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Three or 4 Day Lochs, Forts, Castles, and Great Glen Cycling Holiday in Scotland, UK

Invergarry, Highland, Scottish Highlands, Scotland, UK

Guided Mountain Cycling Holiday in UK

Explore the natural fault that neatly divides Scotland almost in half! This Great Glen off-road bike tour invites you to ride on the canal paths, disused rail beds, forest track, and minor roads. The days are short with time for off route excursions or to relax once you reach the day’s destination. The Great Glen begins beside Britain's highest mountain, continues along the shores of its most famous loch, and ends in Inverness the UK's most northerly city. Although these are short days, this is almost totally off-road route and has some daunting climbs although there is no technical terrain. This tour is suitable for mountain bikes only.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Almost totally off-road route with some daunting climbs
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day)
  • Total Distance : 65 Miles / 104.6 Kilometers
  • Average Elevation : 241 Meters / 790.7 Feet
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike (available to rent)

Meet the instructors

Jim
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Highlights

  • 3-day guided bike tour
  • Loch Ness shores cycling
  • Urquhart and Inverness Castle visits
  • Cycle along the historical places
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

For your accommodation, you can choose to stay in hostels or bed and breakfasts. The first night will be spent in Invergarry, the second night in Drumnadrochit, and the third in Inverness.

Program

Day 1: Fort William - Invergarry

You will meet the Scottish Bike Touring team at Fort William. After the obligatory photo at the waymarker, you head north along the Caledonian Canal which is fairly flat along the 30-mile stretch. You head steadily northeast on a mix of tarmac, old railway, canal path, and military roads. You finally reach Invergarry for your first overnight stay.

Day 2: Invergarry - Drumnadrochit

From Invergarry, you head for Fort Augustus. This is where the Caledonian Canal joins Loch Ness. Leaving Fort Augustus, the route runs parallel with Loch Ness and climbs to 100 meters. The next town on the route is Invermoriston and the GGW undulates its way the final 15 miles to this evening's stop at Drumnadrochit. Although Drumnadrochit has a population of approximately 2,000, there are plenty of attractions, Urquhart Castle and the Nessie exhibition to name two of them.

Day 3: Drumnadrochit - Inverness

Drumnadrochit to Inverness is the final 20 miles and the highest point on the main Great Glen Way, which is 382 meters. The surface is mainly moorland track with minor roads and some roadside paths. The views along this stretch are wonderful and the descent into Inverness is perhaps the high point of the whole tour.

Day 4: Inverness

Today, there will be a visit to Fort George and Culloden.

Included excursions

There are several hillforts to visit on the GGW

  • A slight detour will take you to Spean Bridge and the Commando Memorial
  • Loch Ness (home of "Nessie")
  • Urquhart Castle by the side of Loch Ness
  • Inverness Castle and Fort George
  • Culloden moor and battlefield
  • Clan Cameron Museum
  • General Wade's military roads

Instructors

Jim Taylor

Location

This mountain bike tour covers several places in Scotland, UK, including Invergarry, Drumnadrochit, and Inverness.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 days of a cycling tour
  • Visits to some attactions on the GGW
  • Service of a guide
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast (except in hostels)

What's not included

  • Bike hire
  • Luggage transport
  • Travel Insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Glasgow Airport (GLA).

Alternatively, you can book to arrive at Edinburgh Airport (EDI). If you fly to Edinburgh Airport (EDI), you can use the tram. You can take your bike on for free.

Arrival by train

Fort William is a mainline station and is well served from Glasgow and Edinburgh train stations.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 10 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.

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This tour is available April to October. Please select an arrival date below.

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