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Jo Payne
Jo Payne

Weekly Cycle: Scotland&'s Castle Trail

In Nutshell Distance: 155km - 305km Grading: This trip is perfectly suited for occasional to regular leisure cyclists who are comfortable with a few hills. Most days there is an option to extend your ride if you're in an adventurous mood and no matter the distance you choose, there is always time to appreciate the sound of bagpipes, the taste of haggis and majesty of Scotland's Celtic and Royal history.

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Where is it? Just over an hour north of the Royal City of Edinburgh are the Perthshire Highlands. Nestled in a landscape of majestic glens and ancient forests are some of Scotland's most significant castles and country houses. Why Cycle Scotland's Castle Trail? Peppered with the romantic castles and historic houses, Scotland's Castle Trail leads you on easy going country roads and cycle paths through the heather clad hills of Perthshire Highlands. Blair Castle, Glamis Castle and Scone Palace,are just a few of the historic sights on Scotland’s Castle Trail.

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Cycling along the Tay River Valley you'll begin by visiting the historic Dunkeld and Birnam and then on to the Victorian Spa town of Pitlochry. Queens View, Blair Castle and Edradour distillery and House of Bruar are all close by. Alyth is your next stop and your base for visiting Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the Queen Mother. Scone Palace, the coronation site of Scotland’s kings is the final highlight before you return to Perth.

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Planning and Preparation.... You can arrive in Perth and start cycling Scotland's Castle Trail on any date between April and October. Perth has superb train links with Glasgow (1hr 10min), Edinburgh (1nr 20min) and also Inverness (2hr 05 mins), all of which have airports. It's a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days so you're bike fit. Electric bikes are available for hire if you think you might like a little assistance with hills or are new to cycling. We're also happy to have a chat if you'd prefer to discuss the route in more detail, please call our bike team on 0141 530 8886 or mail [email protected]
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