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Scotland Bike Tour

The Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness

The gentle hills. Meandering coastal paths. Lochs, lakes and waterways around every turn. These braes were built to be discovered by bicycle, and that’s exactly what we’ll do. Quiet roads, views of heather-clad mountains, some testing climbs and superb descents through Scotland's most spectacular landscapes all conspire to romance your heart and challenge your legs. Put away your golf spikes and three-iron for a moment and consider this: Scotland was actually built for bikes, too. Riding through the Highlands, you will be treated to stunning scenery each day, along with a huge array of cultural experiences, as we visit castles, a distillery and perhaps a microbrewery as well. The weather is lovely this time of year and temperatures are perfect for cycling. Throw in some excellent Scottish cuisine, such as locally reared venison and beef at our hand-picked restaurants, and you can ensure that the food is as much a highlight as the riding. And by the time we’re finished, you’ll be forgiven if you now consider Scotland a cycling paradise first, and a golf destination second. Book your trip with confidence »See the self-guided version of this trip »
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Trip Wows
Explore the Scottish Highlands and learn about the area's rich history and culture with a local guide
Take a ride on a speedboat across the mysterious Loch Ness
Ride through the Cairngorms, Scotland's largest and most beautiful National Park
Enjoy a tour and whisky tasting at the intimate Royal Lochnagar Distillery
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Explore a Scotland Bike tour with Trek Travel cycling vacations
Explore the Scottish Highlands by bike for a memorable journey through Scotland’s largest and most beautiful national park. Scotland may be famous for whisky and the Loch Ness monster, but you will surely be amazed by the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Quiet one lane roads and former military highways, coupled with great Scottish hospitality make for an amazing trip. Descending into Fort Augustus and exploring Loch Ness by boat were two of my favorite parts of this trip. Oh, and if you're lucky, you might just be able to see Queen Elizabeth outside of her summer residence, Balmoral Castle!
-Dave, Trek Travel Guest

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Welcome to the Scottish Highlands! As you gaze out across the misty hills, remember that this place is defined by its unique, one-of-a-kind climate, landscape, and big heart. Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Perth Railway Station in Perth at 11:00 AM. We’ll head north as a group to the Highland village of Braemar in the Cairngorms National Park for a relaxed lunch at a local museum cafe. After a brief introduction to your new travel companions and the rules of the road, you'll be fit to your Trek bike. Our warm-up route first takes you on a scenic loop along the River Dee and through the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest. You’ll then head east along the river, passing the Royal Castle of Balmoral before arriving in the quaint village of Ballater. There, in the heart of the village, we’ll enjoy pre-dinner cocktails and learn more about the week ahead in the Scottish Highlands as we dine on a selection of local specialties.

Today's Ride:

Braemar to Ballater
Approximately 30 miles with 1,325 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Darroch Learg Hotel

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

We’ll experience the true essence of Scotland’s natural beauty today, with a ride along the river, through forests and mountains. Starting right from the hotel doorstep in Ballater, you'll follow the valley of Royal Deeside before turning north and passing through several small villages to reach the next valley of Donside. You can expect quiet roads in this scenic corner of the Highlands where heather-clad hills form the beautiful backdrop. After a hearty picnic lunch together, you’ll gently climb alongside the river before reaching your first challenge of the tour. Two climbs take you and your riding companions over military roads built in the 1700s to help government forces travel through these wild highlands. Magnificent views across the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park provide ample reward as does the fast cruise down to the tiny village of Crathie. Here you'll find the Queen’s official residence in Scotland - Balmoral Castle. We'll stop for a visit of the intimate Royal Lochnagar Distillery for whisky tasting. From Balmoral, it’s a short distance back to our starting point in Ballater. Now it’s time to relax before dinner; enjoy a stroll around the village or perhaps a pint at the local pub. Our hotel is just a few minutes walk from the club.

Today's Ride:

Ballater to Royal Lochnagar Loop
Approximately 55 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Short Ride:

Ballater to Balmoral
Approximately 40 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Whisky Tasting at Royal Lochnagar Distillery

Hotel:

Darroch Learg Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Are you ready to discover the distilled side of Scotland? Enjoy a relaxed Highland breakfast before rolling out of Ballater and into the hills for a classic Scottish ride through the heart of Speyside’s Whisky Country. Our route today crosses one of the highest roads in the UK, the Lecht Pass, with some steep ramps which will test your legs and challenge your heart. From the pass, it’s a fast blast downhill into the village of Tomintoul. Explore the highest village in the Highlands over a lunch of your choice before cruising through Speyside, which is the undisputed home of Scotch Whisky. More climbs and descents follow lunch as you cross the Bridge of Brown, pass through the village of Nethy Bridge. From there we will transfer to our next hotel in Inverness.

Today's Ride:

Ballater to Nethy Bridge
Approximately 38 miles with 3,350 feet of climbing

Short Ride:

Ballater ride with Shuttle
Approximately 21 miles with 750 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Kingsmills Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

Today we take on a favorite local ride as we enjoy a relaxing loop across the wild heath-covered landscapes of Dava Moor. We take a short morning shuttle to Cawdor Castle, built in the 14th century, to explore its landscape gardens before setting off on our ride. A steady climb will take you up onto the Dava Moor, with its extensive vistas set beneath huge skies. We’ll cross the historic hump of Dulsie Bridge, which dates back to 1755 when it was built in by Major William Caufield (or, more likely, his troops!) and then ride out onto the moor. At lunchtime, we'll stop in Logie Steading at a converted country store for a cafe lunch together. Be sure to check out their shops for whisky, antiques, and local crafts! After a lunch refuel, you'll continue west, completing our loop and finishing at the atmospheric Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last battle fought on British soil, when Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite rebellion came to a bloody end in 1746. We take a walk around the battlefield to stretch our legs and soak up the atmosphere, before a 10 minute shuttle takes us back to the hotel. Tonight is free for you to enjoy on your own, and your guides will help you secure reservations for dinner in town, or simply stay back to dine at the hotel.

Today's Ride:

Inverness Loop via Dava Moor
Approximately 40 miles with 2,770 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Inverness Loop with Lochindorb
Approximately 50 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Kingsmills Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Today we dig deeper into another famous tall tale of Scottish history with a trip down to mystical, magical Loch Ness. You'll ride straight from the hotel this morning, and the route takes us out of Inverness and onto the open moorlands above Inverness. Beautiful descent takes us down to the shore of Loch Ness, and we enjoy a fabulous ride along a shore-hugging road, with one eye on the road and the other looking out for the monster as we ride towards the village of Foyers. Lunch this afternoon is available at a charming local tea house where we stop along the way. The ride ends with an epic descent, dropping 1,300 feet over 5 miles, taking you down to the banks of Loch Ness itself and directly to our hotel in the attractive village of Fort Augustus. After settling into the hotel, there is time for a thrilling speedboat (or Zodiac, as it's known locally) ride on Loch Ness - the perfect aperitif! Our final night ends with a dinner celebrating a memorable week of riding the Highlands.

Today's Ride:

Inverness to Fort Augustus
Approximately 37 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing

Today's Activities:

Private Zodiac Trip on Loch Ness

Hotel:

The Lovat

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

It’s time to bid farewell to your Trek Travel guides and the atmospheric Scottish Highlands – perhaps with one final ride up a local classic climb used on the Loch Ness Etape. Or, simply rise at your own pace and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before taking a one-hour transfer to the Highland capital of Inverness. You'll say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM and board a private shuttle to Inverness Aiport. Please do not schedule a flight out of Inverness Airport before 2:30 PM or a train before 1:00 PM on the last day to allow plenty of time for any unforeseen delays.

Today's Ride:

Fort Augustus to Viewpoint
Approximately 15 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Darroch Learg Hotel

Ballater, Scotland

Explorer Accommodation | Nestled in the heart of Ballater, this beautifully renovated boutique hotel just recently recovered from a devastating fire, to the delight of locals and travelers alike. Family-run for over 60 years, they are well-known for their on-site restaurant with excellent food and charming views. The Franks family's warm "Highland hospitality" will make you feel well-cared for from the moment you step inside.
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Kingsmills Hotel

Inverness, Scotland

Luxury Accommodation | Kingsmills Hotel is a fabulous 4-star property in Inverness, the capital of the beautiful Scottish Highlands, which provides a luxury getaway. All rooms in this 18th century residency are spacious and elegantly furnished, boasting charming décor and an array of modern amenities to create a home-away-from-home ambiance. A leisure club includes an indoor pool along with a hot tub, fitness room, and sauna. The hotel restaurant overlooks landscaped gardens and offers impeccable hospitality and dining options to make your stay an unforgettable experience.
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The Lovat

Fort Augustus, Scotland

Explorer Accommodation | The Lovat is the only four-star, three-Rosette hotel in Loch Ness. This award-winning hotel is a short walk from the shores of the majestic and internationally famous loch. It has been fully upgraded in recent years with environmentally conscious additions to classic architecture stretching back to the 1860’s. You can expect comfortable rooms, stylish lounges and fantastic food from the 3AA Rosette restaurant. It's a great place to stay for the final part of your Scotland journey.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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Trek Checkpoint ALR 5

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. The Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 is a high-quality build that will hold up for long, rugged miles on pavement, dirt, and even the most treacherous gravel roads. But what sets this model apart is the performance parts and the wealth of features like adjustable Stranglehold dropouts, massive tire clearance, and extra mounts that make it easy to customize for your kind of adventure. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist Verve+ UK

The Trek Verve+ is the perfect bike for our bike tours in Ireland and Scotland. Featuring the Bosch mid-drive motor, stable 45mm tires, and a lightweight aluminium frame, you will be enjoying the scenery with comfort and a nice consistent boost of power. The suspension seat post will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Shimano disc brakes will stop you perfectly in any weather conditions. You'll love the Verve+! Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Five nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, three lunches, and four dinners
  • Two social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 road bike or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized digital photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 road bike or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
42 miles
TOTAL MILES:
254 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
2,567 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
15,400 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain in Scotland includes quiet roads with views of heather-clad mountains, testing climbs, and superb descents. Scotland is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 2 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option—you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Tour of Royal Lochnagar whisky distillery with tasting
  • Boat ride on Loch Ness
  • Golf (not included)
  • Explore Inverness

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our Today’s Ride options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Perth Railway Station, Perth, UK

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Inverness Airport (INV)
DEPARTING TIME:
12:30 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Inverness Airport, Inverness, Scotland

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend you fly into Edinburgh Airport (EDI) and then take a train to Perth. You can either travel to Perth the day before the trip starts and take a short taxi to meet the group the following morning; or you can head over on the 9:29 AM train from Edinburgh on Day 1 of your trip, which will arrive at the Perth Railway Station at 10:52 AM. Train tickets can be found at www.scotrail.co.uk or at thetrainline.com. We highly recommend exploring Edinburgh before your trip; however, if you do choose to spend a night or two in Perth, your Trek Travel Trip Consultant can happily provide you with a couple of hotel recommendations.

Perth Railway Station | Perth, UK

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Perth Railway Station (Leonard St, Perth PH2 8RT, UK) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You’ll then shuttle approximately one and a quarter hours to the trip start. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride.

If you will be late for the pick-up or will miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Darroch Learg (+44 13397 55443), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi to the first night’s hotel will cost approximately $120.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

Lovat Hotel | Fort Augustus, Scotland

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at The Lovat Hotel. You'll then board a 1.25-hour private shuttle to Inverness where you can be dropped off either at the train station or the airport. Please do not book flights for departure prior to 2:30 PM or train tickets for departure prior to 1:00 PM.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

Summer temperatures range from the 50s to 70s. Always remember that rain is possible at any time of the year–daily Scottish weather is very unpredictable! It’s a good idea to bring a light rain jacket, as well as layers. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Edinburgh, UK

Reasons to stay in Scotland's capital abound. Since the 15th century, this city has served as the hub for Parliament, government, royalty, and judicial courts. Both the Old Town and New Town together have been maintained as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. See for yourself the majestic stone castles, bell towers, and universities. Full days can be dedicated to meandering the many neighborhoods, visiting art museums or galleries, and partaking in the classic Scottish sport of golf. (We can also provide recommendations for Perth, if you choose to stay there instead of Edinburgh. Please contact your trip consultant for details.) We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel in Edinburgh:

after

After: Inverness, UK

As one of the smallest cities in Scotland with some 55,000 people, Inverness is ideally located as a hub in the north of Scotland. Known as the "Highland Capital" Inverness offers outdoor activities as well as many cultural attractions. Enjoy dolphin watching on Chanonry Point, arguably the best place to watch Bottlenose Dolphins in Scotland. Walk along the Caledonian Canal, a Scheduled Ancient Monument that runs the length of the Great Glen. Explore some local castles and forteresses and learn about highland clan history, or savor a pint with some live music at the Hootananny Ceilidh Bar. If you like to play golf, there are several Links courses nearby: Royal Dornoch (www.royaldornoch.com), Castle Stuart (www.castlestuartgolf.com), and Nairn Dunbar (www.nairndunbar.com) We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Customer Reviews

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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