Scotland by bike, between lochs and castles

Discover Perthshire, one of Scotland's most beautiful regions

Highlights

Trossachs National Park
Awe-inspiring landscapes of lochs, mountains and forests
Castles steeped in mystery
The rolling green Scottish countryside
Picturesque villages with a typically Scottish atmosphere

Discover Scotland's most beautiful landscapes by bike

Discover a land of legends. Perthshire, north of Edinburgh and Glasgow, offers a concentration of Scotland's most emblematic landscapes.

The Highland Fault runs diagonally across the region, from west to east. To the north, mountains and numerous lakes (commonly known here as lochs). To the south, the Scottish countryside and its villages. And all along the way, legendary forests (over 80,000 hectares), winding rivers and mysterious castles… An enchanting setting!

Scotland’s rugged landscapes are ideal for cycling vacations. You can cycle on cycle paths or small country roads. You’ll pedal along the Lochs, take to the forest paths and enjoy superb views.

Nature lovers will be delighted with the Trossachs National Park and the Dochart Falls. The region is full of spectacular scenery and unspoilt nature. But cultural enthusiasts won’t be outdone: the castles of Blair, Doune (the setting for numerous films and TV series) and Menzies are well worth a visit. The picturesque Perthshire villages of Dunkeld and Pitlochry are also well worth a visit.

Scottish culture means pubs, of course, but also its famous whisky! Several distilleries can be visited along the way. The perfect opportunity to sample this typically Scottish beverage!

Rich in discoveries, this trip to Scotland promises an unforgettable cycling adventure.

Carte séjour L'Ecosse à vélo, entre lochs et châteaux
Niveau LeisureLeisure or Niveau FitFit
Day 1

CALLANDER

Arrival on your own in Callander.

Saddling up

Bikes handed over and saddled up in the late afternoon with our local partner.

Day 2

CALLANDER, TROSSACHS LOOP 32km 340m Niveau Facile

Spend the day in the famous Trossachs National Park, particularly around Lake Venachar, where a succession of Scottish scenes unfold before your eyes.

Through charming little hamlets, your itinerary leads you quietly to Lake Katrine, a secluded gem. Here, you’re invited to cruise the peaceful waters of the lake aboard an 1872 steamboat.
On the way back, you’ll follow a picturesque cycle path where every pedal stroke reveals spectacular views. Lakes, mysterious hills, verdant valleys – there’s nothing to miss!

  • For a few more km 53km 770m Niveau Loisir

    You can extend your day in the National Park by taking the ferry to the other side of the lake. Return by bike along the lake.

  • For a few more km 74km 1170m Niveau Forme

    To cycle even more, you can take the ferry which takes you to the other end of the lake. A complete discovery of the lake and its mountains is available to you. Lake Katrine will then have no more secrets for you!

Day 3

CALLANDER, DOUNE CASTLE LOOP 32km 300m Niveau Facile

From Callander, cycle south along country roads that offer a unique sense of tranquility. On the way to Doune you will discover the famous Deanston Whisky Distillery. An invitation to a sensory experience that transports you into the art of whisky making (tour not included). As you approach Doune, the village stretches along the tranquil banks of the River Teith. Step back in time to discover its 14th-century medieval castle. This legendary site was also the filming location for the famous Outlander and Game of Thrones series.

  • For a few more km 52km 400m Niveau Loisir

    As you continue your journey, you pass scenic roads offering spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. The area abounds in natural beauty, with meandering rivers and dense forests.

    After 30 kilometers you reach the charming town of Dunblane. This historic city is famous for its cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century. Take time to explore the cathedral, with its impressive Gothic architecture, stained glass windows and serene atmosphere.

    The ride back to Callander takes you through varied landscapes, offering another perspective on the beauty of the region.

Day 4

From CALLANDER to KILLIN 40km 507m Niveau Loisir

The first few kilometers take you through the famous Trossachs National Park. The winding roads reveal breathtaking panoramas, encouraging you to suspend time, stop and soak up the splendor that surrounds you. Halfway along your itinerary, the shores of Loch Lubnaig welcome you, a jewel box of water surrounded by forested hills. It’s the perfect place for a break or a picnic. Enjoy the peaceful scenery!

Then, in the tiny hamlet of Balquhidder, you’ll be lucky enough to see the grave of Rob Roy, head of the McGregor clan in the late 17th century and a Scottish figure as noble as Robin Hood.

As you approach Killin, the majestic silhouette of Ben Lawers (1214m) looms large on the horizon. Killin, on the shores of Loch Tay, has a welcoming atmosphere and a rich history. But its most striking jewel is undoubtedly the Dochart Falls, the tumultuous dance of the water that flows through the town.

  • For a few more km 56km 507m Niveau Forme

    Take a short detour to explore the valley trails, enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding nature and discover unique natural sites. Valleys can often reveal hidden gems, such as waterfalls, peaceful clearings or secluded viewpoints.

Day 5

From KILLIN to ABERFELDY 49km Niveau Loisir

As you leave Killin, prepare to be amazed by the picturesque shores of Loch Tay. The winding roads offer spectacular panoramas of the loch and surrounding mountains. Take time to stop, breathe in the fresh air and be overwhelmed by the peaceful beauty that surrounds you.

As you approach Aberfeldy, you pass through picturesque villages and varied landscapes. You arrive in Aberfeldy, a lively town renowned for its warm welcome, local stores and the Tay Bridge, which stands as a link between past and present. This pearl of Highland Perthshire was immortalized by Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns in his poem “The Birks of Aberfeldy,” written in 1787. Explore the woodland trails to discover the Moness waterfall, which offers breathtaking views. Aberfeldy is also famous for its whisky, Dewar’s Aberfeldy, a spiritual tradition rooted in this land of tradition and mystery.

  • For a few more km 67km Niveau Forme

    This variant takes you to Glen Lyon, one of Scotland’s most remote and unspoilt valleys, a secret gem of nature.

    At the halfway point, take time to explore Glen Lyon. Towering mountains and winding rivers create a breathtaking landscape. Glen Lyon is renowned for its unspoilt natural beauty.

    Anticipate an ascent to the picturesque Bridge of Balgie, a charming village nestled in the folds of Glen Lyon. This section of the route may require some extra effort, but the reward is a breathtaking view at the summit. After the climb, let yourself be carried away by the descent to Aberfeldy.

Day 6

From ABERFELDY to PITLOCHRY 24km Niveau Facile

You leave the village of Aberfeldy in the direction of Pitlochry.

The first part of your journey takes you through rolling countryside, with views of rolling hills and green meadows. An enchanting passage through the village of Grandtully! An invitation to suspend time, explore its charming lanes and perhaps linger in one of its local pubs…

Continue along the meandering River Tay. The roads that meander along it offer bucolic scenes unfolding gracefully along this stretch of your journey.

Pitlochry opens its doors to you with typical Scottish charm. Known for its Victorian architecture, carefully tended gardens and local stores, this town becomes a stopover where time seems suspended. Take a stroll through the town center, enjoy a visit and tasting at the local whisky distillery, and treat yourself to a moment of relaxation before closing your day’s adventure.

  • For a few more km 51km Niveau Loisir

    Follow the road towards Dunkeld. The first few kilometers take you through peaceful countryside, with views of hills and rivers.

    Halfway along your route, take a break in Dunkeld. This historic village is renowned for its 12th-century cathedral, picturesque cobbled streets and well-preserved Georgian houses.

    Continue along the River Tay towards Pitlochry.

Day 7

PITLOCHRY, PITLOCHRY LOOP 25km Niveau Facile

From Pitlochry, winding roads guide you through picturesque countryside towards majestic Blair Castle. This part of your route reveals sublime panoramas, where the hills seem to undulate like a calm sea. Along the way, you may come across flocks of sheep, a typical scene of the region.

Just around the bend, Blair Castle emerges, a historic edifice crowned by sumptuous gardens and surrounded by a vast estate. The view is sublime and capture the imagination. Home to the Dukes of Atholl since the 13th century, Blair Castle has a rich history and is one of the most imposing castles in Scotland.

Continue on towards Pitlochry. Let yourself be lulled by the whispering winds and the echoes of Scotland’s past.

  • For a few more km 43km Niveau Loisir

    You’re heading towards the mystical Loch Rannoch, a bewitching body of water nestled in the heart of the majestic Scottish Highlands. Then, let yourself be guided towards Loch Tummel. The landscapes that extend here weave a peaceful atmosphere that captivates the traveler.

  • For a few more km 64km Niveau Forme

    On this variant, you make a stop at Queen’s View, a renowned viewpoint which offers panoramic views of Loch Tummel and the surrounding mountains.

    Take the road towards Pitlochry for the return trip.

Day 8

PITLOCHRY

End of stay after breakfast.

Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.


Starting from 1125€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


Starting from 1250€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.


Quote on request | Contact us

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 7 nights in a Double room
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance 24/7
  • Application fee
  • Navigation app including GPS tracks
  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : Handing over the bikes and saddling up
  • Price does not include

    • bike rental (see option)
    • Breakfast on day 1
    • Lunches
    • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
    • Outbound transportation between Glasgow or Edinburgh and Callander
    • Return transportation between Pitlochry and Glasgow or Edinburgh
    • Bike helmet not provided
    • Cruise on Lake Katrine
    • Drinks, tours and other personal expenses

    A “homemade” tour by a local partner, specialist in Scotland:
    • Routes picked with the Abicyclette Voyages team for their tourist & cycling interests, completely identified, removed from trafic
    • Accommodation chosen for the quality of their welcome, atmosphere, services and gastronomy
    • A great flexibility of organization which adapts to your needs and desires: you leave on the date of your choice! We check the availability of accommodation to ensure your departure.

    Assistance close at hand :
    • Telephone assistance 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from the ABICYCLETTE VOYAGES team
    • Local telephone assistance 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and public holidays
    • Luggage transfer service

    Simple route tracking:
    • An app to follow the route without ever having to look for your way (bike support provided), also including a roadbook to find all the useful addresses, recommended restaurants and tourist information.

     


    And also:
    • Confortable bike rental, ideal for this route on the banks of the Danube.
    • The option to subscribe to a cancellation & multi-risk insurance covering you in case of problems or the unexpected

    We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


    Touring Bike

    • Scott, Sub Cross 40 or Sub Sport 30/20
    • Sub Cross aluminum frame
    • Front suspension: 63mm Suntour fork
    • Shimano 27-speed transmission
    • Shimano disc brakes

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 Thule 25 L waterproof bag,
    • 1 phone holder (1 for 2 bikes),
    • 1 inner tube
    • 1 lock
    • 1 tool kit
    • 1 bottle cage
    • 1 pump

    *helmet not included

    Ebike

    • Scott E-Sub Tour 30/20 (or Bergamont)
    • Sub eRIDE aluminum frame
    • Bosch Performance motor, 500 Wh battery
    • Bluetooth connectivity, Over-the-Air updates
    • Front Suspension: Suntour 63mm fork
    • Shimano 9-speed transmission
    • Shimano disc brakes

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 Thule 25 L waterproof bag,
    • 1 phone holder (1 for 2 bikes),
    • 1 inner tube
    • 1 lock
    • 1 tool kit
    • 1 bottle cage
    • 1 pump

    *helmet not included

    Getting here

    Departure city : CALLANDER

    Coming by car

    • at 12h from PARIS
    • at 12h from BRUXELLES
    • at more than 16h from ZURICH

    Coming by train

    • Stirling train station - Plus de 12h from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Edinburgh Airport
    • Aéroport de Glasgow Prestwick

    Arrival city : PITLOCHRY

    Coming by car

    • at 13h from PARIS
    • at 12h from BRUXELLES
    • at more than 16h from ZURICH

    Coming by train

    • Pitlochry train station - Plus de 12h from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Aéroport de Glasgow Prestwick
    • Edinburgh Airport

    *Parking: Since many of our clients travel by train or plane, we do not include parking in our packages. In addition, many accommodations don’t have the capacity to park a vehicle for the duration of your cycling vacation. So if you’re planning to arrive by car, we suggest you check parking options when you make your reservation. If you reserve a parking space at the first or last accommodation of your stay, you must pay the accommodation provider on site.

    * Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

    How to get back to the starting point

    • Return by car in 1h15 to your starting point
    • Private shuttle: see detailed fares or contact us

    Recommended equipment

    Bike

    • All-Terrain Bike (ATB) or Touring Bike or Gravel Bike
    • 18 to 30-speed transmission
    • 26- to 29-inch wheels
    • Tires: 35 to 42 section, reinforced against punctures
    • Disc brakes recommended
    • 2 bottle cages
    • Bell
    • Front and rear lighting

    Clothing and equipment

    • Helmet (supplied with bike rental unless otherwise specified locally)
    • 1 bike mount for smartphone to use the mobile route planner application
    • Suitable cycling clothing:
      • bib, shorts or tights: elastic and breathable, to facilitate movement and wick away perspiration
      • Breathable T-shirts, synthetic or merino wool
      • Breathable windbreaker
    • Thermal or fleece jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • 1 pair of sunglasses
    • 1 pair of cycling shoes
    • 1 backpack or 1 or 2 carrier bags
    • 1 or 2 water bottles (supplied with bike rental in France)
    • 1 lock (supplied with bike rental)
    • Technical details, recommended by the team for optimum comfort:
      • 1 pair of gloves or mittens, depending on season and destination
      • Padded bib (chamois)
      • High-visibility vest or fluorescent belt
      • Neck warmer and cap

    Bike maintenance

    • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 inner tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
    • Maintenance kit: rag, oil, brake pads

    Other

    • A suitcase for your belongings carried in the vehicle (limited to one per person)
    • Street clothes
    • 1 pair of evening shoes
    • Fleece jacket for the evening
    • Toiletry bag
    • Telephone and charger

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