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LEJOG (Land’s End to John O’Groats) – Cycle Week 3

April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct£1199 pp

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LEJOG (Land’s End to John O’Groats) – Cycle Week 3

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About this Adventure

The Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle route spans the full length of the UK, from the far southwest of Land’s End to the remote northeast of John O’Groats. The route was first ridden by Alfred Nixon in 1882, and since then has become an iconic long-distance cycling challenge that is on every cyclist’s bucket list! We have divided the route into three stages, a great option to complete the classic route over three separate weeks.

Quick Facts

  • 7 days of self-guided cycling
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 332 mile (534km) trip
  • Average daily distance 47 miles ( 75km)
  • Admire the changing landscapes and many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty along your way
  • Enjoy some of the best roads in the UK
  • Ride through the Highlands of Scotland
  • 24hr telephone support during your cycle ride
  • GPX files and route guidance provided

About & Details

Cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats is the classic British cycling challenge and many cyclists aspire to complete the ‘End-to-End’ trip at least once in their lifetime. There is no official route to follow, so we have created an ‘optimal’ route sticking to quieter roads and taking in some fantastic scenery. We take all the hassle out of route planning and booking accommodation, you just turn up at Land’s End and ride! Split your Land’s End to John O’Groats trip into three separate weeklong trips to really enjoy the fantastic cycling and changing landscapes the UK has to offer. This is week 3 of 3, featuring the Cairngorms and the remote northern Highlands of Scotland.

We can also run this as a fully supported event with a van for luggage transfers, mechanical assistance, and navigational support. Ride without carrying any luggage and have your bags waiting for you at your accommodation each day. The van will also carry plenty of snacks and drinks to keep you going throughout your cycle challenge. Get in touch with our team if you would like to plan a supported event.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in B&Bs or hotels with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Route guidance and daily distances
  • Preparation advice on fitness/gear before your ride
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
Exclusions
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Bike and bike equipment. Please contact us for bike hire details.
  • Transport to and from Edinburgh / John O’Groats

Optional Extras

  • Single Room Supplement £90 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £90 per person per night
  • Odd number group supplement £90 per group per night may apply if a single room is required
  • Extra night in Edinburgh prior to start (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person
  • Extra night in Edinburgh prior to start (single room) £180 per person
  • Extra night in John O’Groats at end of event (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person
  • Extra night in John O’Groats at end of event (single room) £180 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Supported trip

If you would like to organise a group event with van support please contact our team for availability.

Included in a supported trip:

  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Mechanical assistance
  • Navigation support
  • Snacks and drinks provided
  • Group first aid kit

Need a guide?

If you would like a guide to lead the way, then we are happy to help and can provide a qualified cycle leader, also trained in first aid. Having a guide with you will not only take the stress out of navigation, but can also be a great asset in providing an insight into all things cycling.

Rest days

If you would like a rest day (or more!) included in your itinerary please get in touch with our team.

Departures

We run the Land’s End to John O’Groats Week 3 cycle as a self-guided or fully supported event.

To book as a self-guided trip simply select the date in the calendar and follow the booking procedure.  You will then receive an automated confirmation and full details will follow from our office in due course.

If you would like to book as a fully supported trip and/or a cycle leader please contact our team.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Edinburgh

    Arrival at your accommodation and relax for the evening.

  • Day 2 - Edinburgh to Perth

    Your day starts in central Edinburgh, make your way north out of the city and cross the Forth bridge. Cycle through Dunfermline and head for the rolling Lomond Hills, finish your day in the city of Perth.

    52 miles (83km)

  • Day 3 - Perth to Braemar

    Cycle north towards the mighty Cairngorms National Park, the roads here are spectacular. You’ll go through Glenshee and over Cairnwell Pass, the highest main road in the UK, before reaching the lovely village of Braemar.

    50 miles (80km)

  • Day 4 - Braemar to Grantown-on-Spey

    Say goodbye to the scenic village of Braemar and continue on your journey through the mountains and forests of the Cairngorms. Another big pass awaits today, The Lecht, with it’s tough gradients and hairpin bends. Ride into Grantown-on-Spey and end the day with a well-deserved whisky.

    45 miles (72km)

  • Day 5 - Grantown-on-Spey to Muir of Ord

    Leaving the Cairngorms behind you’ll head towards the city of Inverness. After navigating your way around the city, follow the Beauly Firth to Muir of Ord.

    45 miles (72km)

  • Day 6 - Muir of Ord to Lairg

    Continue cycling through the majestic Highlands of Scotland and follow remote roads through Alness, Invershin and on to the peaceful village of Lairg.

    45 miles (72km)

  • Day 7 - Lairg to Bettyhill

    Another stunning day of cycling. Ride along the scenic NC500 passing remote lochs and mountains as you make your way up to the north coast of Scotland and the village of Bettyhill.

    45 miles (72km)

  • Day 8 - Bettyhill to John O'Groats

    Your final day follows the rugged northern coastline of Scotland, cycle along towering cliffs, large sandy beaches and small fishing villages. Enjoy the fine coastal views as you ride the last few miles into John O’Groats and the end of your epic adventure.

    50 miles (80km)

Notes:

This is a typical itinerary and a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, and weather conditions or for any other reason. Mileage and timings are approximate.

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Reviews

Find some of the reviews our wonderful customers have left for us below, or read them all here!

We realy appreciated the tour we did on Hadrians Wall path in May.Beautiful scenery, decent weather, god arrangements including lodging, transport, bagagehandling etc. We came well prepared . In this preparation Maximum adventures gave us great support, as we are coming from abroad with no knowledge of conditions on the path. We had great BnBs and could concentrate on de daily walks that gave us great pleasure.Thank you England and Hadrians Wall path for your friendly reception and well mantained walking path.Thank you Maximum Adventures for your good service.We would love to come back in the future.

Jerry Kashinski
5 days ago

Maximum Adventure did a great job for us. With less than a month's notice, it set up an itinerary, lodging and luggage porterage for a walk from Carlisle to Newcastle, England along Hadrian's Wall. The lodging was fantastic, as was the itinerary and support during the walk. We'd definitely use Maximum Adventure again and would recommend them without reservation!

Fiona Reilly
a week ago

I was part of a climb on 23/09, didn't think I would make ut, but I did. The descent was a different story.. I got jelly legs and lost my confidence. If it wasn't for James, my Sherpa would never have made it. Can't thank him enough, Will, met you briefly.Both of them were very knowledgeable, we had the most amazing views at the summit...the pain is still worth it and

Tom Graham
3 weeks ago

I walked the West Highland Way with my dad and brother. The organisation was excellent by Samantha. Itinerary and instructions were clear and all the bookings and luggage transfers went smoothly. As a result we were able to ensure the fantastic walk and not worry about anything. I would happily recommend Maximum Adventure to others.

Sarah Bracken
4 weeks ago

Absolutely brilliant guide - knowledgeable, interesting and humorous in addition to looking after our safety so well - making sure we ate and suggesting when to layer up! Would highly recommend!

Diana Straub
a month ago

We just got home from our 8-days Hadrian's Wall hike and we just loved it!Everything was perfectly organized!We had great B&Bs and hotels with very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. Our favorite was the Dacre House with Clare. But then again, all were great!The luggage was always at the day's destination, no matter how early we got to the accommodation.The description of how to get to the accommodations were clear and precise.The road map and the guide book were waiting for us as we got to the first B&B and were very helpful and interestingThanks, Maximum Adventure!

Kristin Hentschel
a month ago

Praise for the West Highland Hike and the Maximum Adventure planners, esp. our planner Samantha. Great experience in every regard.

Simon Bradish
a month ago

Booked for the 3 UK Peaks adventure, it was organised perfectly and everything when to plan. Accommodation was good, transport excellent, our guide (Patrick) brilliant, so cannot fault the trip and adventure. I personally expected too much from myself and was unable to fully summit as this adventure is not for beginners, I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2003 when I was 42 and twenty years later, although relatively fit, my endurance didn't last. So I did a half summit for Ben Nevis & Scafell, thanks to Patrick for letting go back down on my own, it was brilliant. With Snowdon, a half summit is tricky as you can't descend the way you go up, so I decided to do some hiking in the area while the rest of the group did the climb. I took a chance and went to the ticket office and managed to get a single return ticket up to the summit of Snowdon at 9am which returned down by 11.30am. I was hoping to see my group on top and spring a surprise but the weather was terrible. I highly recommend the trip but make sure you are fit enough otherwise as there is an emphasis on time, so a slow walk up is going to slow everyone down and really delay the trip. Have Fun, Simon Bradish

Denise Parkinson
a month ago

Just an amazing experience. Maximum Adventure booked us into a great hotel in Fort William, and after a great night' rest - we met our guide Innes. Innes was brilliant. He gave us the confidence we needed and looked after the entire group. He also waited until the last person was down off the mountain safely. We also learned a lot about the history and geography of the region as well. It was fantastic. Thank you Maximum Adventure.

mark amos
2 months ago

Great service from MA. Good, prompt communications, the accommodations they booked were all either on the trail or within a mile of it. Good maps, info, and updates.

Charity Information

How to take part for Charity

To do this challenge for a charity there is a non-refundable registration fee, payable to Maximum Adventure at the time of booking. You can then choose between the two different options below.

Self-Funding

Pay a registration fee at the time of booking then the balance due 10-weeks before departure. With the self-funding option, you personally cover the full cost of the challenge. This option means that there is no minimum sponsorship target due, but we encourage you to raise as much money as you can for the charity.

Minimum Sponsorship Pledge

Pay a registration fee at the time of booking and confirm with your charity their minimum fundraising requirements for the balance. This will typically be double the cost of the adventure, less the registration fee. With the minimum sponsorship pledge option, you must submit 80% of your fundraising target to the charity 10 weeks before the departure date.

More Information

For more details of how fundraising works please read our step by step guide here or contact us for help.

Maximum Adventure work with lots of charities to offer our events as fundraising opportunities.  You can find our Charity Events from the ‘Menu’ in the corner of your screen or from our homepage.  If your chosen charity is not listed, please contact us and we will be happy to approach them on your behalf.

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you

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