Cycling getaway in Scotland

Scotland on a road bike between lochs and castle in Highland Perthshire

Highlights

Trossachs National Park
Highland Perthshire
Vertiginous roads over the Scottish hills
Magnificent landscapes, between lochs, mountains and forests
Numerous lochs: Loch Katrine, Loch Venachar
Castles: Stirling, Doune, Blair
A rejuvenating natural environment

Perthshire's mountains and Scotland's picturesque landscapes

Welcome to the heart of Scotland! 500km to discover the secrets of Highland Perthshire, its mysterious lochs, castles and much more... You're off on a cycling adventure in one of Scotland's most beautiful regions, Perthshire.

From west to east, you cross a region of grandiose landscapes, winding between mysterious lakes (commonly known as lochs), rounded mountains and farmland. The roads are beautiful, the scenery wild and green as far as the eye can see. It’s a real treat on a road bike to climb and then descend the slopes of bucolic hills. Scotland’s roads offer a playful terrain, but never long, difficult climbs. There may be a few gradients, but they never last very long, and you soon rediscover the pleasure of smooth pedaling and speed.

You ride through the picturesque Trossachs National Park, where wooded valleys and lochs meet. Discover loch Lomond, the largest freshwater lake in the UK. Continue on to Highland Perthshire, a land of mountains, forests, lochs and rivers. This is one of Scotland’s most visited and beautiful regions. Every pedal stroke is guaranteed to delight the eyes and the heart!

Scotland is also rich in culture and history, thanks to the many castles dotted around the country. Stroll through the castles of Stirling and Blair. Let yourself be carried away by the magical atmosphere of Doune Castle, where several films and TV series have been shot. Enjoy bucolic scenes along the meandering River Tay and make a detour to Pitlochry, a town with typical Scottish charm. For lovers of Whisky, Scotland’s national drink, there are several distilleries along the way offering tours and tastings. Drink in moderation, especially by bike!

And then there’s Scotland’s deep-rooted folklore and traditions. A Scottish art par excellence, bagpipes are played in every corner of the country. Attending a bagpipe concert on your return from a trip to Scotland is a memorable experience. The image of the land of thistles is also linked to the kilt, a skirt originating in the Highlands and worn exclusively by men.

Scotland’s roads through the hills and mountains are absolutely sumptuous, and never fail to offer both sporting challenges and breathtaking views!

Carte séjour Echappée cycliste en terre écossaise, entre lochs et châteaux
Niveau FitFit or Niveau ExpertExpert
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 77km 995m Niveau Expert

This day’s cycling takes you along Loch Venachar to Loch Katrine, with superb views between hills and forests.
At Loch Katrine, you take the private road along the loch, a fabulous secluded route with breathtaking views. Once you’ve reached the end of the lake, you head south over a few lochs to Aberfoyle, in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
Then the final climb begins, taking you back to Callander.

Day 3

CALLANDER 100km 1099m Niveau Expert

You start your day by taking the back roads to Drymen. Parallel to the famous West Highland Way hiking trail, you then head east over the Campsie Hills before beginning your descent through the Carron Valley to Stirling, the ancient capital of Scotland. Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally.

You then head north via Bridge of Allen and Doune to visit the medieval castle. Finally, you cycle along country roads back to Callander, your stopover town.

Day 4

From CALLANDER to KILLIN 65km 755m Niveau Forme

This day is spent mainly on cycle paths and quiet roads. You pass magnificent lochs such as Loch Lubnaig and Oich before having the chance to see the grave of Rob Roy, Scottish folk hero of the early 18th century. You then round Loch Earn before climbing gently over the Glen Ogle pass to Killin. As you approach Killin, the riverbed widens and the gradient steepens, giving rise to the spectacular Dochart Falls.

  • For a few more km 83km 917m Niveau Expert

    Enjoy a few extra kilometers to admire the beauty of the Scottish landscape. The climbs will be rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of the countryside.

Day 5

From KILLIN to ABERFELDY 67km 1077m Niveau Forme

You leave Killin on a minor road that follows a small, secluded valley past the Moirlanich Longhouse, a restored former crofter’s house where family and animals lived in the same building. You head for Glen Lyon, Scotland’s longest incised glen, offering iconic Highland scenery. Before reaching the glen, a long, steep climb tests your legs. You continue on a long, pleasant descent eastwards towards Fortingall. Fortingall is famous for having the world’s oldest yew tree inside a small church. Once in Aberfeldy, you have the opportunity to visit a distillery, Dewers World of Whisky.

Day 6

From ABERFELDY to PITLOCHRY 89km 910m Niveau Expert

Aberfeldy boasts a famous bridge over the River Tay, built for General Wade’s network of military roads.

You then visit Dunkeld, a renovated 18th-century village with a superb church. After exploring Dunkeld, you drive east to Blairgowrie, the gateway to the Cairngorm Mountains, before heading into the wonderful secluded valley that leads to Pitlochry.

Day 7

PITLOCHRY 75km 1200m Niveau Forme

Today you cycle north to visit the center of Killiecrankie, the focal point of the Jacobite uprisings. A few kilometers further on, you reach Blair Castle, residence of the Atholl family built in the 13th century. You then head for Kinloch Rannoch before climbing Schiehallion and following the picturesque route around Loch Tummel, which offers breathtaking scenery and makes for an unforgettable day.

  • For a few more km 104km 1525m Niveau Expert

    For those who’d like to travel further into the Scottish countryside, these extra kilometers will offer you some typical scenery.

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
  • 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"

    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.


    Road Bike

    • Scott Speedster 20
    • Speedster Disc aluminum frame
    • Shimano Tiagra Disc transmission, 20 speed
    • Schwalbe Lugano tires

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 saddle bag
    • 1 lock
    • 1 pump
    • 1 tool kit
    • 1 inner tube
    • 1 phone holder

     

    *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

    • Roadbike, 25/28 tires, chain ring compact or triple, 10/28 to 12/32 cassette 
    • Automatic pedals

     

    Clothing and equipment

    • Helmet
    • Cycling Bib shorts : 2 min.
    • 1 pair of Legs Warmer
    • 1 pair of Arms Warmer
    • Short sleeve jerseys
    • Long sleeve jerseys
    • Base layer (short or long) (merino or synthetic)
    • Sport socks
    • Thermal jacket
    • Wind Jacket
    • Rain proof jacket
    • 1 or 2 pairs of gloves
    • 1 pair of cycling shoes
    • 1 pair of sunglasses
    • 2 cycling bottles (1 is including with rental bike)
    • 1 bike lock (including with rental bike)

    Bike maintenance

    • Emergency repair kit : 1 or 2 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, drift chain and quick couplers, derailleur hanger, multi-tool
    • Daily use kit : Foot pump, cloth, oil, brake pads, spare tire

    Other

    • Suitcase ( for transporting personal effects in luggage transfer)
    • Change of clothes for the evening
    • Warm jacket for the evening
    • Jersey and towel
    • Set of Toiletries
    • Mobile phone and charger

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