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Scotland - Lochs and Glens

Scotland - Lochs and Glens

Degree of difficulty - A/B

Explore Scotland’s lochs and glens by bike, soaking in the unique landscape of the Scottish Highlands whilst savouring the clean, fresh Scottish air. Immerse yourself in rich clan history as you cycle past castles through the rugged Trossachs hills and then on into Highland Perthshire. Great cycling complemented by welcoming Scottish hospitality, world-class whisky and the produce from Scotland’s natural larder.

Your cycling adventure begins in the bustling holiday town of Callander, known as the gateway to the highlands, which lies beneath wooded crags. Learn the story of Rob Roy at the visitor centre before you pedal east to Loch Katrine. Here you can cycle along the tranquil Loch Katrine and perhaps a trip on the 100 years Sir Walter Scott steamship.

Your route continues north past Loch Lubnaig and through Glen Ogle to the village of Killin, which lies at the southern end of Loch Tay and is bisected by The Falls Of Dochart. The scenery just gets even better with every turn of the pedals as you follow the southern shore of Loch Tay past the Scottish Crannog Centre, Dewar’s World of Whisky and Taymouth Castle. Aberfeldy is next, famous for the ‘Birks of Aberfeldy’ a poem by Robert Burns.

 

Day 1 Arrive Callander
Callander sits on the eastern edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and is a good starting point for Scotland’s Lochs & Glens Cycle Tour. Arriving in Callander allows you to brush up on your knowledge of Scottish History with a visit to the Rob Roy visitor centre. Callander is easily reached by car from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, the town is also served by a frequent rail service.

Day 2 Callander to Loch Katrine 35 miles / 56km
A pleasant day cycling alongside the southern shore of Loch Venacher to the Trossachs Pier at Loch Katrine. Situated in the heart of Rob Roy country lies the pristine Loch Katrine, famous following the success of Sir Walter Scott’s narrative poem Lady of the Lake and novel Rob Roy. On arrival at the pier, you have the option to step aboard the 100-year-old steamer boat for the morning sailing to Stronachlachar, (booking in advance essential). You will enjoy the gentle cycle back along quiet forest tracks and lochside paths, with commanding views across the peaceful loch and Queen Elizabeth Forests and of course not forgetting a stop at Glen Ogle at the head of the loch, the birthplace of the notorious 18th-century outlaw, Rob Roy.

Day 3 Callander to Killin 25 miles / 40 km
Your journey today continues deeper into the southern highlands where you will be surrounded by stunning scenery. Your cycle will mainly be on cycle tracks and quiet roads passing by the impressive Falls of Leny, Loch Lubnaig and Loch Oich. A stop in the village of Balqhuidder at the head of Loch Voil will bring you to the final resting place of folk hero Rob Roy. Your final leg of today’s cycling; a gentle climb over Glen Ogle which offers rewarding views back over Loch Earn, then a pleasant descent to reach the charming village of Killin nestled beneath Tarmachan Ridge, where you will be greeted by the grandeur of ‘The Falls of Dochart’.

Day 4 Killin to Aberfeldy 25 miles / 40km
Your companions for much of today's journey will be the mighty Loch Tay and Ben Lawers as you travel eastwards towards Aberfeldy. Pedal along shadowed by idyllic trees before approaching a prehistoric loch dwelling known as a Crannog. Step back in time and experience the authentic recreation of ‘Iron Age Life’ on the Loch. Enjoy the remainder of your cycle to Aberfeldy following the River Tay stopping at the pretty 16th-century conservation village of Kenmore, nestled on the banks of the Tay. An optional 3.4 mile (one way) detour to the village of Fortingall, at the entrance of Glen Lyon, is worth a visit to admire the Fortingall Yew, an ancient Yew, known as the oldest tree in Europe.

Day 5 Aberfeldy to Pitlochry 16 miles / 26km
A short but splendid cycle towards the Victorian town of Pitlochry where you will spend the remaining three nights. Meander by the quaint hamlet of Strathtay towards the Logierat Bridge, a listed railway viaduct where you will commence a steep climb, saying goodbye to the Tay whilst welcoming the River Tummel. A final run to the heart of Scotland will bring you to Pitlochry allowing you to spend the remainder of the day discovering the abundance of attractions that this enchanting holiday town has to offer.

Day 6 Loch Tummel Circuit 28 miles / 45km
A truly unforgettable ride through Highland Perthshire's ‘Big Tree Country’ awaits you. Follow the Loch Tummel loop from Pitlochry to experience Scotland’s most majestic and prestigious scenery. Set high above Loch Tummel enjoy the panoramic view from Queens View (named after Queen Isabel, first wife of Robert the Bruce), with the seasonal woodland colours, combined with the tranquillity of Loch Tummel it is easy to understand why it is voted Scotland’s most outstanding beauty spot!

Day 7 River Garry to Blair Castle 16 miles/26 km
Set off for a relaxed and delightful ride by the River Garry as you head towards the 13th century Blair Atholl Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Today's cycle will be combined with two historic attractions. As you leave from Pitlochry you will cycle towards the dramatic pass of Killicranckie, a beautiful gorge steeped in history before spending the day at Blair Atholl Estate exploring the fascinating castle and wildness of the countryside. Cycle back to Pitlochry and what better way to complete your trip than the charm and intimacy of Scotland’s smallest whisky distillery, Edradour. Enjoy the smooth, creamy texture of this malt known as the jewel in the Highland Crown whilst reflecting on your weeks' adventure through Scotland's Lochs and Glens.

Day 8 Departure.
Departure after breakfast.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

2018 LOCHS AND GLENS TOUR SELF LED 
£765 per person sharing

£975 for single occupancy


Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation in 3*/4* hotels & guesthouses with breakfast
- 24 speed trekking bike with pannier bag  
- route details and maps
- luggage transfers
- emergency support

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tour can start any day from April to end of October. *Note - tours have a different finish point from their start location

We stay in a mix of 3 & 4-star hotels & guesthouses - Below some examples

CALLANDER

Callander Waverley Hotel Callander Waverley Hotel1 Callander Waverley Hotel2

Day 1+2: The Waverley Hotel

 

KILLIN

Killin Old Bank Killin Old Bank1 Killin Old Bank2

Day 3: The Old Bank

 

ABERFELDY

Abberfeldy Balnearn House Abberfeldy Balnearn House1 Abberfeldy Balnearn House2

Day 4: Balnearn House

 

PITLOCHY

Pitlochery Acarsaid Hotel Pitlochery Acarsaid Hotel1 Pitlochery Acarsaid Hotel2

Day 5, 6 & 7: Acarsaid Hotel

 

How to get to the start point in Callander: 

We recommend flying to Edinburgh Airport. 

From there take the Airlink100 (Bus info) to Haymarket station (7 stops, approx 20 mins) and then take a train towards Inverness (Virgin Trains info) 2 stops to Stirling (approx 40mins) 

Then walk to Murray Place to take Bus 59 to Callander (stop: Orchardlea House Stirling Road, approx 40 mins)

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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