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Price

£875.00 based on 2 people sharing a Twin/Double Room

($1,093.75 USD or $1,566.25 AUD)

£200.00 deposit

£200.00 single room supplement

Dates

2nd May to 7th May 2021

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Fantastic experience and the organisation by Pedal Britain was exceptional. Nothing to fault - great support was provided to everyone on the challenge - loads of food to refuel and extremely well organisedAngela (Lejog May 2019)

Highlights

  • Experience spectacular and unique scenery from rugged coastlines, white sandy beaches to dramatic mountain peaks   
  • Ascend the incredible 'Bealach na Ba' - a UK Top 100 climb giving awesome views of Scotland's west coast
  • Enjoy fresh local produce, incredible seafood and of course choosing your daily 'single malt' 
  • Conquering Pedal Britain's toughest road cycling challenge 

 

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Joining the tour

Start: Inverness 

Arrival day is Sunday in Inverness, where we stay overnight in a centrally located Hotel before setting off from Inverness Castle on Monday morning.

For more detailed information please click the "Itinerary" tab

Cycling level

Cycling level is 5 out of 5

Strenuous: Longer mileages (occasionally 100+ miles a day) and tough terrain these trips are designed for fit people who are looking for a serious challenge.

Description


The Ultimate Scottish Cycling Challenge

Duration 5 days cycling
Accommodation 6 nights 
Distance 502 miles | 807km
Av. Daily Distance 100 miles | 161km
Longest | Shortest  110 miles | 90 miles | 177km | 144km
Ascent 34,000ft | 10363m


If you are looking for a tough challenge in a stunning location, look no further than this!! A journey around the 500 mile circular route which offers a spectacular array of mountain ranges, lochs, glens, castles, ruins, beaches and wildlife - not forgetting a range of memorable locations to sample some of the best of Scotland’s food and drink.

 Tour Summary

We start in 'The Capital of The Highlands' Inverness and head west to the coast. A stunning but optional ascent over the famous 'Baelach na Ba' awaits with a hair-raising descent into Applecross. Whitewashed crofting houses pepper the road to Gairloch, where we may if lucky catch a glimpse of dolphins.

Following this is the awe-inspiring scenery of Glen Torridon, which is amongst the most spectacular you'll see in the UK. Heading into Wester Ross, the road hugs the coast and there are views of Skye and the Western Isles. After maybe dancing a ceilidh and stocking up on supplies in the wee fishing town of Ullapool, we cycle through Lochinver with stunning views to Stac Pollaidh and Suilven, just two of many idiosyncratic peaks in the area.

The sleepy settlement of Kylesku and its iconic bridge see us heading north on a winding single-track road towards Assynt, a region that captures the stark, elemental beauty of the Highlands like nowhere else. The north coast road continues to Durness, the UK's most NW village and worthwhile detour into Smoo Cave. 

The stunning North Atlantic coastline guides us to Melvich before we turn south towards one of the world's last wild places, the 'Flow Country'. An undulating, vast expanse of peat and pools provide our backdrop to Forsinard Station. A smooth single track road weaves alongside Loch Naver and past the famous Crask Inn to Lairg.

Spectacular views over Dornoch Firth distract from climbing 'The Struie' whilst Cromarty Firth and The Black Isle provide a welcome sense of the end being in sight. Before long the cycle paths of Inverness draw us to our conclusion at the majestic Inverness Castle.

 Overview of Route

  Start End Distance (Miles)
Arrival Day: Sunday   Inverness  
Day 1 Inverness Shieldaig 107
Day 2 Sheildaig Ullapool 92
Day 3 Ullapool Durness 90 
Day 4 Durness Altnaharra  103 
Day 5 Altnaharra  Inverness 110 
Departure Day: Saturday Inverness Totals 502

 

Map of Route 

 

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