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The earliest reported sighting of a monster in the vicinity of Loch Ness appears in 'the Life of St. Columba' by Adoman, an abbott of Iona in the 7th century!

Scotland Experiences

Highland Whisky Tour – New in 2019

An exciting exploration of the Whisky Islands of Scotland

Itinerary

 

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

 

What’s Included?

  • 6 nights accommodation in a 4 star country house hotel
  • Breakfast and lunch each day plus dinner on the first and last evening (meals per itinerary denoted B,L,D)
  • 7 days professional guiding with a qualified and experienced guide and support driver
  • Entrance to historic sites and attractions as listed in the itinerary
  • All transport throughout the tour beginning and ending in Inverness

What’s not included?

Bike rental is not included in the cost of this trip. Most of our clients choose to hire bikes but you are more than welcome to bring your own. The bikes we use are brand new each season and maintained to the highest standards. You can choose between:

  • Hybrid: Merida Shaper 400: £170 per hire
  • Road Bikes: Merida Ride 400: £175 per hire

Each bike comes equipped with a bike computer, compact handlebar bag (with map case) to carry your daily essentials e.g. camera, snacks, waterproof and a saddle bag with spare tube, tyre levers and pump. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.

Dates and Pricing

Pricing:

The price for this tour starts at £1,895 per person sharing, based on a group of up to 8. Please be aware that bike rental is not included in this price. Single Supplement for this trip is £245, per single occupancy.

2019 Dates: 

  • 18th May – 24th May – 8 places remaining
  • 27th June – 2nd Aug – TRIP FULL

Helpful Notes

You will be greeted by your tour guide at 11.00 am at Aviemore Railway Station on Day 1 of your trip. On the last day you will be dropped off at the Inverness Railway station at 4pm.