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Scottish Highlands
Tour Location
Country:
United Kingdom
From:
Oban
To:
Oban
Tour Information
Guiding:
Guided, Hosted (Ride Leader)
Support:
Vehicle Support, Maps / GPS
Duration:
8 days
Level:
Moderate-Advanced
Terrain:
Hills (rolling/undulating)
Bike Options:
Bike included
Tour Language:
English
Tour Type:
Cost From:
£2395
Tour Distance & Dates
Distance:
490 Km
Riding Days:
6
Daily Average:
82 Km
Month(s):
Jun
Departure:
June 13
June 20
Tour Operator:
Tayler Knight Bike Tours
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Scottish Highlands

Rugged Coast and islands

8 Days Moderate-Advanced 490 KmAVG 81 Km Reviews

Format: Hub and spoke, road bikes

Home base: Oban

Ascent*: 1,816 metres/day; 10,900 metres total


Day 1 Welcome: Pick Up and Transfer to Achnacloich
We pick you up from the Oban train station and transfer you to Achnacloich, a mid 19th century mansion in Oban that will be our home for the week. We then do bike fitting and briefing and you can take a short local ride if you wish (lunch and dinner).

Day 2 The Only Bridge Over the Atlantic: To the Isle of Seil and back 60km, 1600m ascent
We cycle south to the isle of Seil, passing the Easdale slate mines on our way and then crossing the only bridge over the Atlantic Ocean. From Seil we cross over to Cuan Sound and then to the Isle of Luing, home of the rare Luing Cattle. After lunch we cycle back to Oban (breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner).

Day 3 Castles and Fish: To Loch Awe and back; 75km, 2000m ascent
We leave Oban and head out along quiet roads to the small hamlet of Taunult before turning south to the vast Loch Awe. Here we have stunning views over the loch to remote islands crowded with castles. We stop at Dalavich and view Innis Chonnel Castle before heading back via fisheries and smokeries to Oban (breakfast, picnic lunch, you are on your own for dinner tonight and to explore Oban).

Day 4 The Iona Monastery: To magical island of Iona and back; 110km, 2000m ascent
We start by taking the ferry from Oban to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Once on Mull we head west to the small Port of Finophort where we take another ferry across to the tranquil island of Iona and its famous Monastery (breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner).

Day 5 The Vikings of An Dun Broch: To the famous Lismore Light and back; 66km, 1000m ascent
Once again we start the morning on a ferry, this time from Oban to the Isle of Lismore. We then head south on quiet roads to the Viking Settlement at An Dun Broch. There is then a track that takes us to the famous Lismore Light. If the track is too rough for our bikes, it is a nice walk. From there we head north to the small passenger ferry at Port Appin before returning to Oban via Connel Bridge where, depending on the tide, we can view the Falls of Lora (breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner).

Day 6 Hills and Whiskey: To the geologically stunning Morvan Hills and back; 115km, 2800m ascent
We take the ferry to Mull once again. We then head north and take the smaller ferry over to Loch Alain to begin making our way around the Morvan Hills. We then get on yet another ferry and cross Loch Linne before heading south to return to Oban. After this tough day we will be rewarded with a visit to the Oban distillery where we will learn about one of the 7 classic malts (breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner).

Day 7 James Bond’s Scottish Roots: To Rannoch Moor and Glenco and back; 64km, 1500m ascent
We start at Oban and take a fast boat through the falls of Lora and to the head of Glen Etive. From there we climb through the Etive Valley, passing the Fleming Family Estate before heading across Rannoch Moor and descending through Glencoe valley to Glencoe village. We then head off to remote Kinlochleven, home of the Ice Factor, the UK’s first and largest indoor ice climbing wall. For those with an aversion to the cold there is also a spa and Sauna (breakfast, you are own your own for lunch and to explore Glencoe or Kinlochleven, end of tour dinner and party).

Day 8 Bon Voyage
After breakfast we will transfer you to the train station at Oban and the start of your next adventure.

*Note: the Scottish Highlands are known for their hills. We have chosen routes that balance distance with ascent, and we have scheduled easier days after tougher days. However, this is your ride and if you want to take a day off or ride only part of a day you are more than welcome to do so. We will always get you home and make sure you have fun.
Accommodation
Double Occupancy / Twin Share, Centre Based
Single Supplement: £400
Booking Conditions
£500 deposit, full payment 90 days before departure
Inclusions
Pre-tour

Everything you will need to get ready for the tour, including information on

Where we will meet you
The route and accommodation
What to bring
Training and nutrition ideas
Things to read

On tour

Local tour leaders who speak English as well as the local language and are avid cyclists. They will be with you on and off the road.
Pick up and drop off at
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the pick up and drop off points, including airfare, or train travel
Helmets – we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
Meals not listed in the itinerary
Overall Rating

Ratings and Reviews

User's Rating:
I did the Tayler-Knight Scottish Highlands tour in June 2015 and it was fantastic! We had a small group and very personalized service, including the participation of one of the company owners as a cyclist in the tour. The drive from Glasgow to Oban was scenic and historical and the daily rides included an incredible amount of beautiful scenery, together with stops at historic places. The service prior to and during the tour was impeccable. I would definitely do other tours with this company.
By: RKillian / USA
13/01/2016 02.07 AM

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