Tag Archive: Self-Guided

  1. Self-guided Rides

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    You spoke, we listened. Although we think our guided mountain bike tours of Scotland provide the ultimate travel experience – we’ve never really been a one size fits all kind of outfit. We know how exciting it is to strike out solo or with a group of friends, to explore as you desire, at your pace, whenever, with whoever you want.

    We’re all about fuelling that two-wheeled passion for exploring Scotland off-road. Today, in addition to our guided trips we’d love you to get acquainted with two new self-guided mountain bike vacation formats – available anytime for anyone – meet ROAM and DRIFT.

    Roam & Drift self-guided mountain bike, gravel and bikepacking tours Scotland

    Based on our most popular bike tours (+more fresh itineraries being published online in the coming weeks) – tap into our knowledge and you’ll find there’s a lot more to our self-guided bike adventures than you’ll find on Google, Strava and Trailforks combined. 🤔

  2. Roam + Drift

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    Although we think our guided mountain bike tours of Scotland provide the absolute ultimate authentic mountain bike travel experience in Scotland – not everyone is looking for the ‘works’. We know exactly how exciting it can be to strike out on foreign soil alone or with a group of friends – to explore as your schedule and preferences desire.

    For that very reason we have created two self-guided mountain bike vacation formats – ROAM and DRIFT – variations on our popular mountain bike tours.

    ROAM

    In our ROAM self-guided mountain bike adventures in Scotland we do all the organising, make all the arrangements and provide you with an extensive package including GPS routes, accommodation, baggage transfers and (optional extra) transportation if needed. The only thing missing is our professional mountain bike guides.

    DRIFT

    The DRIFT self-guided mountain bike trip is the ultimate in flexibility and budget-conscious mountain bike travel in Scotland. We provide a curated package including GPS routes, our favourite accommodation and best eatery listings and a host of ‘secret gems’ you’d never find alone. Simply use this to make the arrangements that suit you.

    Essential Information

    ROAM

    Included

    Full self-guided itinerary

    GPS routes and accompanying notes

    Accommodation booking service

    Baggage transfers provided

    Detailed pre-departure information

    Telephone / WhatsApp support throughout the trip

    Excluded

    Bike rental

    Personal equipment

    Equipment rental

    Vehicle rental

    Additional accommodation before, during or after the trip

    Additional transportation

    Baggage / bike box collection & storage

    Optional Add-ons

    Bike rental

    Personal equipment

    Equipment rental

    Vehicle Rental

    Additional accommodation before, during or after the trip

    Additional transportation

    Baggage / bike box collection & storage

    DRIFT

    Included

    Full self-guided itinerary

    GPS routes and accompanying notes

    Accommodation listings

    Detailed pre-departure information

    Telephone / WhatsApp support throughout the trip

    Excluded

    Bike rental

    Accommodation booking service

    Personal equipment

    Equipment rental

    Vehicle rental

    Transportation

    Baggage / bike box collection & storage

    Optional Add-ons

    Bike rental

    Personal equipment

    Equipment rental

    Vehicle Rental

    Additional accommodation before, during or after the trip

    Additional transportation

    Baggage / bike box collection & storage

    Trip Grading


    We’ve developed a trip grading system based on our experience riding the terrain that features on our trips, as well as meeting and learning from riders from all over the world and understanding their expectations. Read more about it here. Please ensure you select the trip that’s appropriate for you, or alternatively, please contact us to discuss in advance.

    Accommodation


    Where you stay during our mountain bike tours of Scotland plays almost as big a part in the overall experience as the trails you’ll ride.

    We use a wide variety of accommodation, from wild camping and bothy huts in remote wilderness settings to rustic hostels through to comfortable and friendly inns and guest houses, luxury self catering lodges, castles and everything in between.

    More information regarding accommodation for your particular trip can be found on the booking page (for custom trips, the accommodation will be discussed prior to final booking).

    Groups & Individuals


    We welcome solo travellers (in fact most of our guests travel solo) but did you know that if you’re making a group booking (2+ riders) you’ll automatically save money at the checkout (up to 18%) whether you’re booking for a club, colleagues, friends or family – whoever’s in your tribe.

    To secure a booking, we require a 25% deposit when the reservation is made, with the balance payable within 60 days of your booking commencement. For bookings made less than 60 days before booking commencement, full payment is required at the time of booking.

    Environment

    Only one thing matches our desire to enjoy Scotland’s amazing outdoors and that’s our commitment to contribute to sustainable adventure tourism in Scotland.

    We operate ‘small footprint’ bike adventures to minimise any negative environmental impacts of running our business. We are often asked about running large group trips in remote, sensitive locations but in line with our safety and environmental policy – that’s not really our forté.

    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 wherever possible. We also make use of local hospitality, products and services to ensure our trips contribute economically to the rural environments we enjoy so much. We took another small step in the right direction recently by becoming members of ‘1% for the Planet’. But we must do more.

    Financial Protection

    Consumer Financial Protection

    Our Consumer Financial Protection insurance protects your money. This is in fact a legal requirement but not every adventure company even knows this and some choose to ignore it. Why? Because it’s expensive and complicated to become fully insured in this way, and not every application is accepted. Ours was. Your money is safe with us.

    Tour Operators Liability

    Did you know that in the UK it’s us, the tour operators, who are liable for all aspects of your mountain bike holiday bike package in Scotland? That’s why we have ‘Tour Operators Liability Cover’. Always ask your supplier if they have this insurance. You need it and they should have it.

    Reviews


    We work hard to maintain high professional standards but you probably wouldn’t know it because we’re having way too much fun. Ten years on it still puts the biggest smile on our faces when our clients take time out to tell us how much they enjoyed their mountain bike trip in Scotland. See what ‘Our Clan’ have to say about their mountain bike holiday on Google and via our trip reviews.

  3. Big Mountain Safari

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    Big Mountain Safari™

    All-mountain backcountry sojourn

    On one of our flagship custom bike tours we’ll create your ultimate mountain bike, gravel or bikepacking holiday in Scotland.

    Guided or self-guided bike adventures – the choice is yours – on one of our custom bike tours you can tap into a wealth of experience to create an adventure that’s truly unique. On one of these epic journeys through Scotland, you have lots of flexibility:

    • The ‘Works’ (Guided and fully supported). Enjoy the most relaxed or adventurous riding in the most varied locations across Scotland with one of our expert guides
    • ROAM (we supply the full package except for a guide)
    • DRIFT (we supply the itinerary; you do the rest)

    The Trips

    Tailored for you from a short break mountain, gravel or bikepacking weekend, through to as long as you desire – you can ride through the most iconic of Scottish landscapes from the Scottish Borders, Cairngorms, Glencoe and Ft William to Knoydart, the Isle of Skye and Torridon and more.

    Depending on your tastes and budget, here’s some of the ingredients we can mix to make your ultimate 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 can be 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 Guided 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!
    • Get Started! Fill in our quick and easy ‘Custom Trip Enquiry Form’ and we’ll get to work on your custom bike adventure in Scotland

    The Logistics

    Book with us and we’ll arrange a personalised itinerary including transport, accommodation, bike rental and guiding too. For self-guided mountain, gravel and bikepacking 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
    • An unforgettable experience and access to some real hidden gems – from curated trails to handpicked, authentic local hospitality
    • 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, comprehensive notes, GPS files and telephone support
    • 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 (guided trips)
    • Join the trip at the location that suits you (please contact us to discuss)

    If you’re at the planning stage, please submit a quick and easy ‘Custom Trip Enquiry Form’ and we’ll get started on planning your custom bike adventure in Scotland.

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