Scotland - The Grand Tour (TourzPlus!™)

  • Itinerary Summary

    Explore the ancient town of St Andrews, visit Edinburgh castle and freewheel down the famous Royal mile. Ride through the Cairngorms National Park, pass the Queens residence at Balmoral Castle and enjoy a stop at the whisky distillery.
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    1. Day 1: Inverness to Grantown on Spey

      Highlights: Bike fitting and historic battlefield of Culloden

      We meet in Inverness in the morning, where your guide will give you a trip briefing and bike fitting before we set off. Leaving behind the Highland capital of Inverness we head towards the historic battlefield of Culloden. From Culloden we head east on flat and fast roads, part Cawdor, where we stop for lunch at a great little tearoom and then into the Whisky Country of Speyside. A ancient military road dating from the 1700's leads to our first overnight stop at Grantown on Spey.

      Distance: 59 km (37 miles). Meals: L,D

      Lodging: The Grant Arms Hotel

    2. Day 2: The Cairngorms National Park

      Highlights: Cairngorms National Park, Tomintoul, Ballater

      Named by National Geographic as one of the '50 Must Visit Places on Earth', we ride from west to east across the UK's largest and most spectacular National Park. We reach our first stop at Tomintoul - the Highland's highest village and home to one of Scotland's best whisky shops. After lunch we make for the stiff climb over Lecht pass with the summit providing rewarding views over Royal Deeside. From here a long descent, one final climb and a 10km run downhill delivers us to the lovely village of Ballater and home for two nights.

      Distance: 63 km (39 miles). Meals: B,L

      Lodging: The Auld Kirk Hotel

    3. Day 3: Riding on Royal Deeside

      Highlights: Royal Deeside, River Dee, Balmoral Castle, and Lochnagar Distillery

      An easy day today with a short ride on Royal Deeside one of the most beautiful corners of Scotland. Riding along the River Dee and through the hills we come to Balmoral Castle and Lochnagar Distillery. We can visit the castle if the Queens not in and follow this up with a whisky tasting before a relaxed ride back to Ballater.

      Distance: 32km (20 miles). Meals: B,L

      Lodging: The Auld Kirk Hotel

    4. Day 4: Royal Deeside to Angus

      Highlights: Birse Forset and climb over Cairn O'Mount

      Today we will continue east along the River Dee through the picturesque Forest of Birse. An early lunch sets us up for the climb over Cairn O'Mount with a stone cairn said to be more than 4000 years old. Here we get our first glimpse of the North Sea and Scotland's East Coast. From here we have a superb 10 miles of downhill riding all the way to Edzell our home for the night.

      Distance: 64km (40 miles). Meals: B,L,D

      Lodging: The Glen Esk Hotel

    5. Day 5: Glamis Castle & Dundee, the City of Discovery

      Highlights: Clamis Castle guided tour

      Leaving the Cairngorm Mountains behind we head south through Kirriemuir onto Clamis Castle. We stop here for lunch and take a guided tour of what is said to be Scotland's most beautiful castle. We continue our journey crossing the low-lying Dislaw Hills before reaching our waterfront accommodation in the City of Dundee.

      Distance: 64km (40 miles). Meals: B,L

      Lodging: Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa

    6. Day 6: St Andrews & The East Neuk of Fife

      Highlights: Coastal ride and harbor lunch

      Today we'll make an early start from Dundee, crossing the Tay Estuary and reach St Andrews with plenty of time to explore this ancient town. Following the coast along the east corner of Fife we enjoy added bonus of this being one of the sunniest parts of Scotland. Passing through several villages with plenty of lunch choices, our favorite being fish and chips at the Harbor in Anstruther. Finishing in Elie, with a pint by the harbor, we then make a short transfer to Aberdour for the night.

      Distance: 56km (35 miles) Meals: B,L,D

      Lodging: The Aberdour Hotel

    7. Day 7: Scotland's Capital, Edinburgh

      Highlights: Edinburgh Castle and Royal Palace of Holyrood.

      The final day of our Grand Tour takes us across the spectacular Firth of Forth. We will round the city's Grassmarket and climb the road up to Edinburgh Castle. After taking in the outstanding views across the city we freewheel down the full length of the famous and historic Royal Mile to the royal Palace of Holyrood. The trip ends with a celebration lunch and drinks.

      Distance: 40km (25 miles). Meals: B,L

    • Highlights

      The ancient town of St Andrews, Cairngorms National Park, The Queens residence at Balmoral Castle, Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Guided tour through Glamis Castle
    • Includes

      6 nights' accommodation; use of a quality aluminum frame road or hybrid bike; all breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 1 dinner; whisky tasting; Guided tour of Glamis Castle.
    • Countries

      United Kingdom UK
    • Begin/End

      Inverness/Edinburgh
    • Arrive/Depart

      Inverness Train Station/Edinburgh Train Station
    • Total Distance

      378km (235 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      Average per riding day 54km (34 miles)
    • Rating

      201-301
    • Terms

      Terms & Conditions
  • Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes

    * We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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