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New Highland Whisky Tour for 2019

Highland Whisky Tour – New in 2019

Itinerary

 

Our Highland Whisky tour offers a wonderful mix of castles and casks, this journey offers a cultural experience in the Highland Whiskey Country of Scotland. It offers a relaxing bike ride on quiet roads, giving you the opportunity to explore at your leisure. 7 days, 6 nights Guided Tour, £1895.00 per person sharing.

Trip highlights include the home of Glenlivet Whisky,  Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle and Loch Ness. Contact us for more details at tours@cyclewest.com – places limited.

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Highland Whisky Tour – New in 2019

 

A wonderful mix of castles and casks, this journey offers a cultural experience in the Highlands of Scotland. It offers a relaxing bike ride on quiet roads, giving you the opportunity to explore at your leisure.

Trip highlights include the home of Glenlivet Whisky,  Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle and Loch Ness.

Day 1: Arrival and Glenlivet Loop Ride

Today we meet and greet in Inverness and transfer to your tour start point in Tomintoul.  Lunch and bike fit out before a looped bike ride to Glenlivet, home to the oldest legal distillery in the parish of Glenlivet. It is here you find the production place of the Scottish whisky of the same name. We then transfer to Grantown-on-Spey, a traditional highland town located on the northern edge of the Cairngorms National Park.

Surrounded by ancient woodlands, the town’s Square and High Street are lined with unique shops selling everything from children’s clothes to whisky, fishing line to pottery. All of which offers a unique opportunity to experience a traditional Highland town dating from 1760’s.

This will be your home for the next 6 nights.  Welcome evening dinner. (L, D)

Distance: 36km / 21 miles.

Day 2 : Whiskey Casks and Walkers Shortbread

A whisky themed day today, we take a beautiful morning cycle alongside the River Spey. Soon we cross a Victorian footbridge into the village of Aberlour. This is home to the famous Walkers shortbread. Our lunch stop  is a whisky themed bar in the village, followed by a visit to a local distillery in the area. We return to Grantown-on-Spey for another evening in the town. (B, L)

Distance: 37km / 23 miles

Day 3: Bridges and Beaches

This morning we take a short transfer to Dulnain Bridge followd by a picturesque bike ride to Dulnain through the historical town of Forres. Arriving at the coastal community of Findhorn, we lunch and enjoy a tour of the community. Plenty of time this afternoon to take a walk on a stunning sandy beach. Then, we travel back to Grantown-on-Spey for a delicious dinner and a chance to relax in the evening. (B, L, D)

Ride: 57km / 35 miles, 321m elevation gain, 4 hours riding.

Day 4 – Forests and Farmlands

Today, we pedal across the vast Dava Moor to reach the historic Dulsie Bridge. From here, we ride through forests and farmland to reach the famous battlefield at Culloden.  After lunch, enjoy a privately guided tour of the battlefield. We journey back for Grantown-on-Spey to relax and discuss the days events over some fine cuisine. (B, L)

Distance: 50km / 31 miles

Day 5: Highland Villages and Folk Museum

Riding from the door of the hotel in Grantown, we follow the beautiful and quiet roads along the east bank of the River Spey. You’ll pass through the stunning villages of Nethy Bridge, Coylumbridge, Kincraig and Feshiebridge before we cross over the River Spey to reach the town of Kingussie. A couple more miles and we reach Newtonmore, where we finish the ride at the Highland Folk Museum. After lunch at the museum Cafe, enjoy some free time to explore this fascinating outdoor museum. Afterwards, short transfer back to Grantown-on Spey. (B, L)

Distance: 55km / 34 miles

Day 6: Loch Ness Bike and Cruise

Today, our route takes us to Carrbridge followed by a gradual climb to Slochd Summit, a mountain pass, and onward to the nearby village of Tomatin. Enjoy a well earned descent to reach the banks of Loch Ness.  Here we stop to savour a lovely wilderness picnic.  At the loch’s edge, we’ll enjoy a pint in the Dores Inn, followed by an hour long leisurely cruise on the Loch.  Afterwards, we travel a short distance back to Grantown-on-Spey for a final celebratory dinner. (B, L, D)

Distance: 67km / 21 miles

Day 7: Historic Highland Cawdor Castle

Today we pedal close Lochindorb Castle, located on an island just off the bleak Dava Moor, in the southeastern part of the highlands. The best time to visit is the area is when the heather is in bloom and the moor is a carpet of purple. Following a rolling route, we pedal across farmland to the iconic Cawdor Castle. The Castle dates from the 14th century and has an extensive history extending to Macbeth. Here, we enjoy lunch and explore this extraordinary castle and grounds.
Sadly, this evening, we bid you farewell in  Inverness. (L)

Distance: 49km / 30 miles

 

Bike the Cotswolds and More

BIKE THE COTSWOLDS AND MORE….
Cotswolds ~ Windsor ~ Oxford ~ Stratford

6 day / 5 night Self Guided Bike Tour

Cotswold-Cottage

INTRODUCTION

Our new Bike The Cotswolds and More Bike tour takes you through the beautiful English countryside and explores a host of iconic places.

From London to Windsor, Oxford, Churchill’s Blenheim Palace, Shakespeare’s Stratford and the Cotswolds. See the REAL England in all its glory.

DETAILED ITINERARY:  6 Day /5 Night Journey

Day 1: Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet in Oxford, which is about 1 hour outside of London (trains go directly from London Paddington to Oxford Station). We will fit you with your bikes, give you maps, GPS and written instructions and give you a safety briefing.

Ride out of Oxford and stop for lunch in Woodstock, home of Winston Churchill and then head into the Cotswolds. The day ends at the beautiful market town of Moreton in Marsh.

Daily Mileage: 33 miles (shorter options available)

Day 2: Stratford-Upon-Avon

With beautiful ride through the North Cotswolds, through Chipping Campden, and the amazing American inspired Hidcote Gardens you will arrive in Stratford-Upon-Avon in the early afternoon.

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In Stratford, you’ll get a chance to learn about the life of the great playwright William Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon stands where a Roman road forded the River Avon (Upper Avon), and a 19th-century bridge still spans the river alongside a 15th-century arched stone bridge. Shakespeare was born in 1564 in a half-timbered house on Henley Street. He attended the local grammar school adjoining the medieval Chapel of the Guild of the Holy Cross. In 1597 Shakespeare returned from London to the house known as New Place, where he died in 1616. His grave is in the parish church of Holy Trinity. Daily Mileage: 20-40 miles

Day 3: Bike the Cotswolds

A day dedicated to the Cotswolds, a renowned rural area of south central England covering parts of 6 counties, notably Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. It’s rolling hills and grassland harbour thatched medieval villages, churches and stately homes built of distinctive local yellow limestone. The 102-mile Cotswold Way walking trail follows the Cotswold Edge escarpment from Bath in the south to Chipping Campden in the north.

Chipping Camden Sheep

You bike to the stunning Broadway Tower at the northernmost extreme of the Cotswolds, see the stunning lavender fields at Snowshill and after lunch visit the Slaughters, the Swells and some of the best known and iconic treats the Cotswolds has to offer. Overnight in Moreton in Marsh where you have the opportunity for a half day out the saddle to explore the village. Daily Mileage: 20-30 miles

Day 4: Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, the World heritage site, is arguably England’s greatest Palace. The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim has an illustrious history, stunning architecture and beautiful gardens, landscaped by Capability Brown. Your route travels through the stunning Cotswolds right into the Palace and its magnificent grounds.

Routes from 20 miles through to over 40 miles as desired. Overnight is at the stunning Lamb in Burford. Daily Mileage: 20-45 miles

Day 5: The Cotswolds and into Oxford

Through the flatter part of the Cotswolds, and via Bampton, where all the outdoor shots from the well known TV programme, Downton Abbey are shot. You will arrive in Oxford for a full tour of the most famous University City in the World, including Harry Potter and Inspector Morse locations, the magnificent Christchurch College and great atmosphere and pubs! Return to the Lamb in Burford in the evening. Daily Mileage: various routes up to 30 miles

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Day 6 – The Cotswolds

Today you bike out of the Cotswolds towards White Horse Hill, the Neolithic Ridgeway and the Longbarrow at Wayland Smith. This is a great opportunity to see the Uffington White Horse, the oldest of the English

hill figures. It’s a 3,000-year-old pictogram the size of a football field and visible from 20 miles away.

Encompassing Neolithic history, this is a bike ride that will leave the 21st century behind for a few hours as you uncover the fascinating history of this ancient landscape.

Your tour will end after the trip to White Horse Hill. We will help guests with all ongoing travel arrangements, back into London or to other locations. Daily Mileage: Various routes up to 28 miles 

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Accommodation

Guests stay in the best 4* hotels in the Cotswolds region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and wonderful food – just see Trip Advisor for The Manor House Hotel.

Further options are available for those who want to stay in a country cottage location or in a selection of hand-picked bed and breakfasts or pubs.

Support and Equipment

Our self-guided tours are designed to be as flexible as possible, with daily options on the length of ride you would like.

The roads are generally very quiet and our drivers really respectful.

All guests will be given a full safety briefing, GPS / Garmin, written instructions and a detailed map and guests choose which method of route planning they require. Panniers are also available.

Should there be a major equipment issue we are on hand (normally within the hour) to get you back on the road as soon as possible.

With a fleet of bikes from Giant and flat bar, drop bar, road, hybrid and e-bike options all bike types are catered for. Helmets as standard, just bring your shoes and pedals if you have them and away you go.

All luggage is transferred between hotels.

CONTACT US TO BOOK:  tours@cyclewest.com or tel + 353 91 877323 for more information.

West Coast Adventure Guided Bike Tour – New Dates 2018

 Cliffs of Moher

Due to popular demand in 2018, we have added new tour dates for our 2018 West Coast Adventure Guided Bike Tour. Shortlisted in 2015/16 as one of Ireland’s Best Adventure Experiences.

6 days /5 nights Guided Tour, from Euro 1295.00 per person sharing

Immerse yourself in Ireland’s rich and dynamic culture and fantastic landscape.

This extraordinary Irish biking adventure has been designed with escape, exploration and an overall terrific experience in mind!  We offer you the opportunity to explore and contemplate life to its fullest, away from all the hustle of everyday life.

Our West Coast Adventure offers you a biking trip through the spectacular vistas of Galway Bay, the historical Burren, the Aran Islands and scenic Connemara. Immerse in the history, the culture and the pure magic of the West of Ireland.

Introduction

In the Burren, you will enjoy the stone forts, monuments, alpine and arctic flowers and plants that grow side by side, the seeds having been deposited by glacier millions of years ago. This is the mystical land of disappearing rivers and lakes, closed valleys, caves and limestone pavements. You may even find a real fairy fort!

Burren View

The Aran Islands, three timeless islands in an endless sea showcase weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people.

Crossing by ferry from the Aran Islands, you will know immediately that you have arrived in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape!

Donegal Sheep in Landscape

For this rewarding bike trip, we have chosen a wonderful variety of quality, select accommodations that offer a blend of luxury, location and personal hospitality.  You will enjoy the delights of stunning settings and vibrant culture.
Come and join us on this terrific West Coast adventure and let your imagination do the rest:

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