THERE ARE SOME SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS due to the threat of cancellation because of the Coronavirus worldwide outbreak.
NO NEW bookings will be confirmed or deposits taken before April 1st (though I am happy to discuss later bookings). I am being cautious on when it is safe to assume that all services I use (accommodations, taxis and rail transfer) can be provided without a cancellation at a later date.
You MUST check with your airline regularly and that you have a trip cancellation insurance policy OR fully accept that deposit and final payments already made are non-refundable. Your trip insurance should cover you if you request a change to your dates after confirmation (some airlines have already started cancelling or bumping to a different date after booking) or cancel due to any circumstances. When I start reserving rooms and booking taxis and luggage transfer for your tour I will have a contract with them to provide the service and for you.
Review our Terms & Conditions page.
2019 was another great cycling year in the UK. We are happy that our clients' tours went well and would like to thank them for their great feedback. And it's not too early to contact us about a 2020 tour. We are working on updating our tours and adding a new tour across the Trans Pennine Trail. Please remember that although we present many self-guided tour options here on the website, we specialize in bespoke tours planned specifically for you and your cycling friends. Let us work with you to plan a wonderful, active holiday for 2020.
Posted September 17th, 2019
Thankyou for a great holiday! We spent a week cycling the Cotswolds and Severn Valley through ' Xplore Britain' and would highly recommend this trip. The route planned by Richard Morris took us through beautiful countryside, and the hotels arranged for our stay were excellent. We were very well taken care of throughout the trip by Daniel Todorov who supplied top quality bikes and equipment. This ensured a smooth ride and helped us up some of the steeper hills. Highlights of the holiday included Tewkesbury Abbey - see the lovely modern stain glass windows by Tom Denny and go up to the roof for an amazing view.
We really enjoyed our holiday with Xplore Britain and hope to do another cycling trip in the future.
Ruth and Dave, England and Jenny and Martha, California
Posted July 14th, 2019
We are back in the states. We had a phenomenal time on our Great Gen trip. Thanks for helping us plan it.
The riding was so variable, we feel like we got to see everything the Great Glen has to offer. We enjoyed watching boats go through the locks along the Caledonian canal, and also loved riding through the pastoral farmlands and forested areas. We especially enjoyed riding in the mountains between Fort Augustus and Inverness. The only day that I worried we might have bit off more than we could chew, was the second day, when we took the high routes from Fort Augustus to Invermorriston, and from Invermorriston to Drumnadrochit. As you warned us, the terrain was quite steep and I ended up having to walk my bike a bit. We didn't get to Drumnadrochit until almost 8pm. But afterwards, Kevin and I both agreed that was our favorite day of the trip. We had amazing weather that day, with crystal clear blue skies. When when we got to the high points we could see for miles. The sustained ten miles of downhill into Drumnadrochit was a really fun way to end a beautiful and challenging day. Every day of the ride offered something different, and we enjoyed all of it.
The bikes were good quality, and the folks there were really helpful and friendly. They put our own pedals on for us so that we could use our bike shoes, and that worked great. The only thing I might do differently next time would be to bring my own seat. I forgot that standard seats on mountain bikes are not that comfortable, and by the last day our butts were hurting. But that's to be expected on a bike trip. The accommodations you arranged for us were all wonderful, and there were no problems with our luggage transfers. We especially enjoyed staying with Shirley and Stuart in Drum. We called them to tell them we would be late, and as soon as we rode up, Shirley popped out to help us get settled and directed us to where we could get some food. Kevin and I were just lamenting this morning that we are going to miss having the B&B breakfasts every day.
The trip allowed us to see the attractions in the towns, but also to get out of the more congested areas and away from the busy roads. The great glen way is so beautiful, we saw a handful of other hikers and bikers, but for the most part we were surprised that we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.
We had so much fun, we are already thinking about when we can do another trip. Thanks again for planning the logistics, everything went perfectly!
Rachel and Kevin
Posted April 28th, 2019
There is still time to book a cycle tour this summer. For my fellow Brits, there is no need to leave the country to experience fabulous cycling. Why not check out an area that you haven't cycled yet, particularly here in the north where the climate is comfortable and the crowds are less, even in the summer. There are great tours in the countryside and along the coasts. Check out the Coast and Castles, or the Lochs and Glens routes. Or challenge yourself with a cross-country (coast to coast or sea to sea) route. I'll take care of booking your accommodations, moving your luggage and providing you with bicycles in top notch condition. And as always I can tailor the tours to suit you.
Posted April 2nd, 2019
Bookings for Spring and Summer 2019 are steadily coming in. Some tours at certain times of the year are even selling out. So if you're thinking of booking a tour, don't hesitate to contact us. Remember we specialize in customizing our tours to suit your needs and desires, including adjusting starting dates, distances covered, and adding extra night stays along the way (which we highly recommend!).
Posted December 1, 2018
The end of a very good cycling season was helped by the driest weather I have ever known here in the UK, hopefully this will continue.
- It's not too early to start thinking about touring in 2019, bookings have already been coming in.
- I'm happy to report that changes are happening at XploreBritain including several updates to the website.
Seasonal Greetings from Richard (company owner).
I’ve been remiss in formally thanking you for one of the most wonderful holidays my family has ever experienced. I managed to post good reviews of all the places we stayed during our 7 day cycling trip this past May-June (2018) in the Borderlands, but failed to thank the very person responsible for FINDING those places and setting up the whole trip!!
From day one we had the very best experience thanks to your efforts. The details of the itinerary and the maps you provided us were very helpful, and made for a nearly seamless journey through some of the most lovely country I’ve ever seen. Our bikes performed perfectly, and as I already mentioned, the B&B accommodations you secured for us were terrific. Every connection was made; our luggage securely transferred; our appetites sated by the lovely hosts along our way.
I would heartily recommend XploreBritain to anyone interested in carefully planned, expertly tailored cycling journeys in your part of the world. Thanks so very much!!
Lora, Michael and Lily.
May 2018: We would like to let you know how fantastic and thoroughly satisfied we were with this trip. The routes were fantastic, the accommodations were varied and suitable to our desires, the weather was AMAZING (which of course impacted the entire trip in a positive way), the bikes were perfect for the conditions, and your attention to detail and genuine care for our well being was outstanding. It was a great balance of good daily distances together with timely 2 night stays. You made us feel very important and valued customers/friends.
Mitch and Deanne (Canada)
Again, we can't thank you enough for such a memorable and amazing trip! Your service and attention to details were outstanding. The routing was well paced and your lodging choices were spot-on! And, as far as timing was concerned, I initiated the request to you to pick the best time to tour, and it was your advise to select from the 2nd week of May to the 2nd week of June. Thanks! Again, spot-on! Mindy and Dave Ferrell Montana USA.
LED Lights Help Improve Safety on the Road for Cyclists
Cycling is a fantastic way to exercise, share time with the family or run errands in a sustainable manner. However, staying safe while riding is an important concern because collisions and crashes do happen. This can negatively impact riders who, like pedestrians, are vulnerable while on the road.
One of the best ways to improve bike safety is to make use of LED technology. It has many applications that can help improve cyclist and bicycle visibility. Being seen by drivers and pedestrians while cycling can help to reduce accidents. Wearing LED clothing makes riders visible in low-light conditions such as dawn or dusk. Other ways LED can be used include fitting bicycles with front and rear LED lights. Also, street lights which are fitted with LEDs provide better illumination. Cyclists can also attach a helmet light to see better in the dark. Read how LEDs enhance safety for everyone on the road from cyclists and pedestrians to motorbike riders and motor vehicle drivers.
These are comments from recent clients.
Hi Richard, I just want to thank you for lending me a bike for the Ride the Night Charity Bike Ride. Your bike is brilliant! It is so comfortable, I couldn't believe it. Not only did it mean I completed the full 100kms, I actually enjoyed it! Here's a photo of me and my daughter completing the ride. Thank you so much for supporting this great cause. Our team raised nearly £2500!
Richard we were in Pitlochry overnight after two nights in Fort Augustus. If you had not recommend these places, we would not have had such a delightful and interesting experience during our final days in Scotland.
Thank you for all your help and suggestions. They were all greatly appreciated and made for a great trip to Great Britain.
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Nathaniel And Dave
Just thought I should write and thank you for the lovely holiday we had
cycling coast to coast. It was an experience that both Kay and I really
enjoyed, we found it an excellent break and a super way to visit the
countryside we passed through. We were both delighted with the interesting
places you found for us to stay and they were all lovely. We will be
recommending your services to our friends as it really made life easy for us
and all the more enjoyable. Please make sure you keep booking the same weather
that we had it was fine all week and made the whole trip that much easier.
Once again thank you and please pass on our thanks to the accommodations that
you used for our visit. I should also mention that the company did a
great job with the luggage transfers.
Steve and Kay, Nottingham, UK.