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Scotland - Castle Trail

Scotland - Castle Trail

Degree of difficulty - B

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.

DAY 1            Arrive Perth

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. 

DAY 2                         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.

DAY 3                         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)

DAY 4                         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.

 DAY 5                     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! 

DAY 6                         End of tour- Perth                       
Your tour ends after breakfast

2018 SELF GUIDED TOUR 5 NIGHTS
stg £595.00 per person sharing

stg £760  single room 
(£120 reduction if you bring your own bike)

Tour Includes

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

Excluded:
Entrance fees for castles
Lunches and dinners
E-Bike is an additional £60

Self Guided Tour Information

Available daily from April to 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.

From Pitlochry

Pitlochry has a mainline train station connecting through to Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Train times and tickets can be booked via Scot Rail.

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