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Cycling Holidays in Scotland

Gain a new perspective on Scotland as you experience it from the saddle on a Macs Adventure cycling holiday. Pedaling through the inspiring Scottish landscape you'll discover more of the country than if you were walking, while still making the most of the rich culture. For plenty of inspiration and information check out our online cycling holiday guide.

Our range of cycling holidays in Scotland, includes touring trips and mountain biking routes along with the possibility of e-bike and road bike hire on a select number of our trips. We use largely quiet country roads and traffic-free cycle routes allowing you to explore treasures like the Great Glen Cycleway from Fort William to Inverness tracing the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness. Alternatively, explore the best of Scotland's islands on our Scottish Island Hopscotch or Cycling The Isle of Skye trips. Whichever you choose, you can be sure of leaving Scotland with memories of a lifetime.

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  • Best Time to Visit Scotland
    Best Time to Visit Scotland

    The seasons in Scotland vary greatly, which can be one of the many reasons to visit again and again, as they all provide their own beauty and spectacle. Although Scotland isn’t blessed with year-round sunshine its climate is (surprisingly) moderate. At Macs Adventure, we offer cycling holidays from March through to October when the weather is most kind.

    SPRING IN SCOTLAND

    Known as the most predictable time weather-wise, as rainfall is generally at it's lowest. You can expect average maximum temperatures to range from approximately 7°C (45°F) to 13 °C (55°F) during the months of March, April and May. This is the most popular time for active holidays in Scotland, so early booking is recommended.

    SUMMER IN SCOTLAND

    June, July and August are normally the warmest months in Scotland, with average maximum temperatures ranging from approximately 15°C (59°F) to 17°C (63 °F). This time of year is great for cycling the Scottish Islands as you will have plenty hours of daylight allowing you to make the most of your days in the saddle.

    AUTUMN IN SCOTLAND

    September and October are up there with our favorite times to explore Scotland, the scenery is a delight with warm gold and bronze hues, as the leaves and grass change colour. The autumn light is warmer, perfect for those interested in photography. Not to mention the crisp fresh air – dreamy! Our cycling trips on the Castle Trail or in the Lochs & Glens of the Trossachs National Park are wonderful at this time of year. 

  • E-Biking Holidays in Scotland
    E-Biking Holidays in Scotland

    Fancy a cycling holiday in Scotland, but not sure if your legs are up to tackling some of the larger hills or steeper ascents? Or simply fancy taking it a little easier - you are on holiday after-all! Then opting for e-bike hire is for you.

    We offer a range of biking trips in Scotland where e-bike hire is possible. By no means "cheating" the e-bike is a great tool for helping you feel confident on some longer or hillier days you may otherwise not feel sure about. You'll still be pedaling the entire time but the electric rechargeable battery is there to give you a boost when you need it, you can switch between assist levels as you go. So why not relax, and enjoy the view as you embark on a Macs Adventure cycling holiday. Make sure to get your request in quickly as there limited e-bikes available, and they are only becoming more and more popular.  

  • Don't miss ...
    Don't miss ...

    On your Scottish cycling holiday make sure not to miss these amazing experiences along the way. 

    Sampling a dram or two on Islay and Jura (the whisky isles)

    On our Scottish Island Hopscotch trip you'll pass many a distillery from Lochranza on Arran to Ardbeg, Laphroaig (and more) on Islay and onto Jura. The latter are best known for their world-renowned single-malt whiskies. We definitely recommend stopping off at a distillery to learn about how the production of whisky has shaped the culture on these islands.  

    Blair Castle

    A visit to Blair Castle in Atholl Estate on our Scotland's Castle Trail trip is a must. The castle is the seat of Europe's only remaining private army - a small unit acting as personal bodyguards to the Duke of Atholl, of the clan Murray who have thrived in Perthshire from the late 12th century. The castle grounds make for a wonderful autumnal stroll below the fiery canopy as the leaves change colour.

    Pedaling past the Old Man of Storr on Skye

    Our Cycling The Isle of Skye trip explores this famous Scottish island in its entirety. Pedal coastal roads with epic views of the Cuillin Ridge on the island's west, to charming Portree on the east, and the dramatic Trotternish Peninsula in the north home to the unusual rock formations of the The Storr and the Quiraing. 

    Ride through Rob Roy's stomping grounds

    Discover the Trossachs National Park and Perthshire on our Scotland's Lochs & Glens cycling trip. Begin at Loch Katrine, near the birthplace of Scottish folklore legend Rob Roy MacGregor and make your way north east into Perthshire, stopping to visit Dunkeld cathedral, the Falls of Dochart in Killin and perhaps a visit to Scotland's smallest distillery of Edradour in Pitlochry. 

  • Isle of Skye Cycling

    Discover the mysterious Isle of Skye on Scotland's north-west coast. The route takes you right around the island, visiting all big tourist spots, but also many hidden locations.

  • Cycle the Classic Great Glen Way

    Ewan cycles the coast to coast route of the Great Glen Cycleway, which follows the Great Glen Way trail from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east. Our 5 day and 4 night trip is perfect long weekend getaway. Pedal a mixture of canal-side paths, forestry tracks, some paved road and hillside trails. Although this is a mountain biking trip no advanced technical skills are required, but you'll need a good level of fitness to get the most out of your trip. Check out Ewan's video diary, then discover this classic long distance trail by bike for yourself. 

  • How does an e-bike work?

    Join Fran on a cycling holiday in Greece as she tries riding an e-bike. E-bikes are becoming more and more popular, and it's not hard to see why! If you're thinking about a cycling holiday in Scotland but are worried you might not have the fitness to tackle some of the larger hills then why not consider opting for e-bike hire on your trip? Watch our video and learn the basics of e-biking alongside Fran. 

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