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Scottish Lochs and Castles
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
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UKSB025
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Scottish Lochs and Castles

Scottish Lochs and Castles

Cycling in the region of Perthshire

  • Perthshire, one of Scotland’s most stunning regions: the Highland Fault, lochs and castles
  • Accommodation in dream-like places
  • Whisky distilleries, Europe’s oldest Yaw Tree… a little sample of the remnants of history in Scotland. 
  • E-bikes are available on this tour!
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UKSB025 - Scottish Lochs and Castles
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Route

Start: Callander           Finish: Pitlochry

Day 1: Arrive in Callander
Day 2: Tour of the Trossachs (34 - 55 km)
Day 3: To Doune Castle (38 km)
Day 4: From Callender to Killin (40 - 56 km)
Day 5: From Killin to Aberfeldy (42 km)
Day 6: From Aberfeldy to Pitlochry (22 - 50 km)
Day 7: Pitlochry (14 - 60 km)
Day 8: End of program

Day 1:    Arrive in Callander

Callander is a picturesque village located at the entrance of the National Park of Lomond and Trossachs lakes. If you arrive with some time to spend the afternoon, we recommend a walk to the Bracklin Falls, not more than 1,5km from Callander.

Challenge: 65 miles North of Edinburgh

Day 2:    Tour of the Trossachs (34 - 55 km)

Cycling alongside Loch Venachar with the hills on either side sparkling in the loch. We are making our way to Loch Katrine, a beautiful remote loch where you can take a ride on a steamer boat which was built in 1872. A tarmac private cycle way also runs alongside the loch giving spectacular views across the loch and the mountains.

Challenge: 34 to 55 km

Villages along the way: Loch Venachar, Loch Katrine

Day 3:    To Doune Castle (38 km)

Cycling southwards to the ancient villaje of Doune with its famous Castle. Stop and explore before continuing onto Dunblane with its great Cathedral. The circular trip takes you back to Callender along the Highland fault line.

Challenge: 38 to 56 km

Villages along the way: Doune, Dunblane, Callander

Day 4:    From Callender to Killin (40 - 56 km)

Today we follow the National Cycle Network north alongside Loch Lubnaig towards Balquihidder, where you will find a small church where Rob Roy McGregor is buried. From here we continue over the gentle climb of Glen Ogle before desending to Killin. The waterfall here is really spectacular and many people sit on the rocks and watch the cascading waters pass by.

Challenge: 40 to 56 km

Villages along the way: Balquihidder, Glen Ogle, Killin

Day 5:    From Killin to Aberfeldy (42 km)

Alongside Loch Tay, which is around 27 km long, to Kenmore and a visit to the Scottish Crannog Centre which shows life on the Loch during the bronze age. Onto Fortingall a conservation village dating back many hundreds of years. Europe’s oldest living thing can be found here in the form of an ancient Yaw tree. After your visit, carry along the Valley of Tay to Aberfeldy passing the famous Castle Menzies.

Challenge: 42 km

Villages along the way: Kenmore, Fortingall, Aberfeldy

Day 6:    From Aberfeldy to Pitlochry (22 - 50 km)

Today you have a short and longer option. Before setting off visit the whisky distillery. Both routes start along the River Tay valley when the short route turns north to Pitlochry. The longer route first heads south to the historic village of Dunkeld, dating back to he 1700’s. After your visit you head north to Pitlochry.

Challenge: 22 ó 50 km

Villages along the way: Pitlochry, Dunkeld

Day 7:    Pitlochry (14 - 60 km)

Here there is much to see and do, two whisky distilleries to visit, one of the world’s smallest. The Fish and Dam ladder allowing salmon to jump the dam wall. Many shops to visit along with many pubs and bars. For those who wish to cycle it’s 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. Returining to Pitlochry you can enjoy the beutiful countryside along Loch Tummel and even stop for a visit at the Killiecrankie visitors centre. 

Challenge: 14 or 38 or 60 km

Villages along the way: Pitlochry, Blair Castle

Day 8:    End of program

After a delicious Scottish breakfast, the travel comes to an end.

accommodation

The accommodations included are 3*/4* hotels carefully selected according to their quality, location, charm and/or exclusive services. They all have en-suite rooms. 

Highland Guesthouse (Callander)
Highland Guesthouse (Callander)

This nice Georgian country house is located in the centre of Callander. It has a welcoming bar opened to a quiet garden. Homemade breakfasts and rooms that have been decorated individually with care and preserving some of the original elements of the house. 

Breadalbane House (Killin)
Breadalbane House (Killin)

A samll family-run hotel in the picturesque town of Killin, west of Loch Tay. It offers comfortable en-suite rooms and a hearty Scottish breakfast every morning, to start out with energy.

www.breadalbanehouse.com

Cathy Ross B&B (Aberfeldy)
Cathy Ross B&B (Aberfeldy)

Cathy Ross B&B is located in a quiet area, only 5 minutes walk from the town of Aberfeldy. the rooms include a tea& coffee set and they have a welcoming lounge. They serve a traditional Scottish breakfast or a continental breakfast at their glass dinning room. 

Westlands Hotel (Pitlochry)
Westlands Hotel (Pitlochry)

A family run Bed&Breakfast with a warm and welcoming staff. Comfortable rooms that have been carefully decorated and delicious breakfasts to enjoy the quiet surroundings.

www.westlandshotel.co.uk

practical info

This program can be booked any day between April 1st and September 30th, subject to availability

Teh closest airports are Edinburgh airport (EDI) and Glasgow airport (GLA).

Getting to Callander

By train from Glasgow or Edinburgh to Stirling and the bus or taxi to Callander (total time approx 1.5-2 hours), last train around 19.30 , train every hour. From Stirling you can take a  local bus or taxi to Callander.

Return from Pitlochry

If you want ot go to Edinburgh by train, it leaves around 11am – approx. 13.20 arrival. the train Pitlochry – Glasgow Prestwick leaves 11am arrives airport approx 15.45. and the train Edinburgh – Glasgow Prestwick airport. Trains each hour , journey 2 hours.

Hybrid Bikes  

Bikes come with pannier bag, map carrier (1 per 2 bikes), inner tube, lock, tools, bottle carrier.

  • Frame: Sub Cross Alloy 6061 / Sub Cross Men/Lady geometric
  • Fork: Zoom 187 D / 63mm travel
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus RD-M370 / 24 Speed
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-TY710 / 34.9mm
  • Shifters: Shimano SL-M310-8 / R-fire plus / con indicador de marcha
  • Brake levers: Tektro HDM275
  • Brakes: Tektro HDM275 
  • Crankset: Shimano FC-TY501 / 48x38x28 
  • Pedals: VP VP-536
  • Seat: Syncros UC3.0 / UC3.0W
  • Tires: Impac SmartPac / 700x42C / 50 TPI
  • Weight: 13.64 kg

Hibrid bike UKSB025

E- bikes

  • Frame: E-SUB 6061 Alloy
  • E-Drive system: Bosch Active 250w System. Paqueta de batería de 400 wh
  • Fork: Suntour NEX HLO, w/ Lockout
  • Rear Deralleur: Shimano Deore RD-T610-SGS 10 Speed
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore SL-T610
  • Break levers: Shimano BR-M315 Disc
  • Brakes: Shimano BR-M315 Disc
  • Crankset: FSA Metropolis 18T
  • Pedals: VP 573
  • Seat: Syncros Urban Commuter 2.5
  • Tires: Continental Cruise Contact 700x47c
  • Weight: 24.30 kg 

E- bike UKSB025

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast at hotels or guest houses 
  • Luggage transfer according to the program
  • 24-hour phone assistance
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps

Not included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Bike rental
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, other transfers, tips, etc.

Optional services

  • Bike rental
  • Extra night in Edinburgh (2 nights minimum)
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