Type of Event
July 6, 2022
6 Days (4 cycling)
Cycle the Scottish 300
Join us on this four-day magical cycling event across the stunning landscape of Scotland. Challenge yourself on some of the most rewarding cycling routes in this most beautiful part of the UK. Celebrate your achievement and tick this adventure off your list as complete!
What can I expect from your accommodation?
Accommodation is bed and breakfast in 3-4* hotels, picked for their proximity to our route and provided by our partner Travel Counsellors. All the hotels are chosen with en-suite facilities, offering exceptional value for money; standards, however, may vary slightly between venues. The listed accommodation price is based on two people sharing a room. Travel Counsellors will pair you up with somebody in a similar position if you are traveling on your own. You can also opt for a single room, but this will incur a supplementary charge (£300 for 5 nights).
What food is included and does it cater for all diets?
Lunches and evening meals are not provided; however, suitable dining choices will be suggested and are payable locally. There will be two designated water stops on each ride day, providing the opportunity to refill your water bottles and access to snacks. In addition, you are welcome to bring your own snacks, which the Crew will look after and make available at each stop. Would you please inform us of any special dietary requirements and allergies.
What’s unique about Adventure Challenge. Why should I choose you?
We create our events with you in mind. Our team has physically driven and assessed every mile of the journey to ensure the safest and best possible route for your challenge, so rest assured that you are in the safest hands.
How fit do I need to be?
Adventure Challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, ages, and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train to an appropriate level before the challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. You will be in the saddle for upward of 60 miles a day for four consecutive days, so you should ensure, as a minimum, that you are comfortable riding for 60-70 miles a day; aim to have achieved this regularly before you leave for the trip. The profile is very hilly, so please include some hills in your training. This event has a difficulty rating of 6 out of 8, which we rate as ‘challenging’. You will need confidence in your fitness and technical ability is crucial. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace, remember, this is not a race. For further information regarding how we rate our challenges, click here
Who will be there to support me during the event?
Your trip is led by experienced Adventure Challenges Crew. Crew members are selected for their experience in cycling events around the world, their friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. Our crew leaders are also trained in outdoor First Aid. You are in very safe hands with the Adventure Challenges Crew.
The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but the team will be looking after every aspect of your trip, whether that’s transporting your luggage, sorting out any mechanical problems or giving you a lift in our backup vehicle – our “Love bus”. At Adventure Challenges, we pride ourselves on our high crew to cyclist ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment and excellent trip safety.
Will I be safe?
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with emergency mobile phones, First Aid kits and other safety apparatus wherever necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency back-up in the UK. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate.
What happens to my luggage each day?
Our support vehicles are with the group all of the time. All luggage and spares are carried in the vehicles as we travel to each destination. Each day, when you arrive at our hotels, you will hand over your bike for safe overnight keeping and collect your luggage. Each morning, you will hand over your luggage and collect your bike. Space is limited and hard- sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft sailing bag, rucksack or expedition kit-bag.
What insurance will I require?
Insurance on this UK based trip is optional.
Is travel, to start of the route in Strathcarron and from the end of the route, Tain, included?
No, you are responsible for your own travel arrangements to the start of the event in Strathcarron and from the end of the event in Tain. Inverness is the main town for airport or train station travel arrangements. If travelling by car, you will be able to leave your vehicle at the end hotel in Tain and we will transport you to Strathcarron for the evening, ready for the event start the following day.
Will I receive further information?
Yes, a full detailed information pack will be issued following signed registration.
Day One – Arrival Day at Strathcarron
On arrival, you will be greeted by the team and registered for the event. You will have plenty of opportunities to chat to your fellow cyclists as the excitement builds for your adventure starting the following day. Ensure to have a good night’s rest!
Day Two – Strathcarron to Talladale
After a fine breakfast we begin this magnificent cycling experience taking in the sublime views that Scotland has to offer. A gentle warm-up as we pedal through the beautiful lanes before taking on the UK’s greatest ascent, Bealach na Ba! This famous route rises from sea level to 626m and then descends to Applecross. It then follows a challenging route round the coastline to Shieldaig and Talladale. This area of Scotland is simply stunning and awe-inspiring, perfect for cycling enthusiasts.
Distance: 73 miles (117 km)
Elevation: 6234 ft/ 1900 m
Day Three – Talladale to Ullapool
After a good night’s rest, we head north from our hotel and cycle past the impressive mountains around Beinn Eighe Kinlochewe.
Riding by the banks of Loch Maree, we pass Loch Gairloch and Loch Ewe before continuing our journey along the Isle of Ewe and Gruinard Island. We then pass the Falls of Measach and then onto the picturesque fishing village of Ullapool, where we will rest for the night.
Distance: 66 miles (106 km)
Elevation: 4863 ft/1482 m
Day Four – Ullapool to Durness
Heading further north from Ullapool, hugging the coastline as we go, we ascend just past Ardvreck Castle and then begin one of the best descents of the ride down to Kylesku Bridge. Be sure to keep your eyes on the road as views in every direction will tempt them, this is cycling heaven!
Eventually, we reach the southern tip of the Kyle of Durness just before we roll in, through stunning scenery, to our finishing point for the day and our hotel for the night in the Crofters Village of Durness.
Distance: 70 miles (112 km)
Elevation: 5260 ft/1603 m
Day Five – Durness to Tain
Leaving the west coast behind, we start off on a relatively easy first half of the day, passing beautiful white sandy beaches reminiscent of a tropical island paradise! You can run out of superlatives trying to describe this unique part of the UK, and it’s an experience not to be missed! The second half of the day involves more climbing as we head towards Altnahara. We continue on past the Crask (whiskey for those so inclined), then cycle southbound to Tain and our ride finish.
Distance: 88 miles (141 km)
Elevation: 3195 ft/974 m
Day Six – Departure Day
After re-living the memories of the ride with your cycling friends and Crew over a hearty Scottish breakfast, it’s time to pack your bags and leave for home. Your bikes will be safely transported back to Manchester/Cheshire area if required
Price Inclusions / Exclusions
- Participants register online, with a deposit payment of £150.00.
- The remaining £750.00 is due 10 weeks before your scheduled ride date and is payable by bank transfer.
You will receive reminder emails two weeks prior to payment.
- Complete bike transport to and from event start and finish from The Old Barn Cafe, Marton (if required).
- Accommodation during the event, provided by our partners, Travel Counsellors.
- Complete transport of luggage between hotels during the ride
- Full trip support including mechanics, first aid, drivers and full route support
- Water stops
- Personal transport to route start and finish. Lunch and Evening meal.
- Bicycle and cycling equipment.
- Personal travel insurance
- Drinks, personal items or entry fees to any optional tourist sites you may wish to visit.
- We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of a personal emergency.
Why not turn your magnificent achievement into an honourable one as well? We have enabled hundreds of participants to raise thousands and thousands of pounds for worthy causes.
You’ll not only be supporting an organisation or charity but providing yourself with an added incentive, very useful when facing those hard miles near the end of the day.
July 6, 2022 – July 11, 2022