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It’s a playground out there. Dream it. Breathe it. Live it. Tear this out. It’s what adventurers do.

Go Biking

Mountain Bike Across Scotland, Och Aye
Over the course of a week Wilderness Scotland takes you coast to coast, riding from Aberdeen in the east to Ardnamurchan in the west, with some 230 miles of rolling, rollicking good fun in between. Trails range from easy fire roads to lung-searing mountain passes (they don’t call them the Scottish Highlands for nothing); they’ve gone out of their way to find the best trails and the prettiest scenery. It’s not all huffin’ and blowin’ either. Nights are spent in centuries-old inns, after tucking into hearty fare at local restaurants and pubs. The Coast-to-Coast trip is offered from May into September (Scotland’s famed purple heather is best in late August). $1,380. 011-44-131-625-6635, wildernessscotland.com

A Feast for the Eyes and Thighs
“Slow down to see the world,” proclaims butterfield & robinson. Not on this trip. The Tour de France is cycling’s marquee event; by the end of this week you’ll have new appreciation for its allure on B&R’s The Tour biking trip. Day one connects you with the peloton to watch the uphill finish of Stage Seven at La Planche des Belles Filles. For the next five days you’ll follow the tour, riding some of the steepest parts of the course (including the famed hills of the Chartreuse Massif and the legendary ascent to La Toussuire) and, if you have any wind left, cheering the frenzied finishes of the pros. July 7 to 13. $5,995. (866) 551-9090, butterfield.com

Get The best ideas are the simplest. No more carrying unwieldy bike locks in your backpack (or your hands). A solid chain and lock wrapped in a comely padded strap, the Hiplok adjusts to fit around your waist (and tightens with Velcro) until you need to secure your bike. It comes in reflective colors, allowing you to be better spied by those nutty drivers. $110. hiplok.com

Get in shape with Garmin’s Edge 500. The GPS bike computer monitors everything you expect — heart rate, power, speed, distance — with fun additions like an altimeter that figures your ascent rate. $250. garmin.com


Tips Hanker to see what you’re truly made of? Costa Rica’s La Ruta de los Conquistadores mountain-bike race crosses Costa Rica from coast to coast, some 240 miles through humid jungle and frigid mountain passes. Lots of climbing. November 1 to 3. Entry is $1,350. adventurerace.com

Wish to see the countryside at a more casual pace? This summer Fairmont Hotels & RESORTS around the world will offer BMW cruiser bikes (along with locks and helmets) to guests, allowing them to explore Beijing or the Swiss countryside around Lake Geneva. Guests can enroll at fairmont.com/fpc.