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
Self Catering Lodges Loch Eck – Whistlefield Lodges sleeps 4. This truly stunning location offers cosy Log Cabin Retreats, enjoying a remote feel – yet close to all other services including the lovely 14th century Whistlefield Inn 300 yards (privately owned) and just a short walk to Loch Eck, Jubilee Point, Lochside BBQ’s and Loch Fishing. Pets Welcome !
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 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 !
Loch Awe Self Catering Lodges – A choice of 1 and 2 bedroom Hillside Lodges and 3 bedroom Lochside Cabins with Hot Tubs, Sauna’s and BBQ’s, all including permit Free Loch Fishing in a beautiful natural wilderness location on the banks of Loch Awe in the Western Highlands. Pets Welcome !
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 !
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 !
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
Self Catering Northern Highlands – This unique detached character cottage enjoys stunning Sea Views with all modern self catering comforts including Conservatory Full Central Heating 2 bathrooms Sauna homely Log Fire and private outdoor Hot Tub (with Supplement). Sea View is a restored former croft cottage enjoying with a remote feel, yet less than 1 mile from Shops Inns Restaurant and sandy beaches. Sleeps 6 Pets Welcome
Sea View Cottage John O Groats – John O Groats, Caithness, The Smiddy sleeps 4. Offering lovely Sea Views close to John o Groats the Old Smiddy Cottage has been beautifully restored to provide comfortable Holiday Accommodation with all Modern Luxury keeping as many of it’s original features as possible. NO Pets
The Beautiful Northern Coastlines
Self Catering Dunnet Head – This unique detached former croft cottage is full of character and enjoys stunning Sea Land and Skyescape views. Quirky in character Far North still enjoys all modern Self Catering Luxury including free WiFi, Outdoor optional extra Hot Tub (with supplement) Wood Burning Stove Full Electric Heating, Sauna, 2 Jacuzzi bathrooms (one en-suite with observation skylight windows) some under floor heating and Sea View Conservatory. Sleeps 6 Pets Welcome !
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
Isle of Skye Self Catering Crofters Cottage – This unique detached former Croft cottage is both quirky and homely in character and enjoys the most spectacular Sea Views you could dream from both its Conservatory and private outdoor Hot Tub, with an ample enclosed garden and even it’s own babbling burn. Sleeps 4 to 6 Pets Welcome !
Isle of Mull Self Catering – Crannich sleeps 4. Hideaway 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
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. Pets Welcome in some Lodges
Cairngorms, loch ness and Central
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 !
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 !
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 !
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 !
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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