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Lochs and Glens to Edinburgh

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Scotland  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 995 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1695 Pound Sterling (GBP)

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. 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 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.

Holiday Details

Price From:
- Classic £955 per person based on two people sharing a room
- Luxury £1,695 per person based on two people sharing a room.
- Extras Included: Train fare from Pitlochry to Edinburgh.
- Duration: 6 nights.
- Start & Finish: Starts Thursdays from Loch Lomond and finishes Edinburgh. Balloch station is adjacent to Loch Lomond and is 2 hours from Edinburgh and 50 minutes from Glasgow.
- Hotels: Classic Tour 4 perfectly located small hotels, an inn and city centre B&B in Edinburgh. Luxury Tour 6 unique hotels - three with 5 stars, two with 4 stars and one 3 star.
- Activity Level: Not so gentle cycling. (Electric bikes available)
- Mileage: 4 days of cycling 20 - 37 miles (35 - 59 km)
- Terrain: One flat day, three longish hills and the rest undulating.
- Traffic-Free: 33% traffic free very low traffic on the rest.

- Add a night at the start in Glasgow to explore the art, music and architectural scene of Scotland's largest city
- Additional night at Loch Lomond to pedal north along the lochside and return by boat
- Take a day fly fishing on one of the lochs
- Enjoy white water rafting or canyoning in Pitlochry
- Additional nights in Edinburgh with a guided bike tour of the city.

Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: Aberfoyle To Kingshouse.

Today begins with a charge up into the coniferous forests of Queen Elizabeth Park. Your traffic free route rewards you with huge views and tranquil Loch Drunkie. Roll downhill and speed along Loch Venachar to bustling 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. 28 miles (45 km).

Day 4: 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 5: 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. 31 miles (50 km).

Day 6: 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 7: Depart Edinburgh.

Depart at your leisure.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation
- Breakfast every day during the tour
- The services of our friendly hosts to coordinate your travel and brief you on your route
- Emergency support provided by your host
- Luggage transfers between hotels
- A tour brochure
- Safeguarding of your payment.

Price Excludes:
- Airfares
- Entrances to attractions unless specified
- Lunches
- Dinners
- Alcoholic beverages
- Mini bars
- Meals pre and post the tour.

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