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Bike-Pack the Cairngorms National Park

Link the Speyside Way, Moray Coastal Path and Dava Way on this epic 167km adventure. 0 days of work.

DURATION
2 Nights
COMFORT
Comfortable
LOCATION
United Kingdom
SEASON
April, May
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This challenging mini adventure covers 167km with 1619m of ascent along three great Scottish trails. You’ll ride along old railways, through pine forests, atop rugged coastline and over wild moors. The riding is challenging whilst never being overly hard.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 2 days bike packing
  • 1 night b&b accommodation
  • 1 night hotel accommodation
  • Experienced professional guide
  • Airport transfers

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.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights
  • Bike and bike gear
  • Lunches and snacks
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses

Bike rental can be arranged if required.

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

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

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 an 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.

Your host will provide you with a handlebar bag for the weekend, 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. You can ren a good quality hardtail bike such as a Merida, which is well suited for this trip.

This trip will run with a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 4. Please note that if only one or two people are booked onto this trip, your host will get in touch to discuss your options. You may decide to cancel or rearrange the trip or pay a surcharge.

The riding covers a range of terrain from quiet tarmac roads to forest single track. This is a challenging ride but never too hard.

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.

You are free to book any flights that fit with the start and end points of the trip.

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Location

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This adventure takes place in northeastern Scotland taking in the edges of the Cairngorms National Park, down the river Spey to the Moray coast. Along the way, the route covers sections of three great Scottish walking trails, the Speyside Way, the Moray Coastal Path and the Dava Way.

The Speyside Way charts the course of the River Spey, Scotlands third longest river. The river is an important salmon fishing river and it also plays an important role in whisky production with a number of distilleries in the region. The Speyside Way at times follows the path of a disused railway line that once connected the region’s distilleries.

The Moray Coastal Path follows the rugged northern coastline along the Moray Firth. It’s a wild coastline and also an important area for conservation and one of the best places in the UK to see dolphins and whales. The coastal path itself is varied but always accompanied by a fantastic view.

The Dava Way follows a disused railway line and connects the Moray Coastal Path with the Speyside Way. The route passes through a mixture of farmland, woodland and moorland heading out towards the mountains of the Cairngorms. There is plenty of wildlife in the surrounding countryside, if you’re really lucky you may get to meet one of the local pine martins.

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.

What to Expect

Friday: Arrive

Log off, clock out and hop aboard the evening flight to Inverness where your local hosts will be waiting to meet you at the airport.

From the airport, it’s around a one-hour drive to your accommodation for the evening, a cosy B&B in the small highland town of Grantown-on-Spey.

All that’s left to do is check in, kick back and relax in preparation for tomorrows adventures.

Saturday: Riding Grantown-on-Spey to Spey Bay

Today’s mission is the 80 kilometres to Spey Bay. The ride kicks off with 20 kilometres of quiet tarmac roads through an impressive highland estate - the perfect way to warm the legs up and get into the swing of things.

Your route follows the Speyside Way along a disused railway that once linked the area’s distilleries. A highlight along the way through the rolling highland landscape is the 98-year-old Fiddichside Pub, overflowing with character.

You’ll soon be tackling the challenging slopes of Ben Aigan, on a clear day your reward is a far-reaching view down to the Moray coast. There’s a quick pause to resupply in Fochabers. Then, an enjoyable trail through pine forest alongside the river brings you to the Garmouth Hotel, your home for the night.

Sunday: Riding coast and mountains

Today’s 87-kilometre ride is varied and always interesting. The morning follows the Moray Coast trail along the rugged and wild coastline. The route takes in sandy coastal and forest paths with ample opportunities to stop for coffee and even a second breakfast if you please.

From Findhorn, you leave the coast behind and head for the mountains. The trail ascends to the summit of Dava at 1052 feet and the landscape opens out with an incredible sense of space as you approach the Cairngorms.

Following the disused railway track along the Dava Way there are constant surprises and new scenery to keep your interest. The last few kilometres, you’ll make the most of local knowledge with a fun route past Castle Grant back to Granton-on-Spey.

Just time for a quick celebratory drink before a changing of clothes, packing up the bike and hopping in the car to the airport. Time to bid your guide a fond farewell and head home after an amazing 3 days adventuring.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

Your first night you will be staying in a comfortable bed and breakfast in Granton-on-Spey.

Your second night you will be staying the cosy Garmouth Hotel. They prefer to describe themselves as a friendly village pub with some comfortable rooms upstairs rather than a hotel. All the rooms are en-suite with WIFI, tea and coffee making facilities, TV and hairdryer. Downstairs, the pub offers traditional pub grub with a fine selection of beverages to match.

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