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Scotland Self-Guided Bike Tour

The alluring charm of the Scottish Highlands

Tour Duration

5D / 4N

Trip Style

Self-Guided

Activity Level

3

Hotel Level

Explorer

Bikes

Trek Domane AL 5 Disc
Trek Electric-Assist Allant+ 6

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Starting from

$1,999.00 per person

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Discover the mystical beauty and legends of the Scottish Highlands on a self-guided bike tour that promises an unforgettable adventure.

Embrace the freedom of a self-guided bike tour across Scotland's dramatic landscapes, from heather-clad moors to ancient forests and shimmering lochs. This adventure lets you set your own pace through the Cairngorms National Park's breathtaking scenery, steeped in history and home to unique wildlife. Choose your challenges from rugged climbs to thrilling descents, all while enjoying local hospitality. Delight in quiet roads, explore historic castles, and indulge in Scotland's hearty cuisine and distinctive whisky. Immerse yourself in the Highlands' raw beauty and let the enchanting spirit of Scotland captivate you, crafting your own unique journey through this spellbinding region. Learn more about Self-Guided trips and if they're right for you »

Trip Wows
  • Ride past heather-clad moors and the River Spey, whose waters are used to create more than half of all malt whisky!

  • Relax and enjoy your evenings in a welcoming and comfortable lodge in the Highlands

  • Ride through the Cairngorms National Park, the largest in the UK, known for its stunning scenery and wildlife

  • Give your taste buds a workout as you enjoy single malt whisky from the local region, Speyside—the heart of Scotland’s whisky country

People on a tour of whisky distillery

Whisky distillery tour in Scotland

Visit Speyside Distillery in the magnificent Cairngorm Mountains

The 18th-century boutique distillery is dedicated to crafting the highest quality whisky and is widely considered the prettiest of all Scotland's distilleries.


What Guests are Saying
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A very well-conceived trip with fun routes, excellent food, and interesting side tours. We felt Trek was fully behind us whilst enjoying the freedom of self-guidance. And the Trek bikes inspired confidence!

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John, Trek Travel Guest

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It was a "once-in-a lifetime experience" that we intend to make a "once-a-year" experience. Thanks!

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John V., Trek Travel Guest

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We couldn’t have loved it more! We were referred by friends for this trip and it exceeded our expectations. Thanks Trek Travel!

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Linda S., Trek Travel Guest


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Great Ride

Cairngorm Mountain

With an elevation gain of 980 feet (300 m) in just three miles (five km), avid riders can prove themselves on the local's favorite test-piece climb!


Dates & Pricing

Book early for the best price

  • Guaranteed

  • Join Waitlist

  • Private

  • Limited Availability


Itinerary
Rider Information

Hotels
Hotel Ravenscraig
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Twin room in a guest house
Breakfast room set up in a guest house
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Aviemore, Scotland
Ravenscraig Guest House
Explorer

Located in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, this exceptionally welcoming 4-star guest house is set in a traditional Victorian villa in the village of Aviemore. The location is the perfect base for discovering Scotland’s great outdoors, with superb riding right outside the door, as well as many other activities to enjoy locally. The owners’ warm hospitality and the proximity to local restaurants and bars will make your stay an unforgettable experience.

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Bikes & Gear
Ride the Best Bikes in the Industry
Trek Domane AL 5 Disc Bike Road
Trek Domane AL 5 Disc

Trek’s latest innovation has led to the best aluminium bike on the road—lightweight, stable, and technologically advanced to make every road seem smooth and easy while the disc brakes make stopping safe and secure. Ride confidently and comfortably for as long as you like, in the most beautiful British cycling destinations.

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Trek Electric Assist Allant+ 6 E-Bike
Trek Electric-Assist Allant+ 6

The Trek Allant+ 6, featuring the Bosch mid-drive motor, stable 45mm tires, and a lightweight aluminum frame, is the perfect choice to enjoy the scenery with comfort and a smooth boost of power. The suspension seat post takes the edge off any bumps in the road and the Shimano disc brakes will stop you perfectly in any weather conditions. Head for the hills on UK bike tours with the Trek Allant+ 6!

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Additional Gear
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Bontrager saddle
  • Bontrager helmet
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Garmin Edge 830 or 1030 GPS computer with pre-loaded routes
  • Shimano SPD-SL road style pedals, Shimano SPD mountain style pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • A flat pack containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator
  • For the most comfortable ride, we recommend you bring your own saddle. If you prefer, you can bring your own pedals and helmet on the trip and your host will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.
A collage of cycling gear guests will use on a Trek Travel Self-Guided Bike Tour.

Trip Inclusions

Additional Details

Your Day. You Decide.

Our self-guided vacations are designed to fit all types of travel styles. Whether you like to spend your time relaxing or on a non-stop adventure, you get to decide what your day looks like. Choose your mileage, itinerary, and experience level and leave the rest to us!

Your Trip Need to Knows:

  • We do our best to avoid busy roadways as much as possible, however, urban riding and sections of busy roads are unavoidable for some segments of your rides.
  • Look right and keep left! In Scotland, you cycle on the left side of the road along with traffic. Extra attention and caution are required as you ride, cross intersections, and enter traffic circles if this is the opposite side of the road that you are accustomed to.
  • Please note that the bikes you will ride on this trip are aluminium frames with mechanical shifting, which differs from our standard fleet. See the Bikes & Guides section for more information.

Before and After Your Trip

Weather

Average monthly temperature and precipitation

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High (°F) 43.0° 44.0° 48.0° 52.0° 57.0° 61.0° 65.0° 64.0° 60.0° 54.0° 48.0° 43.0°
High (°C) 6.1° 6.7° 8.9° 11.1° 13.9° 16.1° 18.3° 17.8° 15.6° 12.2° 8.9° 6.1°
Low (°F) 34.0° 34.0° 36.0° 38.0° 43.0° 49.0° 52.0° 51.0° 47.0° 42.0° 37.0° 33.0°
Low (°C) 1.1° 1.1° 2.2° 3.3° 6.1° 9.4° 11.1° 10.6° 8.3° 5.6° 2.8° 0.6°
Rain (in) 0.95° 0.88° 0.74° 0.74° 0.96° 0.91° 0.86° 1.22° 0.89° 1.32° 0.93° 1.04°
FAQs

Summer temperatures range from the 50s to 70s ºF (13-24ºC). Rain is possible at any time of the year and daily Scottish weather is very unpredictable! It’s a good idea to bring rain gear, as well as layers. View our Packing List

To reserve your space on a trip, you can either call us at 866-464-8735 to speak with an expert Trip Consultant or book online any time by clicking the “BOOK THIS TRIP” icon near the upper right of each destination’s overview page.* Once you have submitted your reservation online, a Trip Consultant will contact you within one business day to answer any questions you may have and to confirm space, bike, and room availability on your desired trip. Your booking will be finalized once your no-risk deposit is paid. If you make a reservation more than 90 days prior to the trip, a $750 no risk deposit is due at the time of booking.** If you reserve your trip less than 90 days prior to the departure, the full balance is due at the time of booking. Once your booking is complete you will receive an email confirmation with important information pertaining to your trip.

*Please note that select trips cannot be booked online at this time. For those trips, please call a trip consultant at 866-464-8735.

**Deposit amounts vary for all Race, Cross Country, Special Edition, Ride Camp, Discover, and Self-Guided tours. Please confirm deposit amounts for all trips with your Trip Consultant at time of booking.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start, you’ll receive an email containing your trip start meeting location reminder and any last-minute information that you’ll need to know before you go. Once you arrive at your destination, your Trek Travel host will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and give you an overview on the daily route information and detailed maps within the Ride with GPS app. Your host will also review with you the preloaded Garmin GPS computer that allows you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your tour.

Read our Cancellation Policy

Our Trip Consultants are available to assist and can answer your questions. Please call us at 866-464-8735.

Trek Travel recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help safeguard you and your travel investment against the unexpected. We offer a travel protection plan through Arch RoamRight that provides coverage for unforeseen events that could affect your ability to travel with us. Learn more about our Travel Protection

We've collaborated with a specialized travel agency committed to delivering tailored vacation planning, ensuring your entire Trek Travel journey is nothing short of unforgettable. Learn more about our Travel Services

Your Self-Guided trip price is per person based on two guests sharing a room. If you are a solo traveler or if you want to stay in your own private room while traveling with other people, you will have a Single Supplement Fee added to your trip price at the time of booking.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip. See Self-Guided FAQs


Guaranteed Trips

Our trips are guaranteed to run once we have one confirmed booking on the trip. Click here to view our full guarantee policy.

Trek Travel reserves the right to cancel trips with zero guests, therefore you must book with Trek Travel before making travel arrangements for the trip. We are not responsible for travel arrangements made prior to confirming your Trek Travel Trip. Select trips are not guaranteed.

Sold Out/Waitlist

This trip is currently sold out, but you may be added to the waitlist in the case of availability.

Limited Availability

If a date is marked with Limited Availability, there are few spots left to book. We will secure additional rooms from our hotels before confirming your reservation.

Looking to travel with a small group? Ask our trip consultants about private trips and learn more.

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discovor:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Ride Camp:

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

Pro Race:

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.

Self-Guided

Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

Private

If a date is marked as Private, it is reserved for a private group.

Looking to travel with a small group or looking for a custom date?
Call our trip consultants at 866-464-8735

What is the Difference?

Ultimate Luxury:

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.

Luxury:

Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.

Explorer:

These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.

Combined:

On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of Explorer and Luxury hotels. Rest assured, no matter which hotel level you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Activity Level

Level 1:

Road: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Level 2:

Road: 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Level 3:

Road: 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Level 4:

Road: 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel: 4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discover:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Ride Camp:

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

Pro Race:

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.

Self-Guided

Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

Single Occupancy

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself