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Castles and Lochs, Bens and Glens
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Castles and Lochs, Bens and Glens

Castles and Lochs, Bens and Glens

Cycling through the heart of the Scottish Highlands

  • Cycling through the heart of the Scottish Highlands
  • Explore charming villages full of history.
  • Experience the timelessness and beauty of the lakes.
  • Enjoy the wonderful views of the 'Bens and Glens' as you pedal.
  • Visit castles and take side trips to further enjoy the landscape on foot.
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Start & Finish: Perth

Day 1: Arrival in Perth
Day 2: From Perth to Dunkeld (28-42 km / 17.5-26 miles)
Day 3: From Dunkeld to Aberfeldy (30 km / 18.5 miles)
Day 4: From Aberfeldy to Killin (39 km / 24 miles)
Day 5: Rest day or cycle around Glen Lochay & Glen Lyon (53 km / 35 miles)
Day 6: From Killin to Crieff via Loch Earn (45 km / 28 miles)
Day 7: From Crieff to Perth (32-45 km / 20-28 miles)
Day 8: End of programme

Day 1:    Arrival in Perth

You arrive in Perth. There we advise you to take the train from the airport (Edinburgh is closest).

Depending on your arrival time, today you may have a chance to stroll to the shops, walk by the River Tay or climb Kinnoull Hill for a magnificent view of Perth and the Tay Valley.

Day 2:    From Perth to Dunkeld (28-42 km / 17.5-26 miles)

Cycle 3 kilometres from Perth and visit Scone Palace. From there you cycle north through the rolling farmland of Perthshire to the historic cathedral town of Dunkeld. Along the way, there are interesting sites such as Loch of the Lowes and Birnam.

Dunkeld is situated on the banks of the River Tay. This town has a quiet atmosphere and charmingly restored 18th century houses that form a small square.

Day 3:    From Dunkeld to Aberfeldy (30 km / 18.5 miles)

Leave Dunkeld passing by the cathedral and follow the path along its north bank. Join the quiet road northward to cross the river by an old railway bridge at Logierait and continue to the small village of Weem. You will soon reach the General Wade Bridge to enter the village of Aberfeldy.

Visit the distillery, the water mill, or stroll through the beautiful Birks of Aberfeldy.

Day 4:    From Aberfeldy to Killin (39 km / 24 miles)

Leave Aberfeldy via the same way that you entered yesterday, by General Wade’s Bridge. We recommend to stop for a visit to Castle Menzies. Cycle past Drummond Forest to the conservation village of Kenmore. Here you can visit the Crannog Exhibition, which illustrates life on the Loch in the Bronze Age. By taking the south shore road you can enjoy the beauty of the Lochs and Bens on the way to Killin.

Day 5:    Rest day or cycle around Glen Lochay & Glen Lyon (53 km / 35 miles)

Today can be spend in rest and relaxation or you can visit the Falls of Dochart, walk in the quiet countryside, or hire a canoe. You can also choose to see more of the area and cycle to Ben Lawers visitor center (9.5km / 6 miles) for a walk up Ben Lawers, Perthshire's highest mountain. Another option is to take a roundtrip bike ride to scenic Glen Lochay and Glen Lyon, which will be 53 km / 35 miles.

Day 6:    From Killin to Crieff via Loch Earn (45 km / 28 miles)

Enjoy a traffic free cycle through Glen Ogle to reach the small lochside village of Lochearnhead. From there continue along the south shore of Loch Earn while you enjoy the beauty of the loch and Ben Vorlich to reach St. Fillans, at the eastern end of the Loch. Follow the valley of the river Earn through Comrie to arrive at Crieff.

Once there we recommend visiting the Glenturret Distillery and the ‘Famous Grouse Experience’ or the ‘Crieff Visitor Centre’.

Day 7:    From Crieff to Perth (32-45 km / 20-28 miles)

Take the opportunity to visit the famous formal Italian gardens at Drummond Castle Gardens which are just over 3 kilometres / 2 miles south of Crieff. You could also visit Muthill, a small village with lots of listed buildings and some fine examples of 18th century Scottish Vernacular architecture.

From Crieff it's an easy ride through quiet countryside to return to the riverside town of Perth and the end of your Scottish cycling adventure.

Day 8:    End of programme

The trip ends after breakfast when you depart your accommodation.


There is a variety of accommodation along this route in Scotland, ranging from bed & breakfasts, lodges, pubs and small hotels. They are run by cycling-friendly hosts offering en-suite or private facility rooms with a tasty breakfast to get you ready for the day ahead.

Scotia B&B (Perth)
Scotia B&B (Perth)

This friendly family-run B&B is situated approx. 10 minutes’ walk away from Perth city centre. There are a couple of guest’s car-parking spaces.


Royal Dunkeld Hotel (Dunkeld)
Royal Dunkeld Hotel (Dunkeld)

The Royal Dunkeld Hotel is a historic hotel, built around 1810 in the picturesque little town of Dunkeld.


Killin Hotel (Killin)
Killin Hotel (Killin)

Situated in a beautiful location beside the stream and close to the Loch.


The Townhouse (Aberfeldy)
The Townhouse (Aberfeldy)

Situated on the edge of the town, it offers a warm Scottish welcome. Most rooms have fine views over the surrounding countryside.


James Cottage (Crieff)
James Cottage (Crieff)

This tastefully appointed bed & breakfast presents its own distinctive style of management with European PGA Seniors Tour Player at the helm.



This cycling program in Scotland can be booked any day of the week between March 1st and October 31st, subject always to availability

Getting to/from Perth

You can get to/from Perth via train from/to Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen.


Free parking at your accommodation in Perth during your stay,  for the other days there are several parking options nearby.

Contact us about the option to hire an e-bike on this trip

GPS tracks are available on request



  • 7 nights' accommodation and breakfast (Bed and breakfasts, lodges, pubs and small hotels)
  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodations
  • Detailed route descriptions 
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Dinner, lunch and drinks
  • Bike hire
  • Any entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to/from the start/end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip


  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo traveller Supplement
  • Bike rental, eg. hybrid bikes, e-bike etc.
  • Packed lunches can be booked and paid for on arrival at your accommodation

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