Perthshire is a beautiful and varied region, from the rugged mountains of Highland Perthshire to the North to the rolling hills and lush agricultural lands of the south, with the historic market town of Perth to explore, as well as a range of other delightful towns and villages. Cycling through Perthshire is an excellent way to see this place close up, enjoying the wild nature all around you as you pedal from one quaint town to the next, past lochs, through glorious glens beside winding rivers and over high passes with stunning views.
Cycle Tours of Natural Highlights:
The Pitlochry/ Kinloch Rannoch circuit is a 45 mile circuit showcasing the very best that Highland Perthshire has to offer. There are dramatic mountains, rushing rivers, hills and glens, atmospheric lochs and famous viewpoints, all in one magnificent cycle route.
If you like mountain biking, then the miles and miles of trails around Blair Atholl should really appeal. One of the best routes takes you up from Blair Castle to Glen Bruar, with some lovely forests and picturesque views.
For those looking for a bit of a challenge, and who have some experience mountain biking, could also try the Beinn a Ghlo Circuit, a long and remote route that will take you through deep into the gorgeous Grampian mountains.
If history is your thing then you will be in seventh heaven in this area. Visit the Palace of Scone, where Kings of Scotland were crowned for five hundred years. Go to the sight of the first Jacobite Uprising at the Pass of Killiecrankie, and visit Blair Castle, where Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed for a time. Take the boat trip to Loch Leven Castle to see where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned, or Huntingtower Castle, which also has links to the tragic queen. The Black Watch Castle and Museum is a must for anyone interested in military history. Stanley Mills are a fascinating glimpse into Victorian industry, while the Scottish Crannog Centre will take you all the way back to the Iron Age. Whichever part of Perthshire you choose to explore on your cycling tour, living history will surround you.
If you are an animal lover, why not combine your cycling trip with a Highland Safari from Aberfeldy, or the British school of Falconry at Gleneagles. You are bound to see birds and animals throughout your trip, but those attractions could prove fascinating fun for all the family. If you do love birds, then be sure to visit the Loch Leven Nature Reserve with its RSPB hide, and in the summer, see the pair of Ospreys nesting at the Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve near Dunkeld. Craigower near Pitlochry is an important butterfly habitat.
Cycling getting a bit too tiring? Need to calm down? Take a wee dram in one of Perthshire’s whisky distilleries, or a beer from a local microbrewery – but not if you are getting straight back on your bike of course! Take a pitstop and sample the world-renowned drinks.
Places to Stay:
You will spoiled for choice when it comes to lovely places to stay in Perthshire – from castles to campsites there is something to suit everyone’s taste and budget. There are a great number of great lodges in perthshire. Why not stay in a cosy lodge while cycling in Perthshire, for a touch of the rustic that still retains many home comforts? Here are just a few options:
Stay on the banks of Loch Tay, at Loch Tay Highland Lodges, or Highland Perthshire Lodges, by Aberfeldy. You could stay at Erigmore, Dunkeld, or Kenmore Luxury Lodges, for a touch of luxury and extravagance, or at Kinnard Woodland Lodges for easy access to Pitlochry, the starting point for many cycle routes. Or for the mountain bike routes around Blair Atholl, stay at one of the woodland lodges on the Estate. These are just a few of the many delightful accommodation options for your Perthshire holiday.
Wherever you stay, and whatever you decide to see and do during your cycling trip to Perthshire, you are sure to find delight in the many sights, wonders and attractions of the breathtakingly beautiful region of Perthshire. So pack your bags, get on your bike to come and see it all for yourself!