GLEN AND MOORLAND EXPLORER
£68 per person.
A mountain bike is the perfect way to explore the glens and moorland of the eastern highlands.
This is a perfect activity for an adventure holiday in Aberdeenshire and the Cairngorms National Park.
Starting from your accommodation, or near by, your guide will lead you through ancient pine forest, past ruined villages, on to high moorland with views to the munros of the high Cairngorms, and then descend flowing singletrack into the river valleys.
Mike led a small group for a MTB experience in the Grampian hills near Aboyne. He selected a group of similar ability and led us through the woods and onto the hills, pointing out local history, wildlife and how to improve MTB skills. It was a fun day, I learned a lot and overall had a great time.
Adrian, Aberdeen, UK
Great local knowledge to plan an interesting route and lots of technical tips on the way to improve my riding. Also had a really nice bike that I felt comfortable on straight away. Highly recommended
Steve, East Ayrshire, UK
Mike is amazing! We had such a brilliant bike ride, he’s an expert and incredibly patient and thorough. He really looked after us and we left with such a great experience. Highly recommend!
Yvette and Amal, London, UK
Tours leave at 9.30 in the morning and we'll be out for about 5 hours.
This bike adventure will leave from a trail head close to your accommodation. We will take time to set up the bikes for you, check equipment and then head out on to the trail.
We'll take a route curated and designed to suit your abilities. We will climb, on estate tracks, up the glens, through the ancient forests to reach the high plateau at over 600m. We'll take in the buildings, lochs and crags of the eastern Highlands and the Cairngorms National Park.
BIKES & EQUIPMENT
Macdui Bike Adventures provides modern, high specification mountain bikes. They have suspension forks and rear suspension, dropper seat posts, low gear ratios and off-road tyres perfect to the terrain in the highlands.
Please fill out the bike sizing questions in the booking form to ensure you have the bike fits you perfectly. The minimum rider height is 4' 11" (150 cm).
Macdui Bike Adventures provides helmets and gloves. Your guide will carry all the spares and tools required to keep the group on the move. As well as safety equipment to keep the group safe while moving across high ground.
CAN YOU DO IT?
This ride will be designed to suit the range of fitness and experience in your group. To enjoy this ride, you need to be comfortable spending a long morning in the hills. You do not need any experience and do not need to be a mountain biker, but you will be active, exercising around three times a week, and may be a keen road biker or runner.
The minimum rider height is 4' 11" (150 cm) if using Macdui Bike Adventure Bikes. Rider under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent.
The Macdui Bike Adventures Guide will give you advice, lead you to trails that suit you and judge what you can ride safely.
All you need to do is give as much information on the fitness, experience and preferences of your group to your guide in the booking form and before the day of your ride, and they will match the route to you.
WHAT TO BRING
There is no special equipment required for this ride. Macdui Bike Adventures will bring bikes and helmets for you.
However, we will be out on the trail for up to 5 hours, so good hill walking gear, appropriate for the conditions will be required. Make sure clothing will not get caught up in the pedals.
Bring a spare jacket, a drink and snacks. It is best to carry these in a small rucksack, and your guide can carry small items for you. For a full view of mountain biking equipment have a look at our be prepared page.
Your guide will be in touch before the day of the ride to let you know the weather forecast any other kit you will need for activities along the way - may be a picnic on a crag or a swim in a lochan.
Your Macdui Bike Adventures Guide has lived and worked in Aberdeenshire for years. They ride this area all year round.
They are qualified to British Cycling and Scottish Cycling Level 3 Mountain leader and have Outdoor First Aid qualifications.
They will be able to tell you about the wildlife, history and geology of the sights you pass on your ride.