The Scottish Highlands: Lakes and Castles of Perthshire
Join us this year as we head to the Scottish Highlands and explore all of it’s beauty by bike. The tour is 8 days/7nights and we’ll be offering two different dates
- September 12 – 19 (Saturday – Saturday)
- September 20 – 27 (Sunday – Sunday)
We’ll tour in the Perthshire region, one of the most beautiful in Scotland. The Scottish Highlands are mainly mountainous in the north, while in the south where we will ride, it is dominated by large flat expanses. The surrounding mountains are reflected in the crystal clear waters of the numerous lakes, covered in summer with a cloak of lilac heather.
Cycling in the areas of Loch Lomond, the Trossachs mountain ranges and along Perthshire is not easy. These territories are in fact characterized by ancient highlands, hills, valleys deeply engraved by lakes that enhance the beauty, but also add to the difficulty of a bicycling in these areas. We’ve chosen routes around lakes and rivers, so that the tour has flat sections interspersed with a simple ups and downs in the hills and a few short but steep ascents, easily overcome even by pushing the bicycle :-). Three of the routes are circular, allowing those who are more tired to stay in the hotel or take a shorter lap.
Although Scotland has favored the creation of a cycle network, most of this tour will be on secondary roads where traffic is very limited. Most of the tour will be on asphalt, with some dirt tracks.
The Scottish climate is temperate, and though very changeable, is rarely extreme, except in winter. The country is bathed by the Gulf Stream and is therefore much warmer than many countries in similar latitudes.
The prevailing winds are from the south west, bringing warm, wet air from the Atlantic.
Most visitors come to Scotland between May and September when they can enjoy the best weather and long hours of daylight – due to the country’s northerly latitude.
Our tour starts in Callander in the Scottish Highlands, a bit north of both Glasgow and Edinburgh
From Glasgow Prestwick airport ( www.scotrail.co.uk ) take a train to central Glasgow, and from here another train to Stirling: the last train is at 7.30pm. In Stirling take a taxi or bus to Callander (www.citylinkonlinesales.co.uk).
From Edinburgh airport you can take the Airllink 100 bus to Edinburgh Waverley Bridge station, which leaves every 10 minutes, travel time 25 minutes. ( www.flybybus.com ). Leaving from Waverley station you will take the train to Stirling, duration approx. 50 min. ( www.scotrail.co.uk ) and from Stirling a taxi or bus to Callander (www.citylinkonlinesales.co.uk).
- We will stay in 3/4 star hotels and guest houses with en suite rooms typical of the Scottish Highlands.
- Because hotels in the area are small in size, we may be using more that one hotel on some nights
- Not all of the hotels can guarantee a double room with twin beds. In some cases double rooms will have two single mattresses.
- $550 single suppliement
- Upgrade to eBike $150
- Hybrid bikes suitable for this kind of travel
- 7 nights’ accommodation (3-star or better hotels and guesthouses)
- Daily breakfast buffet
- 4 dinners (drinks are not included)
- Luggage transfers
- Route descriptions, maps and route notes
- Tourist information
- Emergency Hotline
Price does not include:
- Personal expenses
- Expenses related to getting to and from start and finish including airfare and transfer to/from airport
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
- Please be sure to read through our Overview and Expectations page before registering
- Also, please review our cancellation policy and insurance recommenations
- If you are traveling by yourself and would like to share a room, you can request this on the registrations form.
- The group size for each trip is limit to 12.
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Day 1 Arrive in Callander (about 37 miles north of Edinburgh/Glasgow)
Day 2 Tour of the Trossachs (ends in Callandar) – 34 miles.
Cycling alongside Loch Venachar with the hills on either side sparkling in the loch. We are making our way to Loch Katrine, a beautiful remote loch where you can take a ride on a steamer boat which was built in 1872. A tarmac private cycle way also runs alongside the loch giving spectacular views across the loch and the mountains.
Day 3 To Doune Castle (ends in Callandar) – 24 miles
Cycling southwards to the ancient village of Doune with its famous Castle. The hit USA Series Outlander was filmed here at Doune Castle. Doune Castle is a medieval tower castle.
Day 4 Callander to Killin – 35 miles
Today we follow the National Cycle Network north alongside Loch Lubnaig towards Balquihidder where you will find a small church where Rob Roy McGregor is buried. From here we continue over the gentle climb of Glen Ogle before descending to Killin. The waterfall, Falls of Dochart here is really spectacular and many people sit on the rocks and watch the cascading waters pass by.
Day 5 Killin to Aberfeldy – 26 miles
Cycling alongside Loch Tay which is around 27km long to Kenmore and maybe a visit to the Scottish Crannog Centre which shows life on the Loch during the bronze age. Then continue onto Fortingall a conservation village dating back many hundreds of years. Europe’s oldest living thing can be found here in the form of a Yew Tree!!. After your visit carry along the valley to Aberfeldy passing famous Castle Menzies
Day 6 Aberfeldy to Pitlochry – 31 miles
Today you have a short and longer option. Before setting off visit the whisky distillery. Both routes start along the River Tay valley when the short route turns north to Pitlochry. The longer route firsts heads south to the historic village of Dunkeld dating back to the 1700’s. After your visit you head north to Pitlochry
Day 7 Pitlochry to Pitlochry- 37 miles with options for 21miles
Here there is much to see and do, two whisky distilleries to visit one the world’s smallest. The Fish and Dam Ladder allowing salmon to jump the dam wall. Many shops to visit along with many pubs and bars. For those who wish to cycle it’s worth the short trip to Blair Castle one of Scotland’s grand castles and home of the Duke of Athol and his family. Follow this turbulent history as you walk from room to room Then you can cycle a wonderful loop through Perthshire countryside via Loch Tummel with maybe a visit to the Killiecrankie visitor centre.
Day 8 Depart after breakfast
Bike and accessories
The bikes available on this tour are:
- 24-speed Scott Sub Cross 40 hybrid bikes with handlebar brake.
- Ebike -pedal assisted Scott Sub Tour unisex, Bosch motor.
The bikes are equipped with:
- repair kit (with spare tube)
- map holder (one for every 2 bicycles);
- bottle holder (only on standard bikes)
- one side bag per person, water-repellent but not waterproof.
We require that you wear a helmet.
Helmet rentals are not available so you must bring your own