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Scotland’s Family Lakes and Castles Cycle

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  • Duration: 6 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 1-2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily from April to September
  • Location: Callander
Tour Details

Welcome to Hooked on Cycling and our self-guided cycling holidays for families in Scotland. We have designed this Scottish cycle tour appeal to families of all ages but also for couples who might find our other trips too difficult. Using as many cycle paths and minor roads as possible to allow safe cycling but also designing the route to include interesting places to visit while on tour. You will have the chance to sail on a historic steamer boat on Loch Katrine, visit a medieval castle, visit a grand castle fully furnished with grand furniture, paintings and armoury, explore the grounds and adventure play areas and all this while in stunning scenery.

If you are not young of age then you shall get the chance to visit two whisky distilleries This bike adventure takes you through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the first of its kind in Scotland, it is also Rob Roy country, the McGregor Chieftain who ruled the region in late 17th century. His Grave can be found close to the cycle route via a short detour.

Starting Location

Callander

Price Includes

  • 6 Nights Bed and Breakfast
  • 3/4 Star Hotels and Guest Houses
  • Information Pack
  • Routes and Maps
  • Luggage transfers
  • Welcome Meeting (Saturdays only)
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Hybrid Rental Bike
  • E-Bike Rental Bike
  • Kids Bikes, Trailers, Child Seats
  • Extra Nights
  • Loch Katrine Boat Ticket
  • Entrance To Attractions
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel Insurance
Trip Info

Bike Rental

We believe we have the best rental bikes available in this region. They are 24-speed hybrids, E-bikes, racing bikes and tandems.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Callander

Fly into Edinburgh or Glasgow airport and make your way by train and bus or taxi to Callander. The picturesque village of Callander is located at the entrance to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. If you arrive in time you could take a walk to view the Bracklin Falls, a mile or so out of Callander.

Day 2Callander to Loch Katrine 20 miles 32km (optional extension available).

Today your adventure begins by bike. Heading off on cycle trails beside Loch Venachar you shall be heading towards Loch Katrine. Lovely views await you as the trail twists and turn by the waterside. A small section by road then follows before arriving at Loch Katrine docks. Once at Loch Katrine you can take one of the circular 1-hour cruises on the Loch which are perfect cruises for families or couples looking to relax and soak up the scenery. Enjoy the onboard heated saloon and settle in with a drink and snack while listening to the tales and legends of the loch as narrated by the ships knowledgeable crew. After time at the Loch, you make your way back to Callander.

Day 3Callander to Killin 23 miles 37 km

A lovely cycle tour today almost completely on cycle paths. You shall cycle north today on a lovely cycle path beside the River Leny, stop to view the falls of Leny, a white water section of the river. Soon you shall be beside Loch Lubnaig, you shall be amazed at the wonderful mountains views, the reflections in the Loch are extremely picturesque. Stop for Lunch at Strathyre a nice little village before following a disused railway line now a cycle path over Glen Ogle Pass, don’t worry it is very a gentle ascent. Finally the descent to Killin where you shall be amazed by the falls of Dochart as you enter the pretty highland town.

Day 4 Killin to Aberfeldy 27 miles 43km

Today you shall cycle along the south side of Loch Tay on a minor country lane used as part of the UK National Cycle Network. Loch Tay is almost 16 miles long! At the eastern end, you pass the Scottish Crannog Centre, which shows life on the loch during the bronze age. There are great hands-on activities here, ideals for a family visit or if an adult listens to the talks about life on the loch. Now onto Kenmore a very pretty village overlooking Loch Tay. You now cycle towards Aberfeldy passing Castle Menzies, an ideal afternoon stop before arriving at your overnight destination.

Day 5Aberfeldy to Pitlochry 16.3 miles 26km

Today a shorter cycle ride to Pitlochry which will allow you to discover this wonderful highland town. Pitlochry is a bustling former Victorian highland town, lots of activities to do here, visit the Fish and Dam ladder (where salmon jump the dam wall), festival theatre, a whisky distillery, go boating on the lake or take in a hike or two!

Day 6 Pitlochry Loop – Blair Castle, Killiecrankie 10 miles 16km

The last ride of the week takes you north to Blair Castle. This is a wonderful visit for the family and couples alike. It truly is one of the best castles to visit in Scotland, armoury, kids play area and lots of forest trails to explore. This is the home of the Duke of Atholl, his family have centuries of history in the region. On your way back to Pitlochry visit the Killiecranke visitor centre. The Pass of Killiecrankie is a magnificent wooded gorge. The Battle of Killiecrankie, the major event in the first of the Jacobite uprisings, was fought nearby.

The Visitor Centre, on the east side of the Pass, tells both the story of the rich natural history of the Pass and the story of the battle. On 27 July 1689, the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful gorge were shattered when the first shots in the Jacobite cause were fired. One soldier escaped by making a spectacular jump across the River Garry at the spot now known as Soldier’s Leap. The Visitor Centre features ‘hands-on’ natural history exhibits, models and maps of the battle. Also, see nesting birds at close range.

Day 7Departure

Depart after breakfast.

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How to get there

By air, train, bus to Edinburgh or Glasgow and then by train to Stirling. Then a bus or taxi to Callander.  From Edinburgh, we can arrange a private transfer to Callander.

You can also travel by car to Callander where some free parking is available.

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