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Scotland - Lochs and Castles

Scotland - Lochs and Castles

Degree of difficulty - A/B

We have designed this Scottish cycle tour appeal to families of all ages but also for couples who might find our other trips too difficult. Using as many cycle paths and minor roads as possible to allow safe cycling but also designing the route to include interesting places to visit while on tour.

On this 6 night tour, you will have the chance to sail on an historic steamer boat on Loch Katrine, visit a medieval castle, visit a grand castle fully furnished with grand furniture, paintings and armoury, explore the grounds and adventure play areas and all this while in stunning scenery.

If you are not young of age then you shall get the chance to visit two whisky distilleries This bike adventure takes you through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the first of its kind in Scotland, it is also Rob Roy country, the McGregor Chieftain who ruled the region in late 17th century. His Grave can be found close to the cycle route via a short detour.

Day 1 Arrive Callander
Fly into Edinburgh or Glasgow airport and make your way by train and bus or taxi to Callander. The picturesque village of Callander is located at the entrance to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. If you arrive in time you could take a walk to view the Bracklin Falls, a mile or so out of Callander.

Day 2 Callander to Loch Katrine 20 miles / 32km (optional extension available).
Today your adventure begins by bike. Heading off on cycle trails beside Loch Venachar you shall be heading towards Loch Katrine. Lovely views await you as the trail twists and turns by the waterside. A small section by road then follows before arriving at Loch Katrine docks. Once at Loch Katrine you can take one of the circular 1 hour cruises on the Loch which are perfect cruises for families or couples looking to relax and soak up the scenery. Enjoy the on board heated saloon and settle in with a drink and snack while listening to the tales and legends of the loch as narrated by the ships knowledgeable crew. After time at the Loch you make your way back to Callander.

Day 3 Callander to Killin 23 miles / 37 km
A lovely cycle tour today almost completely on cycle paths. You shall cycle north today on a lovely cycle path beside the River Leny, stop to view the falls of Leny, a white water section of the river. Soon you shall be beside Loch Lubnaig, you shall be amazed at the wonderful mountains views, the reflections in the Loch are extremely picturesque. Stop for Lunch at Strathyre a nice little village before following a disused railway line now a cycle path over Glen Ogle Pass, don’t worry it is very a gentle ascent. Finally the descent to Killin where you shall be amazed by the falls of Dochart as you enter the pretty highland town.

Day 4 Killin to Aberfeldy 27 miles / 43km
Today you shall cycle along the south side of Loch Tay on a minor country lane used as part of the UK National Cycle Network. Loch Tay is almost 16 miles long! At the eastern end you pass the Scottish Crannog centre, which shows life on the loch during the bronze age. There are great hands on activities here, ideals for a family visit or if an adult listen to the talks about life on the loch. Now onto Kenmore a very pretty village overlooking Loch Tay. You now cycle towards Aberfeldy passing Castle Menzies, an ideal afternoon stop before arriving to your overnight destination.

Day 5 Aberfeldy to Pitlochry 16.3 miles / 26km
Today a shorter cycle ride to Pitlochry which will allow you to discover this wonderful highland town. Pitlochry is a bustling former Victorian highland town, lots of activities to do here, visit the Fish and Dam ladder (where salmon jump the dam wall), festival theatre, a whisky distillery, go boating on the lake or take in a hike or two!

Day 6 Pitlochry Loop – Blair Castle, Killiecrankie 10 miles / 16km
The last ride of the week takes you north to Blair Castle. This is a wonderful visit for the family and couples a like. It truly is one of the best castles to visit in Scotland, armoury, kids play area and lots of forest trails to explore. This is the home of the Duke of Atholl, his family have centuries of history in the region. On your way back to Pitlochry visit the Killiecranke visitor centre. The Pass of Killiecrankie is a magnificent wooded gorge. The Battle of Killiecrankie, the major event in the first of the Jacobite uprisings, was fought nearby.

The Visitor Centre, on the east side of the Pass, tells both the story of the rich natural history of the Pass and the story of the battle. On 27 July 1689 the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful gorge was shattered when the first shots in the Jacobite cause were fired. One soldier escaped by making a spectacular jump across the River Garry at the spot now known as Soldier’s Leap. The Visitor Centre features ‘hands-on’ natural history exhibits, models and maps of the battle. Also, see nesting birds at close range.

Day 7 Departure.
Departure after breakfast.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

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

£580 per person sharing

£920 for single occupancy

£440.00 for 11 – 14 year olds sharing a room with two adults
£310.00 for 3-10 year olds sharing a room with two adults
0-2 are free but there is a charge of £60.00 for a bike trailor

£95 supplement for e-bike

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation in 3* hotels & guesthouses with breakfast
- 24 speed trekking bike with pannier bag and rear rack ( adult, kids,  tag along and trailors available ) 
- route details and maps
- luggage transfers
- emergency support

Self Guided Tour Information

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

We stay in a mix of 3 & 4 star hotels & guesthouses - Details to follow...


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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UCD, Dublin 4,

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