Q: Where exactly is Las Alpujarras?
A: Las Alpujarras is in the south of Spain in the Granada region of Andalusia. The mountains here are the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the highest in Spain.
Q: We want to come but my partner doesn't want to go on any of the activities
A: No problem, partners are welcome to come across and make use of our facilities without going out on the bikes or whatever activity you are here for. They are welcome to relax and enjoy being at Casa Escocia.
Q: How fit do I have to be?
A: A reasonable standard of fitness is required for most activities as the terrain is mountainous. However, you do not have to be a super fit athlete and everyone can cycle or walk at their own pace, the faster riders and walkers will just have to take more breaks whilst everyone else catches up.
Q: I don't want to be guided, I like to do my own thing?
A: No problem, everyone is more than welcome to head off out on their own at anytime. We're happy to pass on our knowledge of the area and let you get out and about on your own.
Q: What kind of bike should I bring?
A: Hardtails are fine for all the routes we use although a full suspension does help on the downhill.
Q: What kind of bikes do you use for hire?
A: We have a selection of excellent hardtail mountain bikes including Specialised Hardrocks, BH, Gary Fisher and Proflex in a variety of sizes.
Q: Do you supply all the equipment for the Caving & Gorge Walks?
A: Yes, every piece of harware needed for any of our activities will be provided for you.
Q: What Equipment of my own should I bring for Mountain Biking?
A: A few changes of clothing (we do have a washing machine) cycling shorts, t shirts, long sleeved tops, windproof/waterproof jacket (for the high altitude riding), a fleece, gloves, a platypus or similar water container, a small day sack, your bike (if your bringing your own), your own helmet (if you wish) , shoes and peddles (if you don't want to bring your own bike but are used to cleats), sunglasses, a sense of humour and a good positive attitude!!
Q: What equipment do you supply?
A: If you are hiring our bikes then we supply the bike, a helmet and basic repair kit (for punctures). Our guide will carry bike spares, pump, first aid kit, GPS, map and compass, mobile phone etc.
Q: What equipment should I bring for walking holidays?
A: Decent boots, good socks, shorts (most of the year!), t shirts, long sleeved tops, windproof/waterproof jacket (and trousers if winter or if heading up to the higher altitudes, a woolen hat for winter or skip hat for summer, sunglasses, a platypus or similar water container and a small daysack. Our guides will carry maps, compass, GPS, first aid kit, mobile phones etc. If you plan to head off on your own we advise you carry these as well.
Q: What will the weather be like?
A: The weather in Spring and Autumn in Las Alpujarras is very nice with temperatures normally in the 20's. The summer months (July & August) can be very warm. Early starts and higher altitude rides are the way ahead at this time of year. The winter months (Dec - March) can be varied but snow does lie most of these months on the higher slopes. We tend to head for the lower tracks at this time of year. Remember, the temperature drops considerably at higher altitudes (even in the summer). This is the driest area in Europe with 321 days of sunshine on average a year but it can and does rain on occasion... so be warned!!
Q: Do I need insurance?
A: Yes, everyone must have suitable insurance for mountain activities and medical cover should you injure yourself. There are many companies offering good cover at decent prices (contact us if you need further details). Our guide is an experienced medic.