Scotland Bike Tour

Wild Country, Whisky, and the Warmth of the Scots

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price From: $4,695Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle the wild and beautiful landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, including the picturesque coastline of Saint Andrews
  • Discover the historic sites of in Saint Andrews, including the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the ruined Cathedral, and the oldest university in Scotland
  • Visit Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Murray, and learn about its fascinating role in Scottish history
  • Sip locally-made single malt whisky straight from the cask at Blair Atholl distillery

Eat

The misunderstood delicacy haggis, tablet (a fudge-like confection), Scotch eggs, and buttery shortbread

Drink

Craft beers, Scotch whisky, and Irn-Bru, a beloved Scottish soft drink

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  • Day 1

    The Coastal Route of Fife

    Welcome to Scotland! Your guides will pick you up in Edinburgh before transferring you a short distance across the Firth of Forth to the charming coastal village of Elie. Enjoy a welcome toast, map overview, and bike fitting in the charming harbor before we begin our ride along the quiet coastal roads. Remember to stay on the left side of the road as we venture past the fishing communities of the East Neuk of Fife. Stop in Anstruther for a delicious lunch featuring the local catch, then continue on into the medieval town of Saint Andrews. Our boutique hotel, an idyllic, turreted mansion house set in 10 acres of award-winning gardens, awaits our arrival. Dine in the hotel’s fine restaurant tonight and make sure to enjoy their famous sticky toffee dessert.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Elie, Saint Monens, Anstruther, Saint Andrews
    Accomplished: 20 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 303 meters
    Accommodations: Rufflets Country House Hotel

  • Day 2

    Deep in the Kingdom of Fife

    Our adventure begins with a gentle climb from the hotel into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Cycle through rolling farmlands, past old stone bridges, and along tree lined lanes to the picturesque village of Ceres—stopping to take pictures of the beautiful scenery. Take in the amazing views of the coast along the ridge-top route back to Saint Andrews. After lunch, we will enjoy a guided tour of Saint Andrews Cathedral, the University, and The Old Course. Stroll along the chic boutiques that line Market and North Streets or head back to our hotel to relax before dinner. Tonight we’ll eat a traditional meal with the locals in town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Ceres, North Sea, Saint Andrews
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 40 km, elevation gain: 465 meters
    Accommodations: Rufflets Country House Hotel

  • Day 3

    The Perthshire Farmlands

    Heading north, we’ll transfer one hour to start our ride from the village of Pitcairngreen. Meandering along the rural farmland, the most traffic we’ll see this morning is from tractors, fellow cyclists, or highland cattle. Learn the meaningful origins of the names for local sites and fauna from our local guides. Arrive in Dunkeld to admire the cathedral and have a bite to eat. Enter into the Highlands on our way to our hotel in Fortingall. Choose to relax in your room, have a pint in the hotel’s authentic bar, or visit the nearby Yew Tree and ancient chapel before heading to a memorable dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Pitcairngreen, Dunkled, Weem, Fortingall
    Accomplished: 37 miles / 60 km, elevation gain: 534 km
    Accommodations: Fortingall Hotel

  • Day 4

    Loch Rannoch & the Tay Valley

    Today is packed with the best of the Highland scenery. Follow the River Lyon before cruising around the iconic mountain of Schiehallion. Capture the rich flora of the area, especially the heathers, mosses, and blaeberries. Savor a well-deserved lunch by Kinloch Rannoch. Cycle a lovely winding road above the River and Loch Tummel, passing The Queen’s View, named after Queen Victoria’s visit in 1860. Visit the Blair Atholl distillery and learn all about the famed Scottish whisky during your private tour. Arrive at the impressive Fonab Castle, perched above the beautiful Loch Faskally and the town of Pitlochry, our home for the final two nights in the Highlands. A late afternoon outing to a local brewery, Moulin, is an option before we head into town for a dinner on your own. Our guides will gladly give you a few tips on where to find the best haggis in town if you haven’t already tried it.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Kinloch Rannoch
    Accomplished: 38 miles / 61 km, elevation gain: 850 meters
    Accommodations: Fonab Castle

  • Day 5

    Blair Castle

    Our final ride is a spectacular one, taking us through the rolling hills of Perthshire. Arriving at the impressive Blair Castle we will explore this ancestral home of the Clan Murray and the paintings, hunting trophies, furniture, and needlework that was collected over many generations. Learn about the Atholl Highlanders, the private army of the Duke of Atholl, and the only legal private army in Europe at the Castle site as well. Chat about our recent discoveries as we enjoy a nice lunch before heading back to Pitlochry via the famous Pass of Killiecrankie. Toast to a wonderful week of unforgettable memories during our final dinner at the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Blair Atholl, Moulin, Pitlochry
    Accomplished: 42 miles / 67 km, elevation gain: 818 meters
    Accommodations: Fonab Castle

  • Day 6

    Transfer to Edinburgh

    After a full Scottish breakfast, take one final stroll around the Loch Faskally or go shopping for a wool kilt or cashmere scarf in Pitlochry.  We leave the castle and transfer south to Edinburgh Airport where we will bid you farewell!

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Edinburgh, Scotland Pick-Up Location: Edinburgh Airport or the G&V Royal Mile Hotel Pick-Up Time: 10:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Edinburgh, Scotland Drop-Off Location: Edinburgh Drop-Off Time: 11:30 am

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2019Single Supplement From: $800

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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Ride 400

Manufacturer: Merida

Type: Road

Speeder 300

Manufacturer: Merida

Type: Hybrid