Total tour distance: 142 miles
Daily tour distance: 28 miles
Difficulty: 50 / 100
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 Kenmore Hotel near Loch Tay, Western Isles Hotel overlooking Tobermory Harbor; and Kilcamb Lodge on the shores of Loch Sunart.
Days 1 and 5 are rated 'Easier. Days 2 and 3 are rated 'Easier to Intermediate'. Days 4 and 6 are rated 'Intermediate'.