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Coast to Coast Scotland Bike Tour

Trip Highlights

  • A stunning Coast to Coast Scotland bike tour from Aberdeen to Applecross
  • Quiet roads, testing climbs and superb descents in stunning landscapes.
  • Scenic Cairngorms National Park.
  • Boat tour on the Iconic Loch Ness.
  • Amazing mountains of Torridon.
  • Fully supported

Aberdeen ~ Cairngorms National Park ~ Lough Ness ~ Applecross ~ Inverness

Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Price: from £1,895 per person sharing

Coast to Coast Scotland Bike Tour

ITINERARY

This stunning Coast to Coast Scotland bike tour is not for the faint-hearted. It is a biking adventure that will take you on a coast to coast journey, from Aberdeen to Applecross and Inverness.

A combination of challenging climbs, magnificent descents offering stunning scenery each day. Combine this with along with a variety of quintessential cultural experiences, ranging from castles and distilleries to a fantastic boat trip trip along Loch Ness, this is sure to be holiday to remember.

Day 1: Aberdeen to Ballater

Early morning meet and greet at Aberdeen Train Station this morning. We begin our journey across Scotland.  A transfer takes us to our start point, on the shores of the North Sea. We begin with a  group welcome, bike fit out and a briefing from your guide. This is followed by a bike ride along the quiet South Deeside roads, arriving at the scenic village of Banchory in time for a riverside lunch.  The riverside bike ride continues,  along the River Dee, leading us to the village of Ballater. A wlecome dinner awaits. (L, D)

Distance: 64km / 40 miles, Ascent: 670m / 2,189ft

Coast to Coast Scotland Bike Tour

Day 2: Biking in Cairngorms National Park

This morning, there are a few hills, including some challenging climbs rewarded with superb descents. Climbing over the Lecht pass you take a break Tomintoul village, the highest village in the Highlands. It’s also home to one of Scotland’s best whisky shops which is well worth a visit. This is followed with an easy end of day ride to the village of Grantown on Spey and your overnight stay. (B, L, D)

Distance: 93km/ 58 miles Ascent: 1342m/ 4,405ft

Day 3: Grantown-on-Spey to Fort Augustus

Today starts easily with a pleasant ride through the villages of Dulnain Bridge and Carrbridge.  Following a fantastic country road, we climb over the challenging Garbole where the views of the Highlands open up. A quick descent to the village of Farr, followed by quiet backroads alongside the iconic shores of Loch Ness. We love our 5 mile descent to end the day, dropping us down to the shores of Loch Ness. From here, we transfer to our accommodation in the village of Drumnadrochit.  A well earned dinner awaits. (B, L, D)

Distance: 88km/ 55 miles Ascent: 1009m/ 3,312 ft

Day 4:  Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

This morning is a restful start. Mid-morning, we board a zodiac for a high speed trip on Loch Ness, passing historical Urquhart Castle, nestled on the shores of the loch. This is followed with a bike ride  along a lovely road alongside the River Glass.  We wind our way through the countryside to our accommodation secluded in the hills above Contin. (B, L, D)

Distance: 65km/ 41 miles Ascent: 594m/ 1,950 ft

Coast to Coast Scotland Bike Tour

Day 5: Into West Highlands

This morning we climb away from the shores of Loch a’Chroisg, rewarded with one of the finest views right down the length of the spectacular Loch Maree. This descent is an absolute blast on a perfect road surface arriving at Kinlochewe. Late afternoon we ride  through the dramatic Glen Torridon. Here, the scenery offeres us the majestic mountains of Liathach and Beinn Eighe. We gently climb across the watershed, we get our first glimpse of the west coast. We end the day in the village of Shieldaig, your overnight stay. (B, L, D)

Distance: 69km/ 43 miles Ascent: 596m/ 1,958 ft

Day 6: The Applecross Peninsula

This mornings ride is a coastal one from Torridon to Shieldaig. We continue south through the hills on a winding single track road reaching the start of our final, challenging climb: The Bealach na Ba. Alpine in nature, this route crosses the rugged peak of Beinn Bhàn. Starting from sea level and rising through a series of ramps, hairpins and switchbacks to the summit at 626m (2,054ft) over a 6 mile climb. From the summit the views are panoramic, stretching accross the sea downhill all the way to the coast and journey’s end. Your Coast to Coast journey ends with a celebratory lunch at the legendary Applecross Inn. With views over the sea to the Isle of Skye, it’s the perfect end to an amazing trip.  (B, L, D)

Distance: 40km/ 25 miles Ascent: 973m/ 3,193 ft

Coast to Coast Scotland Bike Tour

Day 7: Farewell

Sadly today we bid you farewll. This morning we will have a leisurely breakfast before transferring to Inverness. The journey takes us around 1.5 hours, arriving into the city around 12 noon. You continue with your onward journey from here. (B)

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Outer Hebrides Road Cycling Tour

Trip Highlights

• An unforgettable bike tour and island safari of Scotland’s favourite islands.  Explore nine beautiful Hebridean islands, cycling through some of the most natural and unspoiled landscapes in Europe
• En route, enjoy the regales of local Gaelic culture and history of the Outer Hebrides
from your guide and visits to local sites
• Opportunities to see white tailed eagle, otter, and dolphins in this wildlife rich region
• This trip includes visits to impressive ancient sites such as the Callinish Standing Stones and the newly renovated Lews Castle.

Outer Hebrides Isles of Barra ~ Uist ~ Harris ~ and Lewis

Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Price: from £1,945 per person sharing

INTRODUCTION

This extraordinary journey will take you through nine amazing islands, covering a distance of 173 miles/280 kms along the entire Hebridean archipelago. Every day’s biking combines the stunning white sandy beaches, rocky mountains and wild glens with the rich cultural and natural history of the Hebrides. It will be a journey to remember.

From vast coastal fields of wild flowers to the mysterious standing stones of Callanish, we are sure you will be captivated by these special islands. Here, where Gaelic is still spoken, you will find a rich culture and history.

With warm hospitality, great accommodation and food completing the picture, join us for a memorable trip through the Hebrides!

Day 1: Inverness to South Uist

We meet in Inverness in the morning and drive west through the highlands. Crossing by ferry to the Isle of Skye, where your adventure begins.  Lots of opportunity to watch out for whales and other marine wildlife on the crossing, before we alight at the wonderful Outer Hebrides at Lochmaddy. Onward to the islands of North and South Uist. Welcome dinner and a cosy overnight stay (D).

Day 2 – Barra And Eriskay

This morning we ride to the Isle of Eriska, steeped in stories of local lore. It is here that Bonnie Prince Charlie and ‘the Seven Men of Moidart’ landed in 1745 to begin the Jacobite Rising. Onward by ferry to Barra where we take a loop bike ride of the island, taking in Kisimul Castle ~ the Castle in the Sea ~ at Castlebay. Further along the West Coast of Barra, we capture the beautiful views of the Atlantic. Later this afternoon we return by ferry to the Isle of Eriskay and South Uist, your home again for the night. (B,L,D) Distance 37 m / 59 km

Day 3 – South Uist, Benbecula & North Uist

This morning we follow the wild machair covered west coast, taking in all the sights and sounds as you weave past the wild flowers and white sandy beaches. The Machair is a wild, fertile habitat supporting an abundance of wildflowers in Spring and Summer. Here, you will also find sand dunes and fresh water lochans where an extensive array of wild birds thrive. Ease your way north along flat terrain and across the tiny island of Benbecula onto North Uist and Benerary. A short ferry crossing takes us to the Isle of Harris and a transfer to your harbourside hotel.

(B,L,) Distance 47 m / 75 km 

Day 4 – The Golden Road and Luskenture

Today offers one of the best days biking on the Hebrides. We follow the “Golden Road” on winding roads to the east of Harris, known local as the Bays. The route offers amazing scenery and views across the Isle of Skye. Arriving into Rodel, we stop to visit the 15th century St. Clements church before lunch at Leverburgh. After lunch we follow the beautiful coastline to the beaches of Luskentyre and take a short beach walk. Optional transfer or follow the beach route to a final descent back to Tarbert, the islands ‘capital’ and your lovely hotel right by the harbour. (B,L) Distance 36 m / 59 km

Day 5 – Harris to The Isle of Lewis

After breakfast we visit the famous Harris Tweed weavers to see the worlds most famous weavers at work. Today will be your most challenging day as we climb through the hills but the striking scenery is a reward worth earning. As you traverse beneath the striking mountain of An Clisham – the highest pint of the Outer Hebrides. you should keep an eye out for golden Eagles.

 

Crossing the spectacular fjord of Loch Seaforth, we continue on to the Isle of Lewis, the largest island of the Western Isles or Outer Hebrides archipelago. Turning west we bike towards the historical Callanish standing stones. These mysterious stones are over 5000 years old. The ancient site provides a fitting end to a memorable day of riding. For the next two nights your home will be a friendly 4 star Guest House located nearby. (B, L) Distance 39 m / 64 kms

Day 6 – Callanish to the Butt of Lewis

Your final day of cycling follows the west coast of Lewis and is full of historical and cultural interest. Heading north,  we pass the ancient Dun Carloway Broch and then the Blackhouse Village at Gearrannan which offers an insight into what island living was like not so many years ago.

Discover the Whalebone Arch, recovered from a huge whale washed up on a beach nearby. Perched on the Atlantic at the very edge of Europe, the Butt of Lewis is a spectacular place to end our journey through the Outer Hebrides. This brings you to the end of an unforgettable bike tour and island safari of Scotland’s favourite islands. We return to Callanish for your final overnight stay and a celebratory dinner. (B, L,D) Distance 34 m / 56 km.

Day 7 – Callanish to Inverness

After a relaxed breakfast, you have time to take a final bike ride to the village of Stornoway. Alternatively, we can ride in the van to explore Lews Castle, recently renovated, with restaurants and museum. Lots to see and do here, including the excellent Gaelic cultural arts venue and nice cafes  where you can have lunch. Early afternoon we board the ferry for a scenic journey to Ullapool on the mainland. From Ullapool it is approximately 1.5 hour’s drive to Inverness, where we will arrive close to 6.30 pm. (B)

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West Coast Whisky Trail

Trip Highlights

  • Cycling the best of Scottish Islands: the Isle of Arran, Islay island and the whisky island of Jura,
  • Enjoy world class whisky
  • Explore the Mull of Kinture
  • Visit the third largest whirlpool in the world
  • An unforgettable cycling holiday.

 Arran ~ Islay ~ Jura

7 days/ 6 nights Classic Guided Bike Tour
From £2,095 per person sharing

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Our West Coast Whisky Trail bike tour takes you through three of Scotland’s most beautiful islands: the isles of Arran, Islay and Jura. Enjoy a tutored whisky tasting including samples fresh from the cask. Experience a guided Rib trip to the world famous Corryvreckan Whirlpool. Throughout the week you will enjoy rides on the Isles of Arran, Jura and Islay. Included also is a crossing of the Mull of Kintyre. At the end of the tour you can enjoy time in Glasgow. At the end of each day, relax in hand chosen accommodations with wonderful. Enjoy local food, ales and whiskies, providing an authentic taste of the islands.

Day 1: Scotland in Miniature

Meet and greet in Glasgow for the start of your West Coast Whisky Trail. From which we depart to the west coast. Here we catch the ferry from Ardrossan to the Isle of Arran. Arran is often described as “Scotland in Miniature”. It has the Highland-Lowland dividing line running through the middle of the Island. This divides the wild, unspoiled, mountainous north, dominated by the peak of Goat Fell, and the forest, farmland and resorts of the south.

The crossing through the Firth of Clyde takes 55 minutes. Then we arrive into the main village of Brodick. On arrival we will make the short transfer to our accommodation for the next two nights. Following lunch we will spend some time fine tuning the bikes and ensuring everyone is set up for weeks riding. After a short ride, there will be time to enjoy the leisure facilities at the hotel. These include a swimming pool, sauna and steam room to help relax before a welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Brodick on the Isle of Arran. (L,D)

Our West Coast Whisky Trail

 

Day2: Castles, Crags and Caves

Today’s bike route will take us around the southern half of Arran. The day is jam packed with island scapes and the coastline. In additiona, we will be treated to great views across to Kinytyre and back to the mainland. Commencing in Lamlash we head south through Whiting Bay, and on to the south side of the island. We stop at a local ‘Velo Cafe’ before turning North again. The island is full of points of interest, such as caves, ancient standing stones, castles and crags. Also, you will have stunning coastal vistas to the mainland. There will be time to explore the picturesque villages before arriving back to Brodick and back to Lamlash. This evening we will enjoy a well deserved dinner at the hotel. (B, L)

Daily Distance: 41 miles/65 km

 

Our West Coast Whisky Trail

 

Day 3: Island Hopping

This mornings ride skirts by Goat Fell, the highest peak on Arran standing at 874 metres (2,866 ft) to the village of Lochranza and its ruined castle. We have two short ferry crossings: a short ferry crossing takes us to Kintyre Peninsula. The second ferry from Kennacriag to Islay is a voyage of exploration. It takes 2 hours, whisking us past the Isle of Ghia and through the Sound of Jura, where we can look out for minkie whales, dolphins and basking sharks. On arrival in Port Askaig, we will hop back on the bikes and ride towards our accommodation and base for the next two nights. (B,L)
Daily Distance: 36.2 miles/52 km

West Coast Whicky Trail

Day 4: Wildlife and Whisky

This morning we transfer to the coastal village of Portnahaven,  following the west coast of the island to Port Charlotte. A picturesque ride, with views of Orsay Island. Picnic lunch overlooking the sea. Back on the bikes we start to ride back to our accommodation at Brigend via Loch Gruinart, where we can stop off to visit the small RSPB Center where they relate the importance of Islay to many bird species such as migrating geese, corn rake, lapwing and hen harrier. (B,L)

Daily Distance: 38.8 miles/62 km

 

Our West Coast Whisky Trail

 

Day 5: Island Hopping

Today will be a short day of riding on Islay’s quiet country roads. Setting off from Port Ellen, we reach the Coast once more and turn left, following the road along the Whisky Coast. We pass the island’s 3 famous distilleries of Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. Following on, we reach the Kildalton Cross, a monolithic Celtic Cross. From here, we ride back to Ardbeg fir lunch in the cafe before spending the afternoon enjoying a tutored whisky tasting. Afterward, we transfer back to Brigend. (B, L)

Distance: 45-65km/ 30-40 miles depending on which distilleries you choose to visit

Day 6: Jura and The Corryvreckan Whirlpool

This morning we transfer the short distance to Port Askaig, where we board the passenger ferry. We cross the fast flowing Sound of Islay and reaching the Jura in a little over five minutes. We follow the eastern coastline of the Island watching out for red deer and the many Iron Age Forts, ancient burial grounds and standing stones as we bike along the east coast of the Island towards the main village of Craighouse.

The highlight of the afternoon is when we load up the bikes and take a private boat trip to visit the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, the third largest whirlpool in the world. From here the boat takes us back to the mainland, where there is an option to cycle the last few miles back to our hotel, set in 17 acres of gardens and beach overlooking the coast. Farewell dinner tonight and perhaps a dram to celebrate a fantastic week of Island hopping. (B,L,D)

Daily Distance: 36 miles/57 km

Day 7: Return to Glasgow

Sadly, to day we bid you farewell. After a leisurely breakfast at our hotel there will be time for a short walk around the neighbouring Arduannie Gardens. The gardens are run and maintained by the National Trust for Scotland and benefit form the warming effect of the North Atlantic drift. Due to the proximity to the sea, this allows the cultivation of many rare and tender plants from around the world. Our journey back to Glasgow will take us around 2 hours 45 minutes, passing through Inverary and Loch Fyne, where we can stop at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and Deli for a bite to eat before returning to Glasgow. (B)

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Grand Tour of Scotland

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 £1,895 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

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Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides

Island Hopping through Mull, Iona and Skye on this easy graded road cycling adventure. This self guided bike trip explores the islands on quiet country roads and brings lots of opportunity for cultural encounters, great landscape and stunning island scenery

Inner Hebrides ~ Isles of Skye ~ Mull ~ Iona

7 Days/ 6 Nights Self Guided Plus Bike Tour
From £995 per person sharing *

Trip Details

Our Skye and Inner Hebrides self guided bike tour is the ideal way to explore the iconic Scottish isles by bike.  Take time to soak in the atmosphere of these wild and dramatic landscapes.

Watch the stunning views unfold as you journey from the Isle of Mull, through the wilds of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and on to the fabled Isle of Skye.

This brand new bike trip offers the best rides from place to place, stopping to explore and appreciate places of natural beauty, cultural interest and wildlife sightings. Our carefully chosen accommodation will welcome you at the end of the day. As always you will enjoy the finest Scottish ingredients in your meals – especially the bounty of the sea on this island hopping trip.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Northwest Mull

We will meet at the Oban ferry, you will cross on the ferry to the Isle of Mull. Enjoy the views over the Sound of Mull. On the island, we will undertake a bike check to get everything set up correctly before your first day of riding. Today it is a shorter ride to get warmed up, following a gorgeous coastal road to our accommodation in the village of Dervaig. Here you will spend the next two nights at the oldest inn on Mull. Enjoy local fare of award winning cheese, local ales and island malts as well as home made desserts.

Distance: 24 miles / 38km  Ascent: 1183 ft

Day 2:  Cycling to Iona & the Isle of Mull

Today you transfer to Fionnphort where you board a ferry for the short trip across to Iona. Famed for its monastic history dating back to 563AD,  you get to explore the beautiful village and wonderful Iona Abbey, which has roots older than Scotland itself. Afterwards  transfer back to Mull for our cycle. We’ll follow the coast alongside Loch Scridain towards to the small village of Pennyghael , where we pick up a single track road under the shadow of Ben More, the highest mountain on the Island. After our ride we will have some time to explore some beautiful white shell sand beaches. (B)

Distance: 35 miles / 56 km  Ascent 1702 ft

 

Museum of Island Life, Skye

Day 3:  The Ardnamurchan Peninsula

Today you head to the colourful town of Tobermory and board the ferry across the Sound of Mull to Ardnamurchan – a wild peninsula of the mainland. Back on dry land, the only way is east. You will follow the peaceful and undulating single track roads through the peninsula, watching the views of hills, sea and lochs gradually unfold in this beautiful wilderness. Your destination tonight is the little hamlet of Acharacle, overlooking scenic Loch Shiel. (B)

Distance: 27.8 miles / 43 km  Ascent: 2322 ft

Day 4: The Isle of Skye Via the Road to the Isles

Your journey today follows a classic Scottish route past the Sound of Arisaig before joining The Road to The Isles. The road is winding, almost car-free and beautiful. Passing many gorgeous beaches, we suggest you stop at a local smokehouse to stock up on fish, meats and cheeses for your picnic lunch. After reaching Mallaig you embark on the ferry to cross to the Isle of Skye and transfer to our hotel in Portree. This will be your base for the next 3 nights. (B)

Distance: 35 miles / 56 km  Ascent: 2869 ft

Day 5: Isle of Raasay and Calum’s Road

This morning you ride to the village of Broadford and transfer to the village of Sconser, From here, it is a short hop to the Island of Raasay, located between Skye and the Applecross Peninsula.  Here you cycle on the quiet single track roads, passing through the famous “Calum’s Road”, built almost single-handedly by Calum MacLeod between the mid 1960s and the mid 1970s, with hand tools. In the afternoon you can explore the famous Trotternish peninsula and take in some of Skye’s most iconic sights such as the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing. Two night stay on the Isle of Skye. (B)

Distance: 21 miles / 34km  Ascent: 2,788 ft

 

Glameig from the Isle of Raalsay Distillery (c) Isle of Raasay Distillery

Day Six – Dunvegan Castle and Western Skye

This morning we set out with a ride to ancient Dunvegan Castle on the west of Skye. Delve deep into Scottish history by taking a tour of this ancestral stronghold of the Clan McLeod. Have lunch at a local cafe and then ride the final stage of your trip. This will take you to Neist Point, the most westerly point on Skye. Stunning views of the Outer Hebrides. Transfer back to Portree to enjoy a final evening meal and a wee dram! (B)

Distance: 43 miles / 67 km  Ascent: 3,160 ft

Day 7: Return to Inverness

After breakfast we head back to Inverness, stopping for a photo opportunity at Eileen Donan Castle to break up the journey. (B)

 

Cycling Tuscany’s Wine Country

Our luxury Beautiful Tuscany Wine Country Bike Tour offers a sunny Mediterranean ambiance and a spirited flair for hospitality. Tuscany nourishes the soul and leads you to rejoice in the earthly pleasures of daily life.

Pienza ~ Montalcino ~ Chianti
Self Guided Tour, 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Definitely our best selling bike tour in Italy, this memorable cycling tour lets you experience the region’s world famous wine culture. Bike along tranquil country lanes, tracing the expanses between farmland crowned with walled villages, ancient monasteries in secluded valleys and medieval forts. Staying in Pienza, Montalcino, Siena and heart of Chianti, you are sure to experience the true essence of Tuscany, where history, beauty and, of course, wine abound.

Day 1: Pienza
Meet & Greet in Pienza, widely known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance”  for your welcome, orientation and bike fitting. Pienza exemplifies Take a stroll through the beautiful cobblestone streets ~ the town streets are full of small charming shops selling typical local products, such as fine wines, pecorino, spices, pici (handmade pasta) and so on. We recommend stopping and tasting! Optional test ride to San Quirico d’Orcia.   Distance 20km /12.5 miles.

Day 2: Montepulciano & Vino Nobile
Today’s bike ride takes you on a looped ride to Castelmuzio, Montichiello and Montepulciano ~ the jewel of Southern Tuscany.  Stop along the way to visit the convent where parts of The English Patient were filmed, and in the enchanting hamlet of Castelmuzio. Arrive in Montepulciano for lunch before returning to Pienza with a stop in the village of Monticchiello. Distance 55km/34 miles.

Day 3: Montalcino Brunello Land
Ride from Pienza to Montalcino, with a pause in the fairy-tale like Bagno Vignoni, a miniature spa town. Lunch in Castiglione d’Orcia, then push on to the monastery of Sant’Antimo before heading on to your destination Montalcino, a town renowned for its wine. Visit the 14th century fortress to see a breathtaking view of the entire valley you’ve just biked. Distance 46 km/ 28,5 miles

Day 4: Siena & Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey
Start today’s cycling offers a  long downhill  followed by a gentle ride to Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a Benedictine abbey built in the 13th century. Following this, discover the fascinating area of Le Crete, Tuscany’s answer to the Badlands, where the verdant hills give way to little domes of clay and Tuscany reveals another face of its identity. Distance 58 km/ 36 miles

Day 5: Chianti Hills
Reach Castellina in Chianti following the “Chiantigiana” road. Along the way you can stop at the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga before a ride through the vineyard of the famous Chianti Classico wine and a stop at Castello di Brolio. Arrive in Radda for light lunch and enjoy the last 10 km of gentle rolling hills before arriving in Castellina. Distance 50 km/31 miles

Day 6: Greve in Chianti & Panzano
Today’s bike ride takes you on a loop to Panzano. Cycle along quiet roads to the three villages that formed the Chianti Alliance centuries ago,  visit Tuscany’s forgotten abbeys and hamlets and then enjoy a winery tour. Have a stop at Greve’s main piazza before heading back via Panzano with its preserved old walls and gate. Distance 52km/32,5 miles

Day 7: Monteriggioni and Arrivederci!
On your last day, take a looped bike trip to Monteriggioni, literally a town-in-a castle. Barely two hundred yards across, its eighty residents all reside within the picture-perfect round turreted walls that crown the hilltop visible for miles around. Distance 30km/18,5 miles.