Project Description

Scotland Mountain Bike Guiding – Cairngorms

Location: Ballater, Cairngorms, Scotland
Price: £400 per person
Ratio: 1:4
Length: 2 days

Who is the Scotland Mountain Bike Guiding – Cairngorms trip suitable for?

You need to be competent on a bike and fit enough to enjoy 50km days with 1200m of height gan in an average day. The trails are good but there will be occasional carry sections and you need to be happy riding in all weathers. If you are not sure then it is worth joining our Snowdonia weekend to see how you get on.

What do the five days entail? 

We will base ourselves in Ballater on the Eastern side of the Cairngorm National Park. There is a great bike shop where you can hire some really nice bikes if you don’t want to bring your own and there are lots of nice places to eat and drink. We will rent a house and share the costs of the accommodation between us.

Over the five days we will then enjoy some of the best riding in the Cairngorms, typical days might include:

Ballater South Route with Monkey Balls & Heartbreak Ridge | 33km | 900m height gain
A “died and gone to heaven” type ride that sits above the village of Ballater itself giving stunning views and stunning riding in equal measure.

Mount Keen | 55km | 1700m height gain
Mount Keen is a bike friendly Munro. An ancient trade route known as the Jungle Road plus good Land Rover track allows access to the summit with the descent off the other side on amazing single track. A day to remember!

Glen Tilt | 54km | 1550m height gain
Glen Tilt is a long, winding glen near the village of Blair Atholl. Ask any Scottish mountain biker their “must do” routes and this ride will certainly be near the top of the list. “A tough physical challenge with amazing scenery, climbs, a real sense of remoteness and a flowing natural single track. One of the best days you can have on your bike.”

Whats included in the price?

The course fee includes leadership only. You will need to provide your own bike and kit and we will send a full kit list at the time of booking.

Who runs the course?

Huw and I run the majority of courses ourselves. We each hold Mountain Bike or Trail leader qualifications and First Aid qualifications. We also hold the highest mountaineering instructional qualifications in the UK (the MIC), we are monthly contributors to Trail Magazine on all things mountains, I am a member of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team  and we each have more than 20 years of happy mountain biking experience behind us. You can read more about us here.

What about accommodation & transport?

We do not include accommodation with this course. We will book a self catering house and share the costs for the week. You can also book hotel accommodation if you prefer.

When does this course run?

You can view the dates of all of our courses throughout the year on the diary page.


Watch this useful series of videos from British Cycling on Mountain Bike skills to whet the appetite before your trip:

Other Questions

If you have any questions that you can’t find answers to on the website visit our contact page for details on how to get in touch.

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