Scotch Rocks

Mountain bike Scotland.

Abernethy National Nature Reserve in Cairngorms National Park, Scotland     Photo: Courtesy of Wilderness Scotland

The premise of Wilderness Scotland's Coast to Coast trip is simple enough: Cross the country on a mountain bike. On this weeklong, 249-mile journey, up to eight clients pedal west from Aberdeen. By the afternoon of day one, riders bank singletrack turns through ancient pine forests and fog-cloaked fields of purple heather. Nights are spent in century-old inns where dinners are capped with a choice of way too many locally distilled Scotches. Three 30-plus-mile days prep riders for the grind up 2,500-foot Corrieyairack Pass and, at journey's end, a long, gentle descent to a lighthouse overlooking the Island of Skye and the Inner Hebrides at Ardnamurchan Point. Departures in May, July, and September; $1,430; wildernessscotland.com

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