Falls of Dochart in Killin. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Nigel Coates
Highland Boundary Fault. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Mikenorton

Scottish Whisky Bar. Photo via Flickr:Dunedin NZ
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Lochs and Castles

Scotland Bike Tours

A wonderful bike tour in Scotland through the Perthshire Region

This bike tour in Scotland leads you through the region of Perthshire, one of the most beautiful regions in Scotland. It is famous for its spectacular scenery with mountains and Lochs (lakes). The rich history of this region is evident as you cycle past ancient castles. One of the highlights of this UK cycle tour includes the Highland Fault which was formed during the ice age. It runs diagonally east-west through the region. To the north are mountains and lakes (lochs) and to the south, flat farmlands. Other highlights of this tour include a beautiful, cascading waterfall in the town of Killin, the ancient castle of Doune, and the many whisky distillaries that you will have the opportunity to visit as you cycle through the ancient towns and villages. This tour encompasses all that Scotland has to offer: hills, lochs, castles, culture, and whisky!

NOTE: This tour is also available as a road bike tour with a slightly altered and longer itinerary.

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Where You’ll Stay

Category A: 4 hotels or guesthouses and selected 3 hotels
Category B: 3* hotels or guesthouses

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 5 or 7 nights including breakfast
  • Welcome meeting
  • Bicycle rental (24 speed hybrid bicycle with lock, pannier, bottle cage, and repair kit or carbon road bike)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions, maps, and tourist information

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length6–8 days
From746 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrival possible daily from April 1 to September 30, 2016

Skill Level

This Scotland bike tour is an easy to moderate self-guided tour that can be adapted for all abilities.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

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8 day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Callander
Day 2: Tour of the Trossachs, 20 to 33 mi. (34 to 55 km)
Day 3: Doune Castle,  23 to 37 mi. (38 to 56 km)
Day 4: Callander - Killin, 24 to 37 mi. (40 to 56 km)
Day 5: Killin - Aberfeldy, 25 mi. (42 km)
Day 6: Aberfeldy - Pitlochry, 13 or 30 mi. (22 to 50 km)
Day 7: Pitlochry, 8, 23, 36 mi. (14 km , 38 km , or 60 km)
Day 8: Departure

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrive in Callander (40 miles North of Edinburgh).

Day 2: Tour of the Trossachs, 20 to 33 mi. (34 to 55 km)
Your first day of cycling in Scotland begins alongside Loch Venachar with rolling hills on either side, their reflections sparkling in the water. The route leads to Loch Katrine , a beautiful, remote loch where you can take a ride on an old steam boat which was built in 1872. A paved, private cycle path runs alongside the water allowing for spectacular views across the loch and the mountains.

Day 3: Doune Castle,  23 to 37 mi. (38 to 56 km)
 Cycle south to the ancient village of Doune, you will want to stop and explore its famous castle, and then continue on to Dunblane with its great Cathedral. The circular trip takes you back to Callander along the Highland fault line.

Day 4: Callander - Killin, 24 to 37 mi. (40 to 56 km)
Today's bike in Scotland leads north along the National Cycle Network  beside Loch Lubnaig towards Balquihidder. Here you will find a small church where Rob Roy McGregor, sometimes known as the Scottish Robin Hood, is buried. From here, you continue over the gentle climb of Glen Ogle before descending to Killin. The waterfall here is spectacular and many people sit on the rocks and watch the water plunge down the rocky outcrops.

Day 5: Killin - Aberfeldy, 25 mi. (42 km)
The day begins with cycling alongside Loch Tay en route to Kenmore. You will want to visit the Scottish Crannog Center which spotlights life on the Loch during the bronze age. Here you will find interactive living history, indoor and outdoor exhibits, and 'hands-on' ancient crafts. Then, it is on to Fortingall, a conservation village dating back hundreds of years, famous also for the Fortingall Yew, an ancient yew  in the churchyard. Various estimates have put its age at between 2,000 and 5,000 years . After exploring this village further,  the route leads along the valley to Aberfeldy, passing the famous Castle Menzies.

Day 6: Aberfeldy - Pitlochry, 13 or 30 mi. (22 to 50 km)
Today you can choose between a longer or shorter option. Before setting off, visit the whisky distillery in Aberfeldy. Both routes begin along the River Tay valley. The short route turns directly north to Pitlochry while the longer route firsts heads south to the historic village of Dunkeld, which dates back to the 1700’s,  and then leads north to Pitlochry where you will spend the night.

Day 7: Pitlochry, 8, 23, or 36 mi. (14, 38, or 60 km)
The town of Pitlochry is known for its fine food, rich history, and beautiful scenery and this day is free to explore the many tourist attractions in town. While there, visit one of the two whisky distilleries. There are also many shops to visit along with many pubs and bars. You can also visit the Fish and Dam ladder and if you are lucky, see the salmon jumping the ladder. For those who wish to cycle, it is worth the short trip to Blair Castle, one of Scotland’s grand castles and home of the Duke of Athol family. Follow this turbulent history as you walk from room to room. The picturesque route around Loch Tummel will provide some breathtaking scenery that is truly unforgettable.

Day 8: Departure
Your Scotland bike tour will end after breakfast. Individual departure from Pitlochry.

6 day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Callander
Day 2: Tour of the Trossachs, 20 to 33 mi. (34 to 55 km)
Day 3: Callander - Killin, 24 to 37 mi. (40 to 56 km)
Day 4: Killin - Aberfeldy, 25 mi. (42 km)
Day 5: Aberfeldy - Pitlochry, 13 or 30 mi. (22 to 50 km)=
Day 6: Departure

Road Bike Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Callander
Day 2: Loch Katrine Loop, 45 mi. (72 km)
Day 3: Callander - Stirling Castle - Doune Castle Loop, 62 mi. (100 km)
Day 4: Callander - Killin, 48 mi. (76 km)
Day 5: Killin - Aberfeldy, 42 mi. (67 km)
Day 6: Aberfeldy - Dunkeld - Blairgowrie - Pitlochry, 60 mi. (96 km)
Day 7: Pitlochry Loop, 47 mi. (75 km)
Day 8: Departure

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  • D. Periman 3 months ago

    We had an amazing trip. The people were incredibly nice, the foo was delightful, and the biking was better than we could've imagined!!! Best family vacation ever!!!

  • Erica Periman 3 months ago

    WOW! Scotland has some FABULOUS cycle paths and this trip made great use of them. The views and the castles were wonderful! The first place we stayed (Abbotsford Lodge in Callander, and luckily for three nights) was an INCREDIBLE treat! The owners were so nice and accommodating, the rooms were new and very comfortable, and the FOOD was so high quality with so much variety! Take this trip, it's wonderful!

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