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Scotland - Lochs and Castles

Scotland - Lochs and Castles

Degree of difficulty - B/C

For 2016 we are offering two tours in Scotland taking in the beauty of the country and the castles.    Our Castle safari's of Scotland are both spectacular journeys filled with the cultural and historical background of the beautiful Scottish isles.

This tour in Scotland goes through the Trossachs and Highland Perthshire.  We organise seven nights self guided cycling through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park which is Scotland’s first National Park. The region is famous for its fabulous scenery with mountains and Lochs (Lakes). This is a cycle tour which encompasses all about Scotland, hills, Lochs, Castles, Culture and Whiskey! Different daily routes can be adopted for all abilities with some minor adjustments meaning we can cater for beginner and also experienced cyclists.

LOCHS & CASTLES:

DAY 1 Arrive Callander

Arrive in Callander – 45 miles North of Edinburgh

DAY 2 Loch Kathrine Loop 20-35 miles / 32-56 km
A wonderful first day of cycling alongside Loch Venachar with the hills on either side sparkling in the loch. We are making our way to Loch Katrine , a beautiful remote loch where you can take a ride on a steamer boat which was built in 1872. A tarmac private cycle way also runs alongside the loch giving spectacular views across the loch and the mountains.

DAY 3 Doune Castle Loop 24-35 miles/38-56 km
Cycling southwards to the ancient village of Doune with its famous Castle. Stop and explore before continuing onto Dunblane with its great Cathedral. The circular trip takes you back to Callander along the Highland fault line.

DAY 4 Callander to Killin 25-38 miles/40-60 km
Today we follow the National Cycle Network north alongside Loch Lubnaig towards Balquihidder where you will find a small church where Rob Roy McGregor is buried. From here we continue over the gentle climb of Glen Ogle before descending to Killin. The waterfall here is really spectacular and many people sit on the rocks and watch the cascading waters pass by the Falls of Dochart.

DAY 5 Killin to Aberfeldy 28-38 miles/45-60 km
Various options allow you to either cycle the undulating lane around Loch Tay and visit the Scottish Crannog Centre or cycle over the mountain range to the next Glen before descending what is said to be Scotland’s longest enclosed Glen, Glen Lyon. Onward to Fortingall, which is famous for having the world’s oldest Yew tree sitting within the tiny historic village. After this visit, carry along the Valley to Aberfeldy passing the famous Castle Menzies.

DAY 6 Aberfeldy to Pitlochry 18-33 miles / 29-53km
Today you have a short and longer option. Initially following the National Cycle Network along the river valley towards the highland town of Aberfeldy past Castle Menzies of Clan Menzies, before setting off to visit the whiskey distillery. Both routes start along the River Tay valley when the short route turns north to Pitlochry . The longer route firsts heads south to the historic village of Dunkeld dating back to the 1700’s. After your visit you head north to Pitlochry.

DAY 7 Pitlochry Loop 14-36 miles / 22-58km
A day to explore the tourist attractions in the wonderful Highland town or take a days cycling around this great area. Visit the Fish and Dam ladder if lucky and in season see the salmon jumping the ladder, the Festival open air theatre is worth a visit or try one of the two distilleries nearby, the Bells and Edradour Scotland’s smallest. Cycle north and visit the Killiecrankie visitor centre the centre point of the Jacobite risings. Further north a few miles is Blair Atholl with Scotland’s most visited Castle, Blair Castle home of the Atholl family. The picturesque route around Loch Tummel will provide some breathtaking scenery to make this days stop over truly unforgettable.

DAY 8 End of tour
Tour ends 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).

2016 LOCHS AND CASTLE SELF LED 
€815 based on 2 sharing a room 

€1255 for single occupancy
€70 supplement for e-bike
€120 supplement for an option to upgrade to mainly 4* accom

Tour Includes

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

There is an option to organise this tour over 5 nights, please email our office for more information on this

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

Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.


CALLANDER

Glengarry House Glengarry House1 Glengarry House2

Day 1, 2 & 3: Category B - Glengarry House

Abbotsford Lodge Abbotsford Lodge1 Abbotsford Lodge2

Day 1, 2 & 3: Category A - Abbotsford Lodge


KILLIN

Breadalbane House Breadalbane House1

Day 4: Category B and Category A - Breadalbane


ABERFELDY

Cathy Ross BB Cathy Ross BB1 Cathy Ross BB2

Day 5: Category B - Cathy Ross B&B

Tighn Eilean Tighn Eilean1

Day 5: Category A - Tigh n Eilean GH


PITLOCHRY

The Well House The Well House1 The Well House2

Day 6 & 7: Category B - The Wellhouse

Althol Villa Althol Villa1 Althol Villa2

Day 6 & 7: Category A - Atholl Villa GH

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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Telephone: +353 1 2600749
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