Essential Information - Cairngorms & Speyside - Self-Guided
7 Day: Self-Guided : Road/Touring
- Luggage transfers (2 pieces per person, not exceeding 25kg in total)
- Accommodation - (twin or double en-suite rooms)
- All breakfasts
- GPS route directions and maps
- Waterproof bike phone holder
- Portable power bank (ideal back up for phone charging without a plug socket )
- GPX tracks uploaded to your phone
- Emergency support
- Airport transfers on the start and end days of the tour (transfers can be arranged on request at £25 each way)
- Support vehicle
- Single supplement (rate available on request)
- Visa fees (where applicable)
- Travel insurance
- Bike hire (available if required)
- Entry fees to any sights en route
Travelling to Inverness is easy, as the city is well served with transport links. The airport is just a 20 minute drive from the city centre and there are good inland road and rail links into Inverness.
Flying to the Scottish Highlands couldn’t be easier. Inverness airport is located 10 miles from the city centre and is serviced by taxi and bus services. A taxi will cost around £25 for the 20 minute journey to your accommodation, the bus services takes around 30 minutes to the city centre. Please check the following airlines for more information:
Travelling by Train
Traveling by Bus
Regular services connect Inverness with Glasgow, Edinburgh and London along with most other main UK bus stations. The Bus Station is located in the centre of Inverness and is approximately 1 mile from your accommodation (an approximate £6 taxi fare).
Our self-guided cycling tours are priced based on a minimum of 2 participants per departure. We charge a £275 supplement to solo travellers which reflects the extra costs levied by hotels.
Road Bikes - We have selection of Trek Emonda & Specialized Diverge E5 Elite bikes.
Trek Emonda ALR 4
E-bikes are TREK Powerfly. A durable aluminium frame that fully encases a long-range 625 Wh battery for great aesthetics and protection on the trails & Boardman HYB 8.9 which is a fast and practical flat-bar hybrid style e-bike, which uses the sophisticated, German engineered Fazua Evation drive system.
Hybride/Touring - We have Trek FX 3 Disc Hybrid BikeHybrid/Touring
A pump, spare tube, tyre levers and multi tool are included in the price of the bike rental. All bikes are equipped with flat pedals. Those who prefer to use spd or clip-in pedals, are welcome to bring these with you. You are also welcome to bring your own saddle.
The bikes will come with one water bottle cage fitted.
We strongly advise all customers to bring their own cycle helmet as this is not included as part of your bike hire due to insurance reasons. Please be aware that failure to wear a cycle helmet is at your own risk and might also affect the validity of your travel insurance.
Your Joining Instructions will include information about the route, each destination you will cycle through and suggested places for lunch and dinner. These will be sent to you no later than 2 weeks prior to the tour start date.
As outlined in our Booking Conditions, it is mandatory that you are well-insured for the full duration of your self-guided cycling tour. This must include cover for personal injury, medical expenses, death, repatriation, helicopter or aircraft rescue, loss of luggage or equipment, cancellation or curtailments and damage to hire equipment.
You should also ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for the type of activities included in your tour. Any claims concerning matters for which you are insured must be directed to your insurers. We strongly advise that you take out insurance at the time of booking your trip and before booking your flights to ensure that you are covered in the event of cancellation or events outside of our control.
After a day of cycling, you will find your luggage has been transferred to your next accommodation.
The majority of the accommodation on this self-guided tour is either in quality hotels or bed and breakfast establishments. All rooms offer en-suite facilities, including a great breakfast to keep you going throughout the day.
Our choices usually come recommended for their character, warm welcome, facilities and location.
Scotland - Capital City: Edinburgh
- Status: Semi-autonomous part of the United Kingdom
- Population: 5 million (2001 census)
- Area: 78,772 km² (30,414 sq miles)
- Languages: English, Gaelic
- Major religion: Christianity
- Monetary unit: 1 pound sterling = 100 pence
If you decide to bring your own bike, it should be either a Mountain or Gravel bike.
We strongly recommend that you have your bike fully serviced before leaving to go on tour. Ensure that wheel spokes are adjusted, all bearings are greased, gear and brake cables checked, all nuts and bolts tightened, as well as checks made of the chain, quick release clamp and tyres. Put in new inner tubes and ensure that wheel rims are not worn.
We recommend that you bring the following items with you.
- Multi tool
- Tyre levers
- Spare inner tubes
- Spare spokes
- Check with your bike shop for disc/ brake pads
- A few links for your chain
- Spares for any items unique to your bike, for example, fluid or bleed kit.
Scotland has four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter), but is generally described as cool and wet. If you are not enjoying the weather you are currently experiencing just wait 5 minutes as the weather is remarkably changeable and you can experience all four seasons in one day.
redspokes tours run at optimal times of the year: in June with spring flowers in full bloom and in September when stunning autumnal shades are everywhere. In both seasons, conditions are balmy, days are long and light, midges are absent and you are avoiding the full blown tourist season.
Average maximum temperatures in March, April and May range from 7 degrees to 13 degrees. June, July and August are the warmest months with average temperatures ranging from approximately 15 to 17 degrees and longer days due to the higher latitude. Autumn brings temperatures ranging from around 8°C (46°F) to 14°C (57°F) from September to November. December, January & February are the coldest months with an average temperature around 5 degress. On average snow falls between 15-20 days a year, with more falling on the peaks and mountains.
In terms of clothing, it is clearly up to you what you decide to bring - we can only provide a rough guide as to what to take. This guide is entirely flexible and should be tailored to your specific needs.
- Cycle Helmet
- Water bottle or camelbak
- Base layer tops
- Fleece jacket/ pullover
- Waterproof/ Windproof cycling jacket (breathable fabric)
- Padded cycling shorts
- Long cycle tights
- Lightweight socks & heavyweight socks
- Trekking Shorts
- Clothing to wear in the evenings
- Lightweight T-shirts
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Fingerless cycling gloves
- Warm gloves
- Warm fleece hat
We recommend you bring your own first aid kit which should contain the following item;
- Paracetamol/ Ibuprofen (or whatever you prefer for headache)
- Lomotil or Diacalm
- Rehydration salts (Dioralite)
- Antiseptic cream
- Throat lozenges
- Plasters (band aids)
- Eye drops
- Ear plugs
- Anti bacterial hand wash
- Antiseptic wet wipes
- Midge Repellent
- Energy Bars (gels, power bars)
- Energy/recovery drinks
Whilst we endeavour to provide correct and relevant information obtained directly from the relevant Embassies, High Commissions and Consulate Generals - this information is subject to frequent changes, without warning and sometimes at very short notice. For these reasons, we cannot be held liable for any errors in the information provided on our website. We strongly advise you to check all information with the embassy relevant to your country of origin regarding visa and/or entry requirements.
You must ensure that you are in possession of a full passport with at least 6 months validity from the date on which you enter the country.
Our professional cycling tops are designed with three rear elasticated pockets to give you plenty of space for your cycling essentials and comes with a silicone bottom hem. Lined with COOLMAX ® to keep you cool and comfortable and ensure moisture wicking. Available in varies sizes so please refer to size charts for more information.
- Learn about Scottish history at the Culloden Battlefield
- See the striking natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands
- Cycle through Cairngorms National Park
- World's malt whisky capital of Dufftown
- Photograph the imposing Cawdor Castle immortalised by Shakespeare in Macbeth
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