Scotland – Castle Trail
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Discover the castles, palaces and history of Scotland as you cycle through the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Cycle from inn to inn on easy going country roads and bike paths through the heather clad hills of Highland Perthshire. Visit the romantic castle of Blair Castle and historic Scone Palace, crowning place of 42 Scottish Kings.
From the historic city of Perth, you head north along the Tay River Valley to historic Dunkeld and Birnam and then on to the Victorian Spa town of Pitlochry. Cycle the shoreline of Loch Tummel, take a tour of Blair Castle or take a wee dram at the Edradour Distillery overlooking the Perthshire Highlands.
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The City of Perth, on the banks of the River Tay, dates back 800+ years and was originally called St. John's Town. An easy train journey from Glasgow (1hr10) or Edinburgh (1hr20) gives you time to explore St John's Kirk, the Black Watch Museum or just stroll on the banks of the River Tay.
Scone Palace to Dunkeld 21 miles / 35 km 210m ascent image 1 Scone Palace to Dunkeld 21 miles / 35 km 210m ascent
Scone Palace to Dunkeld 21 miles / 35 km 210m ascent image 1
Scone Palace to Dunkeld 21 miles / 35 km 210m ascent
After your bike fitting, start your adventure at Scone Palace, the crowning place of 42 Scottish kings, including Robert the Bruce and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Explore the palace, wander in the gardens and discover Scotland’s history. From Perth, you then head north on the National Cycle Route 77 along the banks of the River Tay through the rolling countryside of Perthshire to Dunkeld. A Victorian Village on the banks of the River Tay where you will stay for the next 2 nights.
Dunkeld 3 Lochs Cycle 19 miles/33 km
Cycling east, an easy going loop links the small lochs of Drumellie, Clunie and Lowes where it is possible to view nesting Ospreys. Alternatively (or even additionally), you may prefer to explore the charms of Dunkeld, revisiting childhood memories at the Beatrix Potter Exhibition, visit Dunkeld’s 13th-century Cathedral or take a trip to the nearby Menzies Castle, seat of the Menzies clan for over 400 years (private transfers can be arranged).
Cycle to Pitlochry 15 miles/26 km 190m ascent
Cycle north on cycle route 77 through the glorious Perthshire countryside to Pitlochry. Following the River Tay, the route gently sweeps through the villages of Dalguise and Logierait. The last few km’s undulates through the pine forest of Ballechin Wood to the town of Pitlochry, nestled beneath the rugged Perthshire Highlands.
St Michaels to St Andres Loop 28 miles/44 km 190m ascent image 1 St Michaels to St Andres Loop 28 miles/44 km 190m ascent
The popular Victorian Spa town of Pitlochry is packed full of things to do. The loop ride around Loch Tummel leads to ‘Queens View’ one of Scotland’s most famous viewpoints. Before heading to the loch, take a cycle up to Blair Castle, which showcases 700 years of Scottish history across 30 rooms. On the way up you can also visit the battle site of Killicrankie and the delicious food hall at The House of Bruaur. If all this sounds a squeeze then we can easily arrange another night in Pitlochry to take a tour of the Edradour Distillery. Single malt at its best!
The tour ends after breakfast next morning.
- 5 nights accommodation with breakfast ( mix of 3* & 4* hotels & guesthouses )
- Luggage transfers
- Welcome meeting
- Tour details ? maps and routes
Entrance fees for castles
Lunches and dinners
Bike hire €190
E-bike hire €245
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NIGHT 1: PERTH
Pitcullen Guesthouse - Perth
A friendly, relaxed guesthouse located on the east side of the River Tay. This quiet location provides a warm welcome to Scottish hospitality and stunning scenery.
NIGHT 2&3: DUNKELD
The Bridge - Dunkeld
Adjacent to the River Tay, The Bridge dates back to the Georgian period and is only a short walk from Dunkeld Cathedral.
NIGHT 4&5: PITLOCHRY
Knockendarroch - Pitlochry
4* - A contemporary country house nestled in the Perthshire Highlands. The panoramic bedrooms offer far reach views across mountains and woodlands.
2022 SELF GUIDED TOUR 5 NIGHTS
€ 660 per person sharing
€ 960 single room ( if travelling with others )
€1040 solo traveller (if travelling alone)
€30 High Season supplement if travelling in July & August
Self Guided Tour Information
Tours can start daily from 1st April to 1st October
How to get to the start point in Perth:
We recommend flying to Edinburgh Airport.
Perth is an easy train journey from Edinburgh (1h20), Glasgow (1h10) or Inverness (2h05), all of which have airports. Edinburgh and Glasgow airports are the best options if travelling from outside the UK. Use the journey planner online at Travel Line Scotland to plan journeys by public transport in Scotland. Private transfers from Edinburgh or Glasgow can easily be arranged.
Pitlochry has a mainline train station connecting through to Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Train times and tickets can be booked via Scot Rail.