Calling all cyclists! Join Wilderness Scotland and tackle a classic road cycling tour that winds from the very centre of the Highlands to Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh. You’ll experience the absolute best of Scotland’s natural and cultural history and the incredible wildlife, natural landscapes and famous roads that make up the grand tour. You’ll be supported the whole way by a professional guide and vehicle support, giving you maximum time to enjoy every aspect of the tour.
You’ll start your seven days of cycling in Inverness and prepare to leave at the Culoden Battlefield, where you can sort bikes, get briefed on the trip and make any last minute preparations. You’ll follow the old military road out through Cawdor (of Macbeth fame) and then finally on to Grantown-on-Spey where you’ll stay in a lovely little hotel.
The second day is a rewarding yet tough push through the Cairngorms national park out to the Lecht pass, a tough climb with superb views! After summiting you’ll spend a few more hours descending down towards the village of Ballater, where you’ll spend the night.
Days three and four are a real treat! Starting out by travelling through the stunning Birse forest and then up the challenging Cairn O’Mount you’ll test your legs and lungs, but will ultimately be rewarded with incredible views of the east coast and the North Sea. From this point you’ll travel to your overnight accommodation in Edzell and hopefully grab a dram at its world famous whiskey bar. You’ll wake up to leave the Cairngorms behind and head to the absolutely picturesque Glamis Castle in Forfar, where you’ll take a guided tour and learn about its thousand years of history.
On day five you’ll awake in the industrial city of Dundee and take the coastal path through some of fife’s most stunning areas. Firstly the historic town of St Andrews, with its ancient university and boutique shops and cafes, and then through a number of historical villages and past stunning castles before ending up in Crossford.
The sixth day is a cracker, crossing the wide river forth and passing the Kelpies statues, engineering marvel that is the Falkirk Wheel and then past the epic Blackness Castle before ending the day in the lovely town of South Queensferry. The final day can be spend exploring the areas around the forth and the city of Edinburgh, where you’ll end the trip.