Lochs and Glens 5 Days

 


 

Cycling this self guided tour of the Lochs and Glens in Scotland, follows a delightful mix of ancient drovers paths, military roads, disused railway lines and picturesque lanes from Loch Lomond, north through the Southern Highlands to the rich farmland of Perthshire.

This is iconic Scotland: it is fantastic cycling country for holidays. Riding along the shore of Loch Venachar, over the viaduct at Glen Ogle or along the River Tay might be your personal highlight, but there’s not a dull mile.

There are hills in the Highlands, but your efforts are consistently rewarded with grand descents, and an endless stream of majestic views of the forests, rivers, waterfalls, wild moorlands, Munros and dark lochs.

Sleepy tea rooms, a distillery tour, welcoming pubs, watching salmon leap, a recreated Iron Age loch dwelling, a castle or even a refreshing wild swim may tempt you from the saddle temporarily, but never for long, a cycling the Lochs and Glens route is just too good.

Dates

This tour runs on any day from April to October subject to availability. Please contact the office to check availability and for a package price.

Price - £550

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £190

Single Traveller Supplement - £275

Bike hire - £95

E-Bike Hire - N/A

Additional nights - Price upon request

 

Other Info

 

We feel this trip is suitable for children aged 12 and over, however this is a guideline and will depend on the ability of each child.

 

Trip Code

 

LG512

 

Rob's Highlights

  • Loch Lomond
  • Riding along Loch Venachar
  • A wild swim
  • The falls of Leny
  • The grave of Rob Roy MacGregor in the churchyard at Balquhidder
  • Pedalling over the viaduct at Glen Ogle
  • Spectacular views of Ben Lawers and the ridge of Munros above Loch Tay
  • The thick, ancient broadleaf woodlands of the Strath Tay

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Balloch

Arrive in Balloch by train or car, and check in to your accommodation. A member of the Bikecation team will meet you this evening or after breakfast tomorrow, to hand over your route notes and maps, plus your bike if you’re hiring one, and answer those last minute questions. Balloch is on the south shore of Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s most famous landscape features. If you’re here in good time, a passenger cruise on the Loch itself is a good way to take in the biggest stretch of inland water in Britain or why not warm up and try cycling round Loch Lomond. 

Day 2: Balloch to Callander – approx 33 miles

The route heads through the Balloch Country Park: Just before the village of Croftamie, you pick up a cyclepath which leads over Endrick Water. Having crossed the River Forth follow another traffic-free path through Aberfoyle and on up, now on forest trails, over Duke’s Pass. There is a lovely descent through a forest to the shores of Loch Venachar. This final section of the day along Loch Venacher is delightful. Head to the lively town of Callander, straddling the River Teith.

Day 3: Callander to Killin – approx 25 miles

Out of Callander alongside the dashing River Leny to the shores of Loch Lubnaig. Leaving Loch Lubnaig, you’re back on a wee lane towards the village of Balquhidder. Highland view – across Loch Voil. Rob Roy MacGregor strode this landscape in the 18th century. His grave in the churchyard at Balquhidder. Loch Earn to Lochan Lairig Cheilie. The rest of the day’s ride is downhill, to Killin, and the Falls of Dochart.

Day 4: Killin to Pitlochry – approx 38 miles

Killin down to the mighty Loch Tay. For fourteen lovely miles, you wheel along the loch. The village of Kenmore. You follow the Tay – the longest river in Scotland – through the curiously named Appin of Dull, passed Aberfeldy where there’s a distillery. Once over the old railway viaduct at Logierait, you climb out of the Tay valley and then descend, gently down to the River Tummel, and the town of Pitlochry. 

Day 5: Pitlochry to Perth – approx 32 miles

You head south, through the large farms and woods of Perthshire. This region is known as ‘Big Tree Country’. As you are following the river, the trend is downhill. On a cycle path beside the river, you pass Dunkeld House formerly a private residence where Beatrix Potter wrote The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The final run brings you into the heart of Perth, the elegant and ancient county town, and your journey’s end. 

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

4 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers 

Meet & Greet by Bikecation rep

Trip planner with route notes and maps

 

Bike hire

Drinks

Insurance

Lunches & evening meals

 

 

 

Testimonial - Centre 

 

“That was a truely awesome ride. The views were stunning and we really, really enjoyed ourselves. We will definitely come and do it again soon but next time bring the whole family - thank you so much” - Melissa Cook

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

4 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers

Meet & Greet by Bikecation rep

Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's Not Included

Bike hire

Drinks

Insurance

Lunches & evening meals

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