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Lakes & Castles

8 Days / 7 Nights

The Perthshire region is arguably one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland. The Highland Rift Valley, formed during the ice ages, cuts diagonally through the land from west to east. In the north the mountains rise with many lochs embedded in valleys and in the south there is flat farmland.

Our route follows this geological fault line with magnificent panoramas and crystal clear lochs reflecting the surrounding mountains. Roads and tracks run mostly in the valleys.

This region is also known for the clan chief Rob Roy McGregor, who fought against the English occupiers during the 18th century in the so-called Jacobite Rebellions. After these rebellions it was even forbidden to wear kilts!

Itinerary at a glance

Clear lakes, mystical valleys, and majestic mountains define Scotland's landscapes. Visit a whisky distillery, stop at a pub in Pitlochry, and take a glimpse into the past at Blair Castle.
Arrival in Callander

Cycling alongside Loch Venachar with the hills on either side sparkling in the loch. We are making our way to Loch Katrine, a beautiful remote loch where you can take a ride on a steamer boat which was built in 1872. After your ride on the boat return back to Callander on mostly cycle trials.

Cycling southwards to the ancient village of Doune with its famous Castle. The hit USA Series Outlander was filmed here at Doune Castle. Doune Castle is a medieval tower castle.


Today we follow the National Cycle Network north alongside Loch Lubnaig towards Strathyre and nice place for a coffee break. You then continue on the cycle way north where we continue over the gentle climb of Glen Ogle before descending to Killin. The waterfall, Falls of Dochart here is really spectacular and many people sit on the rocks and watch the cascading waters pass by.

Cycling alongside Loch Tay which is around 27km long to Kenmore and maybe a visit to the Scottish Crannog Centre which shows life on the Loch during the bronze age. Then continue passing Castle Menzies to Aberfeldy. Just before you enter Aberfeldy you cross a famous bridge built by General Wade and part of the network or army roads built by the English in the 18th century.

Today you have a shorter ride to allow time to explore Pitlochry on arrival. Before setting off today though visit the whisky distillery. You start cycling along the River Tay valley when the you the turn north to Pitlochry. A few short hills await you before you reach Pitlochry.

Here there is much to see and do, two whisky distilleries to visit one the world’s smallest. The Fishand Dam Ladder allowing salmon to jump the dam wall. Many shops to visit along with many pubs and bars. For those who wish to cycle it’s worth the short trip to Blair Castle one of Scotland’s grand castles and home of the “Duke of Athos” and his family. Follow this turbulent history as you walk from room to room. There are fabulous gardens and many walking trails available. You then cycle back towards Pitlochry where you can visit the Killiecrankie visitor centre, which shows the history behind the Jacobite raising.

Departure or extension

Route information


There is no day longer than 50 km (alternative routes up to 75 km). Generally flat along the “lochs” on bike paths or quiet secondary roads. On the 3rd day there is one longer climb, a bit longer but not steep. On day 4 there is a climb on the alternative route of about 500 m in altitude. The route whereas is short and softly undulating.

Prices & Dates

Category A: 1x 3***- and 4**** hotels and guesthouses

Category B: 3***-hotels, guesthouses and BBs

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accomodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents 1 x per room (German, English)
  • App for navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline (English)


  • Printed travel documents, costs approx. EUR 30 per package

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Stirling train station, per bus or train to Callander
  • Glasgow or Edinburgh airport
  • Good train connections between Glasgow/Edinburgh and Stirling
  • Good train connections between Pitlochry and Glasgow/Edinburgh

Things to note

  • Minimum number of participants: 2
  • Please note that a valid passport is required for this trip
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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