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cognisably 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 £2,295 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.
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 and Fife

Today on your Grand Tour of Scotland, we take a transfer to the historical town of St Andrews with plenty of time to explore on foot. Leaving St Andrews behind we pick up part of the National Cycle Network route, passing through a number of villages and the historic Falkland Palace. This afternoon we climb through the Lomond Hills Regional Park and continue on to our accommodation in Crossford. (B, L, D) Distance 50 m/ 80km

Day 6: The Firth of Forth

We begin our final full day of riding with an easy climb and descent out of Fife. Crossing the River Forth, where it widens and becomes the Firth of Forth, we continue on to see the Kelpies, a magnificent monument to horse-powered heritage across Scotland and then the Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and the Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Later this afternoon, we ride along the banks of the estuary, passing the 15th-century fortress of Blackness Castle before arriving at our final accommodation in South Queensferry. We can enjoy our final evening together with dinner at the inn. (B, L, D) Distance 47 m/76 km

 

 

Day 7:  Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh

On the final day of our Grand Tour, we can choose to have a free morning in South Queensferry or take a ride out and back across the Forth Road Bridge. This impressive suspension bridge is now closed to general traffic, so cyclists and pedestrians have it to themselves to admire the spectacular views of the Firth of Forth and its other two bridges, representing the pinnacle of engineering from three centuries.

Depart from Edinburgh Park station and choose whether to head home or into the city centre to explore more of Scotland’s capital. The trip ends with a celebration lunch before we bid you farewll. (B,L) Distance 3.5 m/ 6km

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 £590 is charged if a single room is available

Dates and Pricing

Pricing:

From £2,295 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 £350, per single occupancy.
Booking deposit of £580.00 per person.

2023 Dates:

13th May – 19th May – 3 places remaining
10th June – 16th June – 4 places remaining
8th July – 14 Juy – 6 places remaining
5th Aug – 11th Aug – 8 places remaining
23 Sept – 29th Sept – 8 places remaining

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