This road cycling tour is grand in every way. With 3,000 feet of climbing on each of the four days, it’s certainly a big physical challenge. The route traverses the full range of iconic Scottish landscapes, from epic mountains and lochs to forests and sweeping sand dunes. The reward at the end of each 'not so gentle' day is well worth the effort, with stays in Scotland’s finest luxury hotels.
With so much to see and do along the way, the option of staying two nights in each hotel comes highly recommended. Play on the world-famous golf courses, sample an award-winning 'wee dram' of whisky at a local distillery, take a flight in a sea plane over the Trossachs’ glens, visit historic castles and unspoilt medieval villages, explore the historic and culturally vibrant city of St. Andrews, or spend the day in tranquility with a spot of fishing on the lochs. Nothing could be grander!
from £2,785 per person
Based on two people sharing a room
Dinner at Kinloch House Hotel. GPS units. Carbon fibre road bikes. See what’s included as standard
Start & Finish
Starts daily from Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterader and finishes at Cameron House, Loch Lomond. Gleneagles station where we will meet you is 1 hour north of Glasgow and 1.5 hours from Edinburgh. Loch Lomond is 40 minutes by train to Glasgow. We can also arrange private transfers to/from the airport to the hotels or from Glasgow or Edinburgh stations
Scotland’s finest - Gleneagles Hotel Auchterader, The Old Course Hotel St Andrews, Kinloch House Blairgowrie, Cromlix Dunblane and Cameron House Loch Lomond
This tour is priced without a guide and you are free to explore on your own. If you would like a guide for part or all of your trip, we are happy to provide a knowledgeable, local guide
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4 days of cycling 53 miles (85 km) per day with 3,000 – 3,500 feet of climbing per day. Additional 4 days of circular cycling routes available (2 nights stay in each hotel)
Road cycling, hills aplenty!
Most roads are minor; some short sections on busier roads
Cycling butler. This tour is offered with the exclusive services of your very own cycling butler. He is on hand to: set up pit stops along the route, with healthy snacks, hot drinks, energy bars, and drinks; transport your wet weather gear and have dry towels on hand; give advice on the best spots to take pictures; pick up any weary cyclists and transfer them to the destination hotel, inform on the latest weather forecasts and arrange services such as a massage at the end of the day. Please ask for further details.
Stay an additional night at each hotel, and choose to take one of our circular cycling routes, or take a break from the saddle and enjoy a round of golf, loch fishing, castle spotting and a sea plane flight over the Trossachs’ glens. Or simply take the day off and relax
1. Day one
Arrive at Gleneagles Hotel and relax in the setting of this world famous hotel. The day is yours to enjoy in the way you choose. The hotel offers a huge range of activities but the best known is golf – with the Ryder Cup course and two further courses to choose from. Our host will meet you to brief you on the route and run through your itinerary. If you are hiring bikes from us, we will fit these too.
2. Day two
Gleneagles to St. Andrews
This first day of the tour is stunning riding. With a serious climb across the Ochil Hills you are soon savouring the majestic Scottish landscape. Here are mighty views with wondrous sheep clad hills and a cosy landscape on the top. Skirt the shores of Loch Leven and the Lomond Hills before reaching charming Falkland with its palace, favoured by Mary Queen of Scots. Country lanes lead on to St Andrews – the home of golf that also boasts beaches, an ancient university and plenty more to explore. The Old Course Hotel, overlooking the famous 17th fairway with the sea beyond and the town close by, is your luxury stay for the night.
54 miles (87 km) with 3,000 ft climbing
3. Day three
St. Andrews to Blairgowrie
Today is a different scene as the River Tay runs close by for much of the route which is peppered with some steep hills. Pass the Eden estuary where the vast tidal flats support a huge variety of birds before climbing up onto the hills overlooking the Tay. Ride leafy lanes and through woodland along the shores of the Firth of Tay to reach the bustling city of Perth. At Scone Palace, immerse yourself in history as you stand on the spot where many kings have been crowned. Then pedal northwards through peaceful fields of sheep, past the world’s tallest hedge, to reach the small town of Blairgowrie, gateway to the Glenshee mountains. Your country house hotel Kinloch House lies not far beyond with dinner included there tonight.
54 miles (87 km) with 3,000 ft climbing
4. Day four
Blairgowrie to Dunblane
Enjoy panoramic views on this soaring route with spectacular scenery with some long stretches of quiet road unfurling in front of you and hills in the backdrop. Start the day riding through the wildlife reserve of Loch Lowes where ospreys nest. Take in Dunkeld village with its white washed cottages and cathedral and head south skirting Glen Almond and through forests and a series of authentic Scottish villages. Reach the holiday town of Crieff which nestles beneath thickly wooden hills and head on through pretty valleys and a string of climbs which make the day a special one. Cromlix, just outside Dunblane is your hotel for tonight. Recently remodelled, courtesy of Dunblane tennis star Andy Murray, this is a very special hotel.
53 miles (85 km) with 3,500 ft climbing
5. Day five
Dunblane to Loch Lomond
The final leg of the trip leads west through the idyllic Trossachs National Park – an area of steep glens and tranquil lochs with some big climbs. Forests are usually in view with small traditional Scottish towns along the way. Pass the enchanting 14th Century Doune Castle and visit Deanston whisky distillery where they will show you how they hand craft their produce. Pedal beside Lochs Venachar and Achray before climbing Duke’s Pass, which affords incredible, to-die-for views. There are intimate landscapes too with cosy village pubs, stone farms and tiny valleys before you reach the tour end and Cameron House on the shores of majestic Loch Lomond.
53 miles (85 km) with 3,600 ft climbing
6. Day six
Depart Loch Lomond
Depart at your leisure and we will collect your bikes. Balloch station is on the doorstep of Loch Lomond.