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GREAT GLEN CYCLE TOUR

a great self guide or group cycle holiday

 

 

 

A spectacular journey from Inverness, the Capital of the highlands, along the shores of Loch Ness to Fort Williams. Cycling across the Great Glen, a natural geological fault line stretching from Fort William in the south west, to Inverness in the north east, on special paths and quiet forest trails, you will enjoy magnificent views of lochs and mountains and will have a chance to see some of the abundant wildlife such as red deer and golden eagles. A rest day in Fort William to explore, try some mountain biking in the forest or climb mighty Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain. Leave Fort William by train for a scenic journey up Glen Spean and across desolate Rannoch Moor. From Rannoch Station follow the lochside road via Lochs Rannoch and Tummel to reach Pitlochry. At this pretty Victorian resort town you can visit the Dam and Fish Ladder, a distillery or nearby Blair Castle with its fine collections of armour, painting and china.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

Day 1

 

 

Arrival at Inverness 

Inverness now a thriving modern town has historical links going back to Neolithic times. Many battles have been fought for control of its strategic site. A visit to the Garrison Castle Encounter will take you back to 1745 and the Jacobite Rebellion. The castle of Inverness houses the Museum and Art Gallery. The cathedral of St.Andrew (1869) is in neo-gotic stile.   

 

Day 2  

 

From Inverness to Drumnadrochit (24ml / 39 km)

Leave Inverness following the river: across moorland and quiet country roads to Drumnadrochit, a lovely small town, situated at Loch Ness. Visit the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Centre and the ruined Urquhart Castle.

 

Day 3 

From Drumnadrochit to Fort Augustus (23ml / 37 km)

Follow the famous Cycle Way of the Great Glen. Today some steep hills, which are rewarded with beautiful views of Loch Ness and the mountain beyond. In the forest you may see deer or golden eagles before you reach the south end of the loch at Fort Augustus. 

 

Day 4 

 

 

From Fort Augustus to Fort William (34ml / 55 km)

The Caledonian Canal towpath and forest tracks keep you safe from traffic until you reach the locks of Neptunes Staircase at Banavie. All along the Canal route, you can enjoy wonderful views of Ben Nevis and the Grey Corries, spot birds and wildlife and generally enjoy the peaceful nature of the Canal Way. A short ride to the busy tourist town of Fort William in the shadow of mighty Ben Nevis  (1344 m).

 

 

Day 5 

 

A rest day at Fort William

Today a rest day to explore Fort William, an important turistic centre or take a poetic trip on the steam train of the scenic West Highland Railway to Mallaig, a sympathetic fishermen town. Another possibility could be to climb Ben Nevis or explore the many forest trails in Leanachan Forest. 

 

Day 6 

From Fort William to Pitlochry (37ml / 60 km)

Avoid the busy roads with a scenic train journey across bleak and desolate Rannoch Moor to Rannoch Station. Cycle along the quiet road along the beautiful south shore of Loch Rannoch to Tummel Bridge. Continue by Loch Tummel to the delightful town of Pilochry. At Pitlochry there is a chance for some shopping, visit one of the two distilleries or the Dam and Fish Ladder.

 

Day 7  

 

 

Day of rest at Pitlochry (14ml/28ml - 22 km/45 km)

Today you can choose from two different trips each returning to Pitlochry:

1. Pitlochry - Calvine (24ml / 38 km) A gentle cycle with plenty of interesting stops. Follow the route through the historic Pass of Killiecrankie and on to the world-famous Blair Castle. Return via the villages Calvine and Struan.

2.Pitlochry-Dunkeld (30ml / 48 km) Enjoy spectacular views as you follow the Rivers Tummel and Tay to the historic town of Dunkeld. Visit the ruined Cathedral (XIV-XVI century) and picturesque town square.  

 

Day 8

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The package includes:

  • Bed & Breakfast accommodation in twin/double rooms in 3 or 4 star guesthouses 

  • Luggage transportation (max. 15 kg)

  • Tour information including maps and detailed route description

  • Emergency support

  • Train Ticket Fort William to Rannoch on day 6

 

 

Period

Friday, Saturday or Sunday start days only from 31 March to 29 October  

Level 3

A strenuous tour: Cycling in a hilly countryside or low mountains with daily distances between 37-55 km.  Day 2 mostly uphill, day 3 & 4 off road cycling, day 6 & 7 moderate cycling. A moderate level of fitness required. Not suitable for children till 12 years, terrain to hilly.

Participants

Minimum of two persons

Price p.p. 2017

standard  B&B in guesthouses

Sharing twin/double room with breakfast   670,00

A single room with breakfast     880,00

3rd person in family room    635,00 
3/4 star hotel and Inns 
supplement  in double room 325,00
supplement in single room 385,00
Bike rental     95,00