For the Great Glen Way, Loch Ness 360 and other off-road routes you'll need one of our mountain bikes. Mountain bikes aren't as quick as touring bikes on tarmac but offer greater comfort and control on rougher terrain.
The Trek Marlin 6 is a 29" wheel hard-tail mountain bike. It is light and fast making it an excellent mountain bike for trail riders. The small and XS sizes have smaller 27½" wheels.
One-way bike hire can be arranged for The Great Glen Way finishing in Fort William or Caledonia Way finishing in Oban. One-way hire is usually £40 extra per bike.
The mountain bikes have luggage racks and mudguards fitted as standard.
These bikes are compatible with the larger panniers which have a capacity of 50l+ per pair. We also have handlebar mounted barbags with a 7l capacity which are great for snacks and cameras.
The panniers are waterproof but you should still use additional polythene bags for extra protection and to keep fresh dry clothing away from soggy smelly kit.
If you can travel with the most minimal kit the the bikepacking sets (pictured) are an alternative. The set comprises 13l saddlebag, 5-8l frame bag and 14l handlebar bag. The smaller bikes have smaller frame bags. These bags are not quite so easy to take on and off the bike.
Each bike comes with helmet, pump, lock, lights, seatpack, inner tube and patches, tools and chain joining link. There are two bottle cages where possible on every mountain bike but these need to be replaced with fabric handlebar bottle holders when the bikepacking bags are fitted and on the smallest bikes the triangle in the frame is too wee for two bottles. There is more about the available accessories here.
Bikes are fitted with flat pedals as standard. We have a limited quantity of clipless pedals available for a flat price of £5 regardless of the duration of the hire. The types we stock are Shimano SPD & SPD-SL and Look KEO. Please enter the required quantity in the SPD box when booking and state the type and which bikes they are to be fitted to in the Extra Info section.
The standard saddle is fairly typical of a mountain bike and not particularly padded or severe. We have a few slightly wider saddles available and some gel saddle covers. Best to request when booking.
We are happy to fit your own pedals or saddle and it's fair to say that the most comfortable saddle is likely to be the one with which you are most familiar.