GREAT NORTH TRAIL: UK BIKEPACKING EXPEDITION

The second in our Bikepacking Expeditions Series sees us ride The Great North Trail through the incredible Scottish Highlands, from Glasgow to Cape Wrath – the most north-westerly point of the UK mainland…

Tour Difficulty Rating
Location

UK

# Nights

8

Distance

600KM

GROUP SIZE

10-18

Join

£995 (DEPOSIT £500)

DATES
EXPEDITION SCHEDULE
DAY 1

MEET 16:00<

The tour starts in Glasgow in the afternoon. Pannier staff will be on hand to help sort out bikes and kit before heading out for a group meal and tour overview…

Accommodation: Hotel

DAY 2

92km // +900m

After leaving Glasgow the tour kicks off properly as we join the rough stuff of the West Highland Way and head north into the Highlands… 

Accommodation: Pannier Base Camp

Food: B,D

DAY 3

119km // +1700m 

A big day on the bikes today as we head up to Loch Rannoch, then over the pass to the super remote Loch Ossian hostel for the night… 

Accommodation: Bunkhouse 

Food: B,D

DAY 4

79km // +1000m 

A stunning ride through the Scottish wilderness with an afternoon raid on the mighty Corrieyairacks Pass… 

Accommodation: Bunkhouse

Food: B,L

DAY 5

83km // +1400m 

Ride parts of the Highland Trail 550 route to Strathpeffer and our overnight camp… 

Accommodation: Pannier Base Camp

Food: B,L,D

DAY 6

127km // +1300m

A day of idyllic gravel and remote roads as we pedal to the Crask Inn for a pub dinner and Pannier Camp… 

Accommodation: Pannier Base Camp 

Food: B,L

DAY 7

67km // +580m

A well earned shorter day of riding to Durness and our cosy bunkhouse. Free afternoon to relax by the coast… 

Accommodation: Bunkhouse

Food: B,L,D

DAY 8

45km // +630m 

Ride out to Cape Wrath for a picnic lunch and celebratory drink by the iconic lighthouse, before returning to Durness for a final group meal… 

Accommodation: Bunkhouse

Food: B,L

DAY 9

After breakfast there will be a transfer to Inverness for those who have booked it. Otherwise the tour ends in Durness.

LEAVE 9 – 10am

Food: B

EXPEDITION INCLUSIONS

>> 7 days adventure cycling

>> All accommodation

>> Meals listed in the itinerary

>> Daily luggage & equipment transfers

>> On tour vehicle support, assistance and mechanic

>> Pannier Tourer Pack Goodies

EXPEDITION EXCLUSIONS

>> Travel to Glasgow/from Durness

>> Riding/travel Insurance 

>> Alcoholic drinks and souvenirs

>> Lunch and coffee stops not listed in the itinerary

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FAQs / Field Notes

Getting there >>

Fly >> We recommend flying to either Glasgow airport or Edinburgh airport. 

Train >> Glasgow station is well connected within the UK with direct lines from London on the Caledonian Express. Travel from London usually takes between four to five hours. 

Drive >> If you plan on driving to the start we can help recommend places to leave your vehicle for the duration of the tour. Vehicles will be left at your own risk. 

Please do not book non-refundable travel before a tour has been guaranteed to go ahead.

 

Food & drink >>
Meals will be a mixture of Pannier cooked food, cold picnics and meals cooked by our accommodation. We have not included meals on nights where there are restaurants nearby, this is to allow you more freedom over what you eat on these nights. 

Meals cooked by Pannier will be vegetarian. We can cater for specific dietary needs if we know in advance.  

Riding snacks are included throughout but please bring a selection of your favourite snacks with you as well. Please bring a good selection of energy bars, gels and any liquid supplements you might want. 

Alcoholic beverages are available on most nights of the tour, please make sure you have some cash if you wish to purchase alcohol.

Accommodation >>
You will need to bring your own tent, sleeping bag and ground mat with you for the nights camping. All your camping equipment will be transported by Pannier and will be waiting for you at camp each night (you will need to put up your own tent and pack it down in the morning).

Pannier Base Camp – On the nights camping we will have our large communal tent to eat and socialise under with a communal fire pit and seating area. Your camping equipment and baggage will be waiting for you at camp each night. 

Bunkhouse – The bunkhouse accommodation consists of large communal dormitories with shared facilities. The rooms are clean and comfortable with good facilities. We recommend bringing ear plugs and an eye mask if you’re a light sleeper. 

Hotels – We spend one night in hotel accommodation in twin share rooms. 

 

What to bring >>
>> Adventure bike (Off-road tourer, gravel bike, CX bike, XC mountain bike) unless hiring 

>> Day bag 

>> Tent

>> Ground mat 

>> Sleeping bag

>> Cycling kit, shoes, helmet

>> Off the bike clothes – warm layers for mornings and evenings + clothes for travel days

>> Warm jacket 

>> Warm Gloves

>> Waterproof jacket 

>> Head torch

>> Washbag 

>> Bike spares & basic personal tool kit

 

Bike details >>
We recommend using a 700c or  650b adventure bike, cross country mountain bike or a touring bike with a minimum tyre width of 38mm. 

Please get in touch to talk about bike options for this tour. 

 

General information >>

Visa >>
UK passport holders do not need a visa on this tour. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassy. 

Vaccinations >>
There are no specific health risks or required vaccinations for Scotland. 

Passport >>
Passports must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to make sure your passport is valid before travel.

Weather >>
Average temperatures could range from highs of 30egC – lows of 8degC. The evenings can be cold but we would expect to be riding in shorts T-shirts  in the day. Rain can not be ruled out at any point on the tour. 

Money >>
The local currency is pound sterling ££

Local time >>
UK +0

Route info >>
The route is roughly 70% off-road and 30% on paved surfaces. The unsurfaced sections are mainly well maintained but some parts are technical, previous experience of cycling on gravel would be recommended. There are some sections where you will need to push your bike, these are only short sections but allow us to link up some incredible off-road routes. 

Health and fitness >>
Please read the full tour information regarding distances and elevation before booking. The route is undulating with some climbs and descents, previous cycling experience and a good level of fitness is required.

You will need to inform us of any ongoing injuries or health issues once booked, this information will be requested before departure. It is vital for us to know about anything before travelling into remote areas.

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