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Cycling Tours in Scotland

A quiet rideout then?

Why not come and ride the UK’s best undiscovered cycling routes with us at Velo Club Europe…Why?

Scotland, everyone has their own vision of how beautiful it is, rugged mountains, a vast wilderness with an abundance of wildlife, mysteriously beautiful deep dark lochs and stunning breathtaking coastlines. Have you ever been there? Most people haven’t, and there is the biggest reason to come on this tour. Our six-day trip will take through an area of rugged natural beauty where time stands still. It takes in the greatest scenery that Scotland has to offer. From the dark hidden depths of Loch Ness, natures finest wild deer roaming across it’s native habitat freely, Castles ravaged by battles and now the elements, climbing over the highest pass in Scotland, riding coastal roads that with every corner, climb and decent a new awe inspiring view awaits for your eyes. Nature will be your company rather than traffic, or even other cyclists on this tour other than Velo Club Europe.

Hotels and restaurants are supplied with locally caught fresh seafood and game, this a trip for those who want to submerge themselves into the nature of the Scottish highlands and recharge their batteries. This trip is not a race, but don’t be fooled Scotland some of Europe’s most challenging roads. The Bealach na Ba has the greatest ascent of any climb in the UK, rising from sea level to over 2000 feet in six miles, with its climbing hairpins bends resembling a mini alpine pass. The rolling coastal roads of The Highlands and Wester Ross, which never seem to have any flat sections and are a surprise to most cyclists not from this area. The fear of riding in this rugged territory is taken away from you by having Velo Club Europe with you and to support you at all times, remember our motto “enjoy not endure”

Cost for the trip is £1699.00

Deposit £500.00 (non refundable)

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Scotland Tour Itinerary

Monday 6th June, Arrival Day

After arriving into Inverness Airport or Railway Station we will transfer you to our hotel in the city. Velo Club Europe will assemble your bike, you can now take some time to relax into the hotel for the evening. Later that evening Velo Club Europe will host dinner at the hotel, where we will welcome you to the trip and introduce the amazing route ahead.

Tuesday 7th June, Day 1 Inverness to Glenelg 80miles/135km

After a relaxing night in Inverness, we ride out along the quiter east bank of Loch Ness. This small road rises above the historic loch, its then down to your eyes to see if your quick enough to catch sight of the Loch Ness Monster breaking free from the dark depths of the loch. You’ll have time to ride your legs loose before the first climb kicks in at Foyers lifting you upwards and away from the mysterious shores of Loch Ness.

Your second climb comes halfway through the day as you leave the Great Glen and ride into the glorious scenery of Glen Garry. This climb is a steady drag, but it does go on for a while, when you arrive at the top you then see it was worth the effort when suddenly all gives way to one of the most spectacular Highland panoramic views across the length of Glen Quoich and beyond into Isles.

A steady ride through Glen Shiel and Kintail is breathtaking, when you arrive at the shores of Loch Duich you will know doubt have an aching neck from looking up and into the high peaks. Its now time turn into the forgotten valleys of Glenelg, however you must climb up the fierce slopes of Mam Ratagan, a climb that is between you and your destination and is steepest of today’s climbs. The hairpins bends give you an amazing view back across Loch Duich and the tops of the Five Sisters of Kintail, a paradise for climbers and walkers alike.

Glenelg is your resting place for the night, a delicious meal and a comfortable bed await for you at the end of the longest day of the trip.

Wednesday 8th June, Day 2 Glenelg to Applecross 55miles/90km

A good ride yesterday means you have earned a late rise. After breakfast we then catch the ferry across the Sound of Sleat at Kylerhea Narrows to begin our ride of 55 miles today. You will be able to catch sight of seals that play in the wake of the ferry and the abundance of sea birds above, you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Britain’s largest bird of prey and the worlds forth largest eagle in the world, a white-tailed eagle, or “sea eagle”.

From your arrival on the Isle of Skye, you’ll be winding up the ascent of the Bealach Udal. This will be a taster for what is to come later. For now enjoy the descent and the spectacular views of the Cuillin, renowned as one of the europe’s if not one of the world’s most dramatic mountain landscapes.

The passing of Skye is ended by a gentle rise across the now famous “Skye Bridge” that takes you back to mainland Scotland by way of Kyle of Lochalsh and once more we leave the main road behind and follow the shoreline of Loch Carron. It is now time to begin riding through Wester Ross, one of Scotland’s most beautiful and undiscovered regions.

Next is the West Highlands’ highest pass: the feared Bealach na Ba. You can warm up for the “Pass of the Cattle” as its translates in Gaelic whilst riding gradually away from Loch Carron and down into pretty Kishorn, but as soon as you ride cross to Tornapress, there is nothing but but climbing for the next six miles. The hairpins bends at the top are Scotland’s answer to the Italian Stelvio Pass, and when arriving at the summit no one can say that it is any less dramatic !

At Velo Club Europe we always says what goes up must come down so at the top of the Bealach na Ba is only another six miles of breathtaking downhill before you arrive at our accomodation for the evening, the famous Applecross Inn. The Inn is famous across Scotland for it’s food and hospitality, an enjoyable evening awaits !

Thursday 9th June, Day 3 Applecross to Gairloch 62miles/100km

This day of the trip must be the most varied of all , It begins with the route taking in the Applecross Peninsula. People say that this tiny road that was only completed in the late half of the 20th Century is harder than the Bealach na Ba with its numerous nippy ups and downs. Sheep are always around on this section of the route so it’s time to take care to negotiate them, and if your lucky maybe a few red deer. With such a tough start to the day maybe a pitstop and a welcome breather is in order.

The next section of the day is a totally different, Torridon is landscape of giant peaks that tower around around you, the route through Glen Torridon and along the length of lonely Loch Maree will be welcomed by you as it’s quite a flat section. This road will then take you away from the lochside and up and over some gentle rises, arriving at the pretty coastal village of Gairloch, our resting place for the evening.

Friday 10th June, Day 4 Gairloch to Ullapool 56miles/90km

We start the day with a hearty breakfast for the last riding day of our trip with rolling roads for the first few miles it’s a good way to ease into the day.We will then take you north along side of Loch Ewe and its wartime defences. This is where the World War II arctic convoys would groups would rendezvous before their dangerous voyages to Murmansk. We now swing inland to take on the day’s long, steady ascent of Fain Pass. Two immense Munros dominate this section of the route today, your neck’s going to be aching taking in these amazing peaks, An Teallach to your right and the imposing presence of Ben Wyvis . Snow is still often seen on these giants northern peaks into high summer.

Fain Pass is a long ascent, but its non technical descent will make any cyclist’s face smile, and the long graceful downhill will be a relief for anyone. Arriving into Ullapool you will first notice how small it is, but remember your in the wilds of Scotland and this what you came for. Ullapool is the largest settlement for miles around and can be a bustling little town for tourist looking for more moderate temperatures being brought in by the North Atlantic Drift, this town is a fitting end to the riding on our trip, so tonight we sit back and enjoy and revel in what we have, seen done and accomplished.

Saturday 11th June, Departure Day

It’s now time for you to relax and enjoy your last few hours in the highlands. Velo Club Europe will now pack your bike and transport you back to Inverness ready for your travel home.

Airports & Railway Stations
Inverness (INV)

VELO CLUB EUROPE NOTE:
Due to the location & rustic character of the accommodation, All rooms on this trip are sold on a double or twin shared occupancy only.

What’s Included?

  • NOTE: ALL rooms are double or twin shared occupancy only.
  • Five nights accommodation on a half board basis
  • Airport and Rail transfers from Inverness
  • Complimentary energy bars and energy drinks
  • Experienced guides, mechanics and dedicated support car on each ride

What’s Not Included?

  • Flights and Rail fares
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and snacks
  • All drinks
  • Incidental expenses
  • Bike/cycles/bike hire

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