THE North Coast 500 has announced a new partnership with an award-winning adventure tour operator to create three new guided and supported road cycling tours on the route.
The tie-up with Aviemore-based Wilderness Scotland aims to encourage curious travellers to enjoy a multi-day cycling tour in the outstanding scenery of the north Highlands, led by professional adventure guides who bring the landscape and history to life.
Tom Campbell, managing director of the North Coast 500, said: “We are delighted to be in partnership with Europe’s leading adventure tour company, Wilderness Scotland.
“They have an impressive track record of delivering class-leading tours and understand Scotland, and the Highlands in particular, so well.
“We wanted to find a partner that brought exceptional expertise and customer service to what they do, and we have found it. We believe that they will add value to the North Coast 500 in terms of offering cycling experiences that match the incredible sea and landscapes that make up the NC500.”
Paul Easto, founder of Wilderness Scotland, said: “We’re excited to partner with North Coast 500 to offer this new and inspiring range of guided cycle tours. Despite its rising popularity, the route provides genuine opportunities to slow down and enjoy the Highland landscapes and local fare.
“Riders can take on the challenge of three guided tour options between seven and 11 days in length and ranging in difficulty. If you like the idea of the journey but want to save your legs, we’ve added ebikes as a hire option this year, alongside our existing road and hybrid hire bikes.
“When people think of Scotland, it’s this landscape that immediately comes to mind. Exploring it by bike awakens your senses and offers you time to take it all in. It’s that sense of connectedness that we look forward to sharing.”