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Scotland - Castle Crusade

Scotland - Castle Crusade

Degree of difficulty - B

We are offering two tours touring the wonderful tours of Scotland.  Our "Castle Crusade" tour heads from Highland Perthshire through the Angus Glens and the Kingdom of Fife.

Major attractions are the famous Castle of Glamis ( childhood home of the Queen Mother ), Scone Palace the crowning point of all Scottish Kings and Queens , Falkland Palace , St Andrews the home of Golf and Blair Castle. Along with this the chance to visit a few whisky distilleries. A tour of great scenery, culture and history.

DAY 1 Arrive Pitlochry
Arrive in Pitlochry a bustling town in the heart of the highland Perthshire countryside surrounded by mountains. Arrive early and visit the fish and dam ladder where salmon make their way upstream to lay eggs. Maybe also visit one of the local whisky distilleries or just take a relaxing walk by the River.

DAY 2 Pitlochry to Alyth 28-35 miles / 45-56 km
After spending some time in Pitlochry seeing the Fish and Dam ladder or the Bells distillery, you cycle east up the gentle climb out of the town. Eventually the climb becomes worthwhile with a scenic eight mile descent. This route is very remote and typical of the landscapes of Scotland. Various optional routes allow you to cross too one of the stunning Angus Glens where time seems to stand still and with the Grampian Mountains behind you, each corner will provide a new visual delight. Today is really about wild beautiful Scottish scenery.

DAY 3 Alyth Loop to Glamis Castle 27 miles/45 km
Following the lower farm lands as you cycle east with the Grampian Mountains providing a wonderful northern scenic splendor. Visit Glamis castle which is everything a castle should be. It was the setting of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and also the birth place of HM the Queen Mother. Once your visit is complete make your way north and finally west back towards Alyth with stunning views of the Grampian Mountains on your shoulder.

DAY 4 Alyth to St Michaels 33 miles/53 km
Leaving Alyth you cycle south along the undulating lanes, eventually approaching the River Tay and Dundee. Visit the Discovery Centre before continuing across the Tay Bridge.

DAY 5 St Michaels to St Andres Loop 11 miles/17 km
A short, gentle cycle today will take you to St Andrews a historic gem university town. The Priory, castle, many quaint cobbled streets, sea life centre, lovely coastal walks and not forgetting those famous Links courses in the home of Golf.

DAY 6 St Andrews to Perth 25-40 miles / 40-64km
Today your cycle tour continues along the shores of the River Tay, mainly using part of the National Cycle Network to Perth. Along this route you can detour to Falkland Palace once a Royal residence and wonder at the fantastic architecture and internal decorations. The Palace also has some wonderful gardens. Check into your accommodation and explore the wonderful City of Perth.

DAY 7 Perth various miles
A day to relax around the city with many non cycling activities to occupy you or cycle out to Scone Palace. Scone Palace is full of treasures and a must for those interested in Scottish history. The palace is the crowning point of all past Scottish Kings and Queens. The famous Stone of Destiny was returned here after the devolution of Scotland from England.

DAY 8 End of tour- Perth
Your tour ends after breakfast

Please look at our tour dossier for more infomation on this tour

stg £665.00 per person sharing

stg £1020  single room 
(£95 reduction if you bring your own bike)

Tour Includes

• 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
• 24 speed trekking bike with a pannier bag
• Luggage transfers
• Welcome meeting
• Tour details – maps and routes

Entrance fees for castles
Lunches and dinners
E-Bike is an additional £80

Self Guided Tour Information

Available daily from April to September

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


Althol Villa Althol Villa1 Althol Villa2

Atholl Villa GH


Old Stables Old Stables1

The Old Stables


Pinewood House Pinewood House1

Pinewood Country House

How to get to the start point in Pitlochry: 

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) 5 stops to Pitlochry (approx 1hr50mins) 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information 

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