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Loch Lomond to Edinburgh: Lakes and Valleys of Scotland

Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

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  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  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

From the shores of Loch Lomond through to the dramatic lochs and glens of the Trossachs National Park, to Pitlochry in the Highlands and onto Edinburgh, this is a stunning holiday.

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. Float along the serenely beautiful Loch Katrine aboard a steamboat and 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, isolated hamlets, classic Scottish towns, castles, and distilleries where you can stop for a "wee dram." Feasts for real foodies await too; not only is this area of Scotland known for its beauty, landscape, and wildlife but recently its cuisine has been garnering attention.

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.

Daily program

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 pedaling north along the lakeside and returning by boat.
Overnight in Loch Lomond

Day 2: Loch Lomond – Aberfoyle (20 miles/35 km)
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 its old world charm and to the banks of the River Forth which leads into Aberfoyle or the Port of Menteith, your stop for the night.
Overnight in Aberfoyle

Day 3: Aberfoyle – Callander (20 miles/32 km)
Today begins with a transfer over the dramatic Duke's Pass to Loch Katrine. This magical loch is one of the Trossach's great gems - only viewable from a boat. Board the steamboat at the pier for the 1-hour cruise to the far end of the loch. Take in the view here at the cafe before pedaling around the loch. Riding on through Queen Elizabeth forest on a traffic-free track you pass alongside Lochs Achray and Venachar before arriving in Callander. Relax overnight in the heart of this bustling little town.
Overnight in Callander

Day 4: Callander – Killin (22 miles/35 km)
What a great day lies ahead! There's plenty of gorgeous, flat cycling as you head past the Falls of Leny and along the water's edge of Loch Lubnaig. You then pick up a disused railway line that takes you to our favorite foody spot which shouldn't be missed and on 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. Your overnight stop is in the heart of the village.
Overnight in Killin

Day 5: Killin – Kenmore (17 miles/27 km)
Today is all about Loch Tay as you pedal the full length of this huge expanse of water. The ride along a back road is peaceful and undulating with stunning views across the water of mountains and Ben Lawers. Perhaps you will pack a picnic as refreshment stops are minimal until you reach the attractive village of Kenmore at the far end of the loch. Your overnight stay is in the center of the village where you can hire boats and canoes or fish for your supper.
Overnight in Kenmore

Day 6: Kenmore – Pitlochry (23 miles/37 km)
The scene changes for your last day of cycling as you leave lochs behind and follow the highland valleys of the Rivers 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 cozy and pretty and the ride flattish for most of the day. You sneak into the highland center of Pitlochry across the river, just downstream of the salmon ladder and refreshed by the wonders of the Trossachs.

Day 7: Pitlochry – 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 center 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 8: Depart Edinburgh
Depart Edinburgh at your leisure, or book extra nights.

Dates

Thursdays, Apr 1-Nov 30, 2019

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
GBP1310
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
GBP160
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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!

The Carter Company CANCELLATIONS AND AMENDMENTS
Should you wish to cancel your trip you may do so by writing to us. If you cancel, you will be liable to pay the following fees:

Number of days before trip starts and Cancellation Fee per person:

  • 60 days or more:  30%
  • 29 - 59 days:  50% of total price
  • 15 - 28 days:  75% of total price
  • 0 - 14 days:  No refund

If, after you have paid your deposit, you wish to change your arrangements in any way, we will do our utmost to make these changes, but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be from the "lead name" on the booking. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of £80.00 per person

1. BOOKING CONFIRMATION
When we receive your booking form we will check the availability of your trip and confirm your party details with you.

3. OUR AGREEMENT
When you book a trip, a contract is made when we or your Travel Agent confirm your booking, which is your commitment to pay for the whole trip. We will send you an invoice the day after you have made the booking. The person providing the contact details accepts responsibility for paying for all the people in the booking. You must be at least 18 years old to make a booking with us. This agreement will be governed by English Law and any disputes will be dealt with by the English Courts. If however you have booked your trip in Scotland or Northern Ireland any disputes may be dealt with in the local courts in Scotland or Northern Ireland and will be subject to the law of those courts

4. YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION
The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for the tour operator, and in the event of our insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

  • non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
  • non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
  • flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.
  • 1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with the tour operator.

5. PRICE GUARANTEE
The prices quoted are guaranteed until the end of October 2018 and are inclusive of tax and delivery costs. Prices are quoted in Pounds sterling and are payable in that currency

7. ITINERARY CHANGES
All our trips are personally researched by us and carefully planned. As conditions change though we may find improvements to our itineraries that will benefit everyone. We may also have to alter an itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances. We will always seek to maintain our high standards

8. INSURANCE
To take one of our trips, you must have Travel Insurance covering unexpected costs due to illness, accident, trip cancellation or lost luggage. If you live outside the UK, this should be obtained in your home country

9. COMPLAINTS
Should you have a complaint during your trip please notify our host and they will do their best to rectify the difficulty. If it is not possible to resolve the problem on the spot and you wish to write to us after your trip, this should be done within 28 days of your trip end

10. ACCOMMODATION
On our luxury trips, the accommodation is among the finest available in the areas you tour. All bedrooms have private bath or shower rooms with tea and coffee making facilities etc. On our classic trips, all accommodation is hand-picked and all is ensuite. If you would like a single room, which will carry a supplement or a family room, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you

11. MEALS
All our trips include breakfast each day. Dinner is included where specified on luxury trips. We leave you free to make your own choices for lunch

12. HELMETS
We recommend that you wear a helmet when cycling and helmets are included in the trip price unless stated

13. BICYCLES
Bicycle hire is included on all our cycling trips unless stated and you are responsible for the bicycle during this period. If the bicycle is lost or damaged during its hire we are entitled to charge you for its repair or replacement. We recommend that you use our bicycles rather than bring your own but if you wish to bring your own the price of your trip will be reduced by a nominal amount. Please ask us for each trip. Our bicycles come with a pannier, water bottle holder, pump, cable lock, puncture repair kit and map holder

14. WET WEATHER
If it rains, you will sometimes get wet! If it is raining in the morning, have another cup of coffee and start your journey when the rain lightens. On all our trip days there is plenty of time to linger and very often there is the option to take a train or boat to your next hotel

15. LANGUAGE
If you don't speak English very well, don't worry! Our hosts are on hand to help with communication and in most of our hotels, there is likely to be a member of staff that speaks your language

16. FITNESS
All our trips are designed to be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Most are leisurely journeys with plenty of time for relaxation and sightseeing and some include days when you don't need to be active at all. The more demanding trips where we suggest some regular cycling or walking as a prerequisite are listed. If you haven't cycled or done much distance walking for a while, it is better to get in shape before rather than during the tour. If you are in doubt about your physical ability, let us know so that we can advise you on your trip selection

17. RISK
In taking one of our trips, you agree to travel at your own risk

All photos used by permission. ©The Carter Company

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