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  1. Mountain Lassies

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    Mountain Lassies Tours

    Ride with confidence

    Bursting for a big bike adventure and fun-times? Ride truly amazing trails in Scotland with other like-minded women on our Mountain Lassies trips – experience Scotland’s best mountain biking and push your comfort zone as much or as little as you like knowing the rest of the crew are 100% behind you.

    What makes the Mountain Lassies tour unique?

    • Higher than average‘Camaraderie Quotient’ – feel strong knowing you’ll get as much or as little guidance as you’ll need!
    • Become more mountain savvy – planning for big mountain rides, learn trail repairs, 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 that little bit further
    • Guaranteed good times – have fun on and off the bike and make new friends from around the world

    The Trips

    Positive focus on your strengths and all the amazing aspects of biking – riding in amazing places, absorbing amazing scenery, new challenges and finding new-found flow! Ride for yourself – no need to worry about pace or ‘keeping up.’

    • Type of TripAll-mountain
    • Trip Grading Each trip is individually graded so you can find one that suits where your riding is at (or where you want to take it to)
    • How Long? Two to seven days

    The Logistics

    Book a mountain bike trip with us and we’ll sort out your itinerary, transport*, great accommodation and fun, friendly professional female mountain bike guides for the rides.

    Here’s what you can expect

    • Graded Rides Every trip is packed with superb riding – find the one geared towards your abilities and preferences
    • Accommodation Fantastic B&B or luxury Lodge accommodation right at the heart of the riding
    • Expert female Guides Professional mountain bike guides who know exactly what makes for an epic adventure with a wealth of local knowledge to share!
    • Comprehensive Support Including First Aid and mechanical assistance throughout your trip
    • Explore the best trails in Scotland (and probably the world!)
    • Detailed pre-departure information
    • Trip photos

    Trip Dates

    Mountain Lassies Border Raid

    • 21st to 23rd April |Level 2+ | Price: £315.00 per person
    • 25th to 27th August |Level 3+ | Price: £315.00 per person

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

     

    Friday

    You’ll arrive in the Valley (hopefully) in time for a lovely pub meal and a nightcap before settling down for a great night’s rest at your handpicked accommodation – sleep well because the real fun begins tomorrow!

    Saturday

    We’ll rendezvous at your accommodation in the Tweed Valley and over a coffee in the best cafe in the Borders we’ll get to know everyone before hitting the trails for a full day of tight, twisty singletrack heaven.

    The variety of riding here is huge, and the quality is consistently nuts! When the sun is shining the Tweed Valley’s ridgelines offer riders a commanding perspective of Scotland’s wee mountain biking kingdom. Just as you think you’re getting on top of the riding, we’ll see if we can’t pull out a few surprises to keep you on your toes…

    That evening, you’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.

    Sunday

    Five minutes out the door of your fantastic accommodation, you’ll be picking up your second taste of what’s on offer in the Tweed Valley. We’ll take it easy on the climbs, keeping plenty in the tanks for the good bits. Tight, rooty, steep singletrack descents are the rewards for some serious climbing!

    With so much riding on our doorstep, we’ve plenty of time for a final dose of singletrack goodness to keep your head spinning for weeks! If your appetite for new adventures still isn’t satisfied then we still have some treats in store, or revisit your favourite spot so far to have another crack at that tricky corner. It might be goodbye for now, but you know where to find us next time.

    Soul Trails – Torrid Affair

      • 22nd to 29th July |Level 3-4 | Price: £995.00 per person

    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.

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    Curious about this trip, but not quite sure if it’s really for you? Drop us a line and we’ll talk through the whole adventure with you!

  2. Border Raid

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    Border Raid™

    Mission Enduro!

    One of the most popular short breaks in our growing arsenal of intrepid mountain biking adventures, the Border Raid™ slingshots riders into the UK’s enduro epicentre – the Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders.

    Home to the best loved 7Stanes Glentress and Innerleithen trail centres, in 2009 MBR Magazine set out with us in pursuit of the disused, the forgotten and the remote – and since then the area has become infamous for its off-piste trails and enduro racing scene. Join us on this guided bike adventure and we’ll help you uncover the Enduro World Series gems and a whole lot more besides!

    The Trip

    The Tweed Valley’s riddled with superb riding – what we’ll show you are some of the best natural, off-piste and off-map trails in the world.

    • Type of TripEnduro / All-mountain A mix of natural backcountry trails, trail-centre link ups, and technical ‘enduro’ descents
    • Trip GradingCheck dates for specific grading
    • How Long? Two nights / two days (ask us about longer trips!)

    Here’s what you can expect

    • Graded Rides Every trip is packed with two superb guided rides
    • Accommodation Two nights fantastic B&B accommodation right at the heart of the riding
    • Professional Guides Expertly trained, hugely experienced but most of all great fun and with a wealth of local knowledge to share!
    • Comprehensive Support Including First Aid and mechanical assistance throughout your trip
    • Trail snacks
    • Detailed pre-departure information
    • Trip photos
    • Join the trip in the Tweed Valley, Scottish Borders

    Trip Dates

    • + 7th to 9th April 2017
    • + 21st to 23rd April 2017 (Mountain Lassies exclusive)
    • 5th to 7th May 2017
    • 19th to 21st May 2017
    • 2nd to 4th June 2017
    • + 16th to 18th June 2017
    • 30th June to 2nd July 2017
    • 14th to 16th July 2017
    • 28th to 30th July 2017
    • 11th to 13th August 2017
    • + 25th to 27th August 2017 (Mountain Lassies exclusive)
    • 8th to 10th September 2017
    • 22nd to 24th September 2017
    • 6th to 8th October 2017

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

    Friday

    You’ll arrive in the Valley (hopefully) in time for a lovely pub meal and a nightcap before settling down for a great night’s rest at your handpicked accommodation – sleep well because the real fun begins tomorrow!

    Saturday

    We’ll rendezvous at your accommodation in the Tweed Valley and over a coffee in the best cafe in the Borders we’ll get to know everyone before hitting the trails for a full day of tight, twisty singletrack heaven.

    The variety of riding here is huge, and the quality is consistently nuts! When the sun is shining the Tweed Valley’s ridgelines offer riders a commanding perspective of Scotland’s wee mountain biking kingdom. Just as you think you’re getting on top of the riding, we’ll see if we can’t pull out a few surprises to keep you on your toes…

    That evening, you’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.

    Sunday

    Five minutes out the door of your fantastic accommodation, you’ll be picking up your second taste of what’s on offer in the Tweed Valley. We’ll take it easy on the climbs, keeping plenty in the tanks for the good bits. Tight, rooty, steep singletrack descents are the rewards for some serious climbing!

    With so much riding on our doorstep, we’ve plenty of time for a final dose of singletrack goodness to keep your head spinning for weeks! If your appetite for new adventures still isn’t satisfied then we still have some treats in store, or revisit your favourite spot so far to have another crack at that tricky corner. It might be goodbye for now, but you know where to find us next time.

    Believe the Hype!

    Believe us when we say there’s a whole load more to the Tweed Valley than just the phenomenal trail centres – why else would the Enduro World Series roll into town two years on the trot?!

  3. Dirty Weekends

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    Dirty Weekends™

    Weekend Mountain Biking

    Take the ultimate mountain bike holidays in Scotland. Shrink them. Squeeze out the most iconic rides – and voila – we’ve picked the very best mountain bike rides in Scotland for you, including our favourites from the Mountain Lassies, Border Raid and Mountain Royale mountain bike trips.

    Just because these Scottish mountain biking breaks are short, don’t think for a second that they’re watered down versions of the ‘big trips’ – the last thing we’ll do is skimp on the special ingredients that make each of these such popular mountain bike holidays in the UK. It just means we’ve thought extra long and hard, poured over the OS maps and cut straight to the best bits and we’re able to offer some very ‘dirty weekends’ on our favourite trails! Don’t take our word for it though –see what our guests think.

    The Trips

    Bite sized enough to fit into a weekend, don’t underestimate the riding – expect your fill of awesome rides on incredible trails in iconic settings including the Tweed Valley, the Cairngorms and the East Highland gems of Deeside and the Angus Glens. We’ve cherrypicked the very best routes from each area and squeezed them into an action packed trip high on quality riding, great banter and apres-biking fun!

    The Logistics

    Book a mountain bike weekend with us and we’ll sort out your itinerary, great accommodation and our fun, friendly professional mountain bike guides for some awesome rideouts.

    Dirty Weekends™

    Here’s what you can expect

    • Graded Rides Every trip is packed with superb riding – find the one geared towards your abilities and preferences
    • Accommodation Fantastic B&B accommodation right at the heart of the riding
    • Professional Guides Expertly trained, hugely experienced but most of all great fun and with a wealth of local knowledge to share!
    • Comprehensive Support Including First Aid and mechanical assistance throughout your trip

    2017 Trip Dates

    Mini Border Raid

    Friday

    You’ll arrive in the Valley (hopefully) in time for a lovely pub meal and a nightcap before settling down for a great night’s rest before the fun begins tomorrow!

    Saturday

    We’ll rendezvous at your accommodation in the Tweed Valley and over a coffee in the best cafe in the Borders we’ll get to know everyone before hitting the trails for a full day of tight, twisty singletrack heaven.

    The variety of riding here is huge, and the quality is consistently nuts! When the sun is shining the Tweed Valley’s ridgelines offer riders a commanding perspective of Scotland’s wee mountain biking kingdom. Just as you think you’re getting on top of the riding, we’ll see if we can’t pull out a few surprises to keep you on your toes…

    That evening, you’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.

    Sunday

    Five minutes out the door of your fantastic accommodation, you’ll be picking up your second taste of what’s on offer in the Tweed Valley. We’ll take it easy on the climbs, keeping plenty in the tanks for the good bits. Tight, rooty, steep singletrack descents are the rewards for some serious climbing!

    With so much riding on our doorstep, we’ve plenty of time for a final dose of singletrack goodness to keep your head spinning for weeks! If your appetite for new adventures still isn’t satisfied then we still have some treats in store, or revisit your favourite spot so far to have another crack at that tricky corner. It might be goodbye for now, but you know where to find us next time.

    Mini Mountain Royale (2017 Dates Coming Soon)

    • 6th May to 8th May 2016 |Level 3/4 | Price: £345.00 per person
    • 13th May to 15th May 2016 |Level 2/3 | Price: £345.00 per person

    Friday

    Welcome to a land of contrasts – deep, silent forests of ancient Scots Pine shelter 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.

    The trails here have something for everyone to enjoy, from long days out in remote backcountry to technical mountain trails in the main Cairngorm massif and loam-rich rollercoasters through the pines. We’re spoiled for choice, so you can be certain of a very tasty ride on some lesser-known gems.

    Saturday

    With so much choice on offer we can tailor the riding to what you want to ride. We can choose to explore further into some of Britain’s largest areas of native Caledonian forest, through ancient drove roads and into a post-glacial landscape that still bears the marks of the glaciers that carved it. The maze of pristine singletrack is as varied as it is widespread – join us on a trip off the beaten track and into the hills!

    It’ll probably come down to the toss of a coin – eight hour big-mountain monster loop, four hour singletrack hit – take your pick!

    Sunday

    Dirty Weekends never last long enough though. Depending how much is left in the tanks from yesterday, we’ll either fuel up for an all day all-mountain epic, or we can split the day down into morning and afternoon singletrack missions with coffee and cake sandwiched in between.

    Alas, all too soon it’s time to bid fond farewells…but we’ve only just scratched the surface so hopefully we’ll see you again before too long!

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

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