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Road Cycling – Casks and Castles

  • 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
  • 6 nights accommodation in a 4 star country house hotel
  • Breakfast and lunch each day plus dinner on the first and last evenings – meals as stated in the itinerary (denoted B, L, D)
  • 7 days professional guiding with a qualified and experienced Wilderness Scotland road cycling guide and support driver
  • Entrance to historic sites and attractions as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport throughout the trip beginning and finishing in Inverness

Green Graded Road Cycling Holidays 1-3

Green graded trips are suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness who enjoy cycling and are looking for an active but relaxed trip. They are also suitable for active people who are new to cycle touring and looking for a new way to explore the countryside.

Distances each day will be between 25 – 40 miles, cycling at an average speed of around 12mph. We will ride on mostly straightforward rolling terrain with one or two more notable climbs during the trip, where some riders may opt to ride in the support vehicle. We will be in the saddle for 4-6 hours each day plus the odd longer day. There is also time each day for breaks and lunches, plus visits to sites of interest.

 

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

During this trip we will be based from a country house hotel on the outskirts of Grantown on Spey. We will be based here for the entire trip so you can settle in and not have to repack during the trip.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis, and lunch will be provided each day either at a local cafe or a Wilderness picnic. Dinner is provided on the first and last evenings. On the other nights we will normally eat as a group with the guide recommending a local restaurant.

Specific dietary requirements are happily catered for – please just inform us at the time of booking.

On this trip we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

SINGLE ROOMS

There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however you will be required to share a room with another solo traveller 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 £390 is charged if a single room is available. Single rooms are allocated on a first come, first served basis and there are normally a maximum of 2 available per departure.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at 11.00am at Aviemore Railway Station on Day 1 of your trip. On the last day you will be dropped off and the trip will end at Inverness Railway Station for 4.00pm.

For advice on getting to and from Scotland please our travel advice page on our website: www.wildernessscotland.com/faq/travel-to-scotland/

Trip Details

Explore Scotland’s famous Whisky region on an exhilarating 7-day road cycling whisky tour and experience biking through spectacular Highland scenery.

Journey from the home of Glenlivet Whisky and gaze at the stunning scenery as you cycle amongst Scotland’s incredible landscapes and finish your holiday at the historic Cawdor Castle in Nairnshire.

Enjoy riding along beautiful scenic roads, visit famed distilleries, travel through lush green forests, explore stunning castles, visit the historic Culloden battlefield and even search for Nessie along the banks of Loch Ness, all during our unforgettable Casks and Castles cycling whisky tour!

This tour’s flexible itinerary makes it perfect for seasoned riders and novices alike. With options of cultural experiences or going out for an additional spin on the bike in the afternoon, you can make this trip as challenging or relaxing as you want it to be.

Need a bike? See our bike hire page for details.

Trip itinerary

Day 1 – Glenlivet circuit

This morning we meet in Aviemore station at 11.00am and transfer to the Highland village of Tomintoul in the Cairngorms National Park. Here we enjoy a café lunch before doing a bike fitting to make sure everyone is happy on their machine. We then ride a circuit from Tomintoul into whisky country, passing by several distilleries and cycling alongside the river Avon. Afterwards, we transfer to our country hotel near Grantown-on-Spey and enjoy a welcome dinner.  (L, D)

Ride: 36km / 21 miles, 361m elevation gain, 2-3 hours riding.

Day 2 – Grantown to Aberlour

This morning we start from Grantown and follow the north side of the River Spey. The beautiful and scenic back road winds it’s way downstream with great views over the river valley (or ‘strath’). We end the ride by crossing a Victorian footbridge which takes us into the Speyside village of Aberlour. At Aberlour we have lunch and then a tour of a local whisky distillery. Afterwards, short transfer back to Grantown. (B, L)

Ride: 37km / 23 miles, 335m elevation gain, 2-3 hours riding.

Day 3 – North to Findhorn

At the start of the day, we leave the hotel and after a 5-minute transfer reach the picturesque Dulnain Bridge to avoid a short section of busier road. Ride from Dulnain via Duthil, Ferness and through the historical town of Forres to reach the coastal community of Findhorn. After lunch in a local café, enjoy a tour of the community and then a leg-stretching walk on a stunning sandy beach. Then, we travel back to Grantown for a delicious dinner and a chance to relax in the evening. (B, L)

Ride: 57km / 35 miles, 321m elevation gain, 4 hours riding.

Day 4 – Across the Moors to Culloden Battlefield

Starting again from Grantown, we head across the Dava Moor by a different road that bisects yesterday’s route to reach the historic Dulsie Bridge over the Findhorn. From here, we ride through forests and farmland to reach the famous battlefield at Culloden where the last Jacobite rebellion was crushed in 1746. We have lunch at the visitor centre, then enjoy a privately guided tour of the battlefield. Afterwards, a short transfer takes us back to our hotel. (B, L)

Ride: 50km / 31 miles, 433m elevation gain, 3-4 hours riding.

Day 5 – Riding Strathspey

A short transfer takes us to the picturesque old station of Broomhill, now only used as part of the Strathspey Heritage Railway. From here we follow the beautiful and quiet roads along the east bank of the River Spey. We’ll pass through the villages of Nethy Bridge, Coylumbridge, Kincraig and Feshiebridge before we cross over the River Spey to reach the town of Kingussie. A couple more miles and we reach Newtonmore, where we finish the ride at the Highland Folk Museum. After lunch in the café, enjoy some free time to explore this fascinating outdoor museum. Afterwards, short transfer back to the hotel. (B, L)

Ride: 55km / 34 miles, 429m elevation gain, 3-4 hours riding.

Day 6 – West to Loch Ness

From the hotel our route takes us to Carrbridge before we gradually climb to the high pass of the Slochd and the nearby village of Tomatin. We then cross the moors before enjoying a wonderful descent to reach the banks of Loch Ness and where lunch awaits. At the loch’s edge, we’ll enjoy a pint in the Dores Inn followed by a 1 hour leisurely cruise on the loch. Afterwards, a short transfer back to Grantown for a final night celebration dinner. (B, L, D)

Ride: 33km / 21 miles, 542m elevation gain, 4-5 hours riding.

Day 7 – North to Cawdor Castle

Riding from the hotel door, we once again cross the Dava Moor, but this time diverting past Lochindorb with its iconic castle on an island. We then follow a rolling route across farmland to finish at the historic Cawdor Castle. We enjoy lunch in its café and explore the castle and its grounds before a short transfer takes us into Inverness for the trip end. (B, L)

Ride: 49km / 30 miles, 369m elevation gain, 3-4 hours riding.

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