Lochs and Glens to Edinburgh 6 nights
This gorgeous cycling holiday travels from the shores of Loch Lomond through to the dramatic lochs and glens of the Trossachs National Park, to Pitlochry in the Highlands and all the way to Edinburgh.
The Trossach hills provide a fabulous backdrop to your route, which leads you through stunning wooded glens and beside quiet lochs to the highland town of Pitlochry. Enjoy a steam ship cruise on idyllic Loch Katrine and ride along the water's edge of many a loch, where little breaks the silence. Pedal along the dramatic Glen Ogle Viaduct using a former railway line with views to die for. Forests alternate with sheep clad slopes, castles and distilleries where you can pause for a 'wee dram' with isolated hamlets and classic Scottish towns. Feasts for real foodies await - this area of Scotland isn't just known for its beauty, landscape, and wildlife, but also its fabulous cuisine.
Your cycling adventure ends in Pitlochry; from here you ride the train to Edinburgh and explore this vibrant capital with an overnight stay in the heart of the city.DAY ONE - LOCH LOMOND
Arrive at Loch Lomond on Thursday and check into your hotel located adjacent to the largest freshwater loch in the UK. This is the day to enjoy the spectacular scenery and islands of this stunning location. Take a stroll along the waters edge or a cruise along the loch. If you can add an extra day here at Loch Lomond you will be able to make the most of this unique spot by pedalling north along the loch side and returning by boat.
DAY TWO - LOCH LOMOND TO ABERFOYLE
Your host will meet you this morning, brief you on your itinerary and fit you to your bikes. Then you are off, leaving Loch Lomond behind to pedal through the Trossachs countryside - sheep clad hills and vales dotted with farms and pretty views. The town of Drymen provides some great refreshment choices as you prepare for the longish hill through forest. Beyond is a free-wheel into Gartmore with it's old world charm and to the banks of the River Forth which leads into Aberfoyle, your stop for the night.
20 miles (35 km)
DAY THREE - ABERFOYLE TO KINGSHOUSE
Today begins with a transfer over the dramatic Duke's Pass to Loch Katrine. This magical loch is one of the Trossach's great gems - only viewable from a boat. Board the steam boat at the pier for the 1 hour cruise to the far end of the loch. Take in the view here at the cafe before pedalling around the loch - or returning by boat. Riding on through Queen Elizabeth forest on a traffic free track you pass alongside Lochs Achray and Venachar before arriving in Callander. From here, there's plenty of gorgeous, flat cycling as you head past the Falls of Leny and along the water's edge of Loch Lubnaig. Little breaks the silence here of forest and water. Reaching the little settlement of Balquhidder you can find the grave of Rob Roy before arriving at your overnight stay and enjoying their foodie treats. This is the Trossachs at their best.
26 or 39 miles (42 or 62 km)
DAY FOUR - KINGSHOUSE TO KENMORE
What a great day lies ahead! You pick up a disused railway line that takes you to the wonderful Glen Ogle viaduct. This gives you a bird's eye view of Loch Earn and the surrounding mountains well known by Rob Roy as well as a traffic free route to die for. The Falls of Dochart signal you have arrived in the village of Killin where the mountains meet Loch Tay. You now pedal the full length of this huge expanse of water along a back road that is peaceful and undulating with stunning views across the water of mountains and Ben Lawers. The attractive village of Kenmore lies at the far end of the loch with your overnight stay in the centre of the village. Here you can hire boats and canoes or fish for your supper.
26 miles (42 km)
DAY FIVE - KENMORE TO PITLOCHRY
The scene changes for your last day of cycling as you leave lochs behind and follow three highland valleys of the Rivers Lyon, Tay and Tummel. These wider valleys shelter villages, gardens, castles and distilleries and plenty to stop and explore. Visit 16th Century Castle Menzies and its turrets and cellars, the water mill and whisky distillery in Aberfeldy and the magical woodland gardens with some very large trees at Cluny House. The landscape here is cosy and pretty and the ride flattish for most of the day. You sneak into the highland centre of Pitlochry across the river, just downstream of the salmon ladder and refreshed by the wonders of the Trossachs.
22 miles (35 km)
DAY SIX - PITLOCHRY TO EDINBURGH
Leave your bike in Pitlochry this morning and hop onto the train to reach Edinburgh in a couple of hours. Here your accommodation lies close to the station and the centre of Scotland's capital city. The day is yours to explore as you wish and we give you our top ten tips for enjoying this vibrant and wonderful city.
DAY SEVEN - DEPART EDINBURGH
Depart at your leisure
From £1290 per adult
April — October
The Red House, College Road North
Tour company information
The Carter Company
Designed with the thoughtful traveller in mind, our creative routes aim to show you the hidden gems of Scotland, not just the highlights. Pedal or walk the glens, highlands and coast as you get to know the stunning landscape, culture, history and cuisine, and at the end of the day unwind in our favourite boutique hotels. With over 25 years of experience, our small team offers top notch service and we are picky when it comes to hotels! Our number 1 criteria is quality whether you are looking for a classic trip in authentic bolt holes or stays in Scotland's finest castles and hotels.
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