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  1. 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!

  2. Big Mountain Safari

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    Big Mountain Safari™

    All-mountain backcountry sojourn

    On this, our flagship custom mountain bike tour we’ll help create your ultimate mountain bike adventure in Scotland.

    Guided. Self-guided. Coached. You decide! Think about it as Scotland’s wildest rides – tamed. On this epic mountain biking journey through Scotland, you have lots of options:

    • Guided. Enjoy the most adventurous riding in the most varied locations across Scotland with one of our expert guides
    • Self-guided. Go it alone with a self-guided option
    • Coached. Let our mountain bike coaching partners Dirt School help you find your mountain biking mojo with world-class coaching along the way*

    The Trips

    Tailored for you from several days to as long as you desire – you can ride through the most iconic of Scottish mountainscapes from the Scottish Borders, Cairngorms, Glencoe and Ft William to Knoydart, the Isle of Skye and Torridon. Depending on your tastes and budget, here’s some of the ingredients we can mix to make your ultimate mountain bike adventure in Scotland.

    On the big one, you’ll take six individual boat trips, spend a day riding off the gondola in Fort William, sample the finest ales and whiskies in the UK’s best inns and pubs, eat the freshest produce and enjoy the warmest hospitality anywhere, and of course ride beautiful natural trails under some of the most breathtaking mountain tops in Scotland.

    Scotland can be a wild place. A place of big mountains, rock faces, boulder strewn trails and some of the best wild riding imaginable. IMBA didn’t give Scotland global superstar status for nothing and on this voyage of discovery you’ll soon find out why! Accessing this remote back country can be a daunting prospect yet it can be the most inspirational and exciting riding terrain there is. It’s a mountain biking adventure that takes you one step at a time until you reach the final, ultimate and iconic routes of Scotland.

    • Type of Trip All-mountain guided, coached* or self-guided
    • Level Tailored to suit your abilities and aspirations
    • How Long? As a custom trip we tailor the duration to suit you
    • How Challenging? It’s up to you!
    • Adventure Factor? Off the Scale!

    The Coaching*

    Have you ever seen a photograph of a rider immersed in the mountains, surrounded by peaks and beautiful trails and wanted to be that rider in the photo? Thought you would never be able to get out there and ride it? Well we want you to be that rider, experience those landscapes and ride those trails in style.

    That’s why the UK’s leading big mountain tour company and mountain bike coaching company have joined forces – to share our knowledge of the best trails in the world, with you and to show you how to ride it, to tame it and to conquer it.

    “Everyone, even world champions have a coach, and we’re there to not only better your riding – regardless of your experience – but also to allow you to get the most out of the wilderness by building your confidence and helping to remove the stress of a solo venture.” Chris Ball, Director, Dirt School

    Consider this trip a holiday with benefits – an investment not just in your experiences but in yourself. You’ll leave us not only with memories of epic trails in incredible locations but also with the skill set to take your riding up a gear when you get back home. As a safari, we take you on the road to only the best spots, building you up from some of Scotland’s finest managed trails, to our biggest and most beautiful wild mountain routes.

    By the end of this trip your riding will be through the roof, and you’ll already be thinking of when to book your next trip to Scotland. Based on the week-long tour, to make sure you get the most out of the Safari we start the trip with one and half days on specially selected mountain bike trail centres that give us the opportunity to talk you through what you’ll encounter out in the wilds, get you prepared for the big country – so you can go on to experience the wild rides without feeling like you’re in a classroom. After all, our aim is to give you the tools to truly experience the big mountains without feeling frustrated, overly challenged or nervous about what lies ahead.

    Following your first few days of being coach led, the teaching element will back off and the guided adventure takes over, giving you the chance to absorb, ride and enjoy the trip. However, your coach will never leave you flying solo. In fact they’ll be on hand the whole week to help you, answer your questions and make sure you have everything you need to really get the most from the riding.

    “Is this a training camp?”

    No Way – it’s the opposite. This trip is a holiday with benefits. Fun and good times are the main aim of this trip, we’re just here to make sure that when you come across a challenge on the trail, we can help you get over it so you can go on to experience the next amazing view, singletrack or landscape.

    You can expect a structured introduction to key techniques and skills in the first two days. You’ll then be left to practice them out on the big terrain but never without a coach to help with anything you need. This way, you can enjoy your riding and the epic scenery and still learn and grow in ability and confidence throughout the week.

    The Logistics

    Book with us and we’ll arrange a personalised itinerary including transport, accommodation, bike rental and guiding too. For self-guided mountain bike tours of Scotland, we provide a comprehensive package. Read on…

    Big Mountain Safari™

    Here’s what you can expect

    • An itinerary created by experts to suit you
    • Professional Coaching (*optional)
    • Video of your riding throughout the week (*optional)
    • Apres ride playback sessions if you desire (*optional)
    • Individual focus on your riding development
    • Great group experience, mellow atmosphere and good times
    • Expert answers to any riding questions you may have
    • Adventure!
    • Professional Guide/s
    • Alternatively, if you opt for a self-guided trip – once we’re confident you’ll be okay going it alone – we’ll let you loose in the wilds fully loaded with an action-packed itinerary, GPS files and maps of your rides
    • Quality Hotel / Guest House Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis (self-catering, and more modest options also available)
    • Baggage transfers, ferries and private transportation throughout the trip
    • Gondola lift passes (*optional)
    • Charter boat access to remote trail gems (*optional)
    • Mechanical Support
    • Detailed pre-departure information
    • Trip photos
    • Join the trip at the location that suits you (please contact us to discuss)

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