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The roads in and around Scotland’s National Parks are quite possibly our favourite places in the country for riding your bike. With beautiful landscapes, smooth and quiet roads, charming villages, and plentiful cafes and pubs, it’s a cycling paradise. On this trip, you’ll discover the best routes through the mountains and alongside lochs and rivers. Ride past ancient castles, standing stones and other fascinating monuments to Scotland’s rich history. As one of the UK’s best destinations for food and drink, every meal is a highlight and you’ll be sure of the warmest of welcomes in the local places we’ll visit along the way.
We meet this morning in Stirling and transfer north into the beautiful rolling hills of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Here we take time to welcome everyone with a trip briefing and bike set-up to ensure a personalised fit for your week with us. Once we’re good to go, we’ll set off on our first ride to explore some of the quiet roads and quaint villages in and around the National Park. (L, D)
Ride details: 58.5km/ 36 miles | 632m/ 2074ft elevation gain
Today we ride out straight from our hotel to take a classic ride up and over the beautiful Duke’s Pass. Our route takes us along the shores of tranquil Loch Venachar to warm up before we start our first climb. On reaching the summit we’re rewarded with fantastic views and will enjoy a fun descent through the forest into the charming village of Aberfoyle. From here, it’s onwards to the celebrated Loch Katrine, whose scenic waters inspired Sir Walter Scott. Here we’ll board a traditional steamship which will allow us to admire the beautiful scenery from another perspective. We’ll ride back round the loch and back to our accommodation. (B, L, D)
Ride details: 58km/ 36 miles | 426m/ 1398ft elevation gain
Today’s ride takes us further north into the Highlands. Our route takes us past waterfalls, mountains and glittering jewel-like lochs, full of history and legends. Stopping to visit the final resting place of Rob Roy Macgregor, the infamous Scottish outlaw, we follow a superb traffic-free cycleway climbing to the Glen Ogle Viaduct and our highest point of the day. After descending into Killin and enjoying a well-earned lunch the afternoon takes us along the rolling shores of sparkling Loch Tay with the peak of Ben Lawers and the surrounding mountains looking over us. Arriving at our next accommodation – our home for the next few nights – we’ll settle in before dinner. (B, L, D)
Ride details: 68km/42 miles | 613m/ 2011ft elevation gain
Setting out directly from the hotel, we enjoy an easy start to the day and follow the River Tay valley to the spectacular 16th century Castle Menzies, which has been the seat of the Menzies clan for over 500 years. The highlight of the day is a sustained climb taking us over the mountain slopes of Schehallion, the ‘hill of the faeries’ – a local’s favourite. Afterwards, enjoy an awesome descent to the shores of beautiful Loch Tummel from where we follow a quiet road along the loch to the village of Pitlochry. Following an afternoon stop for tea by the river, it’s a short distance back to our hotel at Grandtully. (B, L, D)
Ride details: 66km/41 miles | 589m/ 1932ft elevation gain
An (optional) short transfer takes us into the mountains to explore more of Highland Perthshire’s classic roads. Starting with a fun downhill, we soon reach the shores of Loch Rannoch. The 22mi/35km round the loch is one of Scotland’s best cycle routes – ancient crannogs, sandy beaches, mountain peaks and much more. Arriving back in Kinloch Rannoch we’ll have lunch before deciding what to do this afternoon. There are several options this depending upon how far you would like to ride or you may decide on some free time to relax and explore the pretty town of Aberfeldy. (B, L, D)
Ride details: 71km/44 miles | 320m/ 1050ft elevation gain
Riding north directly from the hotel, we begin our final full day on the bikes. This challenging day takes us through Pitlochry before climbing into the mountains of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. Power up and over the Cairnwell Pass – the highest public road in the UK. It’s a tough climb but the views are incredible and get steadily more spectacular as we gain height. From the top it’s an epic descent of 10mi/16km into the village of Braemar. Celebrate with a drink in the quirky Fife Arms bar, before a short transfer (or optional longer ride) to your final night’s accommodation. (B, L, D)
Ride details: 76km/ 47miles | 895m/ 2936ft elevation gain
For our last day, enjoy a short scenic riverside loop or choose to take it easy relaxing in a local cafe and exploring the village. We’ll meet back at the hotel to freshen up before we transfer to Perth to catch our onward travel plans. (B)
Ride details: 21km/ 13 miles | 340m/ 1115ft elevation gain
This trip features some of the best hotel and guest house accommodation and food in the areas we are exploring. 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.
For solo travellers: Accommodation is based on sharing a twin room with another solo traveller of the same gender. A limited number of rooms for single occupancy are available on a first come first served basis, subject to a single supplement. Please enquire for availability.
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, 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.
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|1st May - 7th May 2021||8 place(s) left||UNCONFIRMED||£1,935||Book Now|
|26th Jun - 2nd Jul 2021||8 place(s) left||UNCONFIRMED||£1,935||Book Now|
|4th Sep - 10th Sep 2021||Trip Full||FULLY BOOKED||£1,935|
Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.
As founder of Wilderness Scotland Paul’s craving for adventure and knowledge of Scotland knows no bounds. His leadership has resulted in Wilderness Scotland twice being named as Best Green Tour Operator in the World at the World Travel Awards and ranked as No.1 Adventure Travel Company in Europe by National Geographic. Paul’s commitment to excellence in all that he pursues becomes obvious in the routes we follow and the little touches included in this trip.
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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.