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Road Cycling Scotland: A Grand Tour from Inverness to Edinburgh

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  1. Mostly flat
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  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
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  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
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  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This Grand Tour of Scotland is designed to be a classic road cycling tour connecting the Highland capital of Inverness to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Riding some 230 miles (370 km) on quiet and spectacularly scenic roads you will experience an incredible range of trip highlights.

From visiting the Royal Lochnagar Distillery to a guided tour of the most beautiful castle in Scotland this trip will leave you wanting for nothing.

Leave the car and tour bus behind, safe in the knowledge that our guides and vehicle support will take care of you. With great accommodation and food completing the itinerary, join us this year for what we hope will soon become a Scotland adventure classic.

Depending upon your preference, you can choose to ride with your guide or simply follow the route notes and re-group at designated points along the way. Typically clients really enjoy the insights guides are able to provide into the nature, history and culture of Scotland.

Daily program

Please note this tour starts on a cycling day. We recommend you arrive a day or two prior to the tour start to acclimate to the climate and time change.

Day 1: Inverness – Grantown on Spey (37 miles/59 km)
We meet in Inverness in the morning, where your guide will give you a trip briefing and bike fitting before we set off. Leaving behind the Highland capital of Inverness we head towards the historic battlefield of Culloden. From Culloden we head east on flat and fast roads, past Cawdor, where we stop for lunch at a great little tearoom and then into the Whisky Country of Speyside. A ancient military road dating from the 1700’s leads to our first overnight stop at Grantown on Spey.
Meals included: lunch, dinner

Day 2: The Cairngorms National Park (39 miles/62 km)
Named by National Geographic as one of the 50 Must Visit Places on Earth, we ride from west to east across the UK’s largest and most spectacular National Park. We reach our first stop at Tomintoul – the Highland’s highest village and home to one of Scotland’s best whisky shops.

After lunch we make for the stiff climb over Lecht pass with the summit providing rewarding views over Royal Deeside. From here a long descent, one final climb and a 10km run downhill delivers us to the lovely village of Ballater and home for two nights.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 3: Riding on Royal Deeside (20 miles/32 km)
An easy day today with a short ride on Royal Deeside one of the most beautiful corners of Scotland. Riding along the River Dee and through the hills we come to Balmoral Castle and Lochnagar Distillery. We can visit the castle if the Queen’s not in and follow this up with a whisky tasting before a relaxed ride back to Ballater.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 4: Royal Deeside – Angus (40 miles/64 km)
Today we will continue east along the River Dee through the picturesque Forest of Birse. An early lunch sets us up for the climb over Cairn O’Mount with a stone cairn said to be more than 4000 years old. Here we get our first glimpse of the North Sea and Scotland’s East Coast. From here we have a superb 10 miles of downhill riding all the way to Edzell our home for the night.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 5: Glamis Castle and Dundee, the City of Discovery (40 miles/64 km)
Leaving the Cairngorm Mountains behind we head south through Kirriemuir onto Glamis Castle. We stop here for lunch and take a guided tour of what is said to be Scotland’s most beautiful castle. We continue our journey crossing the low-lying Sidlaw Hills before reaching our waterfront accommodation in the City of Dundee.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 6: St. Andrews and The East Neuk of Fife (35 miles/56 km)
Today we’ll make an early start from Dundee, crossing the Tay Estuary and reach St Andrews with plenty of time to explore this ancient town. Following the coast along the east corner of Fife we enjoy added bonus of this being one of the sunniest parts of Scotland. Passing through several villages with plenty of lunch choices, our favourite being fish & chips at the Harbour in Anstruther. Finishing in Elie, with a pint by the harbour, we then make a short transfer to Aberdour for the night.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7: Scotland's Capital, Edinburgh (25 miles/40km)
The final day of our Grand Tour takes us across the spectacular Firth of Forth. We will round the city’s Grassmarket and climb the road up to Edinburgh Castle. After taking in the outstanding views across the city we freewheel down the full length of the famous and historic Royal Mile to the royal Palace of Holyrood. The trip ends with a celebration lunch and drinks.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

The itinerary is be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guide with regard to weather conditions and other factors.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Jun 2*, Sep 8*, 2018 (*confirmed departure)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
GBP1695
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
GBP245
Bike Rentals
Road bike, Merida Ride 400
GBP175
Hybrid touring bike, Merida Shaper 400
GBP175
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Wilderness Scotland Terms and Conditions

Cancellation of Booking
1) Any cancellation must be notified in writing by the person who made the booking. If you cancel your holiday:

  • a) more than 56 days prior to the start of your holiday, you will only be charged 10% of the holiday cost.
  • b) between 56 and 30 days, you will be charged 50% of the holiday cost plus any insurance premium paid.
  • c) less than 30 days before the start of your holiday or on or after the commencement of the holiday, you must pay the full holiday price plus any insurance premium paid.

Note: We appreciate that wholly unforeseen events may result in cancellation. We therefore strongly advise you to take out insurance against irrecoverable cancellation cost (see Point 7 below). You will be advised of the exact amount of any cancellation charge prior to the cancellation being finalized.

Changes or Cancellation by Us
2) Before you enter into a contract with us, we reserve the right to change any of the facilities, services or prices described in our brochure or website. We also reserve the right to cancel the holiday. For example, if the minimum number of clients required for a trip is not fulfilled, we may have to cancel your holiday. It is unlikely we will have to make any changes to your holiday however we do plan the arrangements months in advance. Any changes are usually very minor, and we will advise you at the earliest possible date. If a major change becomes necessary, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your holiday begins. A major change is an alteration of the start or finish time of your holiday by more than 12 hours, a change of holiday location or a change to a lower standard of accommodation. When a major change or cancellation occurs you will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, purchasing another available holiday from us, or cancelling your holiday. We will refund all payments made directly to us in respect of the holiday cost and travel insurance. We will not however be in a position to refund any personal expenses you may have incurred as a result of your booking such as flight payments for land-only trips, travel insurance not taken out with us, equipment purchases, visas, vaccinations etc. Where a major change or cancellation arises from circumstances amounting to force majeure (see below), we will endeavor to refund all sums as yet unpaid by us to our suppliers, however it is your responsibility to claim the remainder of any irrecoverable payments and charges from your travel insurers.

Changes by the client
3) If a client, after booking onto a trip and paying a deposit and/or full payment, would like to change onto an alternative trip, an additional administration fee of £50 is charged. If the trip originally booked starts within 8 weeks of the request to change trips being made, any such change may be treated as a cancellation by the client, in which case the cancellation conditions in section 2 will apply.

Information Provided
4) Any information provided by the tour operator on such matters as climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the tour operator.

Adventure Travel and Client Responsibility
5) It is a fundamental booking condition that you accept the hazards involved in this sort of trip and you accept that in visiting remote and mountainous regions there is an element of on-tour flexibility. The itinerary stated in the trip dossier is indicative only and not a guarantee that a particular route will be followed or place reached. You must acknowledge that delays and alterations and their results, such as inconvenience and discomfort, are possible where unforeseen circumstances arise. You must have a level of fitness commensurate with your chosen trip and you are responsible for bringing the appropriate equipment, details of which will be sent to you at the time of booking. If, in the opinion of the Guide or Staff, your fitness or equipment may compromise the safety of a trip we reserve the right to cancel or terminate your holiday. In these circumstances you will not be entitled to a refund nor compensation.

Accommodation Provision
6) Accommodation is usually in twin or double rooms unless stated otherwise and we request that clients who book individually share a twin room. Where a single room is requested, we will do everything we can to accommodate that request at no extra cost. However, where we cannot achieve this, requesting a single room may attract a supplement. When making a booking you accept that this additional supplement may apply and, where appropriate, you will be advised and invoiced for the relevant amount. On some itineraries please note that no single accommodation is available.

Personal Travel Insurance
7) It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks. This must be for the activities undertaken and include repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services and cancellation and curtailment. The tour operator travel policies are specially designed for our range of holidays. A summary of cover is available on our website or from us on request. Our insurance policies are underwritten by AXA Insurance and arranged by Campbell Irvine insurance brokers. If you choose not to take out our insurance, it is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is adequate and you must complete the declaration in the booking form to confirm this. You must provide proof of this insurance to our office (i.e. your insurance certificate) prior to departure along with written confirmation from your insurer that they will meet any rescue fees incurred without their advance approval. If you cannot provide this documentation, we reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time prior to the departure date. In the event of emergency medical rescue and/or repatriation from a trip by whatever means, the responsibility of such costs will be borne by the client. It is therefore essential that adequate cover is in place. We strongly recommend that you take out an insurance policy at the same time as booking. All luggage and personal equipment are, at all times, at your own risk. We will not be responsible whatsoever for any loss, damage to your luggage and/or personal equipment. We therefore recommend that your insurance policy includes cover for baggage and personal items.

Medical & Dietary Conditions
8) If you are affected by a medical condition which may affect your or other people's enjoyment of the holiday, you must advise this at the time of booking. Similarly you must advise us of dietary conditions and preferences at the time of booking.

Independent Travel Arrangements
9) We will not be responsible or liable for your actions or your safety for any independent travel you undertake before, during (if you choose to leave) or after the holiday.

Complaints Procedure
10) If you have a complaint about the holiday you should make it known to your guide/leader at the earliest opportunity. If you feel your complaint has not been properly dealt with we shall endeavour to agree a settlement with you. Any outstanding complaint not resolved during the trip should be notified to us in writing within 30 days of the scheduled date of return.

Our Liability & Compensation
11) The tour operator will accept liability for the negligence of its employees causing direct physical injury to passengers only to the extent that it is obliged under Scottish law. We cannot be held responsible for any mishap to yourself or your property, and in particular for the consequences of flight cancellations, vehicle accidents, strikes, sickness, Government or customs or police intervention or other such happenings amounting to force majeure. The tour operator and its employees are covered by world-wide public liability insurance up to a maximum of £2,500,000 in any one event. By signing our booking form you acknowledge that we have taken all reasonable steps to safeguard its liability in this respect. We shall not be liable for any damages caused by the total or partial failure to carry out the holiday if such failure is: attributable to anyone other than the tour operator's staff; unforeseeable or unavoidable and attributed to a third party unconnected to us; a result of unusual or unforeseeable circumstances, reasonably beyond the control of the tour operator; a result of an event which the tour operator or any of its agents, even with all due care, could not foresee. Where the tour operator are found to be liable for damages in respect of its failure to carry out the holiday, the maximum amount of such damages, compensation and loss of enjoyment will normally be limited to two times the cost of the trip. Where the damage relates to damage caused by the provision of road, rail, river or sea transport, or hotel accommodation, any compensation payable will be limited by the Athens Convention 1974 (sea), the Berne Convention 1961 (rail), and the Paris Convention 1962 (hotel accommodation). All air transport is undertaken entirely at your own risk. Any independent arrangements you make which are not part of the trip are entirely at your own risk.

Your Financial Protection
12) Your financial security is guaranteed. The tour operator is a licensed and bonded tour operator with the Civil Aviation Authority. Any trip which you book that includes air travel in the price is covered by our Air Tour Organisers Licence (ATOL - No 6850) and bond. For trips that do not include air travel, we have a separate bond in place with the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA). In the unlikely event of financial failure before departure, the appropriate bond will be applied to the refund of your trip payments. If the trip is underway, the bond will be applied to complete the trip or, if this is not possible, you will be repatriated to the UK.

Variation of Booking Conditions
13) The booking conditions may only be waived by a Director of the tour operator in writing. When you sign the booking form you agree to accept all these booking conditions, and when we accept your booking we agree to carry out our obligations to you as defined in holiday information provided to you. Both sides of this agreement are made subject to, and must be interpreted and enforced according to Scottish Law in a Scottish Court.

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