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Scottish Highlands Easygoing E-bike Tour

Dolce Tempo Journey from Edinburgh to St Andrews

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $6,499 - $6,749 pp dbl occ

($2,100 for sgl occ)

Beyond Scotland's provincial charm of stone cottages and country lanes, discover a place where the land still feels wild. Deep valleys reveal secluded lochs and magical woodlands, and heathered moors lead to atmospheric hotels. The ruined castles and stone villages hint at the centuries of human history here, but you still have the sense you're the first to experience it.

Scotland Easygoing Bike Tour
Scotland Easygoing Bike Tour


Start/End Edinburgh

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Soak in Scotland's bucolic beauty and rich maritime history as you pedal across the ancient Kingdom of Fife
  • Stay in elegant castles and country estates where five-star R&R includes high tea, fine dining and Scotch tasting 
  • E-bike through the picturesque villages and rolling farmlands of the Scottish Lowlands to the misty bens and heather moors of the Scottish Highlands 
  • Extend your trip to discover World Heritage-designated Edinburgh, Scotland's enchanting capital since the 1500s


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Discover the East Neuk region of the Fife Peninsula, where maritime history runs deep in quaint fishing villages and harbors | Sample local fare at a country estate that has been in the Erskine family since the 17th century | Savor views of the wild coastline and world-famous St Andrews Old Course and taste the award-winning fare at our elegant hotel.

Exterior view of the Old Course Hotel
Old Course Hotel
St Andrews
| Premiere Hotel

One of Scotland's leading hotels, the refined and elegant Old Course overlooks West Sands Beach and St Andrews's world-famous golf course. (pool, spa)

Days 2-3

E-bike through the pastoral Angus countryside, passing the world's largest hedge | Take in the heathered moors and wooded glens, marveling at the soaring bens of Perthshire | Stop in historic Dunkeld and explore the summer home of Beatrix Potter | Fans of the show Outlander may recognize some of the dramatic Highland landscapes we pass in the shadow of Schiehallion mountain | Refined dining and a luxurious spa await at our loch-side hotel in beautiful Pitlochry | Perhaps savor a dram of single-malt Scotch before retiring to your well-appointed room.

Exterior view of the Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa
Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa
| Premiere Hotel

A loch-side Highland castle tucked into the Tummel Valley, offering award-winning fine dining and a luxurious spa. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6

Embark on a two-wheeled journey through the heart of the Scottish Highlands, e-biking through heather-covered countryside, emerald green glens and ancient pine forests | Slow down over a “cuppa” and browse the quaint shops of the Wee House of Glenshee | Enjoy a relaxed spin along the majestic River Dee and ride through lovely pine forests with mountain vistas and rich history | This area in Aberdeenshire was so loved by Queen Victoria that Balmoral Castle became the Scottish summer residence of the British royal family | Discover Braemar and its castles on an riverside architectural tour and see the cottage where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote part of Treasure Island | Explore the Braemar Highland Games Centre, home of the historic Highland sporting event, the Braemar Gathering | Retreat to our elegant abode in the woodsy slopes of Cairngorms National Park | Edinburgh is a great place to extend your vacation.

Exterior view of Balmoral Arms
Balmoral Arms
| *Casual Plus Hotel

Nature, heritage and style come together in this luxurious getaway in the Cairngorms National Park, nearby the River Dee and Balmoral Castle, the Scottish holiday home of the British Royal Family. (spa)

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Activity Level: 1-3

Our Dolce Tempo e-biking activities allow you to leisurely explore local hidden gems and to get away from the crowds, experiencing the essence of your location on your own terms and at your own pace. Easier than our other trips, but still wonderfully active, route options typically include 2-4 hours of e-biking per day. Our custom electric-assist bikes allow you to pedal effortlessly. Your trip is fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, vans, meticulously selected routes and downloadable GPS files available for use on your own device.

Daily Activity Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 1 | 14 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 26 miles | 900 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 1 | 21 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 28 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 42 miles | 1900 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 1 | 12 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 2 | 25 miles* | 1800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 39 miles | 2700 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 1 | 14 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 21 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 38 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 1 | 17 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 25 miles* | 1600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 34 miles | 2100 ft. gain
Day 6
Historic Walking Tour of Braemar (2 hours)

What's Included

Available Bike Options

On this Dolce Tempo trip, most travelers choose to ride one of our custom titanium e‑bikes (shown below). If you prefer to enjoy the daily rides without electric assistance, you’ll have the option after booking to select a different bike in your Backroads account.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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