its challenges for everyone, but the best descents in Europe are well worth the effort. And the awesome mountain backdrop helps take the sting out of the climbs so don’t forget your camera!

    Plus, we all know the beer tastes sweeter when it’s earned.

    Day 3

    On day 3 it’s time to return to the big mountain buffet for a flavour of your choosing: there’s no shortage of new trails and new views to blow your socks off! With a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast under our belts, there should be plenty of fuel in the tank to get right back to it and get stuck in to the good stuff.

    By now you’ll be getting your eye in, and hopefully understanding why we just can’t keep ourselves away from this place. Big climbs, big scenery, big smiles: it’s all there to be earned. Serious days call for serious relaxation back at base though, so alongside a hearty evening meal we can raise a glass to our achievements so far.

    Day 4

    We’ll see how everybody’s feeling after two big mountain days – today’s an optional chill-out or ‘lighter’ ride day.

    You might be curious to see the area at a slightly more leisurely pace, or just burning to know what the local whisky tastes like! As good as it is, this part of Scotland has a lot going for it to compliment the great riding, so we’ll make sure to show you a little of the special character of the area.

    Day 5

    Today’s one of those mornings where the mountain views from a cosy bed may slow up progress for a while, but what’s waiting for us on the Isle of Skye has a stronger pull than the duvet!

    We’ll pick a tasty route – whether an epic point-to-point, a stunning coastal loop, or a short uber-technical alpine sortie, or even a combo if time and stamina allow. We’ll grab coffee and cake after the ride (are you sensing we like our coffee!!) and by the time we roll back to HQ in the evening, it’ll be time for a loch side BBQ, a hearty home-cooked meal or some pub fayre served locally.

    Day 6

    By now we’ll have had a chance to get to know each other, share our favourite moments and get an idea of what makes us tick as riders. If you’re still hungering for more big mountain days then we have a treat in store for you among the lofty ridges and pinnacles of Kintail. Travelling down the coast a little takes us to an area with a completely different character, where more jaw-dropping trails lurk between high peaks.

    A coastal start reminds us of the previous day’s adventures as we look out to Skye across the water, before we turn our heads to the mountains and negotiate ancient drove roads and mountain paths. We’ll certainly be earning our turns here, but before we drop in to another technical descent we’ll be rewarded with unforgettable views through to the stunning Glen Affric.

    Day 7

    Retracing the ancient coffin road (singletrack) across the Applecross Peninsula we’ll climb onto an exposed headland with stunning views all around, before weaving our way to the coast, climbing and descending on some of the world’s most ancient rock. Singletrack created by the Gods!

    Your prayers will be answered because the ride finishes nearby one of Scotland’s finest and friendliest seafood restaurants – the Applecross Inn. After a late lunch at the Inn, we’ll travel over the UK’s most alpine pass – Bealach-na-Ba – to catch the setting sun as we truck back to HQ. There might be some legs that are glad for the relief, but we reckon your head will be bursting with ideas and dreams to come back here!

    Day 8

    Just as you’re getting into the groove, you realise it’s our very last day…after a relaxed breakfast, we’ll sort out our kit, take one last look at this incredible part of Scotland before starting our homeward journey south.

    Trip Tips

    Throw out those skinny lightweight cross-country tyres –  this trip is screaming out for sturdy rubber and big volume casings!

  3. Mountain Royale

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    Mountain Royale™

    More Alpine than the Alps!

    Come and sample the incredible riding in the Queen’s ‘backyard’ – the splendour of the Cairngorms, Angus Glens and Deeside. We guarantee you’ll be spoiled for choice in this secret mountain bikers paradise, but don’t take our word for it – it’s what our guests say!

    The Trip

    It feels like we’ve been riding here forever and the mountain biking never gets stale because there’s so much to choose from. Each day on this mountain bike tour, we spider out into the wilderness by bike or in the vehicle from picture postcard Highland villages in Speyside and Deeside to pick up sweet ribbons of singletrack, ancient drove roads and long forgotten tracks we’ve uncovered over the years.

    The Mountain Royale mountain bike trip is something we’re very proud of – not least because it’s in one of those areas that’s still very much under the radar of the mountain biking public so it comes as a big surprise just how fantastic the riding is. But also because it offers up such a huge variety of riding from big mountain epics to sweet forest singletrack (plus a healthy slice of ‘apres-biking’ too!).

    • Type of TripAll-mountain
    • Technical Grading and above
    • Endurance Grading and above
    • How Long?  This is a week-long adventure running Saturday to Friday

    Here’s what you can expect

    • A week exploring the lesser known trail gems of the Cairngorms, Deeside and the Angus Glens
    • Professional Guides– expertly trained, hugely experienced but most of all great fun and with a wealth of local knowledge to share!
    • Unique Lodge & Rustic Accommodationin the heart of the action
    • Buffet breakfasts to set you up for the day
    • Logisticsandcomprehensive supportincluding backup vehicle, First Aid and mechanical assistance throughout your trip
    • Detailed pre-departure information
    • Trip photos
    • Join the trip in Innerleithen, Edinburgh or Perth (alternative arrangements may be possible – please contact us to discuss)

    Trip Dates

    Week-long (Saturday to Friday)

    • 13th to 19th May 2017
    • 24th to 30th June 2017
    • 15th to 21st July 2017
    • 12th to 18th August 2017
    • 9th to 15th September 2017
    • Logistics: A/B/G/T/S
    • Price: £895.00 per person

    Drop-in*

    • Any four days/nights: £595.00 per person
    • Any three days/nights: £445.00 per person
    *Subject to availability

    If you have different dates in mind please contact us to discuss opening up a new trip for your group.

    Saturday

    Did somebody say coffee?

    Trips typically begin with a fresh coffee (of course!) and a rendezvous around 9am in the Tweed Valley with pick-ups in Edinburgh and Perth (full details are sent out beforehand).

    After high-fives and handshakes, a last-minute supply run may be the order of the day, then we safely secure our precious cargo onto our custom bike trailer, load the minibus, turn on the tunes and kick off the adventure!

As we truck north to our Deeside HQ, we’ll treat ourselves to a tasty ride on some lesser-known trail delights in this slice of mountain biking heaven.

    By the time we swing into the village we’ll be ready to crack open the beers and rustle up a hearty dinner at our accommodation or nip out and enjoy some local pub grub and ale of course!

    Sunday


    Five minutes out the door of your fantastic accommodation, you’ll be picking up your second taste of what’s on offer.

    Big ups for big downs and wide smiles. We’ll take it easy on the climbs though, keeping plenty in the tanks for the good bits. A mix of fast natural heathery singletrack, granite slabs and long steep descents are the rewards for today’s efforts.

    That evening, we’ll probably give in to the lure of the local pub and enjoy some great grub, a tasty ale and the buzz from shredding some of the funnest descents anywhere.

    Monday


    Big mountains and big flow. Epic panoramas are just one reward for reaching the plateau of one of the UK’s highest summits – the real dessert comes when we tackle the maze of pristine singletrack below us.

    Before we focus on the trail, we’ll take five to soak it all up – in this landscape of giants, we’re just dots. It’s the perfect environment to forget the daily grind.

    Tuesday


    The tiny mountain town of Braemar is the gateway to the most rewarding back country mountain biking in Scotland – today’s going to be quite an ‘out there’ experience.

    Definitely a three sandwich kind of day!

    Wednesday


    It feels like we’ve been riding here forever and the mountain biking never gets stale because there’s so much to choose from. Mountain Royale is a land of contrasts – the Queen’s highland retreat is nearby, hidden deep in the silent forests of ancient Scots Pine sheltering beneath some of the UK’s highest summits, where the sub-arctic landscape is more similar to Scandinavia than the rest of the British Isles.

    Today is one of our favourites – a loam-rich rollercoaster through the pines.

    Thursday


    With so much riding on our doorstep, we’ve plenty of time for another dose of singletrack goodness to keep your head spinning for weeks – this time a sweet ribbon, only reached by an ancient drove road and long forgotten track we uncovered over the years of exploring this maze of mountain biking fun.

    Friday


    Just as you’re getting into the groove, you realise it’s our very last day…after a relaxed breakfast, we’ll sort out our kit, take one last look at this incredible part of Scotland before starting our homeward journey south.

    Trip Tips

    Looking for world-class riding and a real wilderness feel? And a real Scottish Highland village to come back to at the end of the day – to enjoy a fresh coffee, a real ale, or a hearty evening meal – not to mention one of  Scotland’s best stocked bike shops just around the corner? This trip’s for you!

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