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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

Our Blue grade trips are for people who regularly enjoy cycling and may have joined a multi-day cycle tour holiday before. On these trips you can expect rolling and sometimes hilly terrain. You are comfortable climbing and descending steep roads as long as there are plenty of stops for photos! On these trips, harder days in the saddle are usually followed by easier ones both in terms of distance and the amount of climbing. On most days these trips offer lots of opportunity for exploring the surrounding area and enjoying relaxed lunches.

Distances typically range from 30-50 miles each day with typically rolling terrain. On some days you can expect some testing climbs and exciting descents.

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

Are you happy being on your bike for around six hours each day for up to 6 days in a row?
Do you regularly ride a road bike most weeks or have you done a multi day tour recently?
Are you comfortable climbing and descending steep roads?

Accommodation
Our accommodation partners are carefully chosen according to a number of factors u2013 charming locations, very good facilities and a reputation for providing Highland hospitality. Wherever they are available, we will reserve ensuite rooms for you.
Single Room Supplement
There is no single person 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 £245 is charged if a single room is available.

You will be met by your guide at 09:00am on Day 1 of the trip at the Kingsmills Hotel. We will finish in Edinburgh Waverley train station around 3:00pm on Day 7.

Customer Kudos

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.

5 star 28

4 star 4

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1 star 0

by David Bamford 25/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Having the US number was very helpful. All questions either by phone or email were promptly answered (even ones I probably asked more than once :) )
Trip Comments
Guides were great, knowledgable and helpful. We thought were were prepared for the weather but on day 1 we quickly realized we were not. We don't ride in the rain so we had to rely on our local bike shop and the one in Glasgow we stopped at on the way. Fortunately both David and Paul had spare gear and were able to loan me a rain jacket until we could get to a town at a time when the bike shop was open..
Accommodation and Food
A couple of the hotels were great (Glenesk and Taypark) but the others could definitely use some updating. I recognize there are not many options in some of the small towns on the way. All the meals were great, snacks in the van were a big help (loved the Stoats bars, have to find them on Amazon)
Your Guide
They really made the trip. (See comment about rain gear). Thankfully they had a sense of humor too! We felt that we were in good hands and they definitely were careful about insuring our safety. We learned a lot about Scotland and can't wait to come back and learn more. And our sincere apologies for the size of one of our pieces of luggage, hopefully no enduring back pain for them.
The Bottom Line
We want to do the trip again! We want to try to get all 8 slots filled with people of more similar ability (i.e. friends and family). One thing we would consider asking about is moving a little quicker during the day so we have some time late afternoon to explore the towns where we spend the night. Unfortunately most of the towns shut down around 5 and we seemed to roll in after 6 each day. The other thing is the GPS units, while nice, seemed to have a little difficulty.

by Jane Krug 19/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Answered all questions and contributed helpful information
Trip Comments
Rained virtually everyday but was still a splendid bicycling trip
Accommodation and Food
All food & accommodations were good and a couple were outstanding
Your Guide
They were personable, helpful, considerate and patient with our group
The Bottom Line
Wonderful. Be prepared for any weather and prepared for some steep, difficult climbs along with awesome scenery to make it all rewarding.

by Lyle Krug 18/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Sandra Wiens 21/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Accurate tour prep notes regarding what to bring and such. Very prompt email responses to queries.
Trip Comments
I really enjoyed the cycling. It was a great balance of challenging terrain and more relaxed riding. The locations we road through were beautiful, even in the rain! I did think that navigation was an issue, however. The Garmins did not always work reliably and the printed maps were more about giving an overview of the day, but not something to use for accurate navigation. i personally prefer to be a bit more autonomous when riding. Meaning that I don't necessarily want to always be riding cheek to jowl with the group. I think that an accurate, readable paper map with routes marked for each day would give the backup needed for when the Garmins are affected by rain or gremlins and would give riders a better sense of where they are if something does happen. And riders could be a bit more independant in their navigation. However, this opinion is colored by the fact that I never used a Garmin before and am not familiar with all it's options.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Even though there was some guide re-shuffling and tag-teaming during our trip, Lucy, Henry and Craig did a great job. Positive, energetic and fun.
The Bottom Line

by Thorarinn Thorarinsson 12/06/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Prompt responses but had to chase for the payment info in the end but not a big deal and all sorted in the end.
Trip Comments
The guides were excellent, easy going and good knowledge of anything that came in our path... Beautiful country side for bike riding with some challenging climbs etc.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
No complaints, nice and entertainingt people.. did a good job handling different riding skills of the group.
The Bottom Line

by Anna Lerner 25/09/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
It was all good: quick response to mails, useful pre-trip materials. I wasn't notified when my trip was canceled, but when I asked about it, I got all the info about my alternatives along with apologies.
Trip Comments
Man, we could feel you're very experienced. Everything was thought through and working like a Swiss watch. I felt like I'm in very good hands. It's not only that you did all the organization for us, but it was done very well, too. The hotels, the restaurants, the half-way picnics - I felt spoiled.
Accommodation and Food
The choice of the hotels was great. All the hotels were beautiful and had a special kick about them. The Auld Kirk - a very special experience, the beautiful Glenesk hotel, the charming Taypark - all are amazing. I didn't particularly like The Aberdour Hotel, as the room was small, the walls thin (I woke up in the middle of the night because people in the next room were talking) and their restaurant service was peculiar. Apart from this - everything was great. The restaurants were good, but I liked the best the picnics with the local food under the open skies.
Your Guide
The guides did a great job. Again, I felt like I was in very good hands. Tim and Paul were very helpful and caring. They were funny too. The dynamic between them was great and fun to watch.
The Bottom Line
It was one of my best trips EVER. First, it was a dream come true - a cycling vacation in Scotland, second - it was perfectly organized and carried through. My bike was great, the scenery was amazing, the company was good and the accommodations were comfortable. We visited many interesting places, had good food and drinks, made friends. There is nothing else I could wish for.

by Joan Dean 20/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Audrey Yank 19/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
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Your Guide
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by Ron Torok 12/09/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Was having trouble getting confirmation on the specs of the bike. All worked out in the end.
Trip Comments
Trip was great. I think logistics/routing/lunch planning on the 2nd to last day could be improved.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Very knowledgeable and engaging.
The Bottom Line
I would recommend Wilderness Scotland for anyone considering a cycling trip in Scotland. As much as I love Scotland, I cannot recommend it as a first choice destination for a European cycling trip given the unpredictability of the weather. We got very lucky!

by Kenneth Gould 23/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very helpful and organized answering pre-trip q's. Made late switch to hybrid bike with no problems.
Trip Comments
The route is as advertised: Wonderful mix of scenery and terrain. Excellent inns along the way. Will and Alisdair are terrific group leaders: Helpful, knowledgeable.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Will and Alisdair go above and beyond. They're great at dealing with the varied pace of the group. They're knowledgeable about geography and history -- and a delight to talk to at dinner. They're interested, interesting and engaged.
The Bottom Line
Already have recommended them to a few friends and colleagues and will be back, myself, for the Inner or Outer Hebrides trip!

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5th May - 11th May 2018
£1,695
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2nd Jun - 8th Jun 2018
£1,695
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7th Jul - 13th Jul 2018
£1,695
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8th Sep - 14th Sep 2018
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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.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Inverness to Grantown on Spey
We meet in Inverness in the morning, where your guide will give you a trip briefing and bike fitting before we set off. Leaving behind the Highland capital of Inverness we head towards 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 37m/59km

Day 2 – The Cairngorms National Park

Named by National Geographic as one of the ’50 Must Visit Places on Earth’, we ride from west to east across the UK’s largest and most spectacular National Park. We reach our first stop at Tomintoul – the Highland’s highest village and home to one of Scotland’s best whisky shops. After lunch we make for the stiff climb over Lecht pass with the summit providing rewarding views over Royal Deeside. From here a long descent, one final climb and a 10km run downhill delivers us to the lovely village of Ballater and home for two nights. (B, L)

Distance 39m/63km

Day 3 – Riding on Royal Deeside

An easy day today with a short ride on Royal Deeside one of the most beautiful corners of Scotland. Riding along the River Dee and through the hills we come to Balmoral Castle and Lochnagar Distillery. We can visit the castle if the Queen’s not in and follow this up with a whisky tasting before a relaxed ride back to Ballater. (B, L)

Distance 20m/32km

Day 4 – Royal Deeside to Angus

Today we will continue east along the River Dee through the picturesque Forest of Birse. An early lunch sets us up for the climb over Cairn O’Mount with a stone cairn said to be more than 4000 years old. Here we get our first glimpse of the North Sea and Scotland’s East Coast. From here we have a superb 10 miles of downhill riding all the way to Edzell our home for the night. (B, L)

Distance 40m/64km

Day 5 – Glamis Castle & Dundee, the City of Discovery

Leaving the Cairngorm Mountains behind we head south through Kirriemuir onto Glamis Castle. We stop here for lunch and take a guided tour of what is said to be Scotland’s most beautiful castle. We continue our journey crossing the low-lying Sidlaw Hills before reaching our waterfront accommodation in the City of Dundee. (B, L)

Distance 40m/64km

Day 6 – St Andrews & The East Neuk of Fife

Today we’ll make an early start from Dundee, crossing the Tay Estuary and reach St Andrews with plenty of time to explore this ancient town. Following the coast along the east corner of Fife we enjoy added bonus of this being one of the sunniest parts of Scotland. Passing through several villages with plenty of lunch choices, our favourite being fish & chips at the Harbour in Anstruther. Finishing in Elie, with a pint by the harbour, we then make a short transfer to Aberdour for the night (B, L, D)

Distance 35m/56km

Day 7 – Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh

The final day of our Grand Tour takes us across the spectacular Firth of Forth. We will round the city’s Grassmarket and climb the road up to Edinburgh Castle. After taking in the outstanding views across the city we freewheel down the full length of the famous and historic Royal Mile to the royal Palace of Holyrood. The trip ends with a celebration lunch and drinks. (B, L)

Distance 25m/40km

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Customer Kudos
We want to do the trip again! We want to try to get all 8 slots filled with people of more similar ability (i.e. friends and family). One thing we would consider asking about is moving a little quicker during the day so we have some time late afternoon to explore the towns where we spend the night. Unfortunately most of the towns shut down around 5 and we seemed to roll in after 6 each day. The other thing is the GPS units, while nice, seemed to have a little difficulty.

David Bamford
25/09/2017

5

Wonderful. Be prepared for any weather and prepared for some steep, difficult climbs along with awesome scenery to make it all rewarding.

Jane Krug
19/09/2017

5

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