Scotland Bike Tours: Highlands to Islands

2019 Dates: July 15-21 (sold out), July 23-29, July 31-August 6 (sold out)
2020 Dates: July 1-7, July 16-22, July 27-August 2, August 6-12

This tour treats you to the essence of all things Scottish: romantic castles, ancient villages, luxurious palace homes of dukes and barons, deep wandering lochs, soft wooded glens, spectacular seascapes, and lovely winding roads where we are often the only travelers. We cycle along a superb network of country roads, visit the medieval village of Dunkeld, follow hedgerows along the River Tay, and enjoy the magical views from Kenmore over historic Loch Tay. From the Central Highlands, we take a scenic ferry ride to the Isle of Mull, one of the fabled islands of Scotland’s western coast. Here we are treated to a landscape of craggy cliffs, rocky bays, shimmering seas, heather-covered hills, and historic fishing villages. We visit ancient Duart Castle, built in 1360, and Torosay Palace. Our two days in Tobermory allow us time to enjoy its glorious harbor – framed by a brightly painted crescent of 17th-century houses – shops with crafts, antiques and woolens, and a tour of the local distillery. Finally, we ferry across the Sound of Mull to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, where we are treated to the most spectacular mountain-to-ocean scenery imaginable.

Every night on this tour we are guests at a small, marvelous hotel, including historical Ballathie House on the banks of the River Tay; the Fortingall Hotel near Loch Tay, Western Isles Hotel overlooking Tobermory Harbor; and Kilcamb Lodge on the shores of Loch Sunart.

Scotland Biking Tour Itinerary

DAY ONE  | Arrival Day |  Distance: 13 miles  |  Terrain: Easier  |  Ballathie House Hotel
On the afternoon of your arrival day we will fit you to your bikes, give you a gearing demonstration and lead you on a short warm-up ride to acquaint you with biking on the left side of the road and give you an opportunity to enjoy a bit of the lovely Scottish countryside. (On the July 16, 2020, and July 27 departures, we stay the first two nights at Dunkeld House Hotel instead.)

DAY TWO  |  Distance: 35 or 41 miles  |  Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Ballathie House Hotel
Today we enjoy a 27-mile loop through a number of small villages and rural farmland. Enjoy a beautiful ride (optional) out to Little Glen Shee and another great short option to visit Huntingtower Castle. We lunch at a delightful pub in Pitcairngreen, enjoy home made Scottish ice cream at a farm in Airntully, and return to the Ballathie House in time to delight in an afternoon stroll along the River Tay.

DAY THREE  |  Distance: 37 or 44 miles  |  Terrain: Easier to Intermediate  | Fortingall Hotel
Leave Ballathie House via the village of Murthly. Pass through Coupar Angus and then back roads to the Loch of Lowes wildlife preserve (where we can have osprey sightings). At mile 12.6 enter the elegant village of Dunkeld. Lunch here on the banks of the River Tay. Follow back roads through Balnaguard, Pitnacree and Weem. Pass Aberfeldy which is a one mile side visit. Pass Menzies Castle on the way to Kenmore and Loch Tay.

DAY FOUR  |  Distance: 29 miles  |  Terrain: Intermediate  |  Western Isles Hotel
A coach takes us to Oban. We then ferry over the Mull Sound to the Isle of Mull. We cycle to Duart Castle and Torosay Palace, then back through the village of Craignure to Salen. Van pickup here or continue to Tobermory with spectacular ocean views. This ride is intermediate. Arrive at Western Isles Hotel in Tobermory.

DAY FIVE  |  Distance: 10,26 or 35 miles  |  Terrain: Easier |  Western Isles Hotel
There are several options today. Many like to make this an easy day and enjoy exploring Tobermory perhaps adding a 10 mile “out and back” ride to Glengorm Castle. There is also a superb optional ride through the village of Dervaig, including a visit to the Old Byre Heritage Center. Your leaders will also give you directions for a lovely walk out to the lighthouse with views of the bay and Ardnamurchan Peninsula. We end the day with a guided tour of the local distillery. Finally, you can ask your leaders to help arrange an all-day boat excursion out to the Isle of Staffa.

DAY SIX  |  Distance: 31 or 40 miles  |  Terrain: Intermediate  |  Kilcamb Lodge
Today begins with a ferry ride from the Isle of Mull to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Start with a ride to Ardnamurchan Point and its beautiful lighthouse and museum. Then pass the beautiful bay and remains of the village of Camas Nan Geall; then Laga Bay and Salen Bay on Loch Sunart. Lunch at the museum and information center or in Salen. Option to ride from Salen to Kilcamb Lodge.

DAY SEVEN  |  Departure Day
Discovery Bicycle Tours will van you or provide a coach to Glasgow Airport immediately following breakfast. Van/coach arrives in time for people to clear customs and make a 3 PM flight. Please do not schedule any flights leaving before 3 PM on the last day of your Scotland tour!

Scotland Bike Tours: Highlands, Lowlands and Islands


Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable up to 60 days of the tour date.

reserveJuly 15-21, 2019:  $2995 (Sorry! Sold out.)
Reserve with $300 deposit

reserveJuly 23-29, 2019:  $2995
Reserve with $300 deposit

reserveJuly 31-August 6, 2019:  $2995 (Sorry! Sold out.)
Reserve with $300 deposit

reserveJuly 1-7, 2020:  $2995
Reserve with $500 deposit

reserveJuly 16-22, 2020:  $2995
Reserve with $500 deposit

reserveJuly 27-August 2, 2020:  $2995
Reserve with $500 deposit

reserveAugust 6-12, 2020:  $2995
Reserve with $500 deposit

Final payment for 2020 tours is due 90 days prior to your tour (personal check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover)

Single Supplement Fee For Private Room: $400

Cancellations: If you cancel your tour reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined as follows:

  • If you cancel 90 or more days prior to the start of your tour, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 60 and 89 days prior to the start of your tour, you will forfeit 50% of all tour payments.
  • If you cancel between 0 and 59 days prior to the start of your tour, all tour payments will be forfeited.


logo-slotland-ballathieThe ultimate Scottish Country House Hotel – Ballathie as unique as Scotland itself
Ballathie Country House Hotel and Estate is situated on the banks of the River Tay in Perthshire, smack in the heart of Scotland.

Dunkeld House is our alternate hotel, replacing Ballathie House on certain dates. Its luxurious ambiance and special setting in a wooded area next to the River Tay makes it a perfect, relaxing retreat.

The Fortingall Hotel sits in the historic village of Fortingall at the entrance to mystical Glen Lyon and just a short distance from beautiful Loch Tay – gems at the heart of Highland Perthshire.

logo-scotland-western-isleThe 26-bedroom Western Isles Hotel is beautifully situated on the Isle of Mull on a small hill overlooking the Tobermory Bay. The views are spectacular from the public rooms and many of the bedrooms.

logo-scotland-kilcambAn unspoilt Highland idyll on the most western peninsula in Britain and the gateway to a myriad of wonderful Hebredian Islands. Large and spacious bedroom featuring both contemporary and classic country house style. Breath-taking views from every angle.

What’s Included

Ferry to Isle of Mull and Ardnamurchan Peninsula, visit to Duart Castle and Torosay Palace, whisky tasting in Tobermory, entry fees, 6 nights lodging, 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners (you are on your own one night in Tobermory), bicycle and helmet. Free transfer from/to Glasgow Airport at approx. 10:30 a.m.. Airfare is not included.


We are happy to provide you with a bike to use at no charge. Hybrid bikes (not road bikes) are provided and are highly recommended for this tour. Our bikes come equipped with a front handlebar bag, rear carrier, water bottle, mirror and flat pedals. Pedal cages and soft gel seat covers are available on request. We are also happy to put your own clipless pedals (pedals that attach to your biking shoes) and seat on your bike if you wish. Specific details and styles of bikes available in each location are indicated under each photograph below. The make of bikes provided varies by location.

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