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Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Scotland

Road Biking, The Grand Tour | Guided Group

Total Distance 230 miles (370km) | Average Distance 33 miles (53km)

Discover the awesome wilderness areas of Scotland as you ride some 230 miles (370km) on quiet and spectacularly scenic roads.

You will experience an incredible range of trip highlights. From visiting the Royal Lochnagar Distillery to a guided tour of what’s known as ‘the most beautiful castle in Scotland’ this tour will leave you wanting for nothing.

Our cycle guides and vehicle support will take care of you. With great accommodation and food completing the itinerary. Join us for a cycling adventure that is grand in every sense.

What not to miss

  • The classic Scotland road cycling tour
  • Pedal the very best of Scotland
  • Full guiding, vehicle and logistical support

What’s included

  • 7 days professional guided cycling
  • 6 nights accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels/inns
  • Most meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Vehicle transport throughout including ride support and luggage transfers
  • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary
  • Ride snacks, home-baking and drinks
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Scotland

Road Biking, The Grand Tour | Guided Group

6 nights / 7 days

Day 1

Arrival in Inverness | Distance 36 miles (59km)

We meet this morning in Inverness and transfer to the nearby Culloden battlefield that provides ample space for us to welcome everyone with a trip briefing and bike fitting. If time allows we can also have a quick look round the battlefield before we set off. Our route quickly takes us out of the Highland capital and into the surrounding countryside, soon reaching the historic battlefield of Culloden. From Culloden we head east on flat and fast roads, past Cawdor, where we stop for lunch at a great little tearoom and then into the Whisky Country of Speyside. An ancient military road dating from the 1700’s leads to our first overnight stop at Grantown on Spey.

Meals: lunch, dinner

Day 2

From Grantown-on-Spey to Ballater | Distance 39 miles (63km)

The trail leaves Drymen and passes through Garadhban Forest. Leaving the forest, we’ll take a detour to climb Conic Hill – though just 361m high, it offers fantastic views over Loch Lomond. This area is resplendent with yellow gorse and there is a rich variety of bird life that your guide will be able to help you identify. Reaching the eastern banks of Loch Lomond at Balmaha, we follow the shore through forest until you reach the tranquil setting of Rowardennan, which is nestled at the foot of Ben Lomond. 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 3

Round Tour Royal Deeside | Distance 20 miles (32km)

We take it easy today with a short ride on Royal Deeside. This is one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, brimming with history and culture. Our route will take us on a loop beside the flowing River Dee, through the hills to Balmoral Castle and Lochnagar Distillery. We can visit the castle and grounds (unless the Queen is home!) and follow this up with a distillery visit and tasting. All that remains is a very relaxed ride back to Ballater and dinner at one of the village’s excellent restaurants.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 4

From Ballater to Edzell | Distance 42 miles (67km)

Our journey continues east along the River Dee and then through the picturesque Forest of Birse on rolling and very scenic roads. An early lunch sets us up for the climb over the Cairn O’Mount. A stone cairn at the top of the pass is said to be more than 4000 years old. It’s a challenging climb but the vehicle is close by should you need it. There are commanding views from the summit and from here we get our first glimpse of the North Sea and Scotland’s east coast. It’s all downhill from here – a superb 10 miles of fast riding all the way to our overnight halt at Edzell.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 5

From Edzell to Dundee | Distance 42 miles (68km)

This morning we leave the Cairngorm Mountains behind and head south to Kirriemuir and then Glamis Castle – known as “the most beautiful castle in Scotland”. We park up the bikes here for a guided tour of the castle and it’s stories, tales and secrets. A relaxing lunch in the restaurant follows before we continue our journey traversing the low-lying Sidlaw Hills en route to our waterfront accommodation in the City of Dundee.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 6

From Dundee to Aberdour | Distance 35 miles (56km)

We’ll make an early start from Dundee, crossing the Tay Estuary and reaching the historic University town of St Andrews with plenty of time to explore the old town. Following the coast we pass through several villages in turn; this is the ‘East Neuk’ of Fife – an incredibly scenic group of old fishing villages with glorious sea views. We finish our ride in the village of Elie, where we will enjoy a pint in the inn by the harbor before a short transfer to our hotel in Aberdour.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7

From Aberdour to Edinburgh | Distance 25 miles (40km).

The final day of our Grand Tour takes us from Fife, across the spectacular Firth of Forth and into the city limits. We will ride on cycleway right into the city centre. Here we will round the city’s Grassmarket and climb the road up to Edinburgh Castle for dramatic views across Edinburgh and the route we have followed over the past two days. All that remains is a ceremonial freewheel down the full length of the famous and historic Royal Mile, all the way to the Royal Palace of Holyrood. A fitting finish to a grand cycle tour of Scotland – feel free to adopt the royal wave for the crowds!

The trip ends with a celebration lunch and drinks at a nearby restaurant. Choose to depart the same day or, better still, stay on in the city to explore more of Scotland’s capital.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

This tour is operated by our favourite local partner.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Scotland

Road Biking, The Grand Tour | Guided Group

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Scotland

Road Biking, The Grand Tour | Guided Group

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Aberdour Hotel, Aberdour

3-star

Located in the centre of the historic village of Aberdour, on the north shore of the  Firth of Forth, this family run hotel was a 17th  century coaching inn.  Some of the original features have been retained but the property has been tastefully converted into a delightful 16 bedroom hotel with full bar and restaurant facilities.

Accommodation

This trip features some of the best hotel and guest house accommodation and food along the route we travel. We use a variety of accommodations such as country inns, guesthouses and small hotels, all hand-picked by us. Accommodation is in a choice of double or twin rooms with en-suite facilities. These suggested hotels are subject to availability.

Deeside Inn, Ballater

4-star

Deeside Inn is known for its traditional Scottish hospitality and lively music scene as much as it is for its homely lounge, open fires and welcoming bar with quality homemade food. Awarded its four-star inn status by the AA, General Manager Joanna and her team pride themselves on their reputation for quality service.  

Dunallan House, Cairngoms

4-star

Situated in a quiet location, yet only a short stroll to all amenities in Grantown On Spey, Dunallan offers quality Scottish Tourist Board 4-star accommodation in a large lovingly restored Victorian Villa. The owners have kept many of the villa's original features, including the lovely stained-glass windows, cornices, original fireplaces and pitch pine throughout.

Glenesk Hotel, Edzell

4-star

Glenesk Hotel is a 38 bedroom Victorian property situated in the beautiful "Britain in Bloom" award-winning village of Edzell at the foot of the Angus Glens. The Glenesk Hotel is an ideal destination whether you plan an overnight stay, a weekend break or a long holiday. There is something for everyone and you will always be assured of a Warm Welcome!

Taypark House, Dundee

4-star

Standing proudly in Dundee's affluent West End, Taypark House is an elegant Category B listed former Scots Baronial mansion house. Constructed around 1863, this handsome house is set within stunning mature garden grounds and enjoys panoramic views across the Botanical Gardens towards the silvery Tay and the hills of Fife. The property has been sympathetically restored to its former glory and now boasts 14 individually designed bedrooms bursting with the character and charm of a country house hotel.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Scotland

Road Biking, The Grand Tour | Guided Group

Pricing 2019

 Tour Only Prices (Transfers Included) 2019

Dates

Nights

Price

04 May – 10 May

6

£1725

01 June – 07 June

6

£1725

06 July – 12 July

6

£1725

07 September – 13 September

6

£1725

  

Extras

Single supplement from £265

Bike hire: £175

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Scotland

Road Biking, The Grand Tour | Guided Group

Total Distance

230 miles (370km)

Average Distance

33 miles (53km)

Suitability

This trip is suitable for people with a good level of bike fitness, who regularly enjoy cycling and may have joined a multi-day cycle holiday before.

Distances each day will be between 35 – 45 miles, cycling at around 12/13mph. Each day will be rolling and hilly terrain and there will be notable climbs most days. Some of these will be more testing and some riders may opt to push or ride in the support vehicle.

Some climbs are also followed by exciting descents. We will be in the saddle for 5 – 7 hours each day plus the odd longer day. There is also time each day for breaks and lunches, plus some visits to sites of interest.

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