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    The Caledonia Way

    Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights From £995

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    Region: Multi-Location
    Trip Type: Self Guided Cycling
    Comfort: Classic
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    Trip Details

    The Caledonia Way is Scotland’s newest long distance cycle trip. Covering 235mi/375km, the route travels through some of the country’s most iconic scenery combining quiet rural roads with traffic-free cycleways and some gravel as you journey south to north through the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

    Starting on the Kintyre Peninsula you will experience some of Scotland’s finest coastal scenery in an area visited by few tourists. As you head north, the magnificent mountains and sea lochs of the West Coast dominate the scene as you ride in the shadow of the craggy peaks of Glencoe and Ben Nevis. The final part of the route follows the dramatic geological fault line of the Great Glen. It’s a truly spectacular finish to the ride, as you climb high above the vast waters of Loch Ness before descending to the finish in the Highland Capital of Inverness.

    Experiencing the best of Highland hospitality along the way and your soigneur taking care of all the details, all you have to think about is enjoying the ride.

    This price is based on a group of 6, prices will vary depending on group size. Please get in touch with the team to confirm the trip price for your group.

    Trip Highlights

    • Ride Scotland's newest long-distance cycle route from the Mull of Kintyre to the Highland Capital of Inverness
    • Experience some of Europe's most spectacular scenery by bike, through the majestic mountains and coastline of the West Highlands
    • Ride off the beaten track and explore the rich heritage of Scotland in places such as the remarkable Kilmartin Glen

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 - The Isle of Arran

    We will meet you in Glasgow for a short transfer to the port of Ardrossan. Here we’ll take the ferry across the Firth of Clyde to reach the Isle of Arran. Affectionately known as “Scotland in Miniature”, the Isle of Arran provides a perfect warm-up ride. After a professional bike fitting from your Wilderness “soigneur” you will ride 15mi/24km across the island through the majestic Glen Sannox. Reaching Lochranza on the North Coast it’s a short hop on another ferry to the Mull of Kintyre. Heading ashore, your second climb of the day leads to the west side of the peninsula and on to the charming coastal village of Tarbert where you will stay the next two nights.

    Ride Details: 30mi/49km | Ascent: 1,957ft/597m

    Day 2 - Campbeltown to Tarbert

    Enjoy a relaxed Scottish breakfast before transferring for around 45 mins to the official start of the Caledonia Way in Campbeltown. From here you’ll be riding north for some 235mi/375km over the next 5 days starting with a spectacular coastal ride up the east coast of the Kintyre Peninsula. This road is surprisingly hilly as it sweeps up and down along the rugged coastline. You’ll be rewarded with fantastic views across the Kilbrannan Sound to the mountains of Arran. A recommended short diversion of the main route is to the Seafood Cabin in Skipness where the seafood is as fresh as it gets. The 13th century Skipness Castle and the Isle of Arran provides a fitting backdrop for a memorable lunch before continuing on to your accommodation this evening. (B)

    Ride Details: 44mi/71km | Ascent: 3,727ft/1,136m

    Day 3 - Tarbet to Lochgilphead

    Leaving Kintyre, the Caledonia Way crosses into the Knapdale National Scenic Area. Squeezed between two deep sea lochs, the peninsula of Knapdale is rugged and wild. This is one of the few places in the country where you can see Scotland’s “Big 5” from the road. Golden eagles, deer, otters, seals and red squirrels are to be found here in this rich landscape. A horseshoe loop of the peninsula leads north where we hit our first gravel section of the route which takes a forest road high above Loch Fyne. The descent leads to your overnight stop in Lochgilphead – a quiet town which feels a little like stepping back in time with it’s 19th century buildings and quirky independent shops. (B)

    Ride Details: 35mi/57km | Ascent: 2,782ft/848m

    Day 4 - Lochgilphead to Oban

    Today’s ride starts perfectly with a gentle cruise on a traffic-free towpath alongside the Crinan Canal. Crossing the canal head north into the remarkable Kilmartin Glen. The human history of this glen spans 5,000 years and is home to more than 350 ancient monuments, 150 of which are prehistoric including standing stones, burial cairns and (a short distance away) the mighty fort of Dunadd. Heading away from the coast, you’ll soon reach the head of Loch Awe which stretches for a remarkable 25mi/40km to the north. A quiet road follows the loch’s western shore before climbing away to reach the village of Taynuilt. Choose to stay here for the night or in the nearby town of Oban. (B)

    Ride Details: 51mi/82km | Ascent: 3,635ft/1,108m

    Day 5 - Oban to Spean Bridge

    The route continues to hug the west coast as you journey north into increasingly magnificent scenery. A new section of traffic-free cycleway has recently been completed which has to be a contender for one of the best cycle paths in the UK. For some 18mi/30km between Loch Creran and Loch Leven, it is pure mountains and sea as you pedal through some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes. Where the cycleway ends, a short boat crossing takes you across the Corran narrows to a near traffic-free road right along the shore of Loch Linnhe. Across the other shore, the majestic bulk of Ben Nevis dominates the scene. Continue off-road to Spean Bridge or stop overnight in Fort William in the shadow of the “Ben”. (B)

    Ride Details: 62mi/99km | Ascent: 2,836ft/864m

    Day 6 - Spean Bridge to Inverness

    Your final day of riding is a classic; combining off-road gravel with one of Scotland’s iconic road climbs and a fast finish along the shores of Loch Ness. The first part of your day follows the Great Glen, through the forests above Loch Lochy and Loch Oich. As far as Fort Augustus the terrain is largely flat and you should arrive in good shape for lunch by the Caledonian Canal. Fuelled for the final leg of your journey, it’s time to tackle the Glendoe climb which is the main feature of the Etape Loch Ness which 5,000+ riders tackle each April. Depending upon your legs, it’s a challenging climb of 25-45mins but you will be rewarded with stunning views of Loch Ness. From the summit, it’s a long downhill to the village of Foyers where one final (and essential) stop at the cycle friendly Cameron’s tea room will carry you to the finish in Inverness. Enjoy a celebratory night in the Highland capital having successfully completed the Caledonia Way. (B)

    Ride Details: 59mi/94km | Ascent: 3,019ft/920m

    Day 7 - Depart Inverness

    Enjoy your morning relaxing and exploring in Inverness before departing for your onward journey. (B)

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    Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

    This itinerary includes 6 nights in 3-4 star accommodation, staying at some of our favourite locally-owned guesthouses and small hotels along our route, each handpicked for their warm welcome and bike friendly facilities. Single rooms are available on request.

    Accommodation Upgrades are available in some locations for a supplement and are subject to availability. Please note that choosing to upgrade the accommodation may mean additional transfers to and from the route at the beginning and end of each day.

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    Breakfast is included each day aside from Day 1. Your soigneur will suggest a number of options for your lunches and evening meals in each location.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation in 3-4 star locally-owned guesthouses and small hotels
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary: Breakfast each day (Meals indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
    • A support vehicle throughout the trip who will offer guidance, local insights, snacks, change of clothes, navigation and a boost if needed.
    • Soigneur / Support driver / bike mechanic / first aider available 24/7 while on the trip.
    • Essential equipment including GPS with pre-loaded routes. Your soigneur will also have a bike lock, bike tool, spare inner tube, pump and tyre levers if required.
    • Bike cleaning and maintenance throughout the trip.
    • Welcome briefing and expert bike fitting on Day 1 if hiring.
    • Daily luggage transfers and private transfers to and from the start/endpoint.

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

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    Arrival Info

    Meet your soigneur at the Queen Street Train Station on Day 1 of your trip. Arrival and Departure times are flexible but dependant on ferry schedules.

    Departure Info

    Depart your Inverness accommodation after breakfast and make your own way to the train station for your onward journey.

    Upgrade and Customise Your Trip Read More

    Accommodation Upgrades are available in some locations for a supplement and are subject to availability. Please note that choosing to upgrade the accommodation may mean additional transfers to and from the route at the beginning and end of each day.

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    For a full list of inclusions please see our comparison table here.

    Looking to extend your stay? Get in touch with our friendly sales team to book extra nights before or after your trip.

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    Price from: £995
    Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights

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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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