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      Cycling Holidays in Scotland

      Years of knowledge and research means we’ve found the quietest roads and most comfortable, cycle-friendly hospitality; the hallmarks of Wilderness Scotland bike tours. Choose from a range of point to point guided road cycling holidays like the Coast to Coast, Outer Hebrides and North Coast 500. Our on-the-road approach to cycle tours balances great guiding and insights, alongside super snacks and the freedom to explore at your own pace.

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      What Makes Our Bike Tours Special

      Wilderness Scotland cycling holidays are a rich way to explore the scenery and landscape, culture and history of Scotland.

      The majority of our bike tours are point to point, meaning that you can challenge yourself with getting from A to B by pedalling each mile as part of a friendly group.

      If you fancy a tougher cycling challenge then journey from Aberdeen to Applecross on our exciting Coast to Coast Road Cycling adventure.

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      Let us Take Care of The Details

      All our trips are led by a qualified and experienced guide but you also receive detailed route notes for each day’s ride. You can choose to cycle Scotland with your guide or simply follow the route notes, meeting up with the group at designated stops along the way.

      Throughout the day, our support vehicle will always be close to hand to provide drinks, snacks and a friendly ride should you need it. It also transfers your luggage between hotels, gearing you up for a lightweight and care-free ride.

      One of the most rewarding aspects of our cycling holidays are the places we choose for dinners each night. We package everything so you don’t need to worry about the details, except of course what you order from the menu. We’ve selected independent hotels and fantastic eateries, so you’ll be well fuelled for the next day in the bike saddle.

      Our Road Cycling Holidays

      10 Road Cycling Trips with 299 Reviews

      Coast to Coast

      22 review(s)
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      • Ride right across Highland Scotland from the east to the west coast.
      • Quiet roads, testing climbs and superb descents through the UK's most spectacular landscapes.
      • Visit the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, atmospheric Loch Ness and the mighty mountains of Torridon.
      Next Available Trip:
      23rd May | 8th August
      Region:
      Multi-Location
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Red Grade 7

      The Grand Tour

      56 review(s)
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      • A classic road cycling tour from the heart of the Highlands to Scotland's Capital.
      • An amazing week of trip highlights showcasing the best of Scotland's natural and cultural heritage and warm hospitality.
      • Full guiding, vehicle and logistical support leaving you to relax and enjoy the riding.
      Next Available Trip:
      20th June
      Region:
      Multi-Location
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 5

      Arran, Islay and Jura

      34 review(s)
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      • Island hop across 3 of Scotland's best islands - Arran, Islay and Jura.
      • Enjoy world class whisky and wildlife on the beautiful Island of Islay.
      • Visit the third largest whirlpool in the world en route to the Kingdom of Argyll.
      Next Available Trip:
      27th June | 15th May
      Region:
      Multi-Location
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Green Grade 3

      North Coast 500

      9 review(s)
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      • Ride the best sections of Scotland's spectacular North Coast 500 touring route.
      • Arrive at Scotland's most northerly point by bike.
      • Cycle through the incredible scenery of northern Scotland on winding tarmac past towering mountains, sandy beaches and rolling wilderness.
      Next Available Trip:
      22nd August | 19th September
      Region:
      North West Highlands
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 6
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      • Ride the quiet and winding roads of the Scottish Borders through glens, over hills and down leafy river valleys.
      • Discover Scotland's deep and rich history as you visit Rosslyn Chapel and other sites along the way.
      • Enjoy a boat trip on the Firth of Forth to view the Bass Rock - one of the largest gannet colonies in Scotland.
      Next Available Trip:
      8th August | 21st September
      Region:
      Multi-Location
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 4

      Outer Hebrides

      136 review(s)
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      • Cycle tour from Barra to Lewis through nine amazing islands of the Outer Hebrides.
      • Admire the outstanding landscapes of white sand beaches and towering shapely peaks.
      • Enjoy the fascinating history, rich culture and warm hospitality of the islands.
      Next Available Trip:
      4th July | 5th September
      Region:
      Outer Hebrides and St Kilda
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 4

      The Five Countries

      19 review(s)
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      • Ride through the fantastic 5 countries of Great Britain & Ireland.
      • Experience the culture of 5 different nations journeying through the best of scenery from wild mountains, to scenic coast, castles and charming villages.
      • Explore the roads made famous by the Tour de France, Tour of Britain & Tour of Ireland.
      Next Available Trip:
      7th June | 2nd May
      Region:
      Multi-Location
      Duration:
      12 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 6
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      • Enjoy a mixture of cycling and culture on a laid back itinerary in Highland whisky country.
      • Ride quiet roads through beautiful scenery in the mornings, before relaxing in the afternoon with visits to local sites of interest.
      • Cycle to iconic locations such as Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle and Loch Ness.
      Next Available Trip:
      5th September
      Region:
      Cairngorms and Central Highlands
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Green Grade 2
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      • Island-hopping through Mull, Iona and Skye on this easy-graded road cycling adventure.
      • Quiet country roads, cultural encounters, great landscapes and stunning island scenery.
      • Cycle to the Isle of Iona and explore its ancient Abbey.
      Next Available Trip:
      15th August
      Region:
      Inner Hebrides including Skye
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Green Grade 3
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      • Cycle 500mi and climb/descend over 10,000m of epic Highland roads.
      • Ride in the company of Mark Beaumont - the fastest person to have cycled round the world.
      • Experience the breathtaking landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and Coastline.
      Next Available Trip:
      31st August
      Region:
      Multi-Location
      Duration:
      5 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Red Grade 9

      Our holidays reviewed in your own words...

      Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

      That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

      JG

      Jason Green

      Road Cycling - The Grand Tour

      Age: 40 - 50
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 06/07/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Simply put, it was amazing and yes, you should do it. Scotland itself will amaze by any means, but experiencing it on a bicycle is a special treat—you go places you normally would not, or would speed through, and at a pace that allows you to take it in and really appreciate it. The route is well thought out, with manageable distances each day and opportunities for rests along the way. Each day begins and ends at a reasonable hour, and for me, I was still able to go for walks/hikes for an hour or two before and after dinner to explore the area (shops tend to close at 5:00). I liked all of the excursions, and found them well timed and well integrated into the day’s journey. You generally dine together, which I enjoyed and still allowed me to essentially also do a sticky toffee pudding tour of Scotland. The accommodations varied a bit, but they were all good local spots (no chains), with a bar and restaurant, wifi. Our guides, here Tim and Scott, were brilliant—they shared their impressive knowledge of Scotland and many random subjects that you broach when spending a week together. They checked in with us regularly, and were flexible and made tweaks to ensure everyone was enjoying their time. They selected great lunch spots and Scott prepared a fantastic picnic on one of the days. We had a range of riders, and they handled that well—one of the guides rides among the group (it sometimes stretches out a bit) and the other guide is always close by in a van, so you can join in there if you need an assist up a hill or are done for the day. Like one of my fellow riders from July, I am also looking at another trip. For those of you looking at these, wondering if you should do go for it—yes, you absolutely should. I pondered it for a few years, and my one regret here is that I did not start doing this sooner. About me for comparison: I am in my early 40s, and a pleasure and commuter cyclist, about 20 miles round trip for work, with a single Washington DC "hill" to climb at the end of one leg (no, not that Hill), and an occasional a weekend jaunt that can range up to 35 miles, again with no serious hills. And please don't judge me too harshly, but I use a hybrid and have never used clip pedals/shoes. (I stuck with a hybrid for the trip in fear of unforeseen issues switching to a road bike for a long trip; the hybrid worked fine for me, and it was a curiosity/amusement for everyone else—I was the lone hybrid user on the tour. And I also stuck with regular shoes.) I do have good endurance, which is needed for the distance and hills; I mostly walk or bike (versus drive) so am accustomed to long stretches of both. The Highland hills were challenging at times, but I always managed to make it up without walking my bike or hopping in the van. Ultimately, I was able to be near the lead for most of the journey, whether cruising the rolling hills or going up real hills. Thanks to Wilderness Scotland, particularly Tim and Scott, and my fellow cyclists for an unforgettable experience and introducing me to a new way to travel and explore.

      JL

      Jeff Lagrew

      Road Cycling - The Grand Tour

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 07/09/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Would do it again in a heartbeat

      MK

      Mitzi Klukvin

      Road Cycling - North Coast 500

      Age: 50 - 60
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 14/09/2019
      Trips Taken: 2

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Everything was just about as perfect as could be!

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      Popular Cycling Holidays in Scotland

      Trip Next Departure Price Duration  
      Road Cycling – Outer Hebrides 30/05/2020 £1,865 6 Nights Trip Details
      Road Cycling – Coast to Coast 23/05/2020 £1,795 6 Nights Trip Details
      Road Cycling – The Five Countries Tour 07/06/2020 £4,095 12 Nights Trip Details

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