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Road Cycling – The Grand Tour

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Most 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

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.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

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.

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. Evening meals are included on the first and final evenings, 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.

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 £265 is charged if a single room is available.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Inverness Railway Station at 09:00am on Day 1 of your trip. The trip will conclude and you will be dropped off at Edinburgh Waverley Station for 3:00pm 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/

Trip Details

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 230 miles (370km) 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 know 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 Itinerary

Day 1 – Inverness to Grantown-on-Spey

We meet this morning in Inverness and transfer to the nearby Culloden battlefield that provides ample space for us to welcome everyone with a trip briefing and bike fitting. If time allows we can also have a quick look round the battlefield before we set off. Our route quickly takes us out of the Highland capital and into the surrounding countryside, soon reaching the historic battlefield of Culloden. From Culloden 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. A ancient military road dating from the 1700’s leads to our first overnight stop at Grantown on Spey. (L, D)

Distance: 58.5km/36miles   Ascent: 638m/2,095ft

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 with challenging ascents 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. From the summit the views over Royal Deeside are simply superb on a clear day. From here a long descent, one final climb and then a 10km run downhill delivers us to the lovely village of Ballater and home for the next two nights. (B, L)

Distance: 63km/39 miles   Ascent: 1050m/3,440ft

Day 3 – Riding on Royal Deeside

We take it easy today with a short ride on Royal Deeside. This is one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, brimming with history and culture. Our route will take us on a loop beside the flowing River Dee, through the hills to Balmoral Castle and Lochnagar Distillery. We can visit the castle and grounds (unless the Queen is home!) and follow this up with a distillery visit and tasting. All that remains is a very relaxed ride back to Ballater and dinner at one of the village’s excellent restaurants. (B, L)

Distance: 32km/20 miles   Ascent: 475m/1,565ft

Day 4 – Royal Deeside to Angus

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. A stone cairn at the top of the pass is said to be more than 4000 years old. It’s a challenging climb but the vehicle is close by should you need it. There are commanding views from the summit and from here we get 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. (B, L)

Distance: 67km/42 miles   Ascent: 800m/2,620ft

Day 5 – Glamis Castle & Dundee

This morning we leave the Cairngorm Mountains behind and head south to Kirriemuir and then Glamis Castle – known as “the most beautiful castle in Scotland”. We park up the bikes here for a guided tour of the castle and it’s 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 waterfront accommodation in the City of Dundee. (B, L)

Distance: 68km/42 miles   Ascent: 610m/2,010ft

Day 6 – St Andrews and the East Neuk of Fife

We’ll make an early start from Dundee, crossing the Tay Estuary and reaching the historic University town of St Andrews with plenty of time to explore the old town. Following the coast we pass through several villages in turn; this is the ‘East Neuk’ of Fife – an incredibly scenic group of old fishing villages with glorious sea views. We finish our ride in the village of Elie, where we will enjoy a pint in the inn by the harbour before a short transfer to our hotel in Aberdour. (B, L, D)

Distance: 56km/35 miles   Ascent: 425m/1,400ft

Day 7 – Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital

The final day of our Grand Tour takes us from Fife, across the spectacular Firth of Forth and into the city limits. We will ride on cycleway right into the city centre. Here we will round the city’s Grassmarket and climb the road up to Edinburgh Castle for dramatic views across Edinburgh and the route we have followed over the past two days. All that remains is a ceremonial freewheel down the full length of the famous and historic Royal Mile, all the way to the Royal Palace of Holyrood. A fitting finish to a grand cycle tour of Scotland – feel free to adopt the royal wave for the crowds!

The trip ends with a celebration lunch and drinks at a nearby restaurant. Choose to depart the same day or, better still, stay on in the city to explore more of Scotland’s capital. (B, L)

Distance: 40km/25 miles   Ascent: 340m/1,115ft

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by Paul Triolo 24/07/2018

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This was super trip from beginning to end, and afforded an amazing look at the Scottish highlands terrain, as well as giving a feel for the east coast and Fife in particular. The food was great throughout, the guides were amazing, the rides challenging but never a grind, all in all a fantastic trip!!

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by Lisa Dunshee 23/07/2018

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The trip being a level 5 was a little harder than expected. There were no flat road days and several of the days were terribly steep with climbs and descents of 14-20%. One day off mid tour with maybe just some mild hiking would be a suggestion and it was really nice to stay two nights in one place. Maybe a second two night stay would be a good idea. We loved Scotland and hope to return again!

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