Explore more on two wheels
Pedal power is the perfect way to explore Orkney and our guided days out will show you some stunning landscapes and heritage across Mainland Orkney, Hoy, Flotta, Westray and Sanday.
Ride Orkney is about exploring, not map reading. It’s about exercise and fresh air, not worrying about how to get there, where you are and how you can shorten your day if the weather turns, or someone has a puncture. It’s about stretching yourself enough, but not too much. And most of all it’s about having a great time enjoying the stunning landscape and heritage that Orkney has to offer.
At Ride Orkney we cater for solo riders and small groups (maximum of 4 riders). So if you haven't been on a mountain bike before or are a nervous rider we will ensure that you are in safe hands.
Our routes offer a mix of on-road and off-road riding and walking … with optional stops at some of the visitor attractions and cafes on route for some well deserved cake-fuelled energy! And we can tailor our routes to your specific requirements and fitness level.
Guided days out
Tailor-made days out
Not sure where to go or what to do? Let us do the hard work and plan a bespoke day out (or half-day) based on your timeline, biking experience, fitness level and interests. Whether you love landscapes, heritage, history or just exploring, with Ride Orkney you are in the right hands.
Meet your guide
"I got the bug for mountain biking in the 1990's before suspension and hydraulic brakes were invented! But I really got hooked in the last 10 years after following my son around the Scottish Enduro Series circuit and 'crewing' for him at the various events. And although I do still enjoy the thrill of riding down a Red or Black mountain bike trail, for me mountain biking is not about throwing yourself down steep hills or getting from A to B as fast as you can: it's about getting out into nature, enjoying fresh air, and escaping the crowds and emails.
People often ask me 'Why mountain bike around Orkney?'. The answer is easy: Orkney is steeped in history, myth and legend, and it boasts some of the most amazing landscapes, coastal scenery and abundant wildlife in the British Isles. When you are stuck in a car or tour bus you can miss so much, but when you explore Orkney on a bike you can discover so much more. Cycling is good for you, it helps reduce our carbon footprint (green is good!), and you can go at your own pace and take time off the bike to explore the amazing scenery, landscapes, heritage, wildlife (and tearooms!). And by using mountain bikes instead of road/hybrid bikes we can take you off the beaten track to get closer to nature."
Amanda is a qualified Mountain Bike Leader with British Cycling, professional Fitness Instructor, military Unit Expedition Leader and she holds a 2-day Outdoor First Aid qualification.