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Scotland's Castle Trail

6 Days & 5 Nights 4.2 Read 4 reviews
  • Easy-going cycling past heather covered hills of Pershire
  • Enjoy a “wee dram” at Edradour Distillery
  • Visit the grand Blair Castle, one of Scotland’s finest
  • Explore at Scone Palace, where 42 Scottish Kings were crowned
  • Hand-picked inns and B&B's offering the warmest of welcomes
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.

What To Expect

This is the perfect trip for you if you want to discover the stories, castles and highlights of Scotland by bike. The cycling is generally pretty flat, although there are a few hillier sections. You will be following cycle paths, country lanes and a few busier roads close to town. Friendly, hand-picked inns and B&B’s await at the end of each day’s ride. If you prefer your adventure with some added comfort, we’ve selected the very best country houses and hotels for to end the day with a touch of luxury.

Trip Type:

Slower Adventures | Slower Adventures


Leisure Cycling | Leisure Cycling

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Whisky
  • Accessible by Rail

Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded easy to moderate and follows a combination of paved, well marked cycle routes, quiet country roads, a few stretches of hills and some busier routes closer to towns, so please do be mindful of other roads users.


Our tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps are easy to follow during your self-guided adventure. Should you require assistance, local 24/7 telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.

Accommodation Information

5 Nights accommodation is included in hand-picked B&Bs or guesthouses, of a 3 or 4 star standard. We carefully select small and friendly accommodation that offers great value, food and welcomes. Here you’ll see a selection of some of the properties we often book, however they are subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered.

You can add tailor-make your itinerary and add extra nights to suit your requirements —please contact us for details. 

Accommodation Upgrade

Featuring stylish inns and country house hotels our superior accommodation option is perfect if you prefer your adventure with added comfort. If you wish to upgrade a supplementary payment can be made at the time of booking. Listed below are example's of our standard and superior accommodation.

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.


A local, traditional breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most of your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby pubs or restaurants.

  • 5 Nights in B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfer
  • Information pack and route notes
  • Access to GPX tracks and detailed mapping on the Macs Adventure smartphone app
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
  • Travel to Perth / from Pitlochry
  • Bike hire
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Bike hire (standard hybrid)

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day, from April to October.

Scotland is known for its changeable weather, it is often said that there are four season in one day and quite regularly that's the case. You can get blazing sunshine or torrential rain and all points in between. Whatever the weather, the route and scenery are still spectacular. And the old Scottish saying goes, "there's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!".

Getting to the Start

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 option if travelling from outside the UK.

Use the journey planner online at www.travelinescotland.com to plan journeys by public transport in Scotland.

Private transfers from Edinburgh or Glasgow can easily be arranged.

Getting from the End

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

Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard gear such as warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


GT Transeo, 24 gear hybrid bikes are available for hire. Rental bikes come equipped with, 1 x pannier bag, basic repair kit, pump, lock and helmet (though we recommend using your own). Male and female frames are available. If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride.

If you’re only just getting into cycling or need a little assistance we can also arrange e-bike rental. Please note that the minimum age on e-bike hire is 16 years old for health & safety reasons. 

If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip such as Scott Sub, Trek 7200 or similar.

Bike bags/cases can be stored in Perth but please do pack an extra soft bag for your personal belongings as bike bags/cases are too large for the daily baggage transfers.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Bike that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrive Perth Day 2 Scone Palace to Dunkeld 21 miles / 35 km Day 3 3 Lochs Cycle from Dunkeld 19 miles / 33 km Day 4 Cycle to Pitlochry 15 miles / 26 km Day 5 Loch Tummel Loop Ride & Pitlochry 28 miles / 44 km Day 6 Onward Travel

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