Cycle Britain

Tour Overview.

To cycle the length of Scotland is to embark on a legendary cycling challenge, to commit to a 500 miles of Britain you’ll never forget.  Scotland will all roll beneath your wheels on this route which showcases the best and most varied landscapes of Scotland.  The 10 day tour can be booked online today.  If the 10 day tour isn’t for you, we offer either Southern England (days 1-7) 4th September to Sunday 1oth 2023,  Central England (days 8-14) 11th – 17th September or the full Lands End to John O’Groats tour (days 0 -23) with us in September 2023 4th – 26th September.   We offer these as three separate tour stages that can be booked below.  If you want the flexibility of joining a stage on a specific day, we can offer that too – in which case we can price that up for you on request.  Secure your place now for our most popular signature tour.  Electric bikes and standard bikes are welcome.  Our 10-day itinerary is planned to allow a nice pace – roughly 45 miles (70 kilometres) per day .   We can organise the bikes and transport them to the start and return them to our hire centre after the tour finishes.  This lower mileage ensures you savour the charming villages and breathtaking scenery we journey through. Seeing the sense of achievement on our client’s faces as they stand in John O’Groats is always one of our highlights. This tour is fully-supported. Enjoy the support of our expert team of guides (Alan Little), mechanic and driver (David Broadhead) who’ll carry your bags, distribute snacks, help with repairs and lead you along the route while sharing stories that bring each day’s riding to life! *Please note that although this is an e-bike tour, it is open for those wanting to use road bikes.

Cycle Britain

500 miles / 10 Days

This is a fully-supported cycling journey.  If you would like to complete the route as a self-guided option then please check out the self-guided option. We provide full mechanical and qualified first aid support. For navigation, we provide the GPX file and Komoot turn by turn navigational aids as well as providing a guide to lead the way. Training guidance and advice on sports nutrition are just some of the added extras we provide.  Our team have planned a route that travels on quiet country roads for the majority of the tour.  There are many climbs and great descents leading us through lots of open countryside. There is no better way to complete one of the world’s greatest cycling challenges. We undertake the journey staying in only the best accommodation. Alan Little and our tour leaders are experienced leaders of this challenging tour and provide any coaching you may require.  When you ride the length of Scotland, this is a trip of a lifetime and will be something you’ll never forget.

Tour Highlights.

  • Cycling and experiencing the length of Scotland
  • Spectacular scenery of Scotland including the Scottish Highlands
  • Quality lunch, hot drinks, snacks and sports drinks provided by the support vehicle
  • Exceptional service that goes beyond your expectations
  • An amazing experience in a small group

Summary of the Tour.

  1. Carlisle to Moffat (45 miles)

    Leave England behind and cross into Scotland at Gretna, following the footsteps of countless young, loved-up and eloping English couples. Today’s route continues along cycle paths, allowing you to focus on the beautiful nature of the Annandale Valley. As a coaching stop, Moffat has been serving travelers for generations and the charming town promises to extend this practiced hospitality to you.

  2. Moffat to Lanark (38 miles)

    There’s no chance to warm up; a challenging climb begins as soon as you leave Moffat. After pedalling to 1,055 feet, the reward is a day of unspoiled nature, gentle undulations and sporadic villages. Just before reaching the bustling market village of Lanark, take a moment to savour the impressive view of the Falls of Clyde waterfalls.

  3. Lanark to Dunblane (48 miles)

    Thread through the middle of stunning wilderness in the gap between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Pass through Stirling, a former capital of Scotland, and nicknamed ‘Gateway to the Highlands’ and prepare for the scenery to become a whole lot more special.

  4. Dunblane to Tyndrum (48 miles)

    From Dunblane, the route swings west towards the jaw-dropping scenery of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs NP. Here, villages are few and far between, and it is the majestic mountains and brooding lochs which accompany your riding. Tyndrum translates as ‘the house on the ridge’ and is a popular stop for hikers on the West Highland Way.

  5. Tyndrum to Fort William (46 miles)

    Prepare to feel shrunken as the mountains and landscapes grow into giants. By the end of today’s ride, you’ll sleep at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain (Ben Nevis), but before that, you’ll cross the desolate expanse of Rannoch Moor and enjoy six miles of downhill through claustrophobic valleys into Glencoe.

  6. Fort William to Foyers (46 miles)

    It’s a flat ride to Fort Augustus, along the lapping shores of Loch Lochy and the Caledonian Canal. From Fort Augustus, however, begins a formidable climb up to a foreboding and treeless altitude of 1,240 feet, before descending back to Foyers.

  7. Foyers to Alness (44 miles)

    For 11 miles, ride beside Loch Ness; keep your eyes peeled for any strange, monstrous activities. Inverness is the United Kingdom’s northernmost city and is considered the capital of the Highlands. Take the chance to explore the city and resupply before continuing around coastal inlets to Allness, whose pretty high street has won many flower-decorating awards.

  8. Alness to Altnaharra (50 miles)

    One of the remotest sections of Land’s End to John O’ Groats, you are now firmly in the heart of the Highlands. You can expect long and empty roads, shimmering lochs and exposed mountain slopes. Altnaharra is a tiny hamlet; except for the welcome from its luxury hotel, the surroundings would appear an imposing and hostile place.

  9. Altnaharra to Portskerra (42 miles)

    It’s the penultimate day of your trip! Your spirits can’t fail to rise as you first glimpse the North Coast. From Tongue, you’ll turn right and begin pedalling along the road that will lead you to John O’ Groats. Breath-taking beaches and emerald hills characterise this section, and the barren desolation of previous days is soon forgotten.

  10. Portskerra to John O’ Groats (38 miles)

    Congratulations! Today’s the day you cross the finish line of the UK’s most epic cycling challenge! Savour the final landscapes which feel a world away from Cornwall, where this grand journey began. Quiet roads, brown heather, and a rugged coastline studded with distant islands of the Orkneys.

Itinerary.

 The adventure begins from the moment we point our bikes north and begin pedaling for the length of Scotland!  Your cycling adventure in Scotland is unique in the UK as everything is larger, wilder and more remote in Scotland. The moors are more barren, the shimmering lochs stretch over the horizon, and huge mountains command the landscape. This is cycling you will never forget. At last, 10 days after you began, you will arrive at the end of this landmass. The sea blocks any further progress, the Orkney Islands dot the horizon, seagulls squawk above you, and a white signpost points to Land’s End, 874 miles away. You have arrived in John O’Groats with a more intimate understanding of Britain, a collection of memories forged in the saddle, and a deep sense of achievement.

Dates and Prices.

  • 15th June -
    25th June 2024
    £3500

    2 PLACES LEFT - 10 day tour with 11 nights accommodation. Single room.
    Fully supported and guided tour with lunch, snacks and drinks.

  • 15th June -
    25th June 2024
    £3000

    2 PLACES LEFT - 10 day tour with 11 nights accommodation. Shared room.
    Fully supported and guided tour with lunch, snacks and drinks.

Route.

All our routes are available to our Komoot followers.  Follow Cycle Britain on Komoot.

What’s Included.

Fully supported Tour with Tour Management

Alan Little is the lead tour manager and aims to surpass your expectations. The tour will be fully supported by the Cycle Britain support vehicle. Our support manager, drives the vehicle and staffs our pop-up cafe where hot drinks and snacks are available. He's there to help with anything you may need and will track you on your journey to ensure you have the support required.

Nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks.

After a hearty breakfast, the support vehicle becomes a pop-up cafe providing nutritious lunches, snacks, and sports drinks throughout your ride.

Cycle Britain tour guide, komoot mapping & detailed route notes

We are an official partner with komoot and make your route available to you once you have booked so you can check the full details of the tour. Alan Little is the guide and is a qualified advanced mountain leader with superb navigation skills. Combined with the latest technology Alan leads the route with turn by turn efficiency to allow you to enjoy the cycling.

We provide GPX and TCX files. These can be transferred onto Garmin and Wahoo. When you attend a tour you will receive all the route notes and our free guide as a PDF. Information is also provided in our navigation notes to read on arrival. With detailed trip notes, komoot mapping and your guide, you can't go far wrong.

Accommodation

9 nights accommodation in the very best 3* or 4* star hotels or best possible option available in the area for budget available. Booked on twin or double room basis and always including breakfast. We include standard double size in the booking. (Please note that some hotels charge an additional amount for larger beds which is an additional cost where applicable).

Daily luggage transfer

We carry your bags between hotels so you don’t have to! When you arrive at the hotel your bags will be waiting in your room for you. We also manage your day-bag and ensure it’s available when you need something.

Experienced and knowledgeable Team

We pride ourselves on being the experts on cycling in Britain.

Free guide to nutrition, training and bike setup

We provide the team with a free guide to training and nutrition.

Full mechanical support

Alan is a quailfied Cytech Level 2 Bike Mechanic and is able to help maintain your bike. If Alan cannot resolve the issue then the support team will provide a plan to ensure the issue is resolved to your satisfaction.

What’s Not Included.

Evening meals

We will reserve the tables for you at restaurants of your choice. The cost of the meals are not included in the tour.

Bike and helmet

Please provide your own bike and helmet for this trip. Get in touch if you have any questions regarding whether your equipment is appropriate.

Additional transport

The support has six seats and additional transport required can be organised. The additional cost is payable to the local company.

Bike hire additional batteries

We hire bikes on your behalf and confirm that additional batteries are not included. If you want to hire an additional battery then please let us know.

Bike repairs

We include general cleaning and basic maintenance on the tours. Any repairs that require spares are chargeable.

Transport to start at Carlisle or home from the finish in John O'Groats

We have a preferred partner who can provide transport as required. Please contact us for a quote.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend you arrange insurance.

Transport of hire bikes

Our team are able to organise, check, clean and return all hire bikes. The cost will depend on distances and duration. Please ask us for a quote.

Electric bike hire

We can provide the latest electric Cube Kathmandu EXC 750 bike. See our bike hire section for detailed pricing or contact us now.

Accommodation.

We provide 10 nights of high-quality accommodation in comfortable accommodation.   Additional accommodation can be booked on request.  The night before the tour is included in the tour cost.  The hotel information for provisional bookings for all hotels currently booked is provided below.  

Trip Suitability.

This is a Grade 3 tour, which means it is suitable for ‘regular cyclists who enjoy regular cycling whether training indoor or outside.’ The focus is on a ‘half day of cycling with fun stops and sightseeing.’ The average daily distance is 43 miles and the route includes steep gradients. Over 10 days, you will climb 48,625 feet (14,820 metres).

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Frequently Asked Questions.

Can I rent an electric bike?

Yes, we have seven Cube EXC 750 2020 Kathmandu electric bikes to rent at a cost of £85 per day.

How do I charge my e-bike batteries?

All accommodation selected has the facility for charging e-bikes.

Do you cater to vegan and vegetarian diets?

Absolutely! Inform us in advance of any dietary requirements and we will be glad to cater to you.

Will we be able to wash our clothes on the trip?

There will be opportunities to wash clothes and leaders can take your items to a laundrette.

Can I charge my phone?

We have a charging station in the support van.

What level of fitness do I need?

This is a Grade 3 tour, which means it is suitable for 'regular cyclists who enjoy regular cycling whether training indoor or outside.' The focus is on a 'half-day of cycling with fun stops and sightseeing.' Check out our coaching section for more info.

What level of ability do I need?

A high level of ability and experience is required for steep ground and long descents. *if you are using e-bikes, the fitness level required is less.

What level of support is offered?

This trip has full vehicle support meaning everything you need is taken care of. We provide breakfasts, lunches and snacks and can offer advice on nutrition, equipment, preparation and training. We provide detailed route notes and GPX files.