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Cairngorms National Park has been named by National Geographic as one of the ’50 Must Visit Places on Earth

Scotland Experiences

Grand Tour of Scotland

Itinerary

Tour Highlights

Pedal trough the spectacular Cairngorms National Park
An immersion into the best of Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage
Experience Scotlands hidden corners through the eyes of a local guide
Visit the historic University town of St. Andrews
Spend time at Glamis Castle, described at ‘the most beautiful castle in Scotland

Inverness ~ Cairngorms National Park ~ Dundee ~ St. Andrews ~ Edinburgh

Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Price: from £1,765 per person sharing

 

Grand Tour of Scotland Bike Tour

INTRODUCTION

Our Grand Tour of Scotland is the perfect way to explore Scotland by bike! A quintessential biking adventure that takes you 230 miles from Inverness to Edinburgh. Pedal on quiet and spectacularly scenic roads as you experienc

Highlights include Royal Lochnagar Distillery to a guided tour of what’s know as ‘the most beautiful castle in Scotland’ this trip will leave you wanting for nothing.

From lunch at the historic battlefield of Culloden to a guided tour of what’s know as ‘the most beautiful castle in Scotland’ this trip will leave you wanting for nothing. Leave the car and tour bus behind, safe in the knowledge that your guides and vehicle support will take care of you. With great accommodation and food completing the itinerary, take part in a classic Scottish adventure.

Grand Tour of Scotland Bike Tour

 

Day 1: Inverness to Grantown-on-Spey

For the start of your Grand Tour of Scotland, we meet in Inverness in the heart of the Scottish highlands. A quick transfer will take you to  the historic battlefield of Culloden where your guide who will give you a trip briefing and bike fitting before a guided tour of the battlefieds and lunch. Then we journey east on a flat road through the Whisky Country of Speyside. In addition, we take an ancient military road, dating from the 1700’s, to our first overnight stop at Grantown on Spey to your first hotel at Grantown-on-Spey. (L, D) Distance 37m/59km

 

Grand Tour of Scotland Bike Tour

 

Day 2: The Cairngorms National Park

Today you ride from west to east across the UK’s largest and most spectacular National Park named by National Geographic as one of the ’50 Must Visit Places on Earth’. Reach your first stop at Tomintoul – the Highland’s highest village and home to one of Scotland’s best whisky shops. After lunch make for the stiff climb over Lecht pass with the summit providing rewarding views over Royal Deeside. Then we continue on to the lovely village of Ballater – your  home for two nights. (B, L, D) Distance 39m/63km

 

Grand Tour of Scotland Bike Tour

Day 3: Royal Deeside to Edzell

Today you will continue east along the River Dee through the picturesque Forest of Birse. An early lunch sets you up for the climb over Cairn O’Mount with its stone cairn said to be more than 4000 years old. Panoramic views of the North Sea and Scotland’s East Coast. Moreover, you have a superb 10 miles of downhill riding all the way to Edzell our home for the night. (B, L, D) Distance 39m/63km

Day 4: Glamis Castle & Dundee, the City of Discovery

Leaving the Cairngorm Mountains behind, head south through Kirriemuir onto Glamis Castle. We stop here for lunch and take a guided tour of what is said to be Scotland’s ‘most beautiful castle’. Following on, we continue on our journey crossing the low-lying Sidlaw Hills before reaching your waterfront accommodation in the City of Dundee. (B, L, D) Distance 42m/68km

 

Day 5: St Andrews & The East Neuk of Fife

Today on your Grand Tour of Scotland, we make an early start from Dundee. Here we visit the art and design V&A Museum. After this we cross the Tay Estuary and reach the historical town of St Andrews with plenty of time to explore. Leaving St Andrews behind, we have a short climb, with rewarding views, before descending to the coast passing through the small coastal fishing village of Crail and onto our overnight stop in Anstruther. Tonight we will enjoy an evening meal at an 18th century Tavern. (B, L, D) Distance 37m/56km

Day 6: Anstruther to Aberdour

Leaving the coast behind we begin our final full day of riding on some quieter roads towards the village of Ceres, home of the Fife Folk Museum. From here we pick up part of the National Cycle Network route passing through a number of villages and the historic Falkland Palace. Today’s lunch stop is at one of our favourite eco-cafes “The Pillars of Hercules”.  Also this afternoon we climb through the Lomond Hills Regional Park and continue ourjourney through the Fife area and to our final accommodation in Aberdour. We can enjoy our final evening together with dinner at the inn. (B, L, D) Distance 50m/80km

 

 

Day 7:  Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh

The final day of your Grand Tour of Scotland takes you across the spectacular Firth of Forth. We visit Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and climb the road up to the city’s iconic Castle. Equally important, after taking in the outstanding views across the city, we freewheel down the full length of the famous and historic Royal Mile to the royal Palace of Holyrood. The trip ends with a celebration lunch before we bid you farewll. (B,L) Distance 25m/40km

Contact us at tours@cyclewest for more details or to book this trip.

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What’s Included?

The cost of this tour includes:

  • 7 days professional guiding with lead guide plus assistant guide/support driver
  • 6 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels/ inns/guest houses on a B&B basis
  • Meals stated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Vehicle transport throughout including ride support and luggage transfers
  • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary
  • Ride snacks, home baking and drinks

What’s not included?

Bike Hire:

  • Road Bikes: £175.00 per hire – Trek Checkpoint ALR5
  • Hybrid: Trek fx Sport 4: £175.00  per hire
  • e-Bike: Trek Verve + :  £300.00
  • Bike rental includes bike computer, compact handlebar bag plus a saddle bag with spare tube and tools, helmets and water bottles are included. Helmets and water bottles are included.

Bike hire is not included in the cost of this tour. 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 from 3 different types of bike, each of which is available for anyone of our road cycling holidays and come in a full range of sizes to fit every rider.

Single Supplement

There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. A single room supplement of £350 is charged if a single room is available

Dates and Pricing

Pricing:

From £1,765 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.

Remaining 2021 Dates:
18th Sept – 24th Sept – Trip Full

2022 Dates:
14th May – 20th May – 6 places remaining
11th June – 17th June – 6 places remaining
9th July – 15th July – Trip full
27th August – 7th Sept – 8 places remaining

THIS TRIP CAN ALSO BE BOOKED AS  A PRIVATE TOUR – please contact us to enquire at: tours@cyclewest.com

Helpful Notes

Difficulty Level

This tour has been designed  for people who regularly enjoy cycling and may have joined a multi-day cycle tour holidays before. You can expect rolling and sometimes hilly terrain, but harder days in the saddle are usually followed by easier ones both in terms of distance and the amount of climbing. On most days there will be lots opportunity for exploring the surrounding area and enjoying relaxed lunches. Distances typically range from 30-50 miles each day.
Please feel free to contact us for more information at tours@cyclewest.com.

Getting there and back

You will be met by your guide at 09:00 on Day 1 of the trip at Inverness train station. We will finish in Edinburgh Waverley train station around 15:00 on Day 7. For full details on how to get to Inverness and from Edinburgh, please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com.