Bike-Pack the Scottish Highlands

Ride single-track through rugged valleys and over high passes to a remote mountain hostel. 0 days off work.

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Bike-Pack the Scottish Highlands

Ride single-track through rugged valleys and over high passes to a remote mountain hostel. 0 days off work.

From castles to mountains, rivers to lochs, you’ll see it all on this challenging bike-packing adventure. Your destination is a remote hostel in the heart of the mountains accessible only by foot or bike. Spend a night surrounded by wilderness, then ride back to civilisation on rugged trails that traverse mountain passes and descend green valleys. Your highland adventure includes:

  • 2 days of guided highland bike-packing
  • 1 night in a B&B in the charming town of Dornie
  • 1 night at a remote highland hostel
  • Professional, experienced bike guides
  • 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Airport transfers
  • Technical support

Perfect for:
Intermediate and advanced mountain bikers seeking a full-on weekend of thrilling riding and incredible wilderness scenery. This trip is designed for very small, personal groups of no more than 4 riders who like to experience Scotland from its remote side.

What to Expect

Friday: Arrival

Leave the office behind you and catch an evening flight to Inverness.

Your guide is waiting at the airport to drive you to Dornie (2 hours), a tiny village best known for picturesque Eilean Donan Castle.

Check into a local hotel to unwind, get your gear ready, and enjoy a drink together to discuss the weekend.

Tomorrow the real adventure begins.

Saturday: Ride to Glen Affric Hostel

Get your day started right with a full Highland breakfast, then pack your gear and hit the road.

Ride past the famous castle and follow the shores of Loch Duich. With your muscles warmed up, leave the road and head into the mountains.

Ride fun single-track through emerald-green mountain valleys, then climb a steep, rocky trail to the pass at Bealach an Sgairne.

Enjoy lunch with a view, then blaze down the other side into a wild and remote valley.

Follow the river to Glen Affric Hostel, a small building in the middle of absolutely nowhere.

Wash off in the river, then join your group for a hard-earned dinner.

Swap stories around the fire then go outside to check out the stars before bed.

5 hours of riding, 25km, 900m of elevation gain

Sunday: Ride to Cannich and head home

Gather around the wood-burning stove and greet the sunrise with a hot drink.

After breakfast you have to leave this beautiful place. Warm up with a gentle descent to Loch Affric, then cruise through a beautiful Caledonian pine forest.

Climb back into the mountains on excellent single-track. It’s a hard ascent, but your reward is a long, swooping descent down the next valley to Tomich. Second breakfast, anyone?

The day finishes with a scenic ride along the River Glass to Cannich.

Grab a shower, unpack your bike, and celebrate with a round of drinks before your guides drop you off at Inverness airport.

5 hours of riding, 32km, 670m of elevation gain

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

On Friday night you’ll stay at the Dornie Hotel, a family-run B&B in the heart of town. The hotel features an onsite restaurant, popular bar, and comfortable lounge with a fireplace. Rooms include TV and a coffee/tea tray. Many rooms are ensuite.

On Saturday night you’ll stay at the Glen Affric Hostel. Unlike any hostel you’ve probably stayed in, the Glen Affric is completely off the grid. Located in a beautiful valley 8 miles from the nearest road, only hikers and mountain bikers make their way there. The hostel sleeps 24 and has an atmosphere unlike anywhere else.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Sorry, no private trips are currently available for this product. Try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Bike rental per day Payable Before Departure
Bike rental per day £25.00

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Location

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Your trip starts in Dornie, a tiny fishing village (pop. 360) best known as the location of Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most famous—and scenic—castles in Scotland. Surrounded by three lochs and backed by dense, green forest, it’s a stunningly beautiful place to begin your adventure.

The mountains you’ll ride through are a wonderland of desolate valleys, vivid green meadows, rocky crags, and rushing rivers. Glen Affric is part of a Caledonian Forest Reserve, National Scenic Area and National Nature Reserve. It’s often referred to as “the most beautiful glen in Scotland.”

There’s a lot of wildlife in the area, including capercaillie, crossbills, golden eagles, beaver, hare, pine martens, deer and wildcats.

Start point?
You will be met at Inverness Airport on Friday evening. Please schedule your flight to arrive no earlier than 20:00. Alternatively, you can also be picked up from the train stain in Inverness. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip will end at Inverness Aiport on Sunday. You’re free to schedule any flight that departs after 20:50. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Inverness Airport (INV) is served by frequent, inexpensive flights, including direct flights from London on easyJet. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you don’t miss the included transfers.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Inverness
  • Bike and bike gear
  • Lunches and snacks, and dinner on Friday
  • Personal insurance
  • Drinks and personal expenses

We can arrange bike rental for you if you like.

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 4.

Note: If there aren’t 2 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

Terrain will range from 4WD roads to single-track, including some loose, rocky, steep sections of trail. You might have to hike your bike in a couple of places.

You’ll carry your own small backpack with personal gear.

The scenery is gorgeous. Don’t forget to look up from the trail and appreciate the rugged beauty of the highlands around you!

This trip is suitable for intermediate and advanced mountain bikers with a moderate level of fitness. You must be confident riding where control and balance are needed. You also need to be content riding with bikers of mixed abilities.

You’ll enjoy a full Highland breakfast Saturday morning in Dornie. At the remote hostel your guides will cook a delicious, hearty dinner and breakfast for you. Dinner will be along the lines of rice, pasta or potatoes; meat stew; veggies; oatcakes or cheese for dessert; and wine/whisky.

All other meals and snacks are up to you. You’ll need packed lunches, snacks and water for each day but we will make sure you’ll have a chance to buy everything before heading out.

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

Summer in the Highlands is ideal for mountain biking. Temperatures range from 14 – 17 °C during the day and cool off to 10 – 13 °C at night. Rain is likely, but mist and clouds only add to the remote feel of the place.

Your host will provide you with a handlebar bag for the weekend, and a sleeping bag if necessary.

Sure can. We can arrange bike hire for you through a local shop in Scotland. Let your hosts know in advance and they will have your perfect bike ready upon arrival. The shop provides hardtail bikes with Shimano drivetrains and hydraulic disc brakes. Options are:

  • Lapierre Raid 527 or 529
  • Merida Big Seven 27.5

Your host recommends you pack the following:

  • Mountain bike.
  • Trainers, approach shoes or biking shoes to ride in.
  • Socks and liners (for extra comfort), plus spares in case they get wet.
  • Padded cycle shorts.
  • Full-length base layer top and bottoms.
  • Cycle top to ride in. One with ventilation works best, e.g. full length zip.
  • Fleece or softshell top to put on top if it gets cold.
  • Cycling gloves and helmet (if renting this is provided).
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Insulated jacket or gilet for stops if it’s cold.
  • Warm hat and gloves.
  • Water bottles or hydration system.
  • Packed lunch and snacks for riding during both days. There will be some chances to re-stock each day.
  • Spare full-length base layer top and bottoms to change into at night or for emergency.
  • Overnight toiletries and personal medication.
  • Personal money for refreshments.
  • Midge repellent and net.
  • Head torch for personal use at the hostel.
  • A day pack, typically 20L capacity, to carry stuff when you are riding.
  • Dry bags or plastic bags to wrap your stuff in.
  • Two spare inner tubes and spare brake blocks/pads. If renting your host will arrange this.

Start point?
You will be met at Inverness Airport on Friday evening. Please schedule your flight to arrive no earlier than 20:00. Alternatively, you can also be picked up from the train stain in Inverness. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip will end at Inverness Aiport on Sunday. You’re free to schedule any flight that departs after 20:50. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Inverness Airport (INV) is served by frequent, inexpensive flights, including direct flights from London on easyJet. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you don’t miss the included transfers.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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