Tranquil Trails – Why book with us?

Tranquil Trails specialises in delivering a bespoke, personalised and unique 1:1 mountain bike experience for the nature lovers amongst you.  You will be guided by a Level 2 MTB Leader with public liability insurance and two day outdoor first aid training.

We travel through ancient forests, passing a loch with castle ruins and tales of the “Wolf of Badenoch,” or another with mysterious green waters where local folklore speaks of the fairies. There’s also a stunning loch with a sandy beach and magnificent views of the Cairngorm mountains. 

You will have the privilege of riding through Sites of Special Scientific Interest, the very best natural environments that the Scottish Highlands has to offer, with a knowledgeable guide, qualified not only to lead you safely on the trails, at your pace and level of riding skill, but as a biological scientist, with a passion for the wilderness and the flora and fauna surrounding us.

As I sit, deep in the forest or beside the crystal-clear waters, the words of the Welsh poet W.H.Davies come to mind, from his poem called “Leisure”

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare

 

At Tranquil Trails we can be fast and adventurous on a variety of trail types, taking you into Level 2 MTB terrain on rugged mountain bikes, keeping up a good pace and/or take the holistic and therapeutic approach of taking the time to sit, or stand and stare.  Whatever you wish.

I’m quite a “water baby”, frequently coming home soaking wet from crossing a burn (bridges are usually available), covered in mud freckles but always with a smile on my face.  Cleaner and drier routes are available (depending on what the weather has been up to prior to the ride). Please contact me to discuss your ride to make sure that the experience is perfect for you.

Dependent on the time of year, we can look to the sky and watch ospreys soar.  We may see red squirrels playing around the trunks of the trees and deer hiding in the forest keeping a watchful eye on us, see and hear swifts and swallows on a summer’s day, sit with your hands or feet in the cool trickling burn, be mesmerised by the perfect reflection of the snow-capped mountains in the reflection of lochs on a still day or be amazed by the purple heather or autumn shades.  We are always happy to stop for a packed lunch and take photo’s, or call in at the local eatery for a drink and snack if you prefer.

This 1:1 experience removes the peer pressures and stresses that are so often prevalent in group situations and allows you to immerse in the nature that surrounds you. These rides are for you, about you and personal to you. Although we specialise in 1:1 rides and this is guaranteed, if you have a friend or travel companion that you really would like to share your experience with you, this can be arranged too. 

Prices and Booking

Our pricing is fair and easy to follow, allowing you choice and flexibility to construct your own ride experience at a level and duration personal to you, whether you are a complete beginner to mountain biking or you already have the necessary skills and just want to explore some Scottish Highland trails with a qualified guide.  You can book a ride from one hour, to a whole day, at the following rates:

1:1 Prices

£25 per hour

If you bring one more person with you, they can accompany you at a reduced price of:

£15 per hour

If you bring a second person with you, they can accompany you at a reduced price of:

£10

If you don’t have your own mountain bike, we have the following available to hire:

Standard Hard Tail Mountain Bike Hire

£5 per hour Lapierre 11 speed small frame (suitable for heights 150-170 cm) 27.5-inch wheels

£5 per hour GT 12 speed medium frame (suitable for heights 168-178cm) 29-inch wheels

Electric Full Suspension Mountain Bike

£10 per hour

Trek Powerfly 4 12 speed medium/large frame (suitable for heights 174-188cm) 27.5-inch wheels

Electric Hard Tail Mountain Bike

Awaiting delivery

As a Community Interest Company, we are busy raising funds to increase the number of electric and standard mountain bikes that we have available for hire. If we don’t currently have a bike that you feel is suitable for you just now, there are plenty of cycle shops in the area that you can hire from.

Helmets in good condition and three years old or less, must be worn on the ride and it is good practice to wear goggles and gloves for extra protection.  We have these available for hire too for just £5.

Discounted Rates

If you are a previous beneficiary of the Highland Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, or a resident of Badenoch and Strathspey who is being supported for your mental health and wellbeing, please contact me if you would like to go out on one of the trails at a discounted rate. Various options are available.

Transport

If you don’t drive and live within postcodes PH21 to PH22, special arrangements can be made to make sure that this isn’t a barrier to getting you out on the trails with me.  Mileage will be charged at 50p per mile, dependent on your location in relation to the start of the trail.

Terms and Conditions

Booking and full payment by bank transfer, is required at least 14 days prior to your ride, along with a completed rider information form for the ride to go ahead. If, due to unforeseeable circumstances, you cannot make the ride, every attempt will be made to rearrange the ride for you, if you give reasonable notice of at least 3 full days. Refunds are not possible with less than 3 full days’ notice, unless in exceptional circumstances.

Additionally, no refunds will be given in the following situations:

  • if you or anyone else that you have booked onto a ride doesn’t arrive on the day
  • if you or anyone else that you have booked onto the ride comes with a bike which is unsafe to ride and is therefore unable to participate in the ride. It is strongly advised that you have your bike serviced at your local bike shop before booking a ride.
  • if you, or anyone else that you have booked onto the ride, has forgotten to bring any essential medication, as they will not be allowed to ride.
  • if you or anyone else that you have booked onto the ride refuses to wear a helmet, as they will not be allowed to ride.
  • the ride is cut short because of behaviour which is inappropriate, from you or anyone else that you have booked onto the ride.

The Highland weather is very changeable.  For safety reasons we may need to reroute the ride.  If there is adverse weather forecast for the day of your ride, I will contact you.  For your safety and comfort, if we decide to cancel the ride, a new date will be arranged.  If there isn’t a suitable date for you, a full refund will be given.