Wilderness Scotland partnership
New guided cycling tours will add to North Coast 500 offering
Tours: north Highlands
North Coast 500, the north Highlands touring route, has announced a new partnership with adventure tour operator Wilderness Scotland.
The agreement with the Aviemore-based business will create three new guided and supported road cycling tours of the area.
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 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.”
The three new guided road cycling tours range from 7-11 days and from 250 to 500 miles in length with a starting price of £1795 for the ‘Highlights’ route.
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.
“The route provides genuine opportunities to slow down and enjoy the iconic Highland landscapes and local fare.
“Riders can take on the challenge of three guided tour options between 7-11 days in length and ranging in difficulty.”
Launched in 2015, the North Coast 500 has been credited with boosting business by 20-25% for the past four years, extending the season to 10 months, and increasing visitor spend by an additional £10 million in 2016-2017 alone.
The route runs for 516 miles, following the main roads along the coastal edges of the north Highlands, taking in the regions of Wester Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, Easter Ross, the Black Isle and Inverness-shire.