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Scotland Experiences

Scotland Grand Tour

Itinerary

 

Our quintessential bike tour of Scotland takes you from Inverness to Edinburgh, pedalling over 230 miles, you will experience  on quiet and spectacularly scenic roads you will experience an incredible range of trip highlights.

Discover Scotland by bike on our Grand Tour!  From visiting the 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.

Inverness~ Cairngorms~St Andrews~ Edinburgh
7 Days/ 6 Nights Guided Tour
from £1,695 per person sharing.

The Grand Tour of Scotland is designed to be a classic road cycling tour connecting the Highland capital of Inverness to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Riding some 230 miles (370km) on quiet and spectacularly scenic roads you will experience an incredible range of trip highlights.

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.

Day 1 – Inverness to Grantown-on-Spey

Meet in Inverness in the morning, where your guide will give you a trip briefing and bike fitting before the group sets off. Leaving behind the Highland capital of Inverness, will head towards the historic battlefield of Culloden. Here you will enjoy lunch with the option of a guided tour of the battlefield. Moving on, journey east on flat road through the Whisky Country of Speyside to your first hotel at Grantown-on-Spey. (L,D) Distance 37m/59km

Day 2The Cairngorms National Park

Today you ride from west to east across the UK’s largest and most spectacular National Park, which has been 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. From here continue on to the lovely village of Ballater – your  home for two nights. (B,L) Distance 39m/63km

Day 3 – Riding on Royal Deeside

An easy day today with a short ride on Royal Deeside –  one of the most beautiful corners of Scotland. Riding along the River Dee and through the hills you will come to Balmoral Castle and Lochnagar Distillery. You can visit the castle if the Queen is not in and follow with a whisky tasting before a relaxed ride back to Ballater. (B,L) Distance 20m/32km

Day 4 – Royal Deeside to Angus

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. Here you will get our first glimpse of the North Sea and Scotland’s East Coast. From here you have a superb 10 miles of downhill riding all the way to Edzell our home for the night. (B,L) Distance 40m/64km

Day 5 – 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. Continue on your journey crossing the low-lying Sidlaw Hills before reaching your waterfront accommodation in the City of Dundee. (B,L) Distance 40m/64km

Day 6 – St Andrews & The East Neuk of Fife

Today make an early start from Dundee, crossing the Tay Estuary and reach St Andrews with plenty of time to explore this ancient town. Follow this with a coastal ride along the east corner of Fife enjoying the added bonus of this being one of the sunniest parts of Scotland. Finish the day in Elie, with a pint by the harbour, before taking a short transfer to Aberdour for the night (B, L) Distance 35m/56km

Day 7 – Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh

The final day of your Grand Tour takes you across the spectacular Firth of Forth. Round Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and climb the road up to the city’s iconic Castle. After taking in the outstanding views across the city, 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 and drinks. (B,L) Distance 25m/40km

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 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 istarts at £1,695 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.

2018 Dates: 

  • 5th May – 11th May – FULL
  • 2nd June – 8th June – 1 place remaining
  • 7th July – 13th July – TRIP FULL
  • 8th Sept – 14th Sept – TRIP FULL

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.

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.