Scotland - Lochs and Glens
The Lochs and Glens is a fabulous self-guided cycling holiday in the UK, cycling across the Scottish Highlands from the River Clyde to the River Tay through the heart of magnificent mountain ranges and valleys. Along the route you will find historic sites of battles and ancient castles and there are also many opportunities to see wildlife including deer, eagles and osprey. Small hotels allowing you to experience the customs and culture of Scotland. Visits to the local pubs for a wee dram of Highland malt will warm your heart ready for the next day’s ride.
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Day 1 : Arrival in Balloch
Balloch, on the shores of Loch Lomond, is where you will spend your first evening. If you plan to arrive by air, the nearest airport is Glasgow which has direct transport links to Glasgow train station. For those arriving by train (40 minutes from Glasgow) your accommodation is a short walk from the station. If you decide to arrive into Balloch by car, limited parking is available near the accommodation for the duration of the trip. The evening can be spent strolling along the shoreline and sampling local dishes.
Accommodation : Anchorage Guest House - Balloch - "Balloch"
Day 2 : From Balloch to Callander
Distance 1 : 34 Miles - 55 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 1000 Meters
Following a hearty Scottish breakfast, you will be met by our Skedaddle representative who will provide you with your rental bikes (if renting) and will talk you through how to use the Skedaddle App. From the accommodation you will follow a route via lochs and glens to Callander, your second night’s stop. The route takes you out into the solitude of the countryside from Loch Lomond to Loch Venacher via quiet country roads. After Aberfoyle you enter Achray Forest from where you will weave your way to Callander along the southern shore of Loch Venacher. Some climbing, with the inevitable descents, but plenty of time to enjoy the views, tranquillity and great cycling.
Accommodation : Southfork Villla Guesthouse - Callander - "Callander"
Day 3 : From Callander to Killin
Distance 1 : 25 Miles - 40 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 600 Meters
The countryside is different to yesterday’s riding, with a gentler landscape of farmland and woodland. A real combination of surfaces today, quiet lanes, cycle paths and a disused railway line through the beautiful Glen Ogle. You are now close to the birthplace of folk hero and latter day Robin Hood, Rob Roy Macgregor, whose grave may be found in Balquhidder. The final stretch is to Killin (or nearby) where you stop for the night.
Accommodation : Breadalbane House - Killin - "Killin"
Day 4 : From Killin to Pitlochry
Distance 1 : 38 Miles - 61 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 740 Meters
The start of the day follows the 15 mile long Loch Tay to Aberfeldy the home to Dewars World of Whisky Distillery. All road today, as you pass through Aberfeldy and Strathay, before arriving at Pitlochry – watch out for those leaping salmon! An optional detour can be made from here to the Edradour Distillery (2.5 miles from Pitlochry) – you’ll need no persuasion to visit Scotland’s smallest distillery, established way back in 1825. The wide glens of the river Tay and river Tummel guide you to Pitlochry and your accommodation for the night.
Accommodation : Westlands of Pitlochry - "Pitlochry"
Day 5 : From Pitlochry to Perth:
Distance 1 : 32 Miles - 52 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 500 Meters
Retracing your tracks to the Logierait Viaduct you now follow the river Tay on the National Cycle Network route 77, The Salmon Run. This route eventually brings you to Perth, the town that inspired Sir Walter Scott to pen ‘The Fair Maid of Perth’, which in turn inspired Bizet’s opera. On the way to this fair city, tucked away at the foot of thickly wooded hills, you will discover one of Perthshire’s gems – the cathedral town of Dunkeld. Resting on the opposite bank of the River Tay is the Victorian village of Birnam. Together, the beautifully restored buildings and rich heritage are an inspiration for lovers of history, the arts and the great green outdoors. At the end of the day you will be met by our representative and either whisked back to your car in Balloch or given your bags to catch a train in Perth.
Accommodation : Hazeldene Guest House - "Perth"
Day 6 : Departure from Perth
Today after breakfast you leave your accommodation in Perth and make your onward journey by train.
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Day : 1
Located in Balloch, 2.7 km from Castle National Park, Anchorage Guest House offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi and private parking. This guest house offers family rooms. Couples especially like the location of this guest house. They give it a 9.5 rating for a two-person stay.
Day : 2
Located in Callander, Southfork Villa Guesthouse offers a shared lounge, a garden and free Wi-Fi. This guesthouse offers family rooms. This guesthouse serves a continental or full English/Irish breakfast. You will be 26 km from Stirling and 49 km from Falkirk. Glasgow Airport is the nearest airport and is 66 km away. This is the favorite neighborhood for travelers visiting Callander, according to independent customer reviews.
Day : 3
Breadalbane House is under the personal care of Désirée and Wouter van Doorn and provides excellent Bed & Breakfast accommodation in very comfortable rooms, all of which are en suite and well equipped with colour TV, DVD player (region 2), tea/coffee making facilities, radio alarm and hairdryer. One guest room is situated on the ground floor. The relaxing Residents' Lounge is the place to unwind after your day out. Wireless internet is available.
Day : 4
Westland’s bed and breakfast offers guests comfortable, tasteful accommodation, in the heart of Pitlochry where only a few minutes walk takes you to most of Pitlochry's shops and attractions. We are a family run B&B offering warm traditional hospitality, delicious food and friendly personal service. Every detail for your comfort and enjoyment has been considered to make your visit to our B&B special and memorable. Westland’s bed and breakfast is a wonderful base for a short break or holiday in the heart of the highlands, and offers ample off street parking for those arriving by car, and is only a short walk from the Pitlochry train and bus stations.
Day : 5
This elegant 4-star Victorian guesthouse is located just outside the picturesque Old Town of Perth, Scotland. It offers free Wi-Fi and parking, a 15-minute walk from the main city center shops. Hazeldene has ample secure parking at the rear of the property and 3 spaces at the front. All rooms at Hazeldene Guest House have satellite TV. You can make use of tea and coffee making facilities. Guests can enjoy a breakfast of full haggis and continental dishes. Perth train station is one mile from the building and the Perth Concert Hall is a 10-minute walk away. The beautiful vine-covered Scone Palace is less than a mile away.
Hybrid bike - Standard
CUBE TOURING PRO - ( or equivalent)
The hybrid bikes are generally Cube Touring Pro or Bergamont Revox 3 Equipped with a wide gear range, semi-slick tyres and a relaxed riding position.
Available in men and women versions. Available sizes : Men's M, L, XL ; Women's S, L
- Your bike rental comes with 2 bags (1 Rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
- Included with your bike rental :
- Hand pump
- 2 spare tubes
- Rear pannier
- Tire levers
- Patch kit
- 1 souvenir water bottle
- Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request
- A minimum of 2 people is required for this trip
- Accommodation (shared twin rooms)
- Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Access to the Skedaddle App for holiday information and navigation
- A printed map
- GPX files available upon request
- Luggage transfer service
- Local Skedaddle representative
- Emergency tool kit, pump etc. (if renting your bike from Skedaddle)
What's not included
- Personal clothing and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.
- Bike & helmet rental (available if required)
- Travel or flight costs and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
- Single room option (may be available if required)
- Entrance fees to cultural or historical sites and visitor centres
- Other optional activities
Informations & Recommendations
By air : the nearest airport is Glasgow which has direct transport links to Glasgow train station.
By train : (40 minutes from Glasgow) your accommodation is a short walk from the station.
By car : limited parking is available near the accommodation for the duration of the trip.
At the end of the day you will be met by our representative and either whisked back to your car in Balloch or given your bags to catch a train in Perth.
Contact our tour consultants for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.
|Price from* & per person||Double occupancy||Single supplement |
(traveling with a group)
|Standard||950 €||190 €|
A minimum of 2 people is required for this trip
|Bikes available||Options per person|
|Electric assist bike|
Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.