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Cairngorm MTB Classics

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A great long weekend break for the mountain biking enthusiast. Accessible bike rides from the door of your accommodation


29/03/2018, 03/04/2018, 11/04/2018, 20/04/2018, 09/06/2018, 15/06/2018, 22/06/2018


3 days, 3 nights

Meeting Points

We'll pick you - up from either Aviemore station or Inverness airport free of charge; all you need to do is let us know when you due to arrive. We usually aim to pick up from Inverness about 5pm, depending on when the last flight is due in. Aviemore station is only 10 minutes away from the Lodge so we can usually pick up at your convenience. If you plan to travel by train and let us know your arrival and departure details when you pay your balance of payment, we'll deduct £15 from your balance of payment as our own Green Travel Discount

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3 out of 5

Tour Highlights

The natural trails in the Cairngorms National Park are world-class for mountain biking. There are miles of off-road tracks criss-crossing the moors and hills. We picked out 3 of the classic routes which can be done from our front door, meaning that once you arrive you won't need to get back in your car until the end of your trip and neither will you need to ride the roads on your bike.


  • Pass of Ryvoan
  • Glenn Einich
  • Burma Road
  • some steep climbs
  • spectacular views
  • No great technicalities involved

Day of arrival
Arrive Fraoch Lodge the evening before you intend to head out on a route. We would suggest aiming to arrive some time around 7pm so that you have a chance to put your feet up by the fire before dinner. However, if your work commitments don’t allow you get to Fraoch Lodge by 7pm we will be happy to keep dinner for you or serve you some light refreshments when you arrive.

Day 1
Gleann Einich & part of the Speyside Way – Boat of Garten – Aviemore – Loch Einich and return
Limited opportunities for cake & coffee stops on this ride.

Cycling in the Cairngorms

Road cycling and mountain biking in the Cairngorms are increasingly popular

Day 2
Kinkardine Circuit through Abernethy Forest national nature reserve owned by the RSPB, pass Loch Garten and the Osprey Hide and through Ryvoan Pass.

mountain biking in scotland

Mountain biking in Scotland – a verdant journey through the countryside

Day 3
Burma road above Aviemore. Pub lunch in Carrbridge.

Return to Fraoch Lodge to freshen up before departure. Do feel free to stay on and explore the area or ask us for more details of extensions we can offer to your trip. There are also the organised mountain biking centres which you won’t have had a chance to explore. Glenlivet Mountain Biking Centre is an excellent set of trails and you can link their rides with a visit to the distillery.

The Burma Road Classic route

During the Burma Road classic


Optional Extra Days:

  1. Ride the Glenlivet bike trails at the mountain biking trail centre. Expertly designed downhill runs with technical challenges for all abilities. Red route approx 22 km. Then visit the Glenlivet Distillery and learn the full whisky story under expert tutellage with a guided tasting at the Whisky Castle.
  2. Ride the wild tracks in the Glenlivet area including a tour of the distillery and a visit to the Whisky Castle.
  3. Ride the Great Glen Way from Drumnadrochit to Inverness

Please contact us for prices if you are considering any of these possible extensions.

We asked our guests what sets Scot Mountain Holidays apart, why they return year after year:

“the social aspect”  –  “the camaraderie, food and conversation”   –
“the company of the hosts”  –  
“so warm and welcoming”  –  

 “a profound sense of belonging”  –  “the welcome of Rebecca’s home cooked meal”  –  “Andy’s skills as a guide, naturalist and leader”  –  “stewardship, sustainability and a small footprint”  –  “in harmony with the land”  –  “a slice of rural Scottish life”

Scot Mountain Holidays is the ONLY adventure tour operator in Highlands of Scotland with a combined home and guest lodge. We strive to be more than just an tour. We aim to provide you with a ‘home away from home’ on your adventures. We thought of no better way of doing this than to welcome you into our own home.

We have owned and operated Fraoch Lodge as our home base and business since 1999. In that time, we have come to embrace our guests as members of our extended Highland family.

We source our meals from locally produced and home grown ingredients to provide you with the most delicious flavours and traditions the area has to offer (while minimising our impact on the environment, too). Our dining room and lounge are shared spaces where we gather with guests and friends to share in the holiday and offer you extensive knowledge of your tour.

No matter the season, the Cairngorms and Fraoch Lodge is a place to relax and explore all its beauty and comforts, and we hope to make you feel as at home as we are.

We have achieved Gold Star Awards from the world’s most highly respected green accreditation scheme, Green Tourism, and were awarded Highly Commended in their Green Star Awards 2013 for both Scot Mountain Holidays and Fraoch Lodge. We offer a Green Travel Discount of £15 to any guests who travel to us by public transport. Our primary aim is to minimise the carbon footprint of our holidays, and to this end we donate 1% of the price of our tours to the RSPB’s Abernethy Reforestation project.

It is a holistic approach we have to the care of the environment. Andy your adventure guide has a passion for the natural world – whether it’s the flora, fauna or fungi. He has a background in geology and a lifelong interest in natural history, as well as being a keen gardener.  He knows a Golden Plover from a Dotterel, a Green Shank and a Dunlin. He also makes no apologies to being very excitable upon spying a Golden Eagle!

For further information, please don’t hesitate to check out our Environmental Responsibility page, or contact us directly at info@scotmountainholidays.com.

Booking Procedure

Departure Guarantee

We are proud to continue to offer our unique departure guarantee*. If your booking is confirmed by Scot Mountain Holidays you can be assured that your holiday will run. We can offer this guarantee as we are unique amongst walking holiday operators in Scotland by providing all the parts of your holiday (guiding, accommodation and catering) in-house.
* Scot Mountain Holidays reserves the right to alter the venue and itinerary of holidays advertised as based away from Fraoch Lodge.

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Booking online is straightforward and enables us to confirm your reservation immediately. We also accept bookings by telephone, email, and post.

Attention! Don’t forget to read our trip dossier and booking terms and conditions, BEFORE you complete the booking process!

A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 28 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the trip price is required

Your Financial Protection

In compliance with the UK Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 a client deposit account has been arranged with the Royal Bank of Scotland to protect monies paid in respect of travel arrangements offered in the Brochure and to cater, where necessary (and subject to the terms of the insurance policy), for a refund of such monies in the unlikely event of our financial failure. The balance of payment is due 28 days prior to the commencement of the course. Credit/debit cards accepted are: Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Switch, Non-refundable deposits will be debited on receipt of the booking form. Balance of payment reminder will automatically be sent out to you. Please be prompt in paying the balance. If you decide to pay by internet bank transfer please use your own name or booking number as a reference for the payment so it can be reconciled.


It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. We also recommend that you take out insurance which includes cancellation and baggage cover.

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