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Cairngorm National Park covers  an astounding 6 % of the entirety of Scotland. 

Scotland Experiences

The Mountain Passes

Itinerary

Enjoy the trip with its spectacular scenery, challenging climbs and exciting descents through 5 different mountain ranges ~ this trip is for riders looking for the ultimate road cycling tour in Britain

Pertshire ~ Cairngorms Mountains ~ Isle of Skye
7 Day/ 6 Night Guided Tour
From £1,495 per person sharing

 

The Scottish Highlands and Islands are home to the UK’s most magnificent mountain scenery. Here you will find some spectacular mountain roads, winding through one of the last wilderness regions of Europe. From the Cairngorms National Park in the East to the spectacular coastal mountain ranges of the West, you can expect not only superb scenery but rich Scottish history and culture along the way including Royal Deeside and the iconic Island of Skye. At the end of each day’s riding recuperate in some great Highland accommodation with excellent local food, craft ales and a dram of one the region’s world-famous malt whiskies.

Day 1 – Riding in Perthshire

Meet your guide in Pitlcohry before transferring the short distance to Aberfeldy. After lunch on the banks of the River Tay, we prepare your bikes for your journey through the Ben Lawers mountain range and national nature reserve. Following a climb with stunning scenery, descend into Glen Lyon, Scotland’s longest glen. Take a break at an excellent cafe before returning to your accommodation. (L) Distance 46m/74km.

Day 2 – Perthshire to Royal Deeside

This morning leave Perthshire and head for Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park. Your first stop today is at Scotland’s smallest distillery, Edradour Distillery. Reward yourself with a tour of the distillery and a whisky tasting before continuing on your journey. For lunchstop at a country pub in the picturesque village of Kirkmichael. Fully fueled up for the challenge.  climb 10km over Glenshee to the ski station. After a rest here for refreshments cruise downhill to the foot of the highest mountain range in the UK and the royal village of Braemar.(B) Distance 50m/80km

Day 3 – The Cairngorm Mountains

Explore the Cairngorm Mountain range following 18th century military roads passing Balmoral Castle and several others. Climb up the lecht pass to the highest village in the Highlands, Tomintoul. Take another climb after lunch then follow the River Spey before facing a  3km of ascent to the rewarding Cairngorm Mountain Summit finish. (B,L) Distance 64m/102km

Day 4 – From the East to the West Highlands

Today will be your easy day, in the morning take time to explore Aviemore before a transfer about 90 mintues east. Once you begin riding you will travel through 35 miles of stunning Highland scenery before arriving at your home for the next two nights near the quaint village of Lochcarron. (B) Distance 34m/56km 35m/56km

Day 5 – Kintail & The Isle of Skye

This morning make your way over to the iconic Eilean Donan castle. From here ride around the loch before climbing the hairpins of Mam Ratagan pass. Soak up the dramatic views at the top before descending into the village of Glenelg. After lunch board the ferry to Skye and climb the wonderful Udal pass. From here go downhill towards the north coast and across the famous bridge to the mainland continuing to the colourful village of Plockton. After enjoying some refreshments, ride back to your hotel near Lochcarron. (B,L) Distance 66m/105km.

Day 6 – Applecross & The Bealach na Ba

This morning will be more challenging but the breathtaking scenery across the rugged islands of Skye, Rum and Rassay will more than reward the effort. Starting by the sea from Loch Kishorn climb the highest and hardest mountain road climb in the UK, Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle). A superb 10km descent brings you to Applecross Inn, which was recently voted the best seafood pub in Britain. After lunch follow the winding coastal road before turning back inland to finish the day in the village of Torridon. (B) Distance 51m/82km

Day 7 – Torridon to Inverness

For your final day we will start off with some easy rolling through the majestic Glen Torridon and the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. After a tea break in the glen face your final climb above the shores of Loch Maree. At the top  take in one of the best views of the trip before your descent to your lunchtime stop at a former hunting lodge. After lunch we will jump in the van and make the short journey back to Inverness. (B, L) Distance: 20m/33km, 343m ascent. 

What’s Included?

Included in this trip are;

  • 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/Admission fees as stated in itinerary
  • Ride snacks, home-baking and drinks

What’s not included?

Bike hire 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. We are confident in saying that our hire bike fleet is the best in Scotland with a range of models and sizes to suit each rider. The bikes we use are brand new each season and maintained to the highest standards. You can choose between:

  • Road Bike: £160 per hire –  Lapierre Audacio 400 (Mens), Lapierre Audacio 200 (Ladies)
  • Hybrid: Lapierre Shaper 200: £160 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.

Dates and Pricing

Dates
Our 2017 dates are:

19th – 25th August 2017

Pricing
The cost of this trip is £1,495 per person sharing. Please be aware that bike hire is nor included in this price. See above under ‘What is not included’ for more details.

For more information, please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com.

 

Helpful Notes

Getting there and away

You will be met by your guide at 11:00 on Day 1 of the trip at Pitlochry train station. We will finish in Inverness train station around16:00 on Day 7 . Full details on how to get to Pitlochry and from Inverness, please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com.

Difficulty Level

This tour has been designed for committed cyclists who love cycling and spend many weekends each year riding their bike. You will enjoy the challenge of longer days and grin at the prospect of testing climbs and fast descents. It may involve several challenging days in a row with a significant amount of climbing, sometimes exposed to the elements. Distances typically range for 40-70 miles each day through hilly and often mountainous terrain. This trip also includes some of the most testing climbs in the UK. If you are hoping to take a more relaxed tour, please take a look at our other itineraries, or contact us for more information!