Highland Cycle Tours - Where did the idea come from?
About 15 years ago, three friends (all keen cyclists) set off on their first foreign cycling holiday. With a great deal of planning and printing off routes, they packed their panniers and prepared their mountain bikes for the flights - Inverness to London and London to Munich. Arriving at Munch airport they rebuilt their bikes and set off through Germany's Bavarian countryside into Austria and finishing at Milan in Italy. The trip took 7 days and they covered over 400 miles. Since that first foreign trip, the friends have made annual foreign cycle holidays to many countries covering hundreds of miles and learned a lot about this type of holiday from what to carry, the secret of travelling light, bike mechanics, getting by on basic language skills, route planning, navigation, culinary delicacies, local cultures, improvisation, sight seeing and communication.
It was on one of the annual trips, sitting round the dining table in Interlaken, Switzerland that the friends discussed the idea of putting all their experiences together and starting a cycling holiday business in their own native Scotland. The friends who all lived and worked in the Scottish Highlands, had between them cycled thousands of miles over many years through some of the most spectacular countryside and scenery in the world - Scotland. They quickly realised that if they could combine this with their experience from their foreign trips, they were in a very good position to share their passion with other like minded people. Between them, the friends not only had the cycling experience to call upon but they possessed other skills which could enhance and compliment the business. These skills and experiences included First Aid, Mountain Leader, Snow Survival, Mountain Bike Leader, Navigation, People Skills, Communication, Sports Coaching, Computer Skills (basic), Leadership and Health and Safety.
The next stage the friends looked at, was what other cycling holiday providers were doing and where, reading the feedback from their customers and then using this information to start building a selection of routes which would not only be attractive to cyclists of all abilities, but would showcase some of the iconic locations and sights available in the area. These routes were cycled on many occasions over a 12 month period. There then followed a period of market research from experienced and novice cyclist using a number of mediums to test the ideas. In consolidating all of this and adding their own USP's (Unique Selling Points) the friends then selected a logo and engaged with a local experienced website developer to build a website.
We (the 3 friends) believe that Highland Cycle Tours offers something unique to what other companies offer - we have based ourselves on a fully functional working Highland Estate, utilising their quality farmhouse accommodation. This accommodation sits in a majestic rural setting and offers 360' views of the wonderful surrounding countryside. We have teamed up with a local restaurant to provide on site cuisine (3 course evening meals) using a selection of locally produced meats and products. Breakfast and lunch is also provided, you won't be disappointed with the variety and quality. We supply a quality Trek Mountain Bike to all our guests and all trips are fully guided by locally resident, qualified and experienced cycle leaders, supported by a back up service throughout. You will also be met with the sounds of the bagpipes as one of our resident pipers plays a selection of well known pipe tunes. We aim to showcase a variety of what the Scottish Highland's has to offer by way of scenery, wildlife, iconic sights, distilleries and castle's all included in the price advertised-there are no hidden costs. We are confident that in working with "Visit Scotland" we will achieve our aim of obtaining their 5 star accreditation.
We invite you to navigate our website and book a tour with us, see for yourself!