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HIGHLAND GLENS AND LOWLAND HILLS

an the best of Scotland cycling vacation

 

 

 

This is an exciting journey through some of Scotland's finest scenery with the opportunity to enjoy both the remote glens of Perthshire and the beautiful Trossachs Region often described as 'The Highlands in Miniature'. The scenic route winds its way along the shores of beautiful rivers and lochs in the shadow of majestic mountains. You can visit distilleries and castles, sail on Loch Katrine and explore the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. From the sheltered Victorian resort town of Pitlochry the tour travels to Aberfeldy, on to Killin on Loch Tay and from there by cycle track down Glen Ogle to Lochernhead in the heart of Rob Roy country. Perhaps pause to visit Rob Roy's grave in the peaceful  churchyard at Balquidder and view the Falls of Leny before arriving at the bustling main town of Callander with its wide variety of woollen and craft shops. A sail on the century old steamer SS Sir Walter Scott will allow you to appreciate the splendour of Loch Katrine, visit Inversnaid on the banks of Loch Lomond or cycle to Aberfoyle. At historic Stirling, the last town. The choice of short or long daily rides makes this an ideal tour for leisure cyclists, family groups or the more enthusiastic long distance biker.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

 

Day 1

 

 

Arrival at Pitlochry

Take the opportunity to wander along the main street with its wide selection of interesting shops, admire the floral displays and perhaps visit Bell's Blair Atholl Distillery. At this pretty Victorian resort town you can also visit the Dam and Fish Ladder.

 

Day 2 

 

 

 

 

Explore from Pitlochry 

Today you can choose from three 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.  

3.Pitlochry-Glen Errochty (40ml / 64 km) Follow route 1 to Struan, then continue west through Glen Errochty over the hills to Tummel Bridge. A lovely ride along the shore of Loch Tummel returns you to Pitlochry.  

 

Day 3 

 

 

From Pitlochry to Aberfeldy (15ml/24 km or 24ml/39 km)

Today you leave Pitlochry following the quiet road high above the River Tummel to Logierait. You cross the old railway bridge and follow the North bank of the River Tay to the town of Aberfeldy. 

Alternatively you could try the more strenuous route by Lochs Fascally and Tummel to climb the pass on the old military road to Coshieville and Aberfeldy. In Aberfeldy you can visit the old watermill (XIX century) 

 

Day 4 

 

 

From Aberfeldy to Killin (23ml/37 km - 40ml/65 km)

This morning you cross the River Tay to Weem and follow the quiet road to Kenmore at the north end of Loch Tay. A scenic ride along the south loch side road with fine views of Ben Lawers (1214m; a National Park famous for its alpine and arctic flora) to the busy village of Killin. 

Alternatively a longer, more strenuous but very beautiful journey via Fortingall, where according to the legend Pontius Pilatus was born), Glen Lyon and Glen Lochay to Killin. In the church yard of the village of Fortingall is an ancient Yew. Its age is estimated between 2000 and 5000 years, which makes it the oldest known tree in Europe 

 

Day 5 

 

From Killin to Callander (27ml/43 km)

From Killin you ride southwards on the cycle track through Glen Ogle to Lochearnhead, a centre for water sports and fishing. You continue by Strathyre and Loch Lubnaig on forest trails and old railway track to the falls of Leny and Callander, built against the slopes of the highest mountain of the Trossachs, Ben Ledi (879m). 

 

Day 6 

 

 

 

Explore the Trossachs (21ml/36 km or 33ml/55 km or 36ml/62 km)

The Trossachs is a beautiful region excellent for rides and walks.

Ride by Loch Venacher and through Achray Forest to Loch Katrine: take a sail on the steamer SS Walter Scott and return to Callander from Loch Katrine. 

Alternatively alight at Stronachlacher Pier, perhaps take a detour to Loch Lomond before returning on the private road around Loch Katrine to Callander. For those whishing to stretch their legs continue south from Stronachlacher on the scenic road to Aberfoyle and return through Achray Forest to Callander.

 

Day 7  

 

From Callander to Stirling (19ml/30 km or 29ml/46km or 42ml/69 km)

Today a perfect combination of nature and culture. Leave Callander and travel by the Braes of Doune to visit ancient Doune Castle, built in the XIV century by Robert Stuart. Continue to Dunblane Cathedral (gothic XIII century) and complete the tour at Stirling with its Castle (XIV-XVI century). 

Alternatively, cycle south by the Torrie Forest to the village of Thornhill and continue on to Stirling. A longer scenic route passes near the Gragunnock and Fintry Hills and through the Carron Valley.

 

Day 8

Departure 

 

 

 

 

 

The package includes:

  • 7 nights in 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

 

 

Period

Departures any day from 1st April to 31st October  

Level 2/3

Moderate cycling. some days flat, some days with moderate hills. Daily distances between 36-67 km. Quiet asphalted country roads or off road cycling. 

Participants

Minimum two persons ( a single person on request)

Price p.p. 2017

standard hotel: 3/4 star guesthouses

In double room sharing B&B  635,00

In single room B&B     840,00 

3rd person in triple room  600 
tour cost children 0-11 yrs  505,00
Upgrade to 3/4 star hotels and inns
supplement in double room  255,00
supplement in single room  355,00

Bike rental     95,00

Ebike rental   180,00