Book into hotel, and meet the group for dinner.
Orientation and leisurely ride around Glasgow, mainly on cycle paths and through parks. Especially for anyone who has not spent any time in Glasgow.
Leaving Glasgow via Milngavie into the countryside and up the Crow Road with fantastic views from the top. Then on to Fintry for a coffee, before continuing to Callander.
This is intended as a day to relax and enjoy the scenery. Optional afternoon open water swim at Loch Lubnaig.
We cycle alongside 7 lochs. The route is quite varied starting with hopefully quiet main roads in the morning, then minor roads, single track roads, private roads along Loch Katrine, then forest trails along the southe shore of Loch Venachar. Most importantly there are several options for cafe stops.
We start on cycle paths up to Killin and then use minor roads for most of the rest of the day. It is a big day of cycling, so we will leave early and just take our time.
There is the option of cutting this day a bit short and omitting the hilly route via Trinafour.
Anyone who visits the distillery in Blair Athol might want to take this option. If you do you may round the day off by visiting the Moulin Brewery too.
The alternative tourist option today is ride to Dunkeld as an out and back ride.
A shorter version of the ride is to omit the ride out to Glen Lyon and return via Aberfeldy.
Consider that the next day is a moving on one to Stirling, where the choices are cycle to whole way or take a train.
This is a lovely day of cycling through some very quiet countryside. You will see from the map that the ride to Comrie adds a bit on to the day. If you have the energy then I would recommend that you make the extra effort, because Comrie is very pretty.
This is a recovery and tourist attraction day. The route around Stirling is exceptionally flat, and both the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel are well worth a visit.
We will visit Stirling Castle on our return later in the afternoon.
Once we leave Stirling we quickly get into some pretty countryside and quiet roads. On a clear day you can see for miles across the central belt of Scotland. Finishing with a relaxed easy cycle along the canal into Glasgow.
This National Park of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is just north of Glasgow. Lomond more to the west and the Trossachs to the east. This is more of a two centre tour based in Callander and Pitlochry with shorter visits to Glasgow and Stirling. The moving on days are quite strenuous, but there is plenty of time in between them. We have run many day rides in these areas and also a club weekend, so we would like to share them with you,
Modest Hotel accomodation with breakfast included.
Accomodation is single occupancy except for people from same household.
We will explore the beautiful remote rural central Scotland, staying in both Callander, Pitlochry and Stirling.
There will be longer moving on days followed by a shorter day. Some days will include visits to a tourist attraction e.g. a Distilery, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies. There is always the option of having a rest day, or doing a shorter cycle (except for the moving on days).
Almost exclusively tarmac roads, and cycle paths. Almost all minor roads, including some single track roads on most of the days.
I will providea GPX file for each day.
Most of my tours have had mainly individual bookings to share a twin room, and a few couples.
We have often been very lucky with dry sunny weather, but please do pack waterproofs and sunscreen, as you could end up using both in the same day.
Cycles can be road bikes, touring bikes / cyclocross, or hybrids. Mountain bikes might be a bit slow on longer days. Please pack sufficient spares and tools to deal with minor repairs. We will provide a track pump for use in the hotel.
I will provide GPX files, but if you don't use these then, I recommend that you download google maps to your phone, in case of poor phone signal, or if you prefer bring the relevant pages from your road atlas.