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Edinburgh, St. Andrews & Scottish Castles

Discover a place where, beyond the United Kingdom's provincial charm of stone cottages and country lanes, the land still feels wild. Where mist-shrouded mountains plunge into deep valleys harboring secluded lochs and magical woodlands and relentless waves pound a craggy coastline. Where 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

Scotland

Start/End Edinburgh

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

Highlights
  • Pedal across the ancient Kingdom of Fife and soak in its bucolic beauty and rich maritime history
  • Luxuriate in elegant castles and country estates where five-star R&R includes high tea, fine dining and Scotch tasting 
  • Bike through the Highlands' dramatic landscape of misty bens, glens and moors, dotted with remote lochs 
  • Extend your trip to discover World Heritage-designated Edinburgh, Scotland's enchanting capital since the 1500s
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Day 1

Explore the East Neuk region of the Fife Peninsula, where maritime history runs deep in quaint fishing villages and harbors | Dine on delicious local fare at a country estate that has been in the Erskine family since the 17th century | Take in views of the wild coastline and world-famous St. Andrews Old Course while enjoying an award-winning meal at our elegant hotel.

Old Course Hotel St Andrews
Old Course Hotel
St. Andrews

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

Cycle through the pastoral Angus countryside, passing the world's largest hedge | Pedal across rolling heathered moors and past wooded glens, admiring the soaring bens of Perthshire | Explore the summer home of Beatrix Potter in historic Dunkeld | Award-winning fine dining and a delightful spa await at our loch-side hotel in beautiful Pitlochry | Perhaps savor a dram of single-malt Scotch before retiring to your castle quarters.

Fonab Castle Hotel and Spa
Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa
Pitlochry

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

Days 4-6

The highlands offer up challenging terrain, if you're in the mood for hills—or opt for an easygoing ride along the River Tay | Ride along remote country roads, eventually returning to civilization upon reaching Cromlix | Settle into Cromlix House, a grand Victorian country estate that has been turned into an intimate boutique hotel | Take a two-wheeled journey through Glen Devon and the Ochill Hills, keeping an eye out for a hilltop monument honoring 13th-century Scottish hero, William Wallace | Enjoy high tea, fine cuisine and the finer things in life at Cromlix, where the era of decadent country house living is reinvented | Why not extend your vacation in fabulous Edinburgh?

Cromlix House
Cromlix
Dunblane

An intimate boutique hotel housed in a traditional country estate owned by Scottish tennis phenom Andy Murray.

Dates & Prices

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: 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 11 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 24 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 31 miles* | 1800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 45 miles | 2700 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 3 | 29 miles* | 2400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 47 miles* | 2800 ft. gain
Level 4 | 55 miles | 3600 ft. gain
Day 4
Biking
Level 2 | 20 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 40 miles* | 2500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 54 miles | 3500 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 3 | 26 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 47 miles | 2500 ft. gain
Day 6
Biking
Level 2 | 25 miles | 400 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

What's 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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