Project:
ACROSS KNOYDART

Project:
ACROSS
KNOYDART

PROJECT: ACROSS KNOYDART


Traverse ‘the wild bounds’ of the deserted Knoydart peninsula on one of the best MTB adventures the UK has to offer.

This is a hidden gem in the truest sense. Starting out from the head of Britain’s longest dead-end road at Kinloch Hourn (22 miles one-way!) you will journey by bike over 2 full-throttle days of rough terrain, over gnarly mountain passes, to emerge from this supreme mountain adventure on the shore of Loch Nevis, at the remote village of Inverie. Conveniently, there’s a pub there. A very good one. There are no roads in or out of Knoydart and after a hearty supper and a well-earned night’s rest at Inverie, your exit by via BOAT back to Mallaig over Loch Nevis will top off one of the finest wilderness weekends you will ever have in this country. These are testing riding days but with plenty of daylight hours at this time of year, we’ll get the job done and leave room for dessert.

If you can’t make our scheduled departure, we can run this adventure on a bespoke basis for you and your mates. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the trip. Email us to find out more.

Trip Highlights:

– A point to point full crossing of ‘Britain’s last true wilderness’
– Rarely accessed MTB routing, which is virtually devoid of any other human presence
– Overnight mountain bothy in the heart of Knoydart
– A cosy night in the pub and bunkhouse to finish, then a BOAT across a sea loch back to ‘mainland’ civilisation at Mallaig

 

 

Saturday 23rd June
Meet on the Saturday morning 0800hrs, on the quayside at Mallaig, after respective overnights of your choice in Mallaig or nearby.  We will then organise our bikes and gear into the transport and head out on the beautiful 90-mile drive around to Kinloch Hourn, though there are plenty of amenities on route, and there is a tearoom at Kinloch Hourn.

The ride itself involves an exhilarating and devilishly undulating trail with some pushing, near the shore of Loch Hourn, to reach the bothy and camping ground at Barisdale, 7 miles from the start. This site is already a dream location and with a few treats from the guiding team will ensure that the overnight experience is memorable and comfortable. Camping is also an option for those that prefer.

The bothy/camp accommodation will a mixture of guide serviced and self-provided equipment. A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip.

Sunday 24th June
Although there is a major mountain pass and long trails ahead, we won’t need to rise at dawn, and we will get to savour the amazing setting at Barisdale before setting off again. The riding from Barisdale to Inverie with have you in rapture, with the remotest Munros all around. Inverie itself will then be our friend for many hours, and accommodation and pub are all near to the ferry slipway for our great escape the next day. There are even some fun MTB trails in the woods, for those still with the energy to explore!

Monday 25th June
After a hearty breakfast you will be all aboard a BOAT with your new best mates and their bikes, departing the wilderness of Knoydart. Can you think of any better bragging rights? Back in Mallaig there are many amenities, your cars, and the rail station – possibly even the guides vehicle. You will be homeward bound, head spinning with the memories.

Rat Race will provide:

  • Vehicle support for the team, particularly the transit around to Kinloch Hourn, with some other transport options locally, after the trip. Though ideally, you’ll be car sharing to Mallaig.
  • Ferry boat transit back to Mallaig
  • Basic accommodation in Barisdale Bothy or the bookable Stable alongside. Depending on group numbers, some might need to camp or use the Bothy next to the Stables. A plan will be circulated as trip bookings conclude.
  • B&B accommodation in Inverie.
  • Accomplished guides that stay with you throughout.

The participant will provide:
Their own mountain bike, helmet, rucksack, cycling gear, footwear, waterproofs (recommended with taped seams), and personal overnight kit and safety kit. A towel and a change of clothes for after the activity is also recommended. The mid-summer nature of this trip should not require lights. Our guides will assess the bothy amenity and add-in further items to make the overnight comfortable, however you will pack a summer-season sleeping bag and sleeping mat, and note that this will influence the size of rucksack taken. You should be familiar with your mountain bike and to consider modifications and accessorisations that make the bike fit for purpose, for the route and ground conditions.

A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip.

We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 7/10 and Endurance rating 7/10. What does this mean?

Technical rating 7/10
This is a rugged summer mountain bike challenge. Gnarl is guaranteed. Wet and warm rain and sun is likely. Bad weather is possible. Stunning vistas are desired and distinctly possible!  You are required to be a competent mountain biker and to have rehearsed in rugged riding, bike clothing, walking, bike-carrying and camping.

Endurance rating 7/10
Participants should expect one short but strenuous riding day that belies what you ever might think it would be if you consulted a map. We need to allow for the transit time from Mallaig to the start. On the second day, it’s a 10-mile up-and-over, right across the main Knoydart peninsula, from sea loch to sea loch. The riding is reasonably challenging but we have all day to take in the sights. Whilst there will be variances in the groups abilities, we will manage the journey carefully to give the best possible day out. Think of yourselves as a team.

Food and Bev

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Communal campsite cooking apparatus.
  • Complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink for all group members in a pub/hotel in Inverie to celebrate a job well done.
  • Overnight B&B in Inverie.

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Breakfast prior to departure.
  • Dinner and Breakfast at the overnight camp: Advice will be given on what to bring; and assistance in the preparation of.
  • Dinner at Inverie.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the final overnight during the trip, except 1 complimentary one that we will provide.

Accommodation

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Overnight stay Barisdale bunkhouse/bothy.
  • Overnight B&B in Inverie.

Participants will cover costs for:

Any accommodation either side of our itinerary, in Mallaig or nearby. It is recommended that for those travelling, local accommodation is sought close to Mallaig for the night preceding the Challenge and for the night following the Challenge, depending on ongoing transport plans. This is optional however.

Transport

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Full on-course support by our vehicle, local to Mallaig, and to and from main rail/bus stations and airport in Glasgow if practicable. Please enquire on timings.
  • Road transit journey from Mallaig to Kinloch Hourn.
  • Boat extraction from Inverie, (Knoydart), back to Mallaig.

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Travel to Mallaig area.
  • Onward travel from Mallaig area – if using own transport.
  • For a nominal sum, we may be able to assist with outbound and inbound transport from the Glasgow area to/ from Mallaig in our event support vehicle. Offered on a first come, first served basis. Please enquire for more details.

How far is the route? In the context of your regular mountain bike ride these distances will seem short. But this is not your regular ride. It is 7 miles, and 10 miles of gnarly ground. The route will be shared in full in advance of the Challenge commencing. There are optional MTB trails in the woodland at Inverie.

How hard is it and how fit do I need to be? It’s a not too physically tough … it’s just kind of; intimidating. We intend to allow time to breath in the surroundings rather than racing through it. You are required to be a competent, in-condition mountain biker and to have rehearsed on the rough stuff. You’ll have decent bike clothing and equipment. You won’t need to be fast … just game.

Is it all cyclable? Not all. You’ve heard of hike-a-bike? Bike carrying and bike pushing is a thing when it comes to real mountains trails and passes. It’s fairly on and off though, so plenty of rests will be interspersed. Some of the ascents are certainly cyclable and there will be sections to ‘clear with no dabs’ to prove your prowess. The descents will demand some attention but are not too technically wild.

What type of terrain is it? This is rough and steep terrain, with a mix of grass, gravel, rock and heather. Some of the path has been maintained with slabs and steps. Add onto that some water, mud and wind, and this trip is truly adventurous.

What might the weather be like? That is hard to say until forecasting is available 10-days out. Even if bright in the day, temperatures will likely be cooler at night + midges in the morning and evening. If the weather is angry and windy then the guide will keep the pace appropriate until shelter lands are reached, but the route will work even in wild weather. High-grade head and hand cover is essential, along with spares.

What wildlife might we see? When you are not focusing on your fromnt wheel, we hope to see deer, eagles, otters and avoid midges. We will give expert advice and links on midge and tick defence and treatments.

What will the camping experience be like? As long as you are warm, you will love it! Plan ahead for comfort. Pack for comfort. The guides will create an exceptional overnight experience. No need to worry about the one-star bothy grade. It’s a five-star group experience that you will sorely miss when you are back in civilisation!

What if I get lost? Unlikely, as you will be with qualified guides that will intend to keep the group together. If separations are required then the guides will have a plan for how to manage this.

What if I get hurt? Well, this is possible, though some of the spills on this terrain are on soft ground. Competent mountain bikers know how to crash and roll, and have been over the bars a few times. True? Then we want you, not beginners. You can call 999 if it’s a true Emergency but our team will be close in the loop to affect best responses. The guide leader will have a device that gives their GPS location and can send SOS messages. We have First Aid trained staff on the trip with a medical kit. So if you need assistance we will be there; similarly if you need or wish to withdraw from the route, we will manage, escort you off, or come and get you. We’d rather you got to Inverie though…

Where will you stay? Don’t hurry. Spend a might in Mallaig and visit the nearby stunning beaches of Morar and Arisaig. After our accommodation nights in Barisdale and Inverie you can stay in Mallaig again, but in truth yiou will have plenty of time that day to make good headway homewards. The Mallaig accommodation is for you to sort.

What is included? Check out the tabs above to see what we provide on kit/ equipment and what is included as far as food/ accommodation/ transport is concerned. You can download the full trip notes file HERE.

How do I get back after the Challenge is over? Once repatriated with your car at Mallaig, you are free to go! We might be able to help one or two others that would like a lift to Fort William or Glasgow transport links such as Airport and Rail Station, for an evening flight or train.


23-25th JUNE 2018

KNOYDART PENINSULA

An epic mountain bike crossing of “Britain’s last wilderness” followed with extraction by sea.

MTB (and BOAT ride!): 2.5 day
Boat Ride, Guided, Camping, 2 Night Stopover

 
What do these mean?

Technical Rating: 7/10
Endurance Rating: 7/10


£399

Price is per person

23-25th JUNE 2018
KNOYDART PENINSULA

An epic mountain bike crossing of “Britain’s last wilderness” followed with extraction by sea.

MTB (and BOAT ride!): 2.5 day
Boat Ride, Guided, Camping, 2 Night Stopover


What do these mean?

Technical Rating: 7/10
Endurance Rating: 7/10

£399

Price is per person

Traverse ‘the wild bounds’ of the deserted Knoydart peninsula on one of the best MTB adventures the UK has to offer.

This is a hidden gem in the truest sense. Starting out from the head of Britain’s longest dead-end road at Kinloch Hourn (22 miles one-way!) you will journey by bike over 2 full-throttle days of rough terrain, over gnarly mountain passes, to emerge from this supreme mountain adventure on the shore of Loch Nevis, at the remote village of Inverie. Conveniently, there’s a pub there. A very good one. There are no roads in or out of Knoydart and after a hearty supper and a well-earned night’s rest at Inverie, your exit by via BOAT back to Mallaig over Loch Nevis will top off one of the finest wilderness weekends you will ever have in this country. These are testing riding days but with plenty of daylight hours at this time of year, we’ll get the job done and leave room for dessert.

If you can’t make our scheduled departure, we can run this adventure on a bespoke basis for you and your mates. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the trip. Email us to find out more.

Trip Highlights:

– A point to point full crossing of ‘Britain’s last true wilderness’
– Rarely accessed MTB routing, which is virtually devoid of any other human presence
– Overnight mountain bothy in the heart of Knoydart
– A cosy night in the pub and bunkhouse to finish, then a BOAT across a sea loch back to ‘mainland’ civilisation at Mallaig

 

 

Saturday 23rd June
Meet on the Saturday morning 0800hrs, on the quayside at Mallaig, after respective overnights of your choice in Mallaig or nearby.  We will then organise our bikes and gear into the transport and head out on the beautiful 90-mile drive around to Kinloch Hourn, though there are plenty of amenities on route, and there is a tearoom at Kinloch Hourn.

The ride itself involves an exhilarating and devilishly undulating trail with some pushing, near the shore of Loch Hourn, to reach the bothy and camping ground at Barisdale, 7 miles from the start. This site is already a dream location and with a few treats from the guiding team will ensure that the overnight experience is memorable and comfortable. Camping is also an option for those that prefer.

The bothy/camp accommodation will a mixture of guide serviced and self-provided equipment. A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip.

Sunday 24th June
Although there is a major mountain pass and long trails ahead, we won’t need to rise at dawn, and we will get to savour the amazing setting at Barisdale before setting off again. The riding from Barisdale to Inverie with have you in rapture, with the remotest Munros all around. Inverie itself will then be our friend for many hours, and accommodation and pub are all near to the ferry slipway for our great escape the next day. There are even some fun MTB trails in the woods, for those still with the energy to explore!

Monday 25th June
After a hearty breakfast you will be all aboard a BOAT with your new best mates and their bikes, departing the wilderness of Knoydart. Can you think of any better bragging rights? Back in Mallaig there are many amenities, your cars, and the rail station – possibly even the guides vehicle. You will be homeward bound, head spinning with the memories.

Rat Race will provide:

  • Vehicle support for the team, particularly the transit around to Kinloch Hourn, with some other transport options locally, after the trip. Though ideally, you’ll be car sharing to Mallaig.
  • Ferry boat transit back to Mallaig
  • Basic accommodation in Barisdale Bothy or the bookable Stable alongside. Depending on group numbers, some might need to camp or use the Bothy next to the Stables. A plan will be circulated as trip bookings conclude.
  • B&B accommodation in Inverie.
  • Accomplished guides that stay with you throughout.

The participant will provide:
Their own mountain bike, helmet, rucksack, cycling gear, footwear, waterproofs (recommended with taped seams), and personal overnight kit and safety kit. A towel and a change of clothes for after the activity is also recommended. The mid-summer nature of this trip should not require lights. Our guides will assess the bothy amenity and add-in further items to make the overnight comfortable, however you will pack a summer-season sleeping bag and sleeping mat, and note that this will influence the size of rucksack taken. You should be familiar with your mountain bike and to consider modifications and accessorisations that make the bike fit for purpose, for the route and ground conditions.

A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip.

We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 7/10 and Endurance rating 7/10. What does this mean?

Technical rating 7/10
This is a rugged summer mountain bike challenge. Gnarl is guaranteed. Wet and warm rain and sun is likely. Bad weather is possible. Stunning vistas are desired and distinctly possible!  You are required to be a competent mountain biker and to have rehearsed in rugged riding, bike clothing, walking, bike-carrying and camping.

Endurance rating 7/10
Participants should expect one short but strenuous riding day that belies what you ever might think it would be if you consulted a map. We need to allow for the transit time from Mallaig to the start. On the second day, it’s a 10-mile up-and-over, right across the main Knoydart peninsula, from sea loch to sea loch. The riding is reasonably challenging but we have all day to take in the sights. Whilst there will be variances in the groups abilities, we will manage the journey carefully to give the best possible day out. Think of yourselves as a team.

Food and Bev

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Communal campsite cooking apparatus.
  • Complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink for all group members in a pub/hotel in Inverie to celebrate a job well done.
  • Overnight B&B in Inverie.

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Breakfast prior to departure.
  • Dinner and Breakfast at the overnight camp: Advice will be given on what to bring; and assistance in the preparation of.
  • Dinner at Inverie.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the final overnight during the trip, except 1 complimentary one that we will provide.

Accommodation

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Overnight stay Barisdale bunkhouse/bothy.
  • Overnight B&B in Inverie.

Participants will cover costs for:

Any accommodation either side of our itinerary, in Mallaig or nearby. It is recommended that for those travelling, local accommodation is sought close to Mallaig for the night preceding the Challenge and for the night following the Challenge, depending on ongoing transport plans. This is optional however.

Transport

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Full on-course support by our vehicle, local to Mallaig, and to and from main rail/bus stations and airport in Glasgow if practicable. Please enquire on timings.
  • Road transit journey from Mallaig to Kinloch Hourn.
  • Boat extraction from Inverie, (Knoydart), back to Mallaig.

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Travel to Mallaig area.
  • Onward travel from Mallaig area – if using own transport.
  • For a nominal sum, we may be able to assist with outbound and inbound transport from the Glasgow area to/ from Mallaig in our event support vehicle. Offered on a first come, first served basis. Please enquire for more details.

How far is the route? In the context of your regular mountain bike ride these distances will seem short. But this is not your regular ride. It is 7 miles, and 10 miles of gnarly ground. The route will be shared in full in advance of the Challenge commencing. There are optional MTB trails in the woodland at Inverie.

How hard is it and how fit do I need to be? It’s a not too physically tough … it’s just kind of; intimidating. We intend to allow time to breath in the surroundings rather than racing through it. You are required to be a competent, in-condition mountain biker and to have rehearsed on the rough stuff. You’ll have decent bike clothing and equipment. You won’t need to be fast … just game.

Is it all cyclable? Not all. You’ve heard of hike-a-bike? Bike carrying and bike pushing is a thing when it comes to real mountains trails and passes. It’s fairly on and off though, so plenty of rests will be interspersed. Some of the ascents are certainly cyclable and there will be sections to ‘clear with no dabs’ to prove your prowess. The descents will demand some attention but are not too technically wild.

What type of terrain is it? This is rough and steep terrain, with a mix of grass, gravel, rock and heather. Some of the path has been maintained with slabs and steps. Add onto that some water, mud and wind, and this trip is truly adventurous.

What might the weather be like? That is hard to say until forecasting is available 10-days out. Even if bright in the day, temperatures will likely be cooler at night + midges in the morning and evening. If the weather is angry and windy then the guide will keep the pace appropriate until shelter lands are reached, but the route will work even in wild weather. High-grade head and hand cover is essential, along with spares.

What wildlife might we see? When you are not focusing on your fromnt wheel, we hope to see deer, eagles, otters and avoid midges. We will give expert advice and links on midge and tick defence and treatments.

What will the camping experience be like? As long as you are warm, you will love it! Plan ahead for comfort. Pack for comfort. The guides will create an exceptional overnight experience. No need to worry about the one-star bothy grade. It’s a five-star group experience that you will sorely miss when you are back in civilisation!

What if I get lost? Unlikely, as you will be with qualified guides that will intend to keep the group together. If separations are required then the guides will have a plan for how to manage this.

What if I get hurt? Well, this is possible, though some of the spills on this terrain are on soft ground. Competent mountain bikers know how to crash and roll, and have been over the bars a few times. True? Then we want you, not beginners. You can call 999 if it’s a true Emergency but our team will be close in the loop to affect best responses. The guide leader will have a device that gives their GPS location and can send SOS messages. We have First Aid trained staff on the trip with a medical kit. So if you need assistance we will be there; similarly if you need or wish to withdraw from the route, we will manage, escort you off, or come and get you. We’d rather you got to Inverie though…

Where will you stay? Don’t hurry. Spend a might in Mallaig and visit the nearby stunning beaches of Morar and Arisaig. After our accommodation nights in Barisdale and Inverie you can stay in Mallaig again, but in truth yiou will have plenty of time that day to make good headway homewards. The Mallaig accommodation is for you to sort.

What is included? Check out the tabs above to see what we provide on kit/ equipment and what is included as far as food/ accommodation/ transport is concerned. You can download the full trip notes file HERE.

How do I get back after the Challenge is over? Once repatriated with your car at Mallaig, you are free to go! We might be able to help one or two others that would like a lift to Fort William or Glasgow transport links such as Airport and Rail Station, for an evening flight or train.