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Cycling the Moray Coast and Whisky Trail

Cycling the Moray Coast and Whisky Trail

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Cycling the Moray Coast and Whisky Trail

  • A whisky pilgrimage combining legendary riding of the Scottish Highlands with visits to famous distilleries
  • Uncover whisky's history whilst cycling along the salmon-rich River Spey; plenty of tastings en route
  • Cycle through pine forests, along the beautiful Moray coast, past lochs and on the Speyside Way
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $1175 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 Apr '18 to 28 Oct '18
  • All breakfasts included
  • Managed by Headwater appointed agent
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional electric bikes


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Whisky-flavoured Speyside is a dream for the cyclist and whisky connoisseur. Pedalling 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, Bed & Breakfasts and private houses. There is a choice of places to eat in the evening, with a three-course evening meal typically costing £20-£25.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Inverness

Arrive at your hotel then explore this modern town, which has historical links going back to Neolithic times. Visit the 800-year-old castle, museum and art gallery. Your evening meals are taken at local restaurants this week (payable locally). (Staying at Fairfield Lodge, Breakfast only)

Day 2 Inverness to Nairn 34km/21mi or 50km/31mi

Cycle to Culloden for a poignant historical experience. Discover the Visitor Centre (entry payable locally) for an insight into the last hand-to-hand battle fought on British soil, the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. Continue to the spectacular C14 Cawdor Castle (entry payable locally) and explore its three gardens - the Walled Garden, the Flower Garden and the Wild Garden - before heading on to Nairn. (Staying at Glen Lyon Lodge, Breakfast only)

Day 3 Nairn to Lossiemouth 42km/26mi or 54km/34mi

Visit three distilleries today: Benromach, the smallest malt whisky distillery in Moray; Dallas DHU Historic Distillery and Glen Moray. Explore Brodie Castle then pedal through the seaside villages of Findhorn and Burghead as you cycle along the Moray coast to traditional Lossiemouth, with its magnificent sandy beaches. (Staying at Lossiemouth House, Breakfast only)

Day 4 Lossiemouth to Craigellachie 47km/29mi

At Spey Bay you'll find the long-distance Speyside Way and the start of the whisky trail. Following the River Spey on footpaths, quiet roads and disused railway tracks, encounter spectacular scenery and plenty of wildlife. Visit the Scottish Dolphin Centre at Tugnet or the Glen Grant Distillery in Rothes, founded in 1840. (Staying at Bridgeview, Breakfast only)

Day 5 At Craigellachie

Today you can head down to Dufftown, often referred to as the 'Malt Whisky Capital of the world'. Visit the Glenfiddich Distillery, built by William Grant and his family; the Macallan Distillery and the Speyside Cooperage, the only working cooperage in the UK where they still shape, shave and char oak casks for the whisky industry throughout the world. Mmortlach Church and C15 Auchindoun Castle are also worth exploring. (Staying at Bridgeview, Breakfast only)

Day 6 Craigellachie to Grantown-on-Spey 39km/24mi

Cycle along the quiet roads of Banffshire, never far from the River Spey, to reach Grantown-on-Spey. This picturesque, traditional Highland town sits on the northern edge of the Cairngorm National Park and is surrounded by ancient woodlands. (Staying at Kinross House, Breakfast only)

Day 7 Grantown-on-Spey to Aviemore 39km/24mi

Pedal to the nature reserves at Loch Garten and Abernethy Forest. The mighty Cairngorm Mountains tower above the clear waters of Loch Morlich. Perhaps take the chance to try some watersports or explore the many forest tracks. (Staying at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Breakfast only)

Day 8 Leave Aviemore

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Fairfield Lodge, Inverness

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This large, stone-built house, with a walled garden and car park is in a quiet residential area of Inverness just 10 minutes' walk from the city centre. The five bedrooms have either ensuite or private shower facilities and have been upgraded to offer guests modern comforts, such as Wi-Fi access, whilst keeping the charm of a Victorian villa. The atmosphere at this Bed & Breakfast is one of 'nothing is too much trouble' and the warm Highland welcome comes as standard!

Full and hearty Scottish breakfasts are served to prepare guests for their active day ahead. Within easy walking distance, there is a good selection of restaurants and bars offering a wide variety of international cuisine to suit all tastes.

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Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Glen Lyon Lodge, Nairn

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Set on the corner of a residential street in the quiet little village of Nairn, the Glen Lyon Lodge Bed & Breakfast is a traditional Scottish family home with beautifully maintained gardens, six very clean and spacious rooms with ensuite bathrooms and a friendly welcome. Full Scottish breakfasts are cooked to order using locally sourced ingredients. The Lodge is situated within a 5-minute walk to a choice of pubs and restaurants for evening meals.

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Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Lossiemouth House, Lossiemouth

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Originally constructed, in 1779, as a dower house for Lady Agnes Gordon of Gordonstoun, Lossiemouth House was the first substantial house built in the town. This family-run 3-star Bed & Breakfast offers a warm welcome, picturesque gardens and a relaxing retreat. Lossiemouth House has 6 bedrooms, all non-smoking and with either ensuite facilities or private shower rooms. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available to all guests. Several rooms have a view of the sea front and beach.

The property is located within walking distance of Lossiemouth's beach and golf course and the Royal Air Force base, where Tornado GR1B jets and Sea King search and rescue helicopters are based, is located just to the south-west of the town.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Bridge View, Craigellachie

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This guesthouse is a traditional Scottish family home, set in an elevated position, overlooking the River Spey and the surrounding countryside. The 3 cosy, ensuite bedrooms are centrally heated with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and tea & coffee making facilities. A full Scottish breakfast is included and served in a classic dining room. The property is just 2.4 miles from The Macallan Estate whisky distillery, 4 miles from Balvenie Castle and 7 miles from Auchindoun Castle.

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Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Kinross House, Grantown-on-Spey

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You're sure to receive a warm, Scottish Highland welcome at the Kinross House Bed & Breakfast. The friendly, personal service creates a relaxed atmosphere, whilst the facilities on offer are excellent. This Victorian villa, with period features, is set on a quiet residential street just a stone's throw from Scot's Pine woodland and just a 2-minute walk from Grant Loch.

All rooms are tastefully decorated in traditional, Scottish country style and offer a selection of teas, coffee, hot chocolate and shortbread as well as free Wi-Fi, TV and hairdryer. Headwater guests are allocated rooms with ensuite bathrooms. The hearty Highland breakfasts are guaranteed to fuel the most energetic and include a choice of fresh fruit, cereals, porridge, breads and croissants, smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, kippers or a full Scottish cooked breakfast with plenty of freshly brewed tea or coffee

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

The Park Guest House, Aviemore

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Situated in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, the Park Guest House is located at the north end of Aviemore's main street, surrounded by picturesque mountains and is in close proximity to all local amenities including a range of shops and restaurants. This contemporary bed & breakfast is run by Erik and Emma who offer a warm welcome and are happy to provide advice on the local area.

There are 13 bedrooms, all en-suite, with flat screen TV, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi. The included breakfast consists of a full Scottish Highland Cooked breakfast as well as a buffet bar with a selection of cold items.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore

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Hotel Upgrade Option - Day 7

Situated at the very heart of the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands, the Macdonald Aviemore Resort offers three 4-star hotels with a fantastic range of facilities including a cinema, large leisure pool, gym, beauty therapy rooms and, 5-minutes away, the Macdonald Spey Valley Championship Golf Course, which boasts breathtaking views and the longest hole in Scotland at 635 yards!

Bedrooms are luxuriously appointed with all expected comforts for a 4-star resort including flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities. There is a choice of restaurants and bars around the resort and there is even a department store that houses luxury fashion, homewares, food, drink and gifts.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1st Apr 2018 to 28th Oct 2018, for 7 nights.

Meals
All breakfasts included

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £77 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please call us for further details.

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