Highlights: Sitting on the Stone of Destiny imagining the marauding hordes; paddling in Loch Awe; wool and tweed in Oban, heather and ferns on Mull; waterfalls near Ulva; views of the Outer Isles; Guinness in Tobermory; phoning home from a phone box surrounded by sheep. Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, stone castles and ruins.
Day 1: Glasgow to Kilmartin. Ride to Crinan. 15-50miles/24km-80km
~09:30 pickup in Glasgow. Begin cycling in Kilmartin, near Lochgilphead. Ride through level countryside and along the canal towpath near the ancient capital of Dalriada, seeing castles, gardens, and Neolithic & Bronze Age ceremonial sites. Tonight’s elegant dinner at the Crinan Hotel is a demonstration of culinary flair. Includes: (L), (D). (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips normally include breakfast only, but today’s dinner is included with both versions).
Crinan Hotel, Crinan
Day 2: Crinan to Oban. 44miles/71km
Magnificent views over the waters of Loch Awe, as you ride the shore through the Inverliever and Eredine Forests, inspire songs, poetry, and a rich appreciation for this land and its history. The final stretch downstream to Taynuilt and through Glen Lonan is a beautiful ride. Finish in Oban, where waterfront walks lead to many shops, restaurants, and the distillery. Includes: (B), (D).
Oban Bay Hotel; or
Upgrade to Manor House, Oban ( $125 per room extra)
Day 3: Oban to Iona. 40-53miles/64km-85km
Take the ferry from Oban to the Isle of Mull. Visit Duart and Torosay Castles, and then ride up through Glen More and down where the headless horseman rode to Pennyghael. Finish in Bunessan, near the ferry to Iona. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Ardachy House Hotel, Bunessan
Day 4: Iona to Tobemory. 35-65miles/56km-104km
Visit Iona (burial place of ancient kings, such as MacBeth, and where the Book of Kells was discovered lying in the heather) or cycle along the dramatic, hilly western coast of Mull, passing the Ulva ferry, site of Campbell's poem "Lord Ullin's Daughter", and stopping at Calgary Bay for, perhaps, a swim. Finish in Tobermory. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Strongarbh House; or
Tobermory Hotel; or
Western Isles Hotel, Tobermory
Day 5: Tobermory Loop Ride. Variable distance, optional hike
A hilly loop ride around the Northern half of Mull, including a side trip to see Glengorm Castle in its magnificent setting overlooking the Sound of Mull and the Ardnamurchan, and a climb to where another view of the Outer Hebrides will enchant you. Return to Tobermory, where shopping along the quaint waterfront, at one end of which is the Tobermory distillery, will occupy a pleasant couple of hours. Choose from many dinner options in Tobermory. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Calgary to Strontian. 30-50miles/48km-80km
Early morning ferry to Kilchoan (don't pronounce the "c"). Ride along the fantastically beautiful and remote Ardnamurchan peninsula, visiting an ancient castle in ruins, and a baronial mansion awash in Victorian opulence. Follow the shore of Loch Sunart to Salen, and then choose between short and long afternoon options. Cycle the quiet hills of Moidart to visit the ruins of Castle Tioram in its magnificent setting on Loch Sheil Estate then take a ride you'll never forget along the shore of Loch Shiel to the fabulous Kilcamb Lodge in Strontian. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Kilcamb Lodge Hotel, Strontian
Day 7: Strontian to Fort William; transfer to Glasgow. 25miles/40km
A beautiful, peaceful ride this morning will take you by coastline, cows, and sheep to Corran Ferry, close to the finish point in Fort William – an ideal base for exploring Loch Ness, Ben Nevis, and the historically infamous Glencoe. This is on the train line known as the most beautiful in the world, and you can choose to travel back to Glasgow with us, or to take the train on your own. Either way, you will enjoy fabulous views of Glencoe and across Rannoch Moor before following the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. If you choose to extend your trip by doing our Loch Ness to the Summer Isles tour in Northern Scotland, you can take advantage of our complimentary transport between adventures. Includes: (B), (L).
2015 Dates: May 17-23; Jun 14-20; Aug 9-15; Sep 13-19.
2016 Dates: May 15-21; Jun 12-18; Aug 7-13; Sep 11-17. Add your own dates.
Self-Guided Dates: You choose! We confirm within 48 hours.
Start: Glasgow at ~09:30 on day one. Glasgow can be reached by train from Edinburgh.
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