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Cycling and Cycle Tours in Scotland

An introduction to Scottish Cycling Holidays.

From cycling for beginners in Perthshire to challenging downhill bike trails for the experienced cyclist at Glencoe Mountain, there are fabulous Scottish biking trails and cycling holidays in Scotland to suit every kind of cyclist.

In Scotland you don’t have to take the rough with the smooth, the choice is yours. For gentle family cycling holidays in Scotland there are rides through lush forests and natural parks, along old railway lines, and beside picturesque lochs.

For adrenalin seekers on a serious mountain bike holiday in Scotland, try hurtling down the UK’s longest purpose-built downhill descent in Sutherland; along red-graded biking routes in the Carron Valley in Stirlingshire, and mountain biking... yes, on mountains - at Nevis Range, Glencoe Mountain or, for real addicts, the epic Glen Sligachan ride on the Isle of Skye.

So... get on your bike and enjoy Scotland.

Real Mountain Biking in Scotland
Real Mountain biking in Scotland

Majestic mountains, rolling foothills, lush valleys and glorious glens is what you'll experience when cycling through the Highlands of Scotland. There is a labyrinth of low-level cycling trails with wonderful Lochside and mountain views at Rothiemurchus Estate set in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, with three stunning circular biking trails suitable for young families.

There is also a wide range of signposted and graded trails near Newtonmore suitable for bikers of all levels: ranging from gentle and flat trails to fast and rocky routes.

The Moray region is very popular with serious mountain bikers with a variety of trails and downhill thrills. Big adrenalin-seekers though should head to the Nevis Range near Fort William or Glencoe Mountain for more challenging downhill trails.

The Carter Company, well known for excellent cycling tours throughout the  world, have three very popular Scottish cycling tours  - Highland FlingScotland’s Grand Tour and, new for 2017, Highlands Coast to Coast, a seven night holiday from Nairn to Port Appin. These cycling tours feature many of Luxury Scotland's 5-star properties. You will travel through dramatic landscapes which offer a real variety of Scottish scenery, from cultural cities to tiny fishing villages and gorgeous stretches of countryside in between.

The Carter Company Tours cater for both cyclists and walkers and feature stays in some of Luxury Scotland’s finest luxury hotels, many with Michelin-starred restaurants. En route there are also opportunities to sample local whiskies, visit historic castles, marvel at the local flora and fauna, indulge in a spot of fishing, play golf on world-famous golf courses and even take a sea-plane flight over the Trossachs.

Recommended luxury hotels in The Highlands of Scotland & Moray:

Airds Hotel, Inverlochy Castle, Boath House, Rocpool Reserve Hotel, Inver Lodge Hotel


Boasting magnificent woodlands, the acclaimed Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park attracts all standards of mountain bikers to its folds. Flat tarmac routes and wide forest tracks make ideal cycling routes for families, while hard-core trails and challenging terrain push others to the limit.

With the school holidays looming, a family cycling holiday in Scotland could prove a big hit with the kids. Families are particularly well catered for at Loch Ard. Not only is it picturesque but there are child-friendly routes offering points of interest, plenty of Lochside picnic spots with wildlife spotting opportunities. There’s also a wide network of off-road tracks in the Great Forest of Loch Ard (between Aberfoyle and Loch Lomond); in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park in the Trossachs, and Argyll Forest Park in Cowal.

Recommended luxury hotels in West Highlands & Loch Lomond, Stirling & Trossachs:

Crinan


Family Cycling Tours
Family Cycle Days Out

Unbelievably Glasgow boasts more than 90 parks and gardens, many hidden from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Although many parks and pathways are shared by walkers, a number have mountain bike trails graded to suit all ranges of abilities: Cathkin Braes features dedicated mountain bike trails and Mugdock Country Park offers off-road riding trails.

Just interested in an interesting and easy cycle ride? Then opt for the flat Glasgow to Loch Lomond Cycleway, it offers interesting stop-off points, as does the Forth and Clyde Canal towpath from Glasgow to the iconic Falkirk Wheel.

Recommended luxury hotels in Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley:

One Devonshire Gardens at Hotel du Vin


Scottish Cycle Tracks in the forest
A Picturesque Rural Route

A picturesque rural journey is in store for cyclists who tackle the 100-mile section of the long distance North Sea Cycle Way in Aberdeenshire.  There are plenty of stop-off points of interest too: Dunnottar Castle (where Hamlet was filmed), St Cyrus and Fowlsheugh nature reserves, and the granite city of Aberdeen city itself.

For one of the best ranges of biking terrain, head for the Glen Tanar estate within the spectacular Cairngorms National Park; and for one of the highest and most strenuous bike rides in Britain head for the top of Mount Keen.

Recommended luxury hotels in Aberdeenshire:

The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa


Bridge at Kenmore

The picturesque highland villages of Aberfeldy and Kenmore offer attractive river and loch scenery, plus a wide variety of cycling routes, including the off-road trail around Drummond Hill above Loch Tay, and a road cycle from Amulree to Kenmore, up beautiful Glen Quaich - it makes a great day out.

The area around Dunkeld & Birnam offers an array of both on and off-road routes, but for the real off-road enthusiast there’s the Craigvinean Forest trail - it’s steep going up, but coming down it’s fast and furious. To be rewarded with amazing views across loch and mountains, cycle around Loch Rannoch in west Highland Perthshire - it’s well worth the pedal power.

Recommended luxury hotels in Perthshire & The Kingdom of Fife:

Gleneagles, Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa


At the crossroads of the National Cycle Network, Edinburgh and Lothians is blessed with miles of traffic-free paths, where routes have been created along old railway lines and riverbanks. Take a guided cycle tour or a self-guided tour and be pointed in the right direction by dedicated cycle tour companies; many of the routes take in fascinating cultural highlights and scenic hotspots.

Cycling in East Lothian
Cycling in East Lothian

The rolling countryside of East and Mid Lothian offer a wider network of cycling routes, for both beginner and enthusiast, where there are peaceful country roads and lanes - try the coast road to Dunbar, and the road towards the Moorfoot Hills and the Lammermuirs.

 

Recommended luxury hotels in
Edinburgh & Lothians:

21212 Restaurant with Rooms, Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Greywalls


7stanes Mountain Biking
7stanes Mountain Biking

Referred to as ‘Scotland’s biking heaven’, the 7stanes are seven mountain biking centres that span the south of Scotland from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway. On each of the seven trails there is a ‘stane’ sculpture (Scottish word for stone) that reflects a local myth or legend; each stone weighing between two to six tons. Find out what the 7stanes have in store:

For families and beginners choose Glentrool, a blue grade trail - it’s a fun route with great scenery; for some of the best single track in the country, make your choice the Kirroughtree route.

7 stanes Mountain Biking
7stanes Mountain Biking

For a real bumpy ride and great granite trails of all grades, tackle the Dalbeattie; for the expert rider, the North Shore timber trail on Mabie will be a challenge; it’s also a magnificent flowing single track for all.

There’s a competition downhill course and a rough and tough ride for experienced bikers along Ae, but families will be content with their fair share of family-friendly biking trails as well. You’ll find everything from beginners’ trails to extreme downhill at Glentress & Innerleithen, and at Newcastleton there are shorter routes at all levels - it’s a good introduction to the 7staines.

Recommended luxury hotels in Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway & Scottish Borders:

Knockinaam Lodge, Turnberry Resort


BIKING LINKS

Routes, information and maps throughout Scotland - www.routes2ride.org.uk/scotland

National Cycle Network - www.sustrans.org.uk

Biking in Scotland - active.visitscotland.com/

7stanes Mountain Biking - www.7stanesmountainbiking.com

 

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