Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or new two wheels, cycling in Scotland can be one of the most memorable experiences you will ever have and the memories will last a life time.
Scotland has some of the most beautiful landscapes, cultural history and iconic views in the world as well as some of the best trails and off road routes for cycling and walking.
If you are thinking of gaining a new perspective of Scotland from the saddle of a bike then a self-guided cycle holiday is the way to go.
In this post we will introduce self-guided cycling holidays in Scotland and give you some tips of where to go and how to stay safe so that you enjoy every minute of your trip.
What does a self-guided cycling holiday in Scotland offer?
A self-guided cycling holiday in Scotland is the perfect solution for those that want to explore the wilds and beauty of Scotland at your own pace, allowing you to venture off to the many attractions along the way, sample the traditional food and drinks of Scotland and stop for the perfect photo of the many amazing vistas and wildlife.
Imaging pedalling through woodlands, meandering along coastal paths, over rolling hills and blue expanses of lochs. Visiting museums, galleries and distilleries and stopping off at the many cafes and restaurants offering traditional Scottish food and drinks.
Best Self-Guided Cycling Tours
The Hebridean Way Self-Guided Cycle Tour
Imagine paradise beaches, standing stones and lighthouses. You will see all of this on the Hebridean Way cycle route in the Outer Hebrides.
Rugged hills, dazzling Atlantic coastline and plenty of stop to rest, re-fuel and restock along the way, experiencing the warm and friendly welcome of the islanders. Gaelic often being the first language spoken keeping a sense of tradition.
You will be immersed in the stunning scenery, wildlife, (otters and birds of prey) and heritage that is so unique and different from the mainland.
The Hebridean Way Self-Guided Cycle Tour begins in the village of Vatersay and takes in South Uist, Berneray, with its fascinating history and home to amazing wildlife and the Butt of Lewis.
You can’t fight these islands, you have to go with their flow. But if you surrender yourself to them…your focus changes from a preoccupation with problems, to a realisation of everything else on offer. From the beauty of the beaches andcliffs, to an appreciation of a very different way of life.
Peter May – Author
Loch Ness 360 Self-Guided Cycle Tour
The Loch Ness Self-Guided Cycle Tour connects the Great Glen Way and the South Loch Ness Trail into one circuit around the mighty Loch Ness making it one of the best new walking and cycling trails in Scotland.
85 miles of stunning scenery, quiet roads, forests and hills, castles and cruises over 4 days. Beginning in Inverness and passing along the bank of Loch Ness, through Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston and on the Fort Augustus.
The trail then follows the Great Glen Way and the Caledonian Canal before passing through the beautiful Foyers and Dores and along the south of Loch Ness.
Speyside and Moray Self-Guided Cycle Tour
Cycling the 226 miles along the fastest flowing river in Scotland, through woodlands and countryside famous for Salmon fishing and Whisky.
The Speyside and Moray Self-Guided cycle tour really does take in the best of Scotland where you can stop off at the new Macallan Distillery, visit many castles such as Belvenie Castle, Glenfiddich Distillery, Grantown Museum and Spey Bay Dolphin and Wildlife centre.
This challenging but rewarding trail has a good mix of uphill, flat and rugged terrain. The views are stunning with great pit stops along the way.
Beginning in Inverness and on to Grantown on Spey, Dufftown, Elgin and Nairn, you will experience everything the heart of the Scottish Highlands has to offer, all from the saddle of a bike!
How to Stay Safe on a Self-Guides Cycling Tour
- Plan your day and pit stops.
- Be Seen – Bright clothing and lights will ensure other road and path users will see you.
- Be heard – Letting other cyclists, runners and walkers know you are coming with the ding of a bell.
- Protect yourself – Wear a helmet and sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun, bugs, wind and rain.
- Stay Warm – Wear layers that are easy to take off and pop in your bag. Waterproofs that may be needed along the way.
- Keep Fuelled – Carry snacks, food and fluids to ensure that you are fuelled until your next pit stop.
- Be Contactable – Keep your mobile phone charged.
- Tools and Equipment – Take a puncture reapir kit, pump and a small first aid kit.
- Expect The Unexpected – Stay alert and reactive to the changing conditions, gravel, sheep, wet leaves and roads.
What Should I Pack For A Self-Guided Cycle Tour?
There are many baggage transfer operators in Scotland that will transport your baggage daily to your next stop and accommodation. Pack clothing and equipment that you may need in the evening for example and change of cycling clothing.
A rucksack or panniers are a good idea for the equipment and layers you may need for your day’s cycling.
Contact us for information on travel, baggage transfers and accommodation. We are here to help you make memories to last you a lifetime.