On our cycling holidays around the Lochs and Glens, you’ll follow a delightful mix of ancient drovers paths, military roads, disused railway lines and picturesque lanes from Loch Lomond, north through the Southern Highlands to the rich farmland of Perthshire.
This is iconic Scotland, and it’s fantastic cycling country. Riding along the shore of Loch Venachar, over the viaduct at Glen Ogle or along the River Tay might be your personal highlight, but there’s not a dull mile.
There are hills, it’s the Highlands after all, but your efforts are consistently rewarded with grand descents, and an endless stream of majestic views of the forests, rivers, dramatic waterfalls, wild moorlands, Munros and deep, dark lochs.
While sleepy tea rooms, a distillery tour, welcoming pubs, watching salmon leap, a recreated Iron Age loch dwelling, castles or even refreshing wild swimming may tempt you from the saddle temporarily, it’s never for long, as cycling the Lochs and Glens route is just too good.
Day 1: Arrive in Balloch
Welcome to Scotland! This Lochs and Glens holiday is leisure cycling in the UK at its most beautiful. Spend today preparing and relaxing for the next few days.
Day 2: Balloch to Callander – approx 33 miles
The route heads through the Balloch Country Park. Just before the village of Croftamie, the cyclepath leads over Endrick Water, and having crossed the River Forth, you follow another dedicated trail through Aberfoyle and, now on forest tracks, over Duke’s Pass. There is a lovely descent through the forest to the picturesque shores of Loch Venachar, before heading to the lively town of Callander, straddling the River Teith.
Day 3: Callander to Killin – approx 25 miles
Out of Callander alongside the dashing River Leny to the shores of Loch Lubnaig, where you’re back on a wee lane towards the village of Balquhidder. Across Loch Voil, the Highlands stretch away. Rob Roy MacGregor boldly strode this landscape in the 18th century, and his grave is in the churchyard at Balquhidder. The next stage covers Loch Earn to Lochan Lairig Cheile, with the rest of the day’s ride downhill to Killin, and the Falls of Dochart.
Day 4: Killin to Pitlochry – approx 38 miles
This stage takes you from Killin down to the mighty Loch Tay. For fourteen lovely miles, you ride along the loch, until the village of Kenmore. Then, following the Tay – the longest river in Scotland, through the curiously named Appin of Dull, you’ll ride past the Aberfeldy distillery. Once over the old railway viaduct at Logierait, you climb out of the Tay valley before descending gently down to the River Tummel, and the town of Pitlochry.