Best Place in UK for a weeks holiday of some mountainous XC Biking?
The WHW is only really worth doing from Crainlarich onwards. Think a bit more northerly around Aviemore.There’s some great wild rides around there and some decent apres ride entertainment as well.Posted 6 years ago
I was up past Ullapool last week with the bike and it was properly hardcore on some of the trails we rode, and eventually pushed, due to a series of punctures and lack of spare tubes. 4 punctures in about an hour of riding on one ride.
I had not had a puncture in the previous 2 years on my local trails.
If you think its more like the Alps without the chair lifts and prepare your bike for that, then you will have a great time.singletracksurferSubscriber
welsh c2c for me this year 🙂
scotland is always a winner. c2c or cairgorms.
or a bit of a tour. Lots of ideas here http://www.roughrideguide.co.uk/UK-Breaks-with-Bikes-A5-size.htmlPosted 6 years agoSannySubscriber
Lakes or Aviemore / Cairngorms. Torridon is ok but not really enough for a week to be honest. Just back from 10 days in Aviemore – you will not get bored of the riding there. Plus you can ride all the big routes from the door.
Skye? Ha! Ha! Ha! The OP wanted altitude – you won’t get that in Skye unless you like to carry your bike and scare the pants off you in the process.Posted 6 years ago
mountains such as the Carneddau range (6 summits), Siabod
Got links to any routes?
Got a few maps and pics on my photobucket
enjoyPosted 6 years agoWaderiderMember
First answer is woollier than a very woolly thing 🙄
Ratagan-Montrose C2C easily fits into a week, if you’re based on one spot Cairngorms is the best bet. I prefer Braemar/Ballater as a base rather than Aviemore. That’s a reflection on Aviemore itself rather than the access it provides to trails though. Kingussie and Newtonmore make good bases if you want to split days between ‘Gorms and the west routes (like the Corrieyairack).
The WHW is overrated, and doesn’t stack up well compared to other Scottish mountain routes.Posted 6 years agoWaderiderMember
Trailmonkey, the lakes are far wetter and busier than the ‘Gorms, which lie in the rain shadow of the west coast of Scotland for much of the year. The Lakes are expensive because they are 100% geared up for tourism. In Scotland if you are experienced and know the bothies etc. you can do a weeks mountain bike touring for £100. Not everyone will want to do that right enough, but your response is definitely personal prejudice.
(Just checked, Borrowdale 3300mm precipitation per annum, Braemar 912mm)Posted 6 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Carneddau range (6 summits), Siabod
That’s hardly biking, is it? It’s hike-a-bike at best. And yes I have done them, one with a bike!
Lakes is probably your best bet for the most trails at the highest altitude – for anywhere south of the Border.
EDIT: but as TJ says below, don’t go to the Lakes if you think Scotland is too wet 🙂Posted 6 years ago
yup – it rained – a lot, and it was cold.
i’d have bought a jumper but i’d spent all my money getting there.
i’ve also got drenched in the lakes but at least it was vaguely warm.
anyway, said what i think, disagree if you like, i’m sure the op will draw their own conclusions.Posted 6 years ago
That’s hardly biking, is it? It’s hike-a-bike at best.
Well, each to their own but I’ve found it very enjoyable and rewarding every time I’ve been. And some of it may be hike-a-bike but when you want altitude xc biking with stunning views thats usually the norm 😕Posted 6 years ago
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