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    The Grand Tour

    58 review(s)

    Next Trip(s): 11th Jun | 9th Jul Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Trip Type: Road Cycling
    Accommodation: Classic
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    Our Grand Tour of Scotland is a classic road cycling tour connecting the Highland capital of Inverness to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.

    Riding some 435km/270 miles on quiet and spectacularly scenic roads you will experience an incredible range of trip highlights.

    From visiting the Royal Lochnagar Distillery to a guided tour of what’s known 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 our guides and vehicle support will take care of you. With great accommodation and food completing the itinerary, join us this year for a cycling adventure that is grand in every sense.

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

    Trip Highlights

    • 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.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Inverness to Grantown-on-Spey

    We meet this morning in Inverness and transfer to the nearby Culloden Battlefield. Here there is ample space for us to welcome everyone with a trip briefing and bike fitting before we set off, and there may be time for a quick look around the battlefield. Our route quickly takes us out of the Highland capital and into the surrounding countryside. From here we head east on flat and fast roads, past Cawdor, where we stop for lunch at a great little tearoom and then into the Whisky Country of Speyside. An ancient military road dating from the 1700s leads to our first overnight stop at Grantown-on-Spey. (L, D)

    Ride Details: 59km/36.5 miles | 632m/2,074ft elevation gain

    Day 2 – The Cairngorms National Park

    Today we ride through the UK’s largest and highest National Park. There are a few hills to contend with today but the exciting descents and superb views more than reward the effort required on the climbs. Our first stop is in the village of Tomintoul – the highest in the Highlands. It’s also home to one of Scotland’s best whisky shops which is well worth a visit. From Tomintoul, it is a stiff climb over the Lecht pass, but the views over Royal Deeside are simply superb on a clear day. From the summit, there is a long descent, one final climb and then a 10km/6 miles run downhill delivers us to the lovely village of Ballater. (B, L, D)

    Ride Details: 63km/39 miles | 1,050m/3,440ft elevation gain

    Day 3 – Royal Deeside to Edzell

    Our journey continues east along the River Dee and then through the picturesque Forest of Birse on rolling and very scenic roads. An early lunch sets us up for the climb over the Cairn O’Mount which is challenging, but the van will be close by should you need it. Look out for the stone cairn which is said to be more than 4,000 years old and enjoy the commanding views from the summit and our first glimpse of the North Sea and Scotland’s east coast. It’s all downhill from here – a superb 10 miles of fast riding all the way to our overnight halt at Edzell, where the whisky bar holds the Guinness World Record with over 1,000 different whiskies. (B, L, D)

    Ride Details: 63km/39 miles | 840m/2,756ft elevation gain

    Day 4 – Glamis Castle & Dundee

    This morning we leave the Cairngorm Mountains behind and head south to Kirriemuir and then on to Glamis Castle – known as “the most beautiful castle in Scotland”. We park up the bikes here for a guided tour of the castle and its stories, tales and secrets. A relaxing lunch in the restaurant follows before we continue our journey traversing the low-lying Sidlaw Hills en route to our accommodation in the City of Dundee. (B, L, D)

    Ride Details: 68km/42 miles | 613m/2,011ft elevation gain

    Day 5 – St Andrews and Fife

    We make our start from Dundee this morning and after crossing the Tay Estuary we reach the historic university town of St Andrews where we stop and have some time to explore on foot. Leaving the coast 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)

    Ride Details: 111km/69 miles | 1,065m/3,494ft elevation gain

    Day 6 – Round the 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. Here there is an optional detour where we could visit 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. (B, L, D)

    Ride Details: 67km/42 miles | 511m/1,676ft elevation gain

    Day 7 – Edinburgh, Scotland's Capital

    On the final day of our Grand Tour and 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.

    Choose to depart from Edinburgh Park station or, better still, head into the city centre to explore more of Scotland’s capital. (B)

    Ride Details: 6km/3.5 miles | 50m/165ft elevation gain

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    ACCOMMODATION
    This trip features some of the best hotel and guest house accommodation and food along the route we travel. We use a variety of accommodations such as country inns, guesthouses and small hotels, all hand-picked by us. Accommodation is in a choice of double or twin rooms with ensuite facilities.

    SINGLE ROOMS
    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 £295 is charged if a single room is available.

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    Breakfast is provided each morning at your accommodation. Lunch each day will be either a wilderness picnic or taken at a local cafe/restaurant. Drinks and snacks are provided throughout the day as you require. All evening meals are also included and on this itinerary and we have the flexibility to take evening meals in local restaurants or pubs. Based upon our knowledge and experience, we will visit the best places to eat along the route.

    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.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 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.
    • All meals as 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.
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    ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Inverness Railway Station at 09:00 on Day 1 of your trip. The trip will conclude at Edinburgh Park train station at 12:00 on the final day of the trip.

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

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Stevie Christie

    As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with innovative trip design being both a passion and a speciality. In his spare time, Stevie runs the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, bringing the world’s most inspiring adventure filmmakers and athletes to an audience of over 1,500 each year.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Blue Graded Road Cycling Holidays 4-6

    Blue graded trips are suitable for people with a good level of bike fitness, who regularly enjoy cycling and may have joined a multi-day cycle holiday before.

    Distances each day will be between 35 – 45 miles, cycling at around 12/13mph. Each day will be rolling and hilly terrain and there will be notable climbs most days. Some of these will be more testing and some riders may opt to push or ride in the support vehicle. Some climbs are also followed by exciting descents. We will be in the saddle for 5 – 7 hours each day plus the odd longer day. There is also time each day for breaks and lunches, plus some visits to sites of interest.

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    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.91 out of 5 based on 58 review(s) of Road Cycling – The Grand Tour

     

    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.

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    Charlene Randle

    Reviewed on 05/10/2021

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 18/09/2021
    Trips Taken: 2

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    This was our 2nd trip with Wilderness Scotland. We had enjoyed our first trip so much that a second was a must! Not only that but we recruited some of our friends to join us this time. We are definitely looking at another trip, and if we're lucky we'll be back with even more friends! I can't sing the praises of this group enough. Keep up the great work!

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    Wayne Schultz

    Reviewed on 27/09/2021

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 18/09/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Top line performance especially with the additional challenges created by COVID. This is my third similar riding tour and clearly the best.

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    Jason Green

    Reviewed on 08/12/2019

    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.

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