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Planning a Coast to Coast mountain bike trip across the Cairngorms National Park, any advice?

Specifically would love advice on good MTB routes and cheap places to stay along the way! 

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  • YourScotlandTourYourScotlandTour Member ✭✭✭
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    You could take a tent and some gear to wild camp. 

    Where are you hoping on starting and finishing?
  • VisitScotlandMurielVisitScotlandMuriel Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
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    I am no mountain biking expert but have a look at the result of a search for biking trails in the Cairngorms. You could start from Aberdeen and go along Deeside to Braemar (Sustrans National Route 195), then you would to get across to Dalwhinnie (not sure how easy it would be going cross country) and then pick up the A86 to Spean Bridge and Fort William. I think you need to speak to someone specialising in MBT trails in the Cairngorms - contact someone from one of the websites advertising trails?
    Good luck and keep us posted with pictures of your adventure.  :)


  • jw13jw13 Member
    Thanks for the responses! I'm getting the train to Stonehaven and going from there, and would aim to finish hopefully in Fort William, but would be happy to finish anywhere on the West Coast. What is the weather like in the Cairngorms in early April, would it be too cold to wild camp? 
  • VisitScotlandMurielVisitScotlandMuriel Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    I would say early April will still be very cold at night in the mountains though you can never predict the weather in Scotland! You will need some proper outdoor gear as it could well be below freezing at night and that snow is still a real possibility. Here is a link to weather in the Cairngorms. It might be easier to cycle around the top or bottom which is a detour but maybe a safer option? 
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