Mallaig and the surrounding area is an excellent place to explore by bike. Within a fifteen-minute bike ride you can be freewheeling alongside gorgeous unspoilt coastline, or take a ferry to explore the Small Isles, Knoydart and Skye; a train journey away and you can cycle along iconic places such as the Glenfinnan Viaduct and Ben Nevis.
Here at Mallaig Pool & Leisure Centre we have a fleet of multi-terrain, unisex adult and children’s mountain bikes, tag-along bike and a child seat for hire all year round. These are serviced after each hire to ensure you will have a safe, confident and enjoyable experience.
Our hire package includes locks, helmets, small back/front lights, small map of the area and a saddle bag with puncture repair kit just in case.
We are just a five minute walk from Mallaig Train Station; ample onsite parking is also available to drop off and collect bikes if necessary.
Terms and conditions
- Proof of ID with photograph will be required for each booking (this will be held for the duration of hire; alternatively, if using our customer car park you can leave your car keys with us).
- Payment can be made by cash or credit card.
- Any loss or damage to our bikes or equipment must be paid for.
- Children under 16 must obtain parental consent.
- Bike Hire Agreement to be signed at the time of collection
(adult, child & tag-along bike)
£10 per hour
£20 per day
£25 for 2 days
£35 for 3 days
£45 for 4 days
£55 for 5 days
£65 for 6 days
£75 for a week
Child seat: £10 first day
£5 per additional day
Trailer: £10 per day
£2 per additional day
Pannier bags: £5 per day for 2 bags
Bags included in multi-day rentals (3 days or more)
AUTUMN SPECIAL DEALS – Please contact the Leisure Centre for more information any special deals.
Daytripper – Bike Hire for £7 per hour with a ScotRail day-return train ticket (West Highland line with Mallaig/Morar/Arisaig on route)
COMMUNITY BIKE HIRE – With our membership the bikes can be hired for £2 per day until the end of March; accessories will be included for no extra charge. Booking is essential to ensure availability.
OUR BIKES AND ACCESSORIES:
Adult bikes: Our ‘Forme’ adult bikes have a lightweight aluminium frame, hydraulic disc brakes and 3×8 Shimano gears and front suspension. These bikes feel and handle like a mountain bike with the advantage of giving you an equally confident and safe ride on main roads and mountain tracks
Children’s bikes: Both our children’s ‘Decathlon’ mountain bikes are equipped with safer and easier to use grip gear shifter, V-brakes with child-sized levers for an easy and powerful braking, chainwheel and rear derailleur guard for extra safety and rigid fork for that confident ride on a variety of trails. These unisex bikes will appeal to both boys and girl.
Tagalong bike: ‘WeeRide’ Co-Pilot bike has an adjustable handlebar, two mudguards, a chain guard and a safety flag. A tagalong bike allows you to go on longer journeys with the junior who finds them a bit tiresome, or who is still practicing those riding skills. A Sync Link Pivot system allows up/down and side to side movements, thus giving a smooth and safe experience for both you and the child.
Child’s Bike Seat: The ‘Raleigh Avenir’ Child Bike Seat has a full comfort cushion, 3 positioning options and a 3-point harness with extra security belt to ensure the child is comfortable and safe. Large footrests give a bit of extra protection and retention.
- Pannier racks
- Pannier bags (100% waterproof)
- Small trailer
|Our bike||Rider’s Height / age (children)||Inside leg|
|Child seat||9-22kg / 19-48lb|
|Tagalong bike||4-9 years||at least 52cm/1’8”|
|20” (child)||120cm-135cm / 3’11”- 4’5” / 6-8 years|
|24” (child)||135cm-155cm / 4’5” – 5’1” / 8-12 years|
|16″ (Small adult)||160cm / 5’3”||75cm / 29.5″|
|17.5″ (Medium adult)||170cm / 5’7”||80cm / 31.5″|
|19″ (Large adult)||180cm / 5’11”||85cm / 33.5″|
Please note: Size chart is a rough guide only
BIKE MAINTENANCE CLASSES – Get your bike ready with a bit of TLC.
Our Mechanic will guide you and expand your knowledge on a host of topics that will ensure you and your bike will have a safe and enjoyable ride throughout the season.
You will be introduced to different tools and the best way to use them. How to get your tires ready for the roads and tracks will be one of the first building blocks to your knowledge.
The importance of keeping your chain and cassette in good working order and how to remove and refit these for cleaning is also there on top of the list. This will be followed by a session on brakes; how to replace cables, callipers, pads and adjusting them.
During the session on wheels you will get a chance to strip a front hub, clean and adjust bearings. The final, sixth session, will focus on the bottom bracket and headset. At the end of the six weeks you should have gained a good overall knowledge on how to give your bike a seasonal service, how to identify most common problems and find a solution to keep you speeding down the road or pedalling up that demanding track.
For more information and future dates please contact the Leisure Centre.
Bike Maintenance Station – Bike service and repairs offered at the Leisure Centre by our Velotech trained mechanics. Please contact the Leisure Centre for further information.
MOUNTAIN BIKING – Want to get out on your mountain bike and explore the brilliant trails Lochaber has to offer? Not quite sure where to start? Join our qualified Mountain Biking Guide on thrilling adventure around Nevis Range and other areas. Rides guided for approximately 4 hours. Riders must be confident riding on uneven surfaces and be prepared to pedal up some hills. Helmets and gloves compulsory. Contact the Leisure Centre for more information and future dates.
WEE BIKE TRAIL – Spend some fun quality time with your family learning new or practicing existing skills. Our trained Cycle Leaders will take the whole family on a fun filled journey through obstacle courses and races during one-hour skills session. Future dates to be confirmed, please contact the Leisure Centre for more information.
ADULT CYCLING GROUPS – The Leisure Centre will help facilitate and organise weekly cycling groups for the following levels.
Confidence Building – spend an hour with our trained cycle leader practicing cycling skills; when you feel ready we will go on short, easy rides together. Please contact the Centre in advance if wishing to attend.
Active Group – meet once a week to practice your cycling skills with our Cycle Leader followed by a cycle ride around the area (or further afield). This is perfect if you would like to build up your confidence, stamina and fitness at a fairly relaxed pace. Please contact the Centre in advance if wishing to attend.
Advanced Group – A group that is ready to take you on longer rides at a faster pace. Great to help build up your stamina and get out on the road whilst focusing on the cardio. To join the group please contact the Centre for dates and times.
Please note that bikes may be available through ‘Community Bike Hire’.
GUIDED CYCLE TRIPS – We are excited to announce our new Guided Cycling Trips which take the Leisure Centre to new territories outdoors.
Beaches by Bike – This trip takes you along the White Sands to the Sand Dunes and the Singing Sands, with the final stop at Silver Sands before returning to Mallaig. There will be enough time to feel the sand between your toes and have a picnic, whilst gazing at the spectacular view of the Small Isles. Our guides will share their knowledge of the local natural and cultural landscape.
We provide the bikes, helmets and friendly guides. Please bring your own picnic, and dress accordingly.
‘Beaches on Bikes’ spring and summer dates 2020 are still to be confirmed.
These trips are free with Mallaig Pool & Leisure Membership, and without membership is £45 per person.
Cycling through Centuries – This trip is perfect for those who would like to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the area whilst feeling fit and healthy. The trip takes you from Mallaig to Morar and back again. During stops at viewpoints and historical monuments our guides will feed your curiosity with facts and stories from the area.
We provide the bikes, helmets and friendly guides. Please dress accordingly.
Dates for the spring and summer 2020 trips are still to be confirmed. Please note however, these trips will tie in with the Steam Train timetable to allow these passengers to participate also.
Cycling through Centuries is free with Mallaig Pool & Leisure Membership; without the membership £25 per person.
Minimum ability for all cycling trips is: confident cycling on single track roads, confident use of gears.
Places for all trips are limited so booking is essential; to book, or for more information, please contact the Leisure Centre by phone (01687-462229) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).