A SAMPLE ITINERARY TO GO MOUNTAIN BIKING IN SCOTLAND +

DAY 1

Arrive Glasgow Airport, met by a team member of Fish Out of Water. Travel north along Loch Lomond to Balquidder, where Rob Roy McGregor is buried. Also known as the Scottish Robin Hood, he is celebrated in a number of books, one by Sir Walter Scott and more recently a film in 1995 starring Liam Neeson as Rob Roy.

Accommodation – there are many options available from Relais Chateaux, to a small family run hotel, or private house/historic building, but for your first evening in Scotland, we have selected a particular favourite of ours, Monachyle Mhor Hotel. It has a fabulous loch-side location, it’s small (14 rooms), family run and working hard on it’s green credentials!

DAY 2

Depart after full Scottish breakfast to the south side of Loch Tay for 10 to 20 miles off-road mountain biking with picnic lunch on the hillside. Mountain bike the afternoon away or take a sail on Loch Tay, then cycle to the village of Fortingall, one of the most important examples of the ‘arts and crafts’ Scottish vernacular architectural style. The architect, James McLaren was heavily influenced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and this extraordinary village lies at the foot of one of the prettiest highland glens, Glen Lyon. Glen Lyon is actually Scotland’s longest Glen.

Once again, the choice of accommodation is extremely varied but we would recommend the Fortingall Hotel for two nights, which is an award winning 10-bedroom hotel in a fabulous location. The menu changes daily and always includes local and seasonal produce, much of which comes from the hotel garden or adjacent estate. The hotel also has a Gold Award for their Green Tourism policy and initiatives.

DAY 3

Depart after a full Scottish breakfast to explore the beautiful Perthshire countryside between Loch Tay, Loch Rannoch and Rannoch Moor immortalised by the Alfred Hitchcock film, The 39 Steps. Depending on the weather and how fit everyone is feeling you can go wild or gentle in this part of the world and are guaranteed mountain biking like no other amidst gobsmacking scenery. Our lunch can be hillside or local pub, just whatever you feel like.

Back at the Fortingall Hotel there is a chance to walk or fish before another great dinner.

DAY 4

Depart Fortingall Hotel after a sumptuous breakfast and head north into the heart of the Highlands and the Grampian Mountains. There are many great reasons to stop on the way - glacial rock formations, ancient forests and dramatic scenery and light. You can either branch off to the Isle of Skye or go north to Loch Ness. The mountain biking in these parts is no less challenging or varied and so you can mix it up a little!

If you decide to explore the Isle of Skye, the Three Chimneys Restaurant with the House Over-By on the edge of the sea by Loch Dunvegan is truly Skye at it’s best! Mountain biking around a Scottish Island is very special even for an hour or two. The Three Chimneys will delight with both accommodation and food and perhaps one night might not be enough!

DAY 5

Depart the Three Chimneys for the mainland after a traditional island breakfast, heading back east to Loch Ness. One of the best ways to see the iconic Loch Ness is by boat. After all, maybe it’s time for a day out of the saddle! Loch Ness is part of a waterway called the Caledonian Canal which connects the east and west coasts of Scotland in dramatic fashion. It’s worth a cruise ending up at the highest mountain in Scotland, Ben Nevis (height 4,409 ft) and an overnight stay in the luxurious Inverlochy Castle, beneath the Ben.

Inverlochy Castle was built in 1863 near the site of an original 13th century fortress and is framed by the magnificent Ben Nevis in the background. Queen Victoria stayed there for a week in 1873 and wrote, “I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot.” As part of the Relais Chateaux organisation, it never fails to please.

DAY 6

Depart Fort William for Blair Atholl in Perthshire for a great day mountain biking in Glen Tilt. Lunch in a hillside bothy will be sufficient to sustain you for the rest of the day and the route will be exhilarating and spectacular.

Dine with the local mountain bikers and stay in a private house.

 

Day 7

Depart Highland Perthshire for the airport.

THE NEXT STEPS

We need to understand the type of mountain biking you enjoy so that we can send you a draft itinerary. This can be done easily by telephone and email.

Once we understand what your ideal mountain biking trip would look like, we will send you a tailored, detailed, itinerary and an indication of price.

The price can be broken down to a rate per person per day, which would include meeting and greeting, transfers, food, accommodation, guides, equipment hire (if necessary), fees, permits and taxes. Alternatively, we can work within your budget to secure the best mountain biking and accommodation to match.

Whether parties are large or small, mountain bikers and non-mountain bikers alike will have the time of their life!

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