Mountain Biking Holidays in Scotland
Mountain Biking Holidays in Scotland tailored to your requirements in the Highlands of Scotland
Scotland has been voted the world’s number 1 mountain biking destination by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). One of the main reasons for this has been development of purpose-built trails. Many of these are aimed at competent enthusiasts but more recently newer additions have begun to take into account the huge number of riders operating at a more modest level. This kind of riding can be found from the Borders to the Northern Highlands.
So come along this year with your Mountain Bikes and enjoy fresh air, the best scenery in the world and a fantastic selection of routes everywhere in scotland from the Mull of Kintyre to John o Groats
A sample of Scottish Mountain Biking Routes
Bridge of Orchy – Kingshouse – A straightforward out and back trip that follows the old military road across Rannoch Moor. Superb Hotels on route or at either end for pre, post or mid-ride refreshment. Suitable for intermediate / advanced riders – Accommodation in this area
Glen Kin – A wee circuit of a small glen and the Shores of Loch Eck in Cowal, Argyll that suits beginners and provides more experienced riders with optional challenges – Accommodation in this area
Dalwhinie – Corrour – Traversing Ben Alder, Ardverikie and Corrour estates this linear route passes through some astounding scenery. Although not technically demanding it’s a long and brilliant day out that should appeal to many – Accommodation in this area
A trip to the Isle of Skye. At 44k with just under 1,000m of ascent you can enjoy the finest views. Tons of demanding single track for experts to ride – Accommodation in this area
The riding centres have waymaked and graded trails. Many have dedicated skills areas to practice the techniques needed to successfully negotiate some of the harder routes. As mentioned above they are now including more family friendly trails for those not hooked on adrenaline.
The most important thing about these trails is that they provide riding all year round in venues that are managed with mountain biking in mind. Whatever level you ride at they will provide fun in a controlled environment. In addition to the bike trails, visitor centres, toilets etc. are often allied to woodland walks nearby to ensure that any visit can be comfortable and varied.
Self Catering Scotland has a variety of accommodation near some of the managed riding areas. Many are accessible from your doorstep. A wealth of trails exists in the Argyll area in particular that provide challenge from the easy to the wicked with an emphasis on more family friendly routes. However, they only form part of what you could be riding.
A tradition of cross country riding has existed in Scotland that even pre-dates the appearance of mountain bikes. Many lonely glens have paths and tracks that extend over remote passes to further delights on the other side.
These routes will take the more adventurous through maginficent scenery and past many historic sites. The choices are limited only by your imagination and how far you want to go.
Don’t think you need to be an expert rider to follow some of these routes! Many are on flawless riding surfaces that transport you more smoothly than some of the potholed roads you use to get to your work each day. The great thing about this type of riding is the freedom it brings. Being able to travel much further than on foot allows a greater appreciation of the scale of things added to the simple, child-like pleasure of riding a bike.
Whatever your current fitness level, using a mountain bike on your Self Catering Scotland holiday will improve it and add a valuable dimension to your hard earned free time.
The much loved Glen Kin trail by Loch Eck
The law in Scotland ensures free and unobstructed access to wilderness areas provided it is carried out responsibly. Apart from a small number of exceptions, if you stay out of cultivated fields, private areas surrounding houses and businesses, don’t damage the land, disturb wildlife or people’s ability to earn their living you’re free to go where you please. Put more simply all you need to do is be mindful of the needs of others and of the environment. This ensures that, wherever you choose to stay with Self Catering Scotland, there will be plenty of trails for you to enjoy.
Cowal, Argyll and Bute
List 10 Self Catering Lodges Loch Eck – Whistlefield Lodges sleeps 4 and 5. Luxury Log Cabins by Loch Eck Argyll, (some with Sauna, Jacuzzi baths and WIFI) enjoying stunning Loch, Forest and Mountain Views with Red Squirrels and lot’s of wildlife as company, walking distance from 14th century Inn – less than 90 minutes drive from Glasgow. Pets Welcome !
List 18 Loch Long Self Catering – Sanna Cottage sleeps 4. Beautiful detached holiday cottage in the peaceful village of Ardentinny by the shores of Loch Long, Argyll. Sanna cottage offers en-suite facility, modern life comfort and delightful “highland village” life. within just 50 metres of Loch Long and it’s jetty. Pets Welcome !
List 23 Shore Cottage West Coast – The old Turbine House sleeps 2. Remote Seaside Holiday Cottage on Argyll’s West Coast. This 1 Bedroom detached Holiday Cottage just a stones throw from a sandy beach and rolling west highland hills offers the Remote Holiday Hideaway. Pets Welcome
List 30 Sea View Cottage Argyll – Sea View Cottage sleeps 4. Spectacular location on the banks of the Clyde Estuary. This cottage is so close to the sea you actually feel within it, with fantastic sea views over to Ayrshire and panoramic views to Cumbrae Island, Arran and the Kintyre Peninsula. Easily accessible even in the winter and within walking distance of 2 local Inns, its garden wall forming part of the sea wall. Its large conservatory offering Luxury, midge free accommodation with panoramic sea views. Pets Welcome !
List 40 Shoreside Holiday Cottage Argyll – Tarbert sleeps 4. This Beautiful Luxury Detached Cottage offers a breath-taking waters edge setting with Wood Stove and un-rivalled peace, tranquility and sheer natural beauty. This is a fantastic retreat for 4 people with one double en-suite bedroom and one Twin Bedroom with separate bathroom. The gardens stretch to the waters edge, your only neighbors will be local Grey Seals, Otters, Red Squirrel, Deer and Sea Birds. Pets Welcome !
List 51 Kyles of Bute Self Catering – Top Floor flat Tighnabruaich sleeps 5. This stunning Holiday Apartment is so close to the waters edge you almost feel within it. Sleeping up to 5 people the Apartment enjoys commanding views over the Kyles of Bute. Pets Welcome !
List 56 Scottish Seaside Flat – Spinnaker View, Innellan sleeps 2. Only metres from the shore with it’s own car parking space offering Spectacular sea views over to Ayrshire and panoramic views to Cumbrae Island, Arran and the Kintyre Peninsula. Within walking distance of 2 local Inns, Spinnaker Views is located in the sleepy village of Innellan near Dunoon. Pets Welcome !
List 58 Luxury Sea Front Villa – Shelford sleeps 8 with every possible comfort including, WIFI, Stove and Central Heating on the banks of the Clyde Estuary, with fantastic Sea Views. This spacious villa is within walking distance of a local village and Inns, its many windows offering panoramic sea views, it’s large gardens boasting decked out areas and a 5 person Hot Tub – plus a natural spring and waterfall. Pets Welcome !
List 60 Loch Awe Self Catering Lodges – sleeps 4, 6 and 8. Choice of 1,2 or 3 bedroom Log Cabin with Sauna on the banks of beautiful Loch Awe. Situated at the only crossing point on Loch Awe. Within walking distance of the famous Loch side Portsonachan Inn. The Lodges are just 90 minutes drive from Glasgow, 60 minutes drive from Oban ‘Gateway to the Isles’ and within walking distance of the Shore side Portsonachan Hotel providing good food and drink. Pets Welcome !
List 71 Shore Cottage Strachur Loch Fyne – Creagh Dubh – sleeps 6. Detached Luxury Cottage on the banks of Loch Fyne, Argyll, spacious accommodation and spectacular Loch Views. Creagh Dubh is located in the village of Strachur by Loch Fyne it is within walking distance of 2 local Inns, a village shop and cafe and offers a fantastic touring base for Cowal and Argyll. Pets Welcome !
List 85 Remote Highland Country Cottage – Hillside sleeps 5. Offering an escape from Reality, Remote Detached Cottage, without central heating let alone electricity. However the cottage is beautifully constructed, maintained and insulated with thick stone walls and as much fresh mountain spring water as you need. Unlimited Fire wood is provided for the back boiler Stove and Open Fires, along with lamp oil & candles. A Gas cooker & back up heating is also provided. Pets Welcome !
List 104 Remote Scottish Holiday Cottage Argyll – Cove sleeps 4. Remote Detached Scottish Holiday Cottage on Argyll’s West Coast, offering the Ultimate Remote Holiday Hideaway Cove Cottage is approx 1 mile from the Sea and sits within a large open garden in an elevated position with distant views of the Hills and Loch Coalisport. Perfect for Hill Walking and Wildlife Watching Holidays and families needing isolation. The West Coast of Argyll offers wonderful scenery with rocky outcrops, inlets, sandy beaches, islands and islets just crying out to be explored. Pets Welcome !
Sutherland Ross-shire and Wester Ross
List 25 Self Catering Northern Highlands – Sea View Cottage sleeps 6. Luxury former croft cottage in the Northern Highlands, Remote, Detached, Conservatory, Jacuzzi bath, Sauna, Full Central Heating, Open fire and WIFI. This restored former Croft Cottage has an enclosed garden and easily accessible by car, or public transport even in the winter. Offering spectacular elevated views of the North Sea, Mountains and Night skies. Centrally placed this cottage forms the perfect base for exploring all the Northern Highlands including the Black Isle, Loch Ness Caithness and an Orkney day trip. Pets Welcome !
List 69 See Aurora Borealis Scotland – Melvaig sleeps 4. Luxury detached Cottage sleeping 4 people just 80 yards from the seashore with private beach access located in the quiet crofting community of Melvaig, near Gairloch. Offering a chance to see the Northern Lights during the Autumn and Winter months along with stunning sunsets and stary skies. The cottage offers stunning views of Skye & the Western Isles. Pets Welcome !
List 94 Mountain View Cottage – Gairloch sleeps 6. Remote Detached Cottage amazing location the Beinn Eighe nature reserve, enjoy Stunning Mountain and distant Sea Views in this Luxury 4 star Holiday Cottage. This beautiful detached self catering holiday Cottage sits in a commanding location enjoying spectacular views of two of Scotland’s most spectacular mountains Slioch and Beinn Eighe close to Kinlochewe Ross-shire. Pets Welcome !
The Beautiful Northern Coastlines
List 3 Sutherland Self Catering – Beechwood Cottage sleeps 6. Detached cottage offering you total peace and tranquillity, set in a wildlife haven of outstanding beauty on the North coast of Scotland…Treat yourselves to a great value extra special holiday of relaxation, sightseeing, walking, fishing, golfing, bird watching… and much more…and once a month on average the famous and mysterious Northern lights. Sorry no Pets.
List 4 Self Catering Dunnet Head – Far North Cottage sleeps 6. This unique former Croft Cottage with large enclosed garden is the furthest North Detached Cottage on the Scottish mainland, enjoying spectacular open views of the Pentland firth, Scapa flow and Orkney Isles. This Beautiful cottage enjoys many luxuries including en-suite master bedroom, bathroom with observation skylight windows, 2 person Jacuzzi bath, Sauna and Free WIFI. Also front Conservatory for clear Sea, Night Sky and Eagle Watching. Full Electric heating, Coal / Wood Stove, further family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath. All bedrooms all with tv / dvd. This cottage forms the perfect base for exploring Caithness, Sutherland, the North Coast, Cape Wrath and Orkney. Pets Welcome !
List 100 Scottish Sea View Cottage – Whale Cottage sleeps 7. Beautiful detached cottage so close to the sea you actually feel within it. Whale Cottage sits gable end onto the sea wall and at high tide the waves lap within feet of the cottage. There are sea views from most rooms and if you are lucky the odd passing whale or dolphin. Pets Welcome !
Isles of Skye and the Western Isles
List 11 Isle of Skye Self Catering Crofters Cottage sleeps 4 to 6. Detached former croft cottage on North West Isle of Skye “accessed by toll free road bridge” on the spectacular Waterish peninsular. This cottage enjoys many Luxuries including free WIFI, Jacuzzi bath, Full Electric Heating, Supplementary Wood burner and Conservatory “North West facing” with breathtaking unrestricted views of Loch Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the Inner and Outer Hebrides Islands, and maybe a wee glimpse of the famous and mysterious Northern lights. Pets Welcome !
List 55 Isle of Mull Self Catering – Crannich sleeps 4. Luxury holiday Caravans, Glen Aros, Isle of Mull. Glen Aros is well known for it’s large population of breeding eagles and Crannich Caravans are ideally situated within 150 acres of farmland in Glen Aros on the Isle of Mull, offering great walks, panoramic views of the glen, Loch Frisa and the river Aros, with the Morvern hills in the distance and the most fantastic sunsets. Pets Welcome !
The Borders loch Lomond and Trossach’s
List 39 Trossachs Self Catering Lodges – Benview Lodges Sleeps 4 and 6. Luxury Lodges in the Trossachs overlooking the Ben Ledi hills, ideally situated for exploring the Trossachs and providing a fantastic touring base for Stirlingshire, Perthshire and the West Highlands, whilst still conveniently situated for shops and amenities. Sorry No Pets
List 102 Luxury Lodges Private Hot Tubs – sleeps 4 and 6. Luxury Lodges with Private Hot Tubs set within the Idyllic Loch Lomond and Trossachs National park scenery. Offering sumptuous self catering at it’s best. Enjoying a remote feel private Hot Tub, spacious accommodation over 2 floors. Sorry no Pets
List 26 Borders Group Self Catering – Glebe House sleeps up to 14. A fabulous country home in the Scottish Borders, offering the highest standard of self catering accommodation. Within the fantastic Northumberland National Park, and set amongst the rolling Cheviot Hills, Glebe House is a far cry from the pressures of daily life. This vacation rental property is a beautiful 5 bedroom country mansion on two floors set in manicured gardens on the banks of the Kale river. It enjoys magnificent south facing views of the Cheviot Hills. Pets Welcome !
List 28 Borders Self Catering Lodges – The Spinney sleeps 2 and 4. Luxury Log Cabins enjoying an excellent location in the heart of the countryside near Jedburgh in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Nestling in the foothills of the Cheviots and set in mature gardens with private parking ideal for guests seeking quality self-catering accommodation. Pets Welcome !
Cairngorms, loch ness and Central
List 72 Large House by Loch – Corrievarkie Lodge sleeps 17. Large Spacious Holiday House by Loch Ericht in the Cairngorms with Wood Stove and all Luxury’s perfect for Fishing and Large Groups Self Catering up to 17 people, offering the Great Highland Escape. Pets Welcome !
List 82 Holiday Cottage near Aviemore Cairngorms – Heath Cottage sleeps 6. An exceptional Holiday Cottage near Aviemore. Heath Self Catering Cottage conveniently situated within the much sought after Holiday Village of Boat of Garton just 7 miles from Aviemore, offering a gateway to the Mountains and Forest’s of the Cairngorm national park. Pets Welcome !
List 88 Fort William Self Catering Caravans – sleeps 2 and 6. Luxury Caravans spectacular views across Loch Linnhe, well situated for touring Fort William the outdoor capital of the UK, Loch Ness and the Great Glen, The Ardnamurchan peninsula, Loch Ness, Argyll and the Highlands. The world class 5 star facility offers a warm Scottish welcome, top quality accommodation awaits overlooking the wild and dramatic scenery of Loch Eil and the mountains beyond. Pets Welcome !
List 89 Fort William Chalets – Lochside – sleeps 4, 5 and 6. Luxury Chalets spectacular views across Loch Linnhe, well situated for touring Fort William the outdoor capital of the UK, Loch Ness and the Great Glen, The Ardnamurchan peninsula, Loch Ness, Argyll and the Highlands. The world class 5 star facility offers a warm Scottish welcome, top quality accommodation awaits overlooking the wild and dramatic scenery of Loch Eil and the mountains beyond. Pets Welcome !
List 109 Self Catering Dalwhinnie Cairngorms – Aldersyde Cottage sleeps 6. Quality Self Catering in Dalwhinnie Cairngorms, set amongst dramatic Badenoch Mountain scenery. Aldersyde Holiday Cottage enjoys all modern Luxury with spacious 3 Bedroom Accommodation complimented with Full Central Heating, Wood Stove, WIFI close to Dalwhinnie village centre at the head of Loch Ericht and it’s plentiful walks and cycle trails. Pets Welcome !
List 50 Loch Ness Log Cabins – Bearnock Estate Glen Urquhart, sleeps 2 and 4. Luxury 5 star Log Cabins with spectacular views across lush countryside in Glen Urquhart, Loch Ness and set in the heart of the spectacular Scottish Highlands, close to world famous Loch Ness and within easy reach of a whole host of attractions, activities and amenities. Pets Welcome !
List 16 Cairngorms Self Catering – Bluefolds Cottages sleeps 5, 6 and 8. Luxury remote self catering cottages near Glen Livet in the Cairngorms national park with stunning countryside and mountain views. Pets Welcome !
List 33 Loch Ness Self Catering Cottages – Bearnock Estate – sleeps 2, 4, 6 and 12. Choice of Luxury 5 star detached cottages with Oak floors, Jacuzzi baths in the Loch Ness region, with fantastic views, relax in Luxury and enjoy the views, explore the Great Glen or take a boat trip on Loch Ness. Pets Welcome !
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