Whisky-flavored Speyside is a dream for the cyclist and whisky connoisseur. Pedaling along the beautiful Moray Coast, your 7-night whisky pilgrimage combines beautiful cycling in the Scottish Highlands with the chance to visit the many famous distilleries and sample their world-renowned tipples along the way.
Pedal past the fast-flowing salmon-rich River Spey, and before a glass even meets your lips, your routes expose you to all the elements that combine to make whisky loved around the world. Moving at a leisurely pace, breathe in the sweet scent of barley from the fields that provide whisky's essential ingredient, and cycle past the mountains and glens of Speyside, which provide the pure, clean water required to produce Scotland's most important and revered export.
You'll start in Inverness, which although is a modern town, has historical links stemming back as far as Neolithic times, and is home to an 800-year-old castle. Heading by bike through many towns (and stopping for a wee dram en route!), you'll explore distilleries including Glen Moray and Glenfiddich, and encounter spectacular woodland, coastline, lochs and wildlife. Culminating at Aviemore, here you can marvel at the mighty Cairngorm Mountains that tower above the clear waters below.
This trip allows you to re-trace bygone times with a visit to Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie saw his hopes dashed, and the C14 Cawdor Castle, where Shakespeare's Macbeth plotted his unnatural deeds. You may even spot dolphins from Fort George's ramparts at Moray Firth!
Your accommodation for the week includes a range of high-quality, friendly guesthouses, private houses and inns. There is a range of places to eat in the evening, with a three-course evening meal typically costing GBP20-25 (USD$30-$40).
|Tour Starts||Nearest available airport: Inverness airport then transfer to the first hotel in Inverness (taxi, pay locally)|
|Tour Ends||Depart Aviemore. Transfer from hotel in Aviemore to Aviemore train station (taxi, pay locally)|
|Rail Options||Rail from Aviemore to Inverness, approx 38 min.|
|Rail Supplement||Book and pay locally|
|Singles||Add $45 per night|
|Other details||Option to rent electric bikes. Inquire for details and prices. GPS route note navigation provided|
|Hotels||*** (2 nights), AAA (5 nights)|