Day 1: Arrive in Scotland. We can help you with transport to Portpatrick, we’ll help get the bikes ready for the journey ahead and have a pre-trip briefing.
Day 2: Weaving along an interesting coastline we pass old lighthouses and cliff tops before heading inland across open moors where the smugglers used to roam, passing bothies and ancient caves. A long downhill takes us to the market town of Newton Stewart for our overnight stop.
Day 3: We start the day with a bang on some fantastic singletrack in Galloway Forest, the UK’s largest forest park. This is a 'Jewel in the Crown' of the world famous 7stanes network with sweeping berms, challenging climbs and thrilling singletrack. We'll climb up into the Galloway Hills where wild goats and deer still roam, and descend into the Valley of Shinnel Water before reaching the birthplace of the bicycle, near Thornhill.
Day 5: Leaving Thornhill, we take to some of Scotland's finest natural singletrack at Drumlanrig Forest, overlooked by imposing Drumlanrig Castle. Rocks, roots, thrilling downhills and beautiful forest scenery make this a not-to-be-missed section of the trip. Before we have time to catch our breath we head west to take on some man made singletrack through Ae Forest. From here we drop down into the beautiful market town of Moffat where we find a friendly inn and a chance to sample their famous toffee!
Day 6: We start the day with a challenging climb into the Moffat Hills with arguably one of the biggest views in Scotland. Our reward for the climb is a view down Moffat Dale and a stunning descent into the Ettrick Valley. Some challenging cycling through forest and open moorland takes us to St Mary's Loch before the final push and blistering descent into bustling Peebles.
Day 7: From Peebles we head east, with a climb out of the Tweed Valley, taking in some of the twisty Innerleithen singletrack. Across Minch Moor, the anchient drove roads lead us to the pretty town of Melrose and a chance to sample one of their famous pies! It's a steep climb up onto the moors north of Melrose and a final descent into Lauder.
Day 8: The Southern Upland Way leads us north east onto the Lammermuir Hills where the cairns of Twinlaw dominate the skyline. From here we head for Whitadder Reservoir and the final climb to the imposing wind turbines at Crystal Rig. It's a white-knuckle descent to the coast from here! The small town of Dunbar and its pretty harbor, where grey seals lounge on the tide, represent the end of our epic journey. Well done - you made it!!!
- Cliff-top trails at the pretty fishing village of Portpatrick
- Testing your wits along the twisty singletrack at Kirroughtree
- Uninterrupted views of pure wilderness across the Moffat Hills
- A thundering descent to the North Sea coast and some of Scotland's finest fish and chips!
This tour costs from £480 for a self guided, 6 day, 7 night trip to £1155 for a fully guided, 6 day, 7 night trip depending on group size and accommodation options chosen.
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