Guided Mountain Biking in the Cairngorms

Cairngorms National Park is one of the world’s most exciting outdoor playgrounds. A mountain bike guide to the network of endlessly developing trails is a must for any rider new to these parts. Check out the March 2021 MBR article ‘Call of the Wild’.

We are delighted to be working with Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland Doing the Ride Thing as a premier accommodation choice for riders coming to the Cairngorms.

Mountain Biking in the Cairngorms National Park is an incredible experience, whether it is lower level trails or big days on high mountains. There are routes for all from novices or young families to experienced riders on a mission. Our local knowledge is overlaid to mix it up and find the perfect flowing mountain bike loop during your stay, planned and delivered specifically for you. Our three guides are highly experienced and qualified under the British Cycling MBLA scheme. More importantly, they are all absolutely nuts about riding in the Scottish wilderness and sharing the experience. There is around 80 years on two wheels between them: riding, racing (and organising them), adventuring, touring and generally having fun. They know all the ingredients for an amazing day out on the bike!

Our Mountain Biking Options are priced at groups of six. Please contact us for prices on smaller groups.

Half Day Ride with skills development.
Group up to six: £150.

We will start with the basics of brake modulation and body positions then focus on specific riding styles and techniques for each rider to consciously focus on. The ride will be on one of the lower loops and take in variable terrain for the group to try out new things. It is about getting all over the bike. Whilst we will session certain sections on the ride, it will be a fun-filled, flowing day out.

Full Day Guiding: £220

Based on weather and your own preference for riding experience, we will deliver an awesome day out. Tell us whether you want to hit the heights of Ben MacDui or explore round Badaguish and we’ll create the perfect loop for the day. Prior to the ride, we will meet over zoom to get to know each other ensuring that on the day we can simply complete safety checks then hit the trails in confidence of a cracking day out.

Flow into Slow: £230.

Have a full day guided ride then come back home for a hot tub & discounted leg rub*

*£30 per rider.

How to Book

To book your session please complete the sign up form below and we will be in touch to discuss the details two weeks before your visit.

Payment is made by choosing the relevant Optional Extra in your Cabin Booking process. A 50% deposit is made at the time of booking and remaining balance paid one month before arrival. If you would like to arrange a bespoke ride please get in touch.

Meet the Guides

Phil Hodgkiss

One of Phil’s earliest happy memories was his Raleigh Tomahawk (appropriately the younger brother to the Chopper) built and given to him by his older brother. Since then he has raced, toured, adventured and commuted by bike. He has organised endurance mountain bike races and helped out/marshalled at many more. Two wheels are in his blood. Now living in the Cairngorms National Park he has been amassing a list of rides from Lazy Duck’s doorstep at all levels; from family and novice to advanced. We are delighted to have good friends Jac and Marty on board to deliver both ladies only rides and larger groups where more than one guide is needed.

British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader Level 3. Outdoor Emergency First Aid Trained.

British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader

Jac Marquis

Jac has been riding bikes across the UK, and further afield, for long enough to know all the great spots for whatever type of riding you’re looking for. She loves nothing more than sharing a mini adventure with other riders to show them the treasure trove of trails we have here in Scotland. From classic wilderness loops in the Cairngorms, Torridon and other highland delights. Just let her know what type of ride you’re after and she’ll find the right mini adventure for you.

British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader Level 2. Outdoor Emergency First Aid Trained.

British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader
Mountain Biking Cairngorms National Park

Martin Steele

Martin has been riding mountain bikes for over 30 years, working in the cycling industry for the last decade. Over that time he’s done a bit of everything: exploring, racing, event organisation, trail building and, for the last three years, working as an MTB instructor for the Endura Lifecycle Trust. He has huge experience of riding in remote terrain, almost 50 Munros ticked off by bike and a love of exploring the remote islands off Scotland’s west coast. With an extensive knowledge of the Cairngorms and beyond, his guided rides will show you to the best trails that the Highlands have to offer.

British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader Level 3. Cycling Scotland Go MTB Instructor Level 5. Outdoor Emergency First Aid Trained.

British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader

Booking Form

Please complete the booking form below in full.

To pay, please choose the relevant Optional Extra during your Cabin Booking process. Please email us with any questions.

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I can confirm that the above details are correct to the best of my knowledge.

• I understand that Lazy Duck cannot accept liability for any loss, damage or injury sustained during a skills course or guided ride.
• I understand that I have the option to walk any part of a route, features or obstacles if I believe them to be beyond my capability.
• I understand that it is my responsibility to ensure my bike and PPE (helmet, glasses, gloves) are in safe condition and that no refund will be given if I cannot complete a course or guided ride due to a defect or mechanical failure on my bike.
• I understand that no refund will be given if I am not fit enough to complete the course or ride.

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