Bicycling Scotland – Scottish bike tours

We offer two types of Scottish bike tours:

Supported tours and a self-guided program for individuals and groups. You choose whatever routing you like. The bikes we use are trekking OR hybrid models, depending upon the difficulty of the tour.

Self-Guided Scotland by Bike Experience the Scottish way of life and get to know the friendly Scots by staying as an honored guest in their own homes. We plan your route and transfer your luggage.

 

Please note: BIKES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN SELF GUIDED TOURS. FOR A COST OF $127 PER WEEK, WE WILL ALSO PROVIDE:
BIKES: Radford/Schwinn Number of gears 24 Brand of gearshift GRIPSHIFT/RAPID FIRE Sizes of frames LADIES 15″ or 18″. GENTS 19″ 21″ or 23″ Addition information: Bikes are equipped with suspension forks & seat posts, mudguards, rear pannier frame, stand, bell, and water bottle holder. Hire equipment includes rear pannier bags (1 set per person), helmet, pump, tool kit, lock, map holder, cycle computer, water bottle. Cycles for Children are supplied according to height. OR
Gary Fisher, Trek or Schwin Number of gears 24 Brand of gearshift GRIPSHIFT/RAPID FIRE Sizes of frames LADIES 15″ OR 18″. GENTS 18″ OR 21″ Addition information: Bikes are equipped with suspension forks & seat posts, mudguards, rear pannier frame, stand, bell, and water bottle holder. Hire equipment includes rear pannier bags (1 set per person), helmet, pump, tool kit, lock, map holder, cycle computer, water bottle. Cycles for youth are 21speed.

Clients may request toe clips and your own pedals and saddles will be fitted if possible.
CHILDREN: children are welcome to accompany adults on the less strenuous tours. We suggest a minimum age of 11 years but it will depend on the individual’s cycling experience. Reductions are available for children under 12yrs who share their parents room.

THE GREAT GLEN CYCLE TOUR A spectacular journey from Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, along the shores of Loch Ness to Fort William. Cycling on special paths and quiet forest trails, you will enjoy magnificent views of lochs and mountains and will have a chance to see some of the abundant wildlife such as red deer and golden eagles. A rest day in Fort William to explore, try some mountain biking in the forest or climb mighty Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain. Leave Fort William by train for a scenic journey up Glen Spean and across desolate Rannoch Moor. From Rannoch Station follow the lochside road via Lochs Rannoch and Tummel to reach Pitlochry. At this pretty Victorian resort town you can visit the Dam and Fish Ladder, a distillery or nearby Blair Castle with its fine collections of armor, paintings and china. Tour begins Inverness/ends Pitlochry. hildren: Not suitable for children under 13.

ROB ROY COUNTRY This tour explores the contrasting character and beautiful scenery that separates the Highlands and Lowlands. You travel from the riverside city of Perth, past the rugged Grampian Mountains to reach a world of hills and glens heralded by Lochs Venacher, Achray and Katrine. From Lochearnhead you will enjoy the superb views of lochs and mountains in the Trossachs “The Highlands in Miniature. There are numerous special cycle trails available in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Visit Rob Roy MacGregor’s grave at Balquhidder and sail on the steamer Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine. Majestic Stirling Castle welcomes you to Stirling on the last day of your memorable cycle tour. Begins Perth/Ends Stirling.

LOCHS AND BENS Towering mountain peaks, shimmering lochs and romantic glens mark this route. There are forest walks and nature trails, castles and other ancient monuments. The fast flowing River Tay is a frequent companion beginning in Perth and continuing through Dunkeld and Aberfeldy to the beautiful scenery of Killin and Loch Tay. Visit historic Dunkeld, with its preserved square and ancient Cathedral, picturesque highland villages such as Fortingall and the peaceful lochside towns of Kenmore and Killin. A rest day at Killin is included to allow time to visit the Falls of Dochart, perhaps cycle up into beautiful Glen Ogle or Glen Lochay. So much to see, but the moderate cycling distances allows ample time for exploring. Begins Perth/ends Pitlochry.

THE MORAY COAST AND WHISKY TRAIL From Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands travel east along the quiet roads of Moray. There are many historical sites to visit, the Battlefield of Culloden, Cawdor Castle and Gardens, Brodie Castle and at Fort George on the coast there is the Regimental Museum of the Queen’s Own Highlanders. Perhaps have a swim from the golden sands of Lossiemouth before turning south along the banks of the River Spey. This area is famous for its many distilleries. Many malt whiskies such Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Cardhu and Tamdhu are produced alongside your route and some distilleries are open to visitors. Continue to Grantown-on-Spey and the Highland resort town of Aviemore before returning to Inverness by train. Begins/ends Inverness.

CYCLE THE KINGDOM OF FIFE 7 Nights/8 Days This part of the east coast of Scotland is often referred to as the Kingdom of Fife. Fife was one of seven Celtic kingdoms and the only one to retain its special title and spirit.The sea was the main route to Fife and the coastal villages had thriving trade with Europe, exporting coal and salt and importing timber and textiles.Visit these scenic harbours with their fishing boats and pleasure craft and enjoy the miles of golden sandy beaches. Royal connections remained when Dunfermline was Scotlands ancient capital and Falkland Palace was the Kings hunting lodge and there is more history in St Andrews with its ruined Bishopss Palace and Cathedral. This tour uses recently created Cycle Routes to explore the lush green landscapes and sparkling sea views from the River Tay in the north to the Forth in the south

HIGHLAND GLENS AND LOWLAND HILLSThis is an exciting journey through some of Scotlands finest scenery with the opportunity to enjoy both the remote glens of Perthshire and the beautiful Trossachs Region often described as “The Highlands in Miniature”. The scenic route winds its way along the shores of beautiful rivers and lochs in the shadow of majestic mountains. You can visit distilleries and castles, sail on Loch Katrine and explore the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. From the sheltered Victorian resort town of Pitlochry the tour travels to Aberfeldy, on to Killin on Loch Tay and from there by cycle track down Glen Ogle to Lochearnhead in the heart of Rob Roy country. Perhaps pause to visit Rob Roy’s grave in the peaceful churchyard at Balquidder and view the Falls of Leny before arriving at the bustling main town of Callander with its wide variety of woollen and craft shops. A sail on the century old steamer SS Sir Walter Scott will allow you to appreciate the splendour of Loch Katrine, visit Inversnaid on the banks of Loch Lomond or cycle to Aberfoyle. At historic Stirling, the last stop on your memorable journey, visit the magnificent Castle perched on a rock high above the town. The choice of short or long daily rides makes this an ideal tour for leisure cyclists, family groups or the more enthusiastic long distance biker.

THE CASTLE TRAIL The riverside town of Perth is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. It is the starting point for a tour, which combines beautiful scenery with history and splendor. Only two miles from Perth is Scone Palace, the home of the Earl and Countess of Mansfield that contains many treasures collected over the last 400 years. Cycle on to the little town of Dunkeld, nestling beneath thickly wooded hills and enjoy the restored 17th Century Square and ancient Cathedral. Blair Castle with its thirty-two rooms of beautiful furniture, fine paintings, china, embroidery and Armor is only six miles from your overnight stop at the Victorian Highland Resort of Pitlochry. Next day the road winds down the valley of the River Ardle to reach the charming small town of Blairgowrie on the River Ericht. Visit the heraldic workshop in the former linen mill at Keithbank. Alternatively take the country route through Glenshee and Glenisla, perhaps visit the birthplace of J M Barrie at Kirriemuir and from there the Castle Trail leads to the famous Glamis Castle, home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne. Next day continue over the Sidlaw Hills to Dundee where you can visit the wooden Frigate Unicorn and Captain Scott’s Polar exploration ship, Discovery. Cross the Tay Bridge to St Andrews, famous as an ancient seat of learning and as the “Home of Golf”. The medieval village of Falkland with its Royal Palace will be your last stop on your way through Fife to journey’s end at Perth. Begins and ends in Perth.

Self Guided Cycle the Kingdom of Fife Day 1. Arrive PERTH: perhaps time to explore the riverside walks and enjoy the colour of “Perth in Bloom”. Evening: collect cycles and equipment, route briefing

Day 2. PERTH – WORMIT/TAYPORT 26/30ml(42/48km) Take the minor roads to Abernethy and climb into Pitmedden Forest to join the Fife Cycleway. On a seat by the River Tay at Newburgh you will find the perfect spot for a picnic lunch. Follow the road by the river to Balmerino Abbey and the overnight stop at Newport-on Tay, the former ferry port for the crossing to Dundee. Balmerino Abbey

Day 3. WORMIT/TAYPORT – ST ANDREWS 22/18ml(35/29km) Perhaps cross to Dundee and visit Captain Scotts polar exploration ship RRS Discovery. Returning to Newport, continue round the coast and spend a little time away from the tarmac on the tracks of Tentsmuir Forest. There is a lovely panoramic view over the Firth of Tay and beyond as you descend into St Andrews. Once the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland, St Andrews is now better know as the “Home of Golf”. Visit the ruined Castle and Cathedral or take a stroll on the wide expanse of the golden West Sands.

Day 4. EXPLORE THE EAST NEUK OF FIFE 24/34ml(/39/55km) Either spend the day exploring in St Andrews or cycle to the charming East ‘Neuk'(Scots word for corner) of Fife. Visit the picturesque fishing villages of Crail, Anstruther and Pittenweem where whitewashed buildings with red pantiled roofs overlook cobbled, winding streets leading to the harbours. Overnight in St Andrews. Kingsbarns Beach

Day 5. ST ANDREWS – ABERDOUR 38ml(61km) Southwards today towards the Firth of Forth. On the road from Ceres, where there is an interesting Folk Museum, there are beautiful views of the valley of the River Eden. Follow the coast to Aberdour which has been a popular holiday resort since Victorian times and is renowned for its Silver Sands. Crail Harbour

Day 6. ABERDOUR – KINROSS 25ml(40km) Leave Aberdour and cycle by the Coastal Path to the magnificent sight of the mighty Forth Bridge. Continue to the historic town of Dunfermline, for 500 years the ancient capital of Scotland and burial place of Scottish kings. Visit Dunfermline Abbey with its ninth century nave and the ruined Royal Palace, birthplace of two kings and seven queens. At Kinross, on an island in Loch Leven stands Loch Leven Castle, famous as the prison of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Day 7. KINROSS – PERTH 30ml(48km) From Kinross follow old railway lines and ancient rights of way to the small village of Strathmiglo. Perhaps divert to visit Falkland Palace and Gardens, set in the heart of a unique medieval village. It was the country residence and hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs and has an exceptionally beautiful Chapel Royal. The tour is complete when you descend from Pitmedden Forest to the River Tay and return to the Fair City of Perth.

Day 8. DEPART PERTH.

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Includes:
SELF-LED TOURS (Scotland Only) INCLUDED:
o 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation, with shower/bath facilities. For the most part we use guest houses, farmhouses or private houses: the emphasis is on a friendly welcome, good quality facilities and a hearty breakfast.
o Tour information including maps and routes
o Full breakfast daily.
o Luggage transportation of 1 bag per person.
o Emergency support
Please note: BIKES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN SELF GUIDED TOURS