"Mountain biking??? This was adventure biking at it’s best!! Top notch; fun friendly, and professional!”
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 you’ll get an idea 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 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!
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 Trip All-mountain
- Technical ability level Strong Intermediate to Advanced (you see yourself as a capable mountain biker)
- Fitness You’ll be easy about riding for four to eight hours on consecutive days by the time you join this trip
- How Challenging? You’ll experience every kind of natural trail feature imagineable!
- 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
- Expert Leadership and Professional Guiding
- Accommodation: fantastic lochside lodge in the heart of the Scottish Highlands
- Daily healthy n hearty breakfasts to set you up for the day
- Private transportation throughout the trip (the full week and long weekend options include transfers at the start and finish of the trip)
- Backup vehicle and mechanical support
- Detailed pre-departure information
- Trip photos
- Join the trip in Peebles area, Edinburgh, Perth or Inverness (alternative arrangements may be possible – please contact us to discuss)
Week-long (Saturday to Saturday)
- 20th to 27th June
- 18th to 25th July
- 1st to 8th August
- 22nd to 29th August
- 12th to 19th September
- Price: £780.00 per person
Part-week (Saturday to Wednesday)
- 20th to 24th June
- 18th to 22nd July
- 1st to 5th August
- 22nd to 26th August
- 12th to 16th September
- Price: £455.00 per person
Part-week (Wednesday to Saturday)
- 24th to 27th June
- 22nd to 25th July
- 5th to 8th August
- 26th to 29th August
- 16th to 19th September
- Price: £375.00 per person
Long Weekends (Friday to Monday)
- 10th to 13th July
- 14th to 17th August
- Price: £405.00 per person
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 mini-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!
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.
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.
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.
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 out and back, 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.
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.
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!
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.
Throw out those skinny lightweight cross-country tyres – this trip is screaming out for sturdy rubber and big volume casings!