Biking Sutherland


Highland Explorer conduct various half day cross-country bike rides in the Dornoch Firth area, including rides around Golspie and Brora. We have three rides – one in the Bonar Bridge area, one in the Dornoch and Loch Fleet area and one that explores the coastal and forested area between Golspie and Brora


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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Children, Cycling, Discovery, Family, Guided Tours, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Strenuous
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Biking Sutherland.

Each ride is between 11 and 14 miles in distance, with a duration of 2.5 to 3 hours. The ride close to Bonar Bridge explores the woods around Balblair and Carbisdale and crosses a viaduct over the Oykel river and a bridge over the river Carron. The ride from Dornoch explores the Loch Fleet area, which is a National Nature Reserve and a great location for both seals and birdlife. The ride between Brora and Golspie, explores the coastal route with close-up views of the magnificent Dunrobin Castle. It returns through the Dunrobin estate forests and crosses the river Brora at Doll, before returning to Brora

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Bike Hire is included with helmets for each bike

Qualified MB Level 2 Guide is included – who carries safety and bike repair items

Pick-up and Drop-off of all clients taking part in the ride

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Meals and drinks – clients should bring their own snacks and drinks

Clothing or footwear – clients should wear appropriate clothing and footwear

  1. Pick Up Collect clients from Accommodation

    Highland Explorer collect clients from accommodation. We will normally bring Hire Bikes with us by trailer or bike carrier depending on group size. Clients can also use their own bikes

  2. Stop 1 Bike Fitting and Safety

    Bikes will be tested and helmets fitted. Safety briefing will also be conducted and a brief on the route

  3. Stop 2 The Ride

    The ride will be conducted safely and under control with the group staying together throughout the ride. There will be stops for photographs and for drinks and snacks. The bike guide will also cover some of the history along the way

  4. Stop 3 End of Ride

    All riders assemble with bikes back at the start point

  5. Return trip Clients returned to their accommodation

    Highland Explorer deliver clients back to their accommodation (If required)

Lightweight walking shoes, outdoors trainers or even hiking boots are fine. Do not wear specialist clip-in cycle shoes, as all our bikes are normal pedal type bikes. Wear lightweight trousers or bike shorts and have a waterproof top. Always have layers of clothing so you do not get cold or overheat. Carry a small backpack for any extra clothing and for drinks or snacks, camera, mobile phone and money. Helmets are provided by Highland Explorer.

You will need to have a basic level of fitness. Before we take you out on any ride, we send you a British Cycling “Rider Consent Form”. You must submit this to us before the ride and let us know of any medical conditions that might affect your participation in the ride. Even if you have a medical condition but it can be managed (ie. asthma), then we can still take you.

We use Heaven Bikes range of bicycles, that include mountain bikes, hybrid bikes and Electric Bikes. If you think that you may be less fit than others on the ride, then ask for an E Bike – as this will help you with any climbs on the ride and is much less tiring than using a mountain bike! All the bikes are in great condition.

We accept children aged 12 years and above but we would need to know their level of fitness and their biking experience. If it is a family group we can choose a route that all riders will enjoy and can manage.

Yes you can use your own bikes and we will just lead and guide the ride for you. The cost of this will be reduced as there is no bike hire cost included in the trip. However there is a small charge for use of the bike trailer. Please ensure that all your bikes are well checked before the ride – including tyre pressure, brake functioning, chain and gears. We will have a tyre pump in case we need to add tyre pressure on any of your bikes

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