The concept of the cycling buter was conceived by Connoisseurs Scotland and The Carter Company to create the ultimate in Scottish luxury cycle tours.
Cycling guests on these Scottish Cycling Tours will have the opportunity to stay at some of the finest five star hotels in Scotland whilst enjoying the exclusive services of their very own cycling butler.
The services of the cycling butler will include:
- Set up pit stops along the route, with healthy snacks, hot drinks, energy bars, and drinks. Mark the route for ease of navigating.
- Transport wet weather gear and have dry towels on hand.
- Give advice on the best spots to take pictures.
- Pick up any weary cyclists and transfer them to the destination hotel.
- Inform on the latest weather forecasts.
- Arrange services such as a massage at the end of the day.
Luxury bicycles such as Cervelos and De Rosa can be arranged for those who prefer the very best in cycling technology. There is also the option of hiring e-bikes for those who want to enjoy the scenery without too much huffing and puffing!These stunning self-guided cycling tours take place in some of the most scenic regions in Scotland; they range from a 50 mile per day road cycling trip with some strenuous climbs, to a more genteel 4 night trip in the Highlands on undulating roads. For both trips, cyclists will be met on arrival by The Carter Company who will look after every stage of the process including luggage transfers.
A Highland Fling is a leisurely 4 night cycling trip circular from Inverness. The tour offers a wonderful variety of scenery, from cultural cities to tiny fishing villages, and gorgeous stretches of countryside in between. Pedal through the magical setting of Loch Ness, where you might spot the legendary monster; pretty villages like Forres, Nairn with its stunning sandy beach and harbour, and the famous eco-community at Findhorn; the historic battlefield of Culloden; and the most romantic castle in the Highlands – Cawdor Castle, which Shakespeare chose for the setting of Macbeth. You will stay in the hip Rocpool Reserve & Chez Roux, and Boath House with its Michelin starred restaurant.You will be provided with a holiday Adventure Handbook, route directions, OS maps, host meet and brief, luggage transfer and a return transfer from Nairn to Inverness. Electric bikes are available.Price is £1,350 per person based on 2 people sharing a room. The services of the cycling butler is an additional £3,660.
The Grand Tour is an epic 5 night road cycling trip with 3,000 – 3,500 feet of climbing on each of the four days. The route traverses the full range of iconic Scottish landscapes, from epic mountains and lochs to forests and sweeping sand dunes. Setting off from Gleneagles, ride through the majestic landscape of the Ochil Hills (where you are likely to see more sheep than humans), pausing along the way to visit Falkland Palace, favoured by Mary Queen of Scots. Take in St Andrews, the home of golf; admire the birdlife along the Eden estuary; pass through the Fair City of Perth, so nicknamed by Sir Walter Scott; and step into history at Scone Palace, where many kings have been crowned. Enjoy panoramic views as the route continues amidst the spectacular scenery of Duke’s Pass, the Trossachs National Park and Loch Lowes reserve, before concluding your journey on the shores of Loch Lomond. Overnight stays are in some of the finest hotels in Scotland: The Gleneagles Hotel, Cameron House, Kinloch House in Blairgowrie, Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, and Cromlix, the hotel owned by Andy Murray. Included are 5 nights of accommodation and one dinner, GPS unit and route directions, OS maps, your Carter Company Adventure Handbook, host meet and brief and luggage transfers.With so much to see and do along the way, the option of staying two nights in each hotel comes highly recommended. Play on world-famous golf courses, sample award-winning whisky at a local distillery, take a flight in a sea plane over the Trossachs’ glens, visit historic castles and unspoilt medieval villages, or spend the day in tranquillity with a spot of fishing on the lochs. Nothing could be grander!Price for the 5 night tour is £1,795 per person based on 2 people sharing a room, excluding the services of the butler. The cycling butler is an additional £2,900.(NB route will not be marked on this tour as cyclists receive GPS with route loaded onto it). Hire of a carbon fibre Cervelo bike is an additional £280 per person, including delivery and collection, based on 2 people.