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Gateway to the Highlands Bicycle Tour (Medium - Highlands - Full Day)

Gateway to the Highlands Bicycle Tour - Loch Lomond
Gateway to the Highlands Bicycle Tour - Loch Lomond
Gateway to the Highlands Bicycle Tour - Loch Lomond
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We’ve all seen it, the portrayal of a stereotypical Scottish Highland scene in a film, on a postcard or printed on the lid of a shortbread tin. Well here it is, see it with your own eyes on a perfect day in the saddle. For those who want to experience Scottish mountains, lochs and glens, and be at one with nature. Our ‘Gateway to the Highlands Tour’ takes you on a cycle through ‘Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park’ featuring some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscape, providing the scenery for much of our history.

Gateway to the Highlands Cycle Tour

“Fantastic day cycling through the Scottish Highlands!” Read Amy from Hamburgs blog

Gateway to the Highlands Self Guided Bike Tour Prices:

Hybrid Bike - £75 per person for 2 + persons.
Hybrid Bike - £120 for single person *
Road Bike - N/A
Ebike - £85 per person for 2 + persons.
Ebike - £130 for single person *
Premium Electric Bike with Bosch motor - £ 90 per person for 2 + persons
Premium Electric Bike with Bosch motor - £135 for single person *
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) - £70 per person for 2 + persons
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) - £115 for single person*

Gateway to the Highlands tour prices include, bike rental, GPS, map and return transport to Edinburgh accommodation. All prices are inclusive of VAT - please see full Terms and Conditions

*Single person prices include a small supplement for fuel costs. This will be reduced on the day if there are more people on the tour.

Tour Details:

When to go:

March to October

Terrain:

75% tarmac road and 25% hard packed dirt/gravel forest shared singletrack paths with undulating hills. Several steeper off road sections may have to be walked.

Distance:

30 miles (48 kilometres)..

Time:

Including pick up and drop off approximately 10 hours (full day).

Suitability:

For cyclists with a moderate to good level of fitness. Electric pedal assist bikes are available for a less strenuous and more relaxed experience or if you need some extra help up the climbs. We have a minimum age policy of 12 years old for manual bikes and 16 years old for Electric bicycles.

Highlights:

Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond, Loch Katrine, SS Sir Walter Scott, Ben Ledi, Glengyle (Rob Roy’s Birthplace) Ben Venue, Callander, Loch Venachar, Queen Elizibeth Forest Park. On route you will also see, Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument and the Lake of Menteith – Scotland’s only lake.

Itinerary:

08:00 - 10:00 Pick up from Edinburgh accommodation, drive to Callander, safety briefing and bike set up.
10:00 to 12:00 – Cycle from Callander to Trossachs Pier
12:00 to 12:45 - Lunch at Trossachs Pier
12:45 to 15:00 - Cycle to Stronachlachar.
15:00 to 15:20 - Refreshments at Pier Cafe.
15:20 to 16:00 - Cycle to Inversnaid
16:00 to 18:00 - Pack up and return to Edinburgh

Route Description:

Beginning our tour in the popular picturesque tourist town of Callander, we follow a tarmac section of National Cycle route 7, also known as the Rob Roy Way, along the south shore of Loch Venachar. We soon enter the wilderness of the Queen Elizabeth Forest, an area better associated with Queen Victoria, as this was once a favourite holiday destination for the Monarch and Victorians alike. The tarmac becomes a dirt forest road as we reach the next loch along our route, Loch Achray, featuring great views towards Ben Venue and Ben A’an. A short single track shared path brings us to the Trossachs Pier, where the 100 year old Steamship SS Sir Walter Scott is berthed.

A bite to eat at the cafe and we start the second half of our trip along the hilly and smooth tarmac road hugging the north shore of Loch Katrine. This beautiful loch, which also serves as a reservoir providing clean water to the City of Glasgow, inspired Sir Walter Scott to write his famous poem, The Lady of the Lake. The Loch was also sets the scene for Rob Roy McGregor’s exploits. His clan graveyard and place of birth, the Hamlet of Glengyle, are still visible along the route. Our road swings around the most Westerly tip of the loch, and heads down the home straight towards Stronachlachar, where we take our second break at the Pier Cafe, with fantastic views across the Loch Katrine.

The final short section of our journey takes us along an old military road to the village of Inversnaid, situated on the banks of one of Scotlands most famous waterways, Loch Lomond. Here you can take in the spectacular views of the loch and have a well earned rest, while your guide loads up the vehicle for the return journey home.

Enquiries and Booking:

Booking is easy - Please phone 0044(0)7973940924 or submit an enquiry form, stating the tour you’re interested in, how many people (with your individuals heights if possible), date of your tour, and type of bike you require. We will normally respond to your enquiry within 24 hours.

All tours run daily, 7 days a week, throughout the year. Places are subject to availability. We accept most major credit and debit cards.

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