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Scotland Self-Guided Bike Tour

The alluring charm of the Scottish Highlands

Think big skies, hospitable people, stunning scenery, haunting legends, and you've got the Scottish Highlands. If you are a fan of riding quiet roads along mist-covered lochs, or exploring ancient castles, then this is the perfect trip for you. Scotland's landscape is so raw and majestic that it's positively breathtaking. There's a natural playground which begs to be explored on two wheels, while the region's turbulent history has left behind some of the most beautiful and romantic castles in the world. There's the hearty food to delight your taste buds and fill your belly and unforgettable Scotch whisky which can be as varied as the land where it was created. This bike tour in the Highlands will see you get lost - not literally - in the glorious mountains and mysterious lochs, surrounded by mind-blowing landscapes and diverse wildlife. This small charming country is sure to beguile you with its magic.Learn more about Self-Guided trips and if they're right for you »
From:
$2999 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
2 - Recreational Non-riders Welcome
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Trip Wows
Ride past heather-clad moors and the River Spey, whose waters are used to create more than half of all malt whisky!
Give your taste buds a workout as you enjoy single malt whisky from the local region, Speyside - the heart of Scotland’s whisky country
Relax and enjoy overnights at two carefully-selected small hotels in the Scottish Highlands
Ride through the Cairngorms, Scotland's largest and most beautiful National Park
See the legendary Loch Ness and see for yourself if the stories are true
Watch the Experience
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!
-John, Trek Travel Guest

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Welcome to your self-guided Scottish Highlands bike tour! Your meeting location is Aviemore, a bustling town surrounded by lush Highland scenery in the northwest corner of the majestic Cairngorms National Park. Here you will be welcomed by a Trek Travel guide who will fit and familiarize you with your bike before taking you to a local cafe for lunch. After a brief orientation of the week ahead, you will be transferred to your cozy retreat in Kingussie, your home for the next two days. Settle in and get changed into your cycling gear so you can venture out on a ride to the nearby village of Newtonmore. If you can handle a short climb, the road out of Newtonmore to Glen Banchor will delight you - it's the local's favorite spot! Alternatively, you can opt for a shorter option to a fascinating outdoor folk museum. If you don't feel like riding today, we suggest to take a taxi to a nearby whisky distillery for a local tour. At your lodge, relax and unwind perhaps with a cup of tea served in the cozy lounge. Tonight, we recommend you indulge in a delicious farm-to-table style dinner at the hotel, served in a very welcoming setting.

Today's Ride:

Kingussie to Glen Banchor Return
Approximately 16 miles with 950 feet of climbing

Short Ride:

Kingussie to Highland Folk Museum Return
Approximately 11 miles with 300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Cross

Included Meals:

Lunch

You'll get to know Scotland’s natural beauty today, starting your ride straight from the hotel and following the course of the Spey River. Ride past a famous whisky distillery and enjoy the superb views of the high summits of the Cairngorms mountains. Enjoy a peaceful ride through nature at your own pace, embracing the sights, sounds, and smells of this lush landscape. Keep pedaling towards the east, heading into the Rothiemurchus Estate which lies at the heart of Cairngorms National Park. Stop at the beach at Loch Morlich and join the locals for a swim, SUP or canoe trip, gazing up at the mountains from the glassy loch surface. Avid riders will relish the steep climb up to Cairngorm Mountain which lies beyond Loch Morlich. Enjoy lunch at your leisure and when you are ready, follow your track back to Kingussie. Back at the lodge take some time to relax before another memorable gourmet dinner with hearty Scottish food, either at the hotel or in town. The choice it yours!

Today's Ride:

Kingussie to Loch Morlich Loop
Approximately 37 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

Short Ride:

Kingussie to Rothiermurchus Loop
Approximately 26 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Avid Ride:

Kingussie to Loch Morlich Loop with Cairngorm Climb
Approximately 44 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Cross

Included Meals:

Breakfast

After a relaxed morning at the lodge, get ready to be transferred on a private shuttle to Inverness, arriving at lunchtime. Leave your bags at the hotel and head out to explore the capital of the Highlands. Take a walk along the banks of the River Ness, check out the well-stocked whisky shops, or take a short taxi ride to Loch Ness to visit a ruined castle from the 13th century. Set on a rocky promontory in a strategic setting, Urquhart castle enjoys an open outlook up and down Loch Ness. Soak up the atmosphere of Scotland’s most famous lake while taking in the Grant Tower and the unmissable views from the castle. From here we recommend a one-hour boat cruise on the loch to the heart of Loch Ness, which allows you to relax and take in the majestic landscapes from the comfort of the viewing deck. If you feel like riding today, choose from several riding options available for you to explore the Highlands on two wheels. Back at the hotel, take some time to relax at the spa before heading into town for a hearty dinner in one of the local taverns recommended by our local experts.

Today's Ride:

Inverness to Black Isle Brewery
Approximately 18 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Transfer by private shuttle to Inverness

Hotel:

The Kingsmills Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast

This morning get ready for an exciting ride into the rolling farmlands of the region called Moray. Your first stop is Fort George, a historic military barracks strategically positioned on the coast with views across the Moray Firth. From here, ride south to reach the beautiful Cawdor Castle, which has a fascinating history full of myth and legend. Although people associate it with Shakespeare's Macbeth, there is another legend linked to this castle. According to stories, the Thane of Cawdor, who had a small castle about a mile away, decided to build a new, stronger tower. Visited by an oracle in his dream, he was instructed to load a chest of gold onto the back of a donkey. The spot where the animal rested would be a safe haven to build a castle for his family. Finally resting at the foot of a Hawthorn Tree, the Thane built his tower. Don't miss the opportunity of visiting this fascinating castle and finding the ancient tree which still stands at the heart of Cawdor Castle. Soak in the atmosphere of this mysterious legend before cycling back to Inverness to find a restaurant of your leisure for dinner.

Today's Ride:

Cawdor Castle Loop
Approximately 31 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

Avid Ride:

Inverness to Fort George to Cawdor Loop
Approximately 43 miles with 1,900 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Kingsmills Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast

This day on the bike will be one you’ll savor for years! Riding out of Inverness, you’ll gradually climb onto heather-clad moors. Heather is widely found in the Scottish Highlands and summer is the perfect period to see it blooming at its best, peaking in August when the moors and slopes of the uplands are a blanket of mauve and purple shades releasing a glorious scent. After passing several small lochs, enjoy a fast descent to the most famous loch of Scotland, Loch Ness! Watch out for Nessie, the mysterious and elusive monster. Claimed sightings of the Loch Ness Monster date back to 1933, though there have been rumors of a beast in the waters since the 7th century. Stop for lunch and a drink at a well-loved local inn with great views down the loch. From here, it’s an easy roll into Inverness, giving you time for some last-minute shopping or a session in the spa. Tonight celebrate with one last dinner choosing from our list of hand-selected recommendations and toast to a week of wonders in this mind-blowing country.

Today's Ride:

Loch Ness Loop through Aberarder
Approximately 35 miles with 1,900 feet of climbing

Short Ride:

Loch Ness loop
Approximately 27 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

Avid Ride:

Loch Ness Loop through Inverfarigaig
Approximately 48 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Kingsmills Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast

This morning you can either sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast or venture on a final ride following a dedicated cycling path into the countryside and to the historic Culloden Battlefield. This location played a key part in Scottish history, as the Jacobite Rebellion came to an end here. Walk the battlefield passing memorials to the many clansmen who fought and died here. It’s a place of reflection and a solemn atmosphere with a real sense of place. At 11:00 AM, you’ll be met at the hotel so that you can hand back your bike and associated accessories. You’ll then be transferred to either Inverness airport or railway station for the end of your self-guided trip.

Today's Ride:

Culloden Loop
Approximately 11 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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The Cross

Kingussie, Scotland

Nestled in the historic town of Kingussie, between Càrn Dearg and Glenmore Forest Park, this hotel features eight bedrooms with contemporary furnishings and en suite bathrooms with luxury toiletries. There are two cozy lounges to help guests relax and enjoy tea, a pre-dinner drink or coffee after dinner. The on-site restaurant boasts a terrace overlooking the River Gynack, an open fire, and freshly prepared food made of locally sourced produce. The property has also been awarded a 2019 entry in the Good Food Guide, the Michelin Restaurant Guide, and the Good Hotel Guide. The award-winning breakfast is cooked to order and it includes full Scottish breakfast, smoked haddock, smoked salmon, fruit, cereals, and vegetarian options.
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The Kingsmills Hotel

Inverness, Scotland

The Kingsmills Hotel is a fabulous 4-star hotel set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands providing a luxury getaway. All rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished boasting charming décor and an array of modern amenities, creating a home-away-from-home ambiance. The hotel offers impeccable dining options and good old-fashioned hospitality to make your stay an unforgettable experience.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel self-guided bike tour 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+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Five nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Day 1 lunch with the guide
  • Daily lunch and dinner recommendations
  • Ride a Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 road bike or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack, frame pump, phone mount, front and rear lights
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager saddle (we suggest you bring your own for the most comfortable fit)
  • Shimano clipless pedals or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • All luggage transfers during your trip
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers and a floor pump
  • Bike fit on the first day to help you find your optimal position for comfort, with recreational or avid set-up along with saddle preference
  • Ride With GPS app on your phone to navigate and get all the information you need on your self-guided adventure
  • Optional daily phone or video call with the guide to prep you for the next day’s adventure
  • Support on the ground in case of emergency

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 (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack, frame pump and phone mount
  • A bike lock, a flat pack, all necessary chargers and a floor pump
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • 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 guide are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price, preferably in the local currency. Please tip your guide at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care, and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip meeting/departing locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • While we provide daily breakfast and one lunch, the other meals are not included. On self-guided trips, Trek Travel provides restaurant recommendations and invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Recreational?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
24.8 miles
TOTAL MILES:
149 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,398 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
8,390 feet
TERRAIN: UNDULATING
The terrain on our Scotland self-guided bike trip includes quiet secondary roads or cycle networks. The terrain tends to be gently rolling with wonderful views of the Highland mountains and glens. Scotland self-guided is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer, with more testing climbs.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
There are a variety of non-riding options on this trip 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. Except as specified in the itinerary, expenses and transportation to these activities are not included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Tour of whisky distillery with tasting
  • Boat ride on Loch Ness
  • Visit the 13th-century Urquhart Castle
  • Golfing options
  • Hiking options
  • Swimming, Stand Up Paddleboarding or Canoeing at Loch Morlich

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:
Inverness Airport (INV)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Wilderness Scotland office in Aviemore

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Inverness Airport (INV)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:30 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Inverness Airport (INV)

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 that you fly into Inverness airport (INV). Flying into Edinburgh (EDI) or Glasgow (GLA) is also possible. From these locations you can take a train to Aviemore enjoying a very scenic ride.

There are regular trains from the three cities, also with First Class ticket options. A train ride from Inverness to Aviemore takes approximately 45 minutes and a one-way ticket costs about $18. A train ride from Edinburgh to Aviemore takes approximately three hours and a one-way ticket costs about $58. A train ride from Glasgow to Aviemore takes approximately two and a half hours and a one-way ticket costs about $55. Train tickets can be found at www.scotrail.co.uk or at thetrainline.com

Once you arrive at the train station in Aviemore, you need to reach the Wilderness Scotland office which is located about one mile from the train station (Wilderness Scotland, Dalfaber Drive, PH22 1ST Aviemore). You can choose to walk or take a taxi. A taxi ride takes five minutes and costs approximately $10; there are always taxis waiting at the railway station.

Your Trek Travel guide will meet you at the Wilderness Scotland office in Aviemore at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride. Please bring anything you need for your bike, including personal pedals, saddles, GPS units, etc., which will be installed on your bike. Your guide will make sure you are fitted comfortably on your bike and will then take you to a local cafe for lunch. Here you will have a brief orientation of the trip ahead before transfering to your hotel in Kingussie, where you may change into your cycling gear and saddle up to begin the day's ride.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guide. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their name and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, The Cross (+ 44 1540 661166), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from Inverness to the first night’s hotel will cost approximately $90.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

A Trek Travel guide will meet you at 11:00 AM at the Kingsmills Hotel to take your bike and equipment. If you are happy to depart at 11:00 AM, you guide will offer a free transfer to the Inverness airport or railway station, which takes approximately 20 minutes. Should you need to transfer to other destinations, we recommend to arrange a private shuttle.

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

before

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 a 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 one of our Trip Consultants 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 fortresses 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 for 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:

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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