Mountain biking for beginners Mountain biking is a fun, popular sport in the UK and Scotland has some of the best riding anywhere in the World! Not only is mountain biking a great way to keep fit, it is also a fantastic way to see the countryside. It is an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
We have teamed up with the Scaladale Centre in Harris to provide a safe but fun introduction to the sport.
If you are new to mountain biking or if you just need to brush up on your skills then our highly experienced instructors will be able to give you expert tuition.
Here in Harris we have some incredible trails for more experienced riders but not so much for beginners so the lessons will be held at Lews Castle grounds in Stornoway. The castle has some purpose built trails for mountain bikes and a good skills area for learning. The Castle has a cafe and museum for those who aren't riding.
We will be meeting at The Hub in Stornoway
Bikes and helmets will be included in the price of the lesson.
Date; 13/8/2018 Time; 10.30-13.00 and 14.00-16.30 Location; The Hub, Stornoway Cost; £25 Difficulty rating; Easy Recomended equipment; Waterproofs, trainers or outdoor shoes and spare clothes just in case.
This is the next level up from the mountain biking for beginners. This guided ride will take you out into the hills to sample some of the very best riding that Harris has to offer. It will be mainly off road with mud, rocks and water aplenty! There will be challenging climbs and exhilarating descents to reward riders with a reasonable level of fitness and skill. The experienced guides will be on hand to give tips and advice and spot some of our wildlife.
Hire bikes can be arranged in advance but feel free to bring your own bike.
Date; 18/8/2018 Time; 11.00 Location; The Bays Centre Cost; £15 Hire bikes will be extra. (£20) Difficulty Rating; Moderate Recommended equipment; A helmet is essential, those without will be turned away! Gloves and other protection, some food and drink, waterproof and spare layer. I would also recommend carrying a spare inner tube.
This is the big one! Only for experienced mountain bikers with a good level of fitness and technical ability. A hard 35km race across the hills and glens of North Harris taking in some incredible trails featuring long descents and brutal climbs. Some of the tracks are pretty gnarly in places with rock gardens and river crossing. This is a point to point race finishing in Tarbert.
Please only attempt this race if you are fit and have the right equipment to do so.
Hire bikes can be arranged.
Date; 16/9/2017 Time; 12pm Location; Meabhaig Nam Beann, Isle of Harris Cost; £10 Difficulty; Hard Recommended equipment; A working bike, helmet, gloves, food/energy bars, waterproof, spare layer and puncture repair kit/ multi tool.