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Coast-to-coast Scotland mountain bike adventure

“great adventure, giving a real sense of achievement.  Riding Group were particulalry impressed with Euan's handling of the party -… ”
, Torridon
, Golspie
, Scotland
, Poolewe
, Scottish 
, Highlands
, Scotland, Europe

from $1,550* per person 8 Days May, July-September
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Highlands and Islands Adventures 12 people max
  • Inverness airport, scotland, united kingdom
  • Active & Adventure trips
Our all-mountain coast-to-coast mountain bike adventure is the culmination of years of research and riding to find the ultimate point-to-point mountain bike ride on the British Isles.

This week-long mountain bike adventure tour will see you riding nearly 250km, 95% off-road, from the east coast town of Bonar Bridge and ending your week at the stunning fishing village of Applecross, and the 2012 Scottish Pub of the Year, the Applecross Inn on the rugged west coast of Scotland.

During this epic mountain bike tour you will ride the best trails that Scotland has to offer, from the high plateaux of Torridon to the coastal splendour of Applecross.

Your luggage will be transferred to your next great B&B each day, leaving you free to make the most of this fantastic coast-to-coast mountain bike adventure and take in the beauty of the Highlands of Scotland.

Locations visited/nearby

Applecross , Torridon , Golspie , Scotland , Poolewe , Scottish , Highlands , Scotland, Europe

1 testimonial about this trip

  1. Reviewer: located in Aberdeen, Scotland
    great adventure, giving a real sense of achievement.  Riding Group were particulalry impressed with Euan's handling of the party - using a relaxed, good humoured and flexible approach he allowed the adventure to flow naturally and stepped in at just the right moments to ensure team member welfare.

3 testimonials about the provider, Highlands and Islands Adventures:

  • Reviewer: located in Halifax, England
    With all the accommodation and routes provided, pleasant pace to the riding with lots of stops to admire the views and chat, this was one of our best ever mountain bike trips. Euan is very easy to get along with despite his links with mountain biking royalty
    We saw as many deer on the trails as people!

  • Reviewer: located in Liebeggerweg, Switzerland
    I really enjoyed the holiday. A bit of adventure, nice landscape and challenging bike trips. Refreshing rainshowers. And at last a really nice guide.

  • Reviewer: located in Rome, Italy
    I came from south italy to enjoy a great adventure in scotland, it was possible by H&I Adventures. thank you Euaun and Catherine.


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Day 1 – Arrival day and bike preparation

You’ll be welcomed by our mountain bike guides at Inverness airport (or train station) at around noon, and then transferred north, along the east coast, to the Highland village of Bonar Bridge and your top quality B&B for the night. Once we’ve settled in we’ll set up the bikes and go for a short pedal before dinner.

Day 2 – Bonar Bridge to Ullapool

We’ll pedal straight out from our accommodation on the first day of our coast-to-coast Scotland adventure, on our westerly bearing through classic Scottish glens. We’ll hit some fast, flowy singletrack just before we reach our stop for the night at Ullapool.
Distance: 60km

Day 3 – Ullapool to Poolewe

We will start today with a boat crossing over Loch Broom on our way to some of the most mouth-watering singletrack in the country, if not Europe. Once we turn westwards again our coast-to-coast trail starts to open up in front of you, climbing up and over to Dundonnel forest, and onto Poolewe, by which time your cheeks will hurt from grinning!
Distance: 60km

Day 4 – Poolewe to Kinlochewe

Today we will mountain bike off-road straight from Poolewe on a fantastic section of singletrack that rises high above the head of Loch Maree before descending to the banks of the loch itself and our own private section of singletrack. Depending on time, there is the chance for us to ride a 15km extra loop at the end of Loch Maree.
Distance: 40km

Day 5 – Kinlochewe to Annat

Riding from Kinlochewe to Annat through the mountains of Torridon is our favourite part of the coast-to-coast Scotland mountain bike tour. It has everything that you can possibly want from a mountain bike ride in Scotland, from stunning views, technical climbs, long, sweeping descents and grin-inducing singletrack!
Distance: 35km

Day 6 – Rest day

Today is your rest day, where you can explore the local area, read a book in the bar or join the guide for a half day’s mountain biking up a local hill, it’s your choice!

Day 7 – Shieldaig to Applecross

We’ll ride a lovely low-level piece of singletrack alongside a stunning inland loch that will lead us straight to the village of Shieldaig. After admiring the view, we will move further along Loch Torridon, then cut through the middle of the Applecross peninsula on some of the most remote and unused singletrack we’ve been on all week. This leads us straight to Applecross bay and the end of our coast-to coast Scotland.

We’ll enjoy a celebratory meal of world-class seafood, whisky and real ale in the Applecross Inn and re-live the week’s adventures on our all-mountain coast-to-coast mountain bike tour in Scotland.

Distance: 40km

Day 8 – Departure day

We will spend the morning packing the bikes, organising your luggage and transport you back to Inverness in time for early afternoon flights/ trains to say our goodbyes.

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