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moderate to challenging

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  • self guided cycle
  • 7 nights in 3-4 star hotel and guesthouse
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days£1280GBP


Trip Code: GGS

Trip highlights

  • Cycling through the heart of the Scottish Highlands
  • Exploring the quaint villages which are full of historical intrigue
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the lochs
  • Visiting castles and taking side trips to experience the landscape further on foot

Cycle from Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, along the shores of Loch Ness to Fort William. During this week long trip we cycle along scenic paths and quiet forest trails with opportunities enroute to spot the wildlife of the region including red deer, stag or golden eagle. A day in Fort William is set aside to rest or ascend Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain. A train journey takes you across desolate Rannoch Moor to Loch Rannoch, where you continue on bike to the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, nestled in the Perthshire hills.



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Make your own way to Inverness. In the evening there will be a route briefing and you will collect your bikes. Now a thriving modern town, Inverness has historical links going back to Neolithic times. Many battles have been fought for control of this strategic site. A visit to the Garrison Castle Encounter will take you back to 1745 and the Jacobite Rebellion. Accommodation: Family run 3 * villa guesthouse, all rooms ensuite.

Meals:  Nil

Leaving Inverness and following the river, you will cycle across moorland and quiet country roads to Drumnadrochit. Visit the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Centre and ruined Urquhart Castle. Today's route is mostly uphill. Accommmodation: Built in 1810, the first house on the green, this B&B still has many traditional features, such as the original Georgian windows and is now B listed.

Meals:  B

Follow the Cycle Way of the Great Glen. After some steep hills you are rewarded with beautiful views of Loch Ness and the mountains beyond. In the forest you may see deer or golden eagles before you reach the south end of the loch at Fort Augustus. The terrain today and tomorrow is on stony paths. Accommodation: Small family run Bed & Breakfast situated within walking distance of Fort Augustus.

Meals:  B

Today you have two options, depending on the type of bike you are riding or level of difficulty you prefer. Standard Option) The Caledonian Canal towpath and forest tracks keep you away from traffic until you reach the locks of Neptune’s Staircase at Banavie. From here there is a short ride to the busy tourist town of Fort William in the shadow of mighty Ben Nevis. E-Bike Option) This is an alternative, easier route between Fort Augustus & Fort William that is also suitable for e-bikes. Avoiding the steep narrow trails of the standard option, today you can choose to follow the Sustrans Caledonian Way cycle route 78. Accommodation: Two nights in a family run B&B with panoramic views of Loch Linnhe and the surrounding hills.

Meals:  B

Take a trip on the steam train of the scenic West Highland Railway to Mallaig, climb Ben Nevis or explore the many trails in Leanachan Forest.

Meals:  B

Avoid the busy roads iwth a scenic train journey across bleak and desloate Rannoch Moor to Rannoch Station. Cycle along the quiet road along hte beautiful south shore of Loch Rannoch to Tummel Bridge. Continue by Loch Tummel to the delightful Victorian town of Pitlochry

Meals:  B

Cycle to Blair Atholl and visit Blair Castle, enjoying the magnificent display of arms and armour and the thirty-two fully furnished rooms displaying beautiful furniture, fine paintings, china, lace and embroidery. Alternatively, cycle to the historic Cathedral town of Dunkeld, situated on the banks of the River Tay. It has a peaceful character and charmingly restored eighteenth century houses forming a small square. At Pitlochry there is a chance for some shopping, visit one of the two distilleries or the Dam and Fish Ladder.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B



The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


  • 7 full Scottish breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 to 4 * bed & breakfast accommodation on a twin share basis with private facilities.
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred from Inn to Inn, not exceeding 20kg
  • Train ticket Fort William to Rannoch on Day 6
  • Map, GPX files, travel documentation and emergency support service
  • 27 speed sports hybrid cycles equipped with helmets, rear pannier bags, tools, puncture repair kit, spare inner tube, lock, map holder, cycle computer, water bottle, reflective vests and lights. E-bikes available (supplement applies)

  • Travel to and from Inverness / Pitlochry
  • Drinks, lunches and dinners
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Cycle guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room

Bike information


moderate to challenging


MODERATE TO CHALLENGING – GRADE 4 This trip involves 6 days cycling usually along backroads and field paths with minimal car traffic (although some short distances will have heavier traffic). You need only carry your camera and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between B&B’s. The mileages are short but terrain on day 3 and 4 is stony paths (easier option available on day 4) and day 2 has the steepest climb at 1050 feet. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be worn (provided with bike).

Departure dates

Wednesday & Saturday 1 Apr to 31 Oct


This trip is not suitable for solo travellers. Please contact our team for alternative tour suggestions

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Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementGBP£300
*Prices listed are per person

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