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Castles and Lochs, Bens and Glens
Castles and Lochs, Bens and Glens
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Duration :
8 days
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 6
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Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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Castles and Lochs, Bens and Glens

Bike Tour: Castles and Lochs, Bens and Glens - 8 days

The Scottish Highlands is a wonderful area for cyclists that are keen to experience the bens (mountain peaks), shimmering lochs (lakes) and pretty glens (valleys).

During this week long cycling holiday, you will take the quiet backroads and country cycleways of Scotland on a delightful journey. En route there are opportunities to take a break from your cycling and go for a forest walk or visit one of the many castles and ancient monuments found along the way.

As this is a self guided tour, spend as much time as you like in charming historic towns such as Dunkeld, and the peaceful lochside towns of Kenmore, Lochearnhead, and Killin. A rest day at Killin is included to allow you time to visit the Falls of Dochart, sail Loch Tay or walk up Ben Lawers.

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Route
Day 1: Arrival in Perth
Day 2: Cycle to Dunkeld (28-42 km / 17.5-26 miles)
Day 3: Cycle to Aberfeldy (29-31 km / 18-19 miles)
Day 4: Cycle to Killin (39 km / 24 miles)
Day 5: Rest Day or Cycle Around Glen Lochay & Glen Lyon (53 km / 35 miles)
Day 6: Cycle to Crieff via Loch Earn (45 km / 28 miles)
Day 7: Cycle to Perth (32-45 km / 20-28 miles)
Day 8: Departure for Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Perth

Arrival in Perth, we advice you to take the train from the airport (Edinburgh is closest).

Depending on your arrival time, today you may have a chance to stroll to the shops, walk by the River Tay or climb Kinnoull Hill for a magnificent view of Perth and the Tay Valley.

Accommodation: Elegant 4 Star Victorian villa, all rooms ensuite.


Day 2:    Cycle to Dunkeld (28-42 km / 17.5-26 miles)

Cycle two miles from Perth to visit Scone Palace, a treasure house of furniture, ivories, fine porcelain, needlework and the unique Vernis Martin. From there you cycle north through the rolling farmland of Perthshire to the historic cathedral town of Dunkeld. Along the way, there are interesting sites such as Loch of the Lowes (see Ospreys and other wildlife) and Birnam (said to be the location where Beatrix Potter wrote 'The Tales of Peter Rabbit').

Dunkeld is situated on the banks of the River Tay. It has a peaceful character and charmingly restored eighteenth century houses forming a small square. Cathedral Street leads from there to the partly-restored Dunkeld Cathedral, construction of which began in 1318.

Accommodation: A family-run small B&B with ensuite rooms. Start your day with breakfast taken in the conservatory and overlooking the garden.


Day 3:    Cycle to Aberfeldy (29-31 km / 18-19 miles)

You are never far from the swift flowing River Tay on this cycling holiday in Scotland. Leave Dunkeld passing the cathedral and follow the path along its north bank. Join the quiet road northward to cross the river by an old railway bridge at Logierait. From there cycle to Strathtay, a popular spot with canoeists and river rafters. Continue by the river to the small village of Weem. It is only a short distance now to cross General Wade's Bridge into Aberfeldy. Visit the Distillery, the Water Mill or explore the beautiful walks in the “Birks of Aberfeldy”.

Accommodation: A stunning Edwardian Guesthouse overlooking the River Tay.


Day 4:    Cycle to Killin (39 km / 24 miles)

Leave Aberfeldy via the same way that you entered yesterday, by General Wade’s Bridge. We recommend to stop for a visit to Castle Menzies, the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies and of which restoration work was completed in 2010. Cycle past Drummond Forest to the conservation village of Kenmore at the eastern end of Loch Tay. Here you can visit the Crannog Exhibition, which illustrates life on the Loch in the Bronze Age. By taking the south shore road you can enjoy to the full the unrivalled beauty of the Lochs and Bens on the way to Killin.

Accommodation: Two nights staying in a late Victorian country house offering excellent, 4-star Bed & Breakfast accommodation. Overlooking the River Lochay, it has a private riverside garden with its own moorings and access to Loch Tay. There are spectacular views of the mountains from the house, including Ben Lawers, the highest mountain in Perthshire


Day 5:    Rest Day or Cycle Around Glen Lochay & Glen Lyon (53 km / 35 miles)

Today can be spend in rest and relaxation or you can visit the Falls of Dochart, walk in the quiet countryside, or hire a canoe. You can also choose to see more of the area and cycle to Ben Lawers visitor center (9.5km / 6 miles) for a walk up Ben Lawers, Perthshire's highest mountain. Another option is to take a roundtrip bike ride to scenic Glen Lochay and Glen Lyon, which will be 53 km / 35 miles.

Accommodation See day 4, located in Killin.


Day 6:    Cycle to Crieff via Loch Earn (45 km / 28 miles)

Enjoy a traffic free cycle through Glen Ogle to reach the small lochside village of Lochearnhead. From there continue along the south shore of Loch Earn while you enjoy the beauty of the loch and Ben Vorlich to reach St. Fillans at the eastern end of the Loch. Follow the valley of the river Earn through Comrie to arrive at Crieff. Perhaps visit the Glenturret Distillery and the ‘Famous Grouse Experience’ or the ‘Crieff Visitor Centre’.

Accommodation: Comfortable B&B accommodation in large and spacious rooms with ensuite facilities


Day 7:    Cycle to Perth (32-45 km / 20-28 miles)

Take the opportunity to visit the famous formal Italian gardens at ‘Drummond Castle Gardens’ which are just over 3 kilometres / 2 miles south of Crieff. You could also add some extra miles to your route and take in Muthill, a small village with lots of listed buildings and some fine examples of 18th century Scottish Vernacular architecture.

From Crieff it's an easy ride through quiet countryside to return to the riverside town of Perth and the end of your Scottish cycling adventure.

Accommodation: Elegant 4-star Victorian villa, all rooms ensuite.


Day 8:    Departure for Home

The trip ends after breakfast when you depart your accommodation.

Prices & Dates

Price pp £
Single room, incl. breakfast 920.00
Double room, incl. breakfast 675.00
Extra night, per room incl. breakfast 80.00
Accommodation

There is a variety of accommodation along this route in Scotland, ranging from bed & breakfasts, lodges, pubs and small hotels.

They are run by cycling-friendly hosts offering en-suite or private facility rooms with a tasty breakfast to get you ready for the day ahead.

Further facilities such as washing and drying facilities and packed lunches are available in some accommodations, you will be advised on your listing of what is available.

Bikes

If you decide not bring your own, you can rent a bicycle through us. You can choose from a range of bicycles suitable for your route. As well as providing you with the different options available, our team can organise the rental for you. Just contact us for details.

Once all confirmed, you will find your rental bikes waiting for you at your first hotel or at an alternative meeting point. When your bike is handed over to you, you'll also be provided with items such as the keys, chain lock, helmet and spare inner tube. 

Practical Info

This cycling trip is suitable for adults of all ages and fitness levels but not for children under 13 years of age. Daily cycles range between 26-53km on undulating to mountainous terrain. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos.

You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this Scottish cycling adventure discovering bens, glens, castles and lochs.

Minimum 1 person

The cycle is moderate (3) grade with daily cycles of between 26 and 53km on undulating to hilly terrain. The cycling is on low traffic side roads and cycleways.

7 nights included

Bed and breakfasts, lodges, pubs and small hotels

7 breakfasts included. Packed lunches can be booked and paid for on arrival at your accommodation.

Late Mar-mid Oct

Information pack including route notes & maps (1 pack per room booked)

Bike hire not included.  Road bike, mountain bike and e-bike can be arranged at additional cost.

Emergency hotline

One piece of luggage per person transferred between accommodations, not to exceed 20kg

Trains between Perth and Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen.

Free parking at your accommodation in Perth during your stay,  for the other days there are several parking options nearby.

Exclusions

  • Dinner, lunch and drinks
  • Bike hire
  • Any entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
Arrival Info

You are advised to book tickets and reserve a seat (and your bike) in advance. Tickets are usually more expensive if bought on the day of travel.

Closest airports: Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Glasgow Prestwick, and Aberdeen

You can easily get to Perth by train, including from Glasgow International Airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Edinburgh Airport and Aberdeen.

Closest ports: Edinburgh, Newcastle

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