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Mountain biking is hotting up in Scotland this summer!

We have just returned from a busy few weeks in the Highlands of Scotland where summer has been hotting up, with twoMountain bike holiday in Scotland separate groups enjoying the thrills and spills of Torridon and Skye, a coast-to-coast, the Fort William mountain bike world cup and Anthill films joining us for a week in the Highlands of Scotland.

During the two weeks that our groups spent in the Torridon and Skye area we had a wide array of weather, from clear blue skies to 10 meter visibility in the cloud whilst riding the Quiraing on Skye.  We have had clients from the UK, US, Belgium and Germany on these trips, and the were all blown away by the diverse terrain, culture and weather that we have here in Scotland.

One other aspect that customer always comment on is the amazing food and accommodation we have in Scotland, and that is not down to H&I Adventures, but down to the small businesses around the Highlands who are committed to providing a first class and world-renowned service.  What we do, is the leg work for you, we research the best places to stay, eat and ride your bike to produce the whole mountain bike package, so you don’t have to!

Mountain biking in ScotlandAt this years world cup round at Fort William, we were treated to all the usual thrills and spills that this event has become known for over the past ten years.  And to spice things up a little, before this years event there was large cash injection to allow some course changes to take place, these included a new start hut and a rather large and technically difficult gap jump.  With most of the track changes taking place on the second half of the course, this is where the race was either won or lost, and it was proving to be a challenge for the worlds best riders.  And this year we had a lot to shout about with Britain’s reigning World Champion Tracy Moseley taking the women’s crown while South African legend Greg Minnaar won the men’s, as well as securing his 50th downhill world cup podium place, ahead of Briton Danny Hart (aged 19) who achieved his best ever result at senior level in front of an ecstatic home crowd.

And as for our Anthill trip, well yours truly might not be getting a starring role in their new movie ‘Strength in numbers’ but we did get to show the guys the amazing scenery and trails in the Scottish Highlands, as well as the atmosphere at the world cup round at Fort William.  So watch this space for further information on their new movie!

Until next time, Ride on!

 

Anthill Films arrive in Scotland!

Anthill Films, award-winning producers of legendary mountain bike movies like Follow Me and Roam, are coming to Scotland to film part of their new movie, Strength in Numbers, at the mountain bike World Cup in Fort William.

 

Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup

Gee Atherton takes first place in Fort William 2010

Scotland’s popularity as a world-class mountain biking destination has been gathering pace in recent years, with Fort William hosting the World Cup since 2002 and the World Championships in 2007, and Danny MacAskill’s famous, viral YouTube video and his west coast adventure last year with Hans Rey and Steve Peat.  So now Anthill Films are heading over from BC to see what all the fuss is about!

We’ll be showing them the mountain biking sights of Scotland, with a ride at Laggan Wolftrax, iconic Scottish natural riding and all the thrills and spills of the mountain bike World Cup round this weekend at Fort William.
Anthill explained the story behind Strength in Numbers,

The movie will explore the shared experiences that connect us all, regardless of location or language, as mountain bikers.  Call it passion, obsession or something else that we can’t quite put our finger on, the film will delve into diverse mountain bike communities in search of an answer.

And what better way to capture the soul of the mountain biking community than at the most popular event in the mountain biking calendar?
So if you want to be a part of mountain biking’s latest and greatest movie offering from Anthill, get yourself along to the mountain biking World Cup at Fort William  this weekend!

 

Coast to coast Scotland, mountain bike holiday

What a fantastic week!

We are not long back at H&I Adventures HQ after a fantastic Coast to Coast trip from Aberdeen in the East to Ardnamurchan, the furthest westerly point on mainland UK.

Last Saturday we set off from a sunny Aberdeen around midday heading in a same westerly direction that we would be riding in for the next seven days! The trails were riding very well after a fairly dry spell and the mood was buoyant, with the unknown of what was to come.  We have spent many years developing this trip, but each time we ride it we add sections of newly found singletrack, so as ever the group who were on this trip were part of ‘trip history’ with some stunning new singletrack in Ballater and the Cairngorms.

We took an unschedulled stop at Laggan Wolftrax to show the group what our man-made trails are like, and they loved it! It was like herding cats when it was time to leave!! Then onto the second half of the trip that saw us riding the challenging Corrieyairack pass, the Great Glen Way and then into the remote and truly stunning Ardnamurchan peninsula and onto our final stop at the lighthouse.

New singletrack in Ardnamurchan

As ever on this trip we were supported by Andy from G0-Where who transported our bags and kept us fed and watered through-out our trip! And what a spread of locally produced food he put on each day.

So all said and done it was a great trip with NO punctures or mechanical’s all week and everyone made it to the end!

Sweet!

 

Springtime mountain biking in Scotland

Nice mountain bike trails near PooleweAt Highlands and Islands Adventures we love springtime! We have spent all winter huddled over maps in front of the fire, drinking cups of tea and eating home baking.  We have not been getting soft, we have been researching routes, new holiday ideas and getting an ever-expanding waistline!

So now that spring has arrived we are out on the mountain bike trails of Scotland exploring  what we have researched and thoroughly enjoying the new routes for the 2010 season.  Our West coast mountain bike holiday has been tweaked to include some new trails, as has our Torridon and Cairngorm and Fort William holiday.

On our road trip so far we have taken a few pictures that you can find in our West coast and Torridon Flickr albums.

 

Winter mountain biking in Scotland

This month has seen the first snow fall of the winter at Highlands and Islands Adventures basecamp, and that

Deer standing behind a hay stack in Barisdale, Knoydart

Are you talking to me?

can only mean one thing, full length waterproofs and waterproof gloves!

This weather really does make for fantastic mountain biking and pictures, because the trails around here are around sea level, so no snow, then the snow capped hills rise up in the background, stunning! Cue my favourite picture of the past few years.

Also we have finished putting together our mountain biking holidays for 2010, which include a Torridon and Fort William and Cairngorm holidays.  We seem to have launched our Fort William and Cairngorms holiday just on time, as MBR magazine have just voted one of the routes we ride on this holiday “The best trail of the year”, so why not join us on the holiday to see what all the fuss is about!?

So, it may be cold out there, but as they say at MBR magazine

“Just get out and ride”

Euan