Road Cycling Grand Tour

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Road Cycling Grand Tour

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Highlights

Experience the highlights of Scotland’s nature and culture by bicycle

Experience the wonders of Cairngorms National Park, the UK’s largest and highest national park.

Tour cultural and historic wonders, such as Glamis Castle and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Explore amazing towns and cities, such as Inverness, Dundee, St. Andrews, and Edinburgh.

Witness spectacular views from the summits of Cairn O’Mount and the Lecht Pass.

Explore the best of Scotland on this guided cycling tour. Hold on to your helmet, because this tour will take your breath away.

Scotland is a treasure trove of natural wonders and cultural delights, and you can experience the best of both from the saddle of your road bike on this Road Cycling Grand Tour from Inverness to Edinburgh.

Begin in Inverness, the unofficial capital of the Highlands and ride south through the spectacular Cairngorms National Park. Expect challenging climbs with rewarding views as you cross mountain passes and make your way to the east coast, where Scotland meets the North Sea. Stop along the way to visit cultural highlights such as Glamis Castle and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Stay in local guesthouses in delightful towns and villages as you make your way to your final destination in the unparalleled city of Edinburgh. The Road Cycling Grand Tour is a feast for your senses and you’ll wish it would never end. Don’t miss your chance – book your place on the tour today!

Road Cycling Grand Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Cycle to Grantown on Spey

Meet your guide at the Inverness Railway Station by 9:00 AM. From here you’ll transfer to Culloden Battlefield, which is a nearby location with enough space for a proper welcome and tour briefing. After a bike fitting and, if time permits, a quick tour of the battlefield, head out of the city into the countryside. Take the road heading east, which is flat and fast all the way to Cawdor, where you will stop for lunch in a wonderful local tearoom. After lunch, continue your ride into the Speyside Whisky Country. Turn onto an old 18th Century military road which will lead you to Grantown on Spey, where you will spend the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Grantown on Spey
Distance
58.5 km, 632 m of elevation gain
Meals
Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Cycle through Cairngorms National Park

Ride today through Cairngorms National Park, which is both the largest and the highest national park in the UK. The route offers a few challenging hills to climb, but each is rewarded with a spectacular view at the top and an exciting ride back down. Stop in Tomintoul, the highest village in the Scottish Highlands, and browse through one of the best whisky shops in Scotland. From here, be prepared for a tough climb to cross the Lecht Pass, but pause at the pass for a well-deserved rest and to appreciate the beautiful views overlooking Royal Deeside. After a few more ups and down, the road brings you to Ballater village, where you will stop for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Ballater
Distance
63 km, 1,050 m of elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Cycle through the Forest of Birse

Continue your journey to the east, following the River Dee, then take a scenic road across rolling hills through the lovely Forest of Birse. Eat an early lunch then begin the tough climb to cross the Cairn O’Mount pass. This climb is a real challenge but the support vehicle will be available if needed. From the top, your efforts are rewarded with breathtaking views all the way to the east coast of Scotland and the North Sea. There is also a stone cairn at the top that is believed to be over 4,000 years old. The remaining 10 miles of today’s tour are all downhill and you’ll quickly arrive at the village of Edzell, where you’ll stop for the night. Be sure to visit the local whisky bar in Edzell, which holds the Guinness World Record for offering more than 1,000 different varieties of whisky.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Edzell
Distance
63 km, 840 m of elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Tour Glamis Castle, Cycle to Dundee

Leave the spectacular Cairngorm mountains behind you today as you turn south through the town of Kirriemuir then on to Glamis Castle. Stop here to tour this castle, often called Scotland’s most beautiful castle, and hear its stories and secrets. After the tour, relax with a restaurant lunch before hopping back in the saddle to cross the Sidlaw Hills. Continue riding to reach Dundee, the fourth-largest city in Scotland, where you’ll check into a lovely waterfront hotel.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Dundee
Distance
68 km, 613 m of elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Explore St. Andrews & Cycle to Anstruther

Start the day by visiting Dundee’s Victoria and Albert Museum, which is considered the world’s leading museum of art and design. Then return to your bike to ride across the Tay Estuary to reach St. Andrews, a historic university town. Park your bike and spend some time exploring St. Andrews on foot. As you leave St. Andrews, there is a short climb accompanied by lovely views, then you’ll descend to the coast. Pass through a small fishing village called Crail to reach your guesthouse in Anstruther. Enjoy eating dinner tonight in a cozy local tavern from the 18th Century.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Anstruther
Distance
56 km. 425 m of elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Cycle through Ceres Village to Aberdour

Today you’ll ride away from the coast along quiet roads to reach Ceres Village, which is home to the Fife Folk Museum. Here you’ll join up with a section of the National Cycle Network as it passes through several villages to the Falkland Palace. Stop for lunch at a delightful eco-cafe called The Pillars of Hercules. After lunch, the route climbs through Lomond Hills Regional Park heading for Aberdour. Eat dinner together at the inn on this last evening of the tour, then spend the night here in Aberdour.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Aberdour
Distance
80 km, 894 m of elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Cycle into Central Edinburgh, Departure Day

On this last day of your tour, you’ll cross the Firth of Forth to enter the Edinburgh city limits. A cycling path takes you into central Edinburgh where your tour ends in the spectacular Holyrood Park. Celebrate the end of this wonderful tour with lunch and drinks in a pub near the park. If you’d like to extend your tour and continue exploring Edinburgh on your own, you can add an extra night in Edinburgh for an additional fee. If you are departing today, please plan your travel from Edinburgh’s Waverley Station for after 3:00 PM. Have a pleasant journey!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
40 km, 340 m of elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Road Cycling Grand Tour Price and Dates

This guided biking tour in Scotland is run as a fixed-departure tour where you’d be joining a group, however, custom private tours can be organized for those willing to travel with their group only (please contact us with your preferred date and the number of people in your group and we will create the itinerary just for you).

Prices below are per person:

StartFinishDurationPlaces LeftPrice

2023-05-13

Inverness

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-05-19

Edinburgh

75+
$2,895USDBook Now
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2023-06-10

Inverness

7 days / 4 Spaces Left

2023-06-16

Edinburgh

74
$2,895USDBook Now
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2023-07-08

Inverness

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-07-14

Edinburgh

75+
$2,895USDBook Now
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2023-08-05

Inverness

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-08-11

Edinburgh

75+
$2,895USDBook Now
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2023-09-23

Inverness

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-09-29

Edinburgh

75+
$2,895USDBook Now
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Accommodation on the Road Cycling Grand Tour

This tour is based in hotels and guesthouses. Accommodations for this tour are always hand-picked from the best and coziest country inns, guesthouses and small hotels available in the area.

All the rooms have en suite facilities and you can choose between double or twin type accommodation. Single rooms are also available for an additional fee, but availability of these is limited. In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $375USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Night 1

Hotel in Grantown on Spey

This scenic town is centrally located in the Scottish Highlands and beautifully situated on the edge of Cairngorms National Park.

Night 2

Hotel in Ballater

Ballater is a lovely Victorian village on the eastern edge of Cairngorms National Park in the heart of the scenic Royal Deeside region.

Night 3

Hotel in Edzell

This beautiful Georgian-era town in the Angus region is often called the Jewel in the Crown of Angus. Edzell offers many things to see and do.

Night 4

Hotel in Dundee

Dundee is Scotland’s fourth-largest city and offers a wide variety of museums, historic sites, and other attractions. Enjoy this city’s unique character.

Night 5

Hotel in Anstruther

Enjoy this scenic fishing village and busy harbour town, with its variety of shops and restaurants. Try the award-winning fish and chips!

Night 6

Hotel in Aberdour

Full of rich history, lively culture, and scenic beauty, the coastal village of Aberdour is the perfect place to end a wonderful tour.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Road Cycling Grand Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners, snacks along the route each day.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights along the tour.

Transportation during the Tour

All the transportation during the tour is included for you, your luggage and your bike.

Also Included

  • Lead guide and support guide/driver services
  • Ride support from vehicle
  • Entrance and admission fees during the tour

Not included

  • Bike Rental
  • Transportation to Inverness at the start of the trip
  • Return transportation from Edinburgh
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not stated as ‘included’

Optional Extras

  • Bike rental:
    • Road bike - $225USD per trip
    • Electric bike - $395USD per trip
  • Extra night in Inverness before the tour
  • Extra night in Edinburgh after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Road Cycling Grand Tour

How hard is the Road Cycling Grand Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. Be prepared to ride up to 72 km per day, at speeds of up to 20 km per hour. There will be noteworthy climbs nearly every day. You can rent an e-bike to make the ride a bit easier.

Do I need a visa to travel to Scotland?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Is this biking tour to the Scottish Highlands guaranteed?

The tour is guaranteed to run if there are at least 2 people booked.

How big is the group?

The groups for this tour are between 2-8 people to ensure everything runs smoothly and everyone gets individual attention from the guide.

What do I do if I get tired during this cycling trip?

If you get tired, you can complete some of the paths in the support vehicle.

Are meals included on the Road Cycling Grand Tour?

6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners are included, as well as the snacks along the way.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Inverness to start this tour?

There are regular flights to the Inverness Airport (INV) from most of major cities in UK. You can also travel by train from Edinburgh, Glasgow or London. Please meet your guide at the Inverness Railway Station.

Is the Road Cycling Grand Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English speaking.

Where does the Road Cycling Grand Tour end?

The tour ends at Edinburgh Waverley Station. From here you can take a train to other major cities in the UK, or to Edinburgh Gateway Station to access the Edinburgh Airport (EDI).

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process. Please check ‘Optional Extras’ for more information.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, definitely. Please make sure it’s a road bike.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Scotland?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Scotland?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Scotland for this tour?

The best time to travel to Scotland for this biking tour is from May to September.

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We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. Be prepared to ride up to 72 km per day, at speeds of up to 20 km per hour. There will be noteworthy climbs nearly every day. You can rent an e-bike to make the ride a bit easier.


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