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Scotland's Lochs & Glens Cycling Holiday
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Highlights

  • Lochs, glens and bens of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park
  • Easy cycling on quiet roads and cycle paths
  • Castles, whisky and history at almost every turn of the road
  • Charming accommodation in authentic Scottish B&B’s, guesthouses and country inns

Explore Scotland’s lochs and glens by bike, soaking in the unique landscape of the Scottish Highlands whilst savouring the clean, fresh Scottish air. Immerse yourself in rich clan history as you cycle past castles through the rugged Trossachs hills and then on into Highland Perthshire. Great cycling complemented by welcoming Scottish hospitality, world class whisky and the produce from Scotland’s natural larder.

Your cycling adventure begins in the bustling holiday town of Callander, known as the gateway to the highlands, which lies beneath wooded crags. Learn the story of Rob Roy at the visitor centre before you pedal east to Loch Katrine. Here you can enjoy a fine cycle along the tranquil Loch Katrine and perhaps a trip on the 100 year Sir Walter Scott steamship.

Your route continues north past Loch Lubnaig and through Glen Ogle to the village of Killin, which lies at the southern end of Loch Tay and is bisected by The Falls Of Dochart. The scenery just gets even better with every turn of the pedals as you follow the southern shore of Loch Tay past the Scottish Crannog Centre, Dewar’s World of Whisky and Taymouth Castle. Aberfeldy is next, famous for the ‘Birks of Aberfeldy’ a poem by Robert Burns.

The Victorian spa town of Pitlochry is your base for the final three nights. Choose from several routes which visit Dunkeld Cathedral, Blair Castle, Queen’s View, Moulin, Killiecranckie as they wind Big Tree Country.

Day 1: Arrive In Callander

Callander sits on the eastern edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and is a good starting point for the Scotland’s Lochs & Glens Cycle Tour. Arriving in Callander allows you to brush up on your knowledge of Scottish History with a visit to the Rob Roy visitor centre. Callander is easily reached by car from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, the town is also served by a frequent rail service.


Overnight: Callander


Day 2: Callander to Loch Katrine

A pleasant days cycling alongside the southern shore of Loch Venacher to the Trossachs Pier at Loch Katrine. Situated in the heart of Rob Roy country lies the pristine Loch Katrine, famous following the success of Sir Walter Scott’s narrative poem Lady of the Lake and novel Rob Roy. On arrival at the pier you have the option to step aboard the 100 year old steamer boat for the morning sailing to Stronachlachar, (booking in advance essential). You will enjoy the gentle cycle back along quiet forest tracks and lochside paths, with commanding views across the peaceful loch and Queen Elizabeth Forests and of course not forgetting a stop at Glen Ogle at the head of the loch, birth place of the notorious 18th century outlaw, Rob Roy.


Cycle 35 miles/56 km


Overnight: Callander


Day 3: Callander to Killin

Your journey today continues deeper into the southern highlands where you will be surrounded by stunning scenery. Your cycle will mainly be on cycle tracks and quiet roads passing by the impressive Falls of Leny, Loch Lubnaig and Loch Oich. A stop in the village of Balqhuidder at the head of Loch Voil will bring you to the final resting place of folk hero Rob Roy. Your final leg of today’s cycling, a gentle climb over Glen Ogle which offers rewarding views back over Loch Earn, then a pleasant descent to reach the charming village of Killin nestled beneath Tarmachan Ridge, where you will be greeted by the grandeur of ‘The Falls of Dochart’.


Cycle 25 miles/40 km


Overnight: Killin


Day 4: Killin to Aberfeldy

Your companions for much of today's journey will be the mighty Loch Tay and Ben Lawers as you travel eastwards towards Aberfeldy. Pedal along shadowed by idyllic tree’s before approaching a prehistoric loch dwelling known as a Crannog. Step back in time and experience the authentic recreation of ‘Iron Age Life’ on the Loch. Enjoy the remainder of your cycle to Aberfeldy following the River Tay stopping at the pretty 16th century conservation village of Kenmore, nestled on the banks of the Tay. An optional 3.4 mile (one way) detour to the village of Fortingall, at the entrance of Glen Lyon, is worth a visit to admire the Fortingall Yew, an ancient Yew, known as the oldest tree in Europe.


Cycle 25 miles/40 km


Overnight: Aberfeldy


Day 5: Aberfeldy to Pitlochry

A splendid cycle towards the Victorian town of Pitlochry where you will spend the remaining three nights. Meander by the quaint hamlet of Strathtay towards the Logierat Bridge, a listed railway viaduct where you will commence a steep climb, saying good bye to the Tay whilst welcoming the River Tummel. A final run to the heart of Scotland will bring you to Pitlochry allowing you to spend the remainder of the day discovering the abundance of attractions that this enchanting holiday town has to offer.


Cycle 16 miles/26 km


Overnight: Pitlochry


Day 6: Loch Tummel Circuit

A truly unforgettable ride through Highland Perthshire's ‘Big Tree Country’ await s you. Follow the Loch Tummel loop from Pitlochry to experience Scotland’s most majestic and prestigious scenery. Set high above Loch Tummel enjoy the panoramic view from Queens View (named after Queen Isabel, first wife of Robert the Bruce), with the seasonal woodland colours, combined with the tranquillity of Loch Tummel it is easy to understand why it is voted Scotland’s most outstanding beauty spot!


Cycle 28 miles/45km


Overnight: Pitlochry


Day 7: By the River Garry to Blair Castle

Set off for a relaxed and delightful ride by the River Garry as you head towards the 13th century Blair Atholl Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Today's cycle will be combined with two historic attractions. As you leave from Pitlochry you will cycle towards the dramatic pass of Killicranckie, a beautiful gorge steeped in history before spending the day at Blair Atholl Estate exploring the fascinating castle and wildness of the countryside. Cycle back to Pitlochry and what better way to complete your trip than the charm and intimacy of Scotland’s smallest whisky distillery, Edradour. Enjoy the smooth, creamy texture of this malt known as the jewel in the Highland Crown whilst reflecting on your weeks' adventure through Scotland's Lochs and Glens.


Cycle 16 miles/26 km


Overnight: Pitlochry


Day 8: Depart Pitlochry

Your holiday ends after breakfast.

Single Rooms and Solo cyclists

This independent cycling holiday is available to solo cyclists though a single supplement would be applied. Any single rooms booked also incur a single supplement.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants and your guide book will have details.


Accommodation

We specifically choose the hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer a warm welcome to cyclists, with cycle storage, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. Below you will find a list of the accommodation we regularly use which will give you a good idea of the standard of accommodation we use:



 

 

 




Abbotsford Lodge - Callander

Abbotsford Lodge is a small friendly hotel that enjoys an excellent location.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Dall Lodge - Killin

Dall Lodge is a family run B&B located in a large Victorian House where you are assured a warm welcome. A perfect spot to rest after a day cycling.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Balnearn House - Aberfeldy

Balnearn is a family run B&B located in Aberfeldy in the heart of the beautiful Tay Valley in Perthshire.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Acarsaid Hotel- Pitlochry

Acarsaid Hotel will ensure you a welcoming, comfortable and relaxed stay in the centre of Pitlochry.


 

 

 

Availability

The Scotland's Lochs & Glens holiday is available from April to October. You can start your holiday on any date in the season. Option prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.


Grade & Terrain


The Scotland’s Lochs & Glens cycling
trip is graded easy to moderate and offers cycling through the magnificent landscape
of lochs and glens that make up the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park
and Highland Perthshire. You will follow routes along quiet country roads, cycle
paths and through towns and villages, so please always be mindful of other road
users at all times, especially on those shared with traffic. Some days are
longer so a better level of bike fitness required.


Navigation


The route is part of the National Cycle
Network and when you are on the network you will see Red for National Routes
and blue for regional routes with the number relating to the route you are
following. However, always refer to your route notes supplied.


Make sure that you pay attention at any
intersections and if you do not find a way marker at an intersection think back
to the last junction and make sure you are on the right path. With the route
information provided you will have no problem following the route, but we would
suggest carrying a compass and knowing how to use it.



Bikes & Equipment

Either a hybrid or mountain bike with semi slick tyres would be fine. You will need a helmet, cycling clothes, waterproofs and warm clothes as well as casual clothes for the evenings. Your info pack will have a detailed equipment list.


Bike Hire

We offer bike hire for this holiday. Collect your bike from Callander. We organise the collection from Pitlochry to return your bikes. We use excellent quality mountain bikes with slick tyres or hybrid bikes equipped with a rear pannier rack, repair kit, pump and lock.


Bike Hire


Question


Answer


Brand 


Trek / Scott


Bike Type


Hybrid


Frame types 


ladies, unisex


Sizes 


Gents - 15,17.5, 20, 22.5, 25 in


Ladies - WSD -15, 17 ,19 in/ Traditional - 17.5, 20 in


Front suspension  


No


Stand 


No


Mud guards 


No


Luggage rack Rear/Front 


No


Paniers


Yes


Handle bar Bag/ map holder


Optional Extra


Bottle holder/Water bottle 


Yes


Computer meter 


Yes


Interchangeable pedals 


Yes


Front gear set 



Back gear set 



Brakes 


V-brake


Helmet included


Yes


Puncture repair kit


Yes


Spare inner tubes/ how many


Yes/1


Pump


Yes


Lock


Yes


General Information

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


Travel Insurance

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

Getting to Callander

Callander is located on the A84, which is accessible by car from both Glasgow (50 minutes) and Edinburgh (1 hour 10 minutes).  If you do plan to leave your car then Callander offers several free car parking options (which are subject to availability).


Scotrail offer direct trains from Glasgow (30 minutes) and Edinburgh (50 minutes) to Stirling where you can catch the bus to Callander. The journey time is 45 minutes and is operated by First Buses.  Timetables can be viewed at First Group


Getting back from Pitlochry 

Pitlochry is located close to the A9 which is accessible by car Glasgow (1 hour 40 minutes) and Edinburgh (1 hour 26 minutes)  


Scotrail offer direct trains from Pitlochry to both Glasgow and Edinburgh (both 1 hour 50 minutes).  


Rail tickets can be purchased directly with Scotrail  Scot Rail . If you are taking your own bike then reservations must be made in advance with Scotrail on 08457 55 00 33


For detailed public transport information see Traveline Scotland


 




Included

  • 7 nights B&B/Guesthouse accommodation.
  • 7 Breakfasts.
  • Baggage Transfer.
  • Information Pack & Route Notes
  • Macs Adventure Smartphone App with GPS maps
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support.

Excluded

  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Bike Hire
  • Boat crossing of Loch Katrine
  • Any misc expenditure

Extras

  • Bike Hire
  • Single room supplement.
  • Extra nights before, after or during your cycle.

Planning a cycling holiday can be daunting, especially if this is your first cycling holiday. We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Scotland's Lochs & Glens is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans. 

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved on to your next overnight accommodation.  We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need a bike in good condition, we would recommend a hybrid or a mountain bike with semi slick tyres.  Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as helmet, cycling clothes warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

When is the best time of year?

Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better. Although I believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.

What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. 

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