The Castle Trail

The Castle Trail

Perth is de startplaats van deze fietstocht waarin lieflijk landschap, geschiedenis en pracht en praal gecombineerd worden. Slechts 2 mijl van Perth staat Scone Palace, huis van de Earl en Countess of Mansfield met vele schatten, die in de laatste 40 jaar verzameld zijn. In het kleine stadje Dunkeld aan de rivier en omringd door bos vindt u de prachtige kathedraal en het gerestaureerde 17e eeuwse plein. Blair Atholl met het sprookjesachtige Blair Castle is echt een must evenals de tuinen, die er omheen liggen. Door de vallei fietst u naar Blairgowrie of maakt een landelijke rit door Glenshee en Glenisla. Het stadje St Andrews aan de kust met de ruïne van het kasteel en de kathedraal is een bezoek meer dan waard. Op de terugweg zou u een bezoek kunnen brengen aan Glamis Castle, huis van de Earls of Strathmore en Kinghorne. Het middeleeuwse dorpje Falkland met het Royal Palace (ook bekend van Outlander) en dan is er bij Perth natuurlijk het Scone Palace met zeldzaam porselein, mooie meubelen, klokken en de unieke Vernis Martin Collection.

De korte routebeschrijving

Day 1. Arrive PERTH: perhaps time to stroll to the shops, walk by the River Tay or climb Kinnoull Hill for a magnificent view of Perth and the Tay Valley. Evening: collect cycles and equipment, route briefing

Day 2PERTH – DUNKELD 25ml (40km)
Cycle 2 miles from Perth to visit Scone Palace and from there north through the rolling farmland of Perthshire to the historic Cathedral town of Dunkeld. Situated on the banks of the River Tay it has a peaceful character and charmingly restored eighteenth century houses forming a small Square. Cathedral Street leads from there to the partly restored Cathedral construction of which began in 1318.

Day 3. DUNKELD – PITLOCHRY 15ml (24km) or 29ml (46km) if visiting Blair Castle.
Leave Dunkeld along the riverside path to the Cathedral imagining the many years of history that it has seen. Follow the river on a peaceful route away from traffic for 3km before using the main road bridge to reach the minor road to Logierait. Another bridge to cross and a climb before the quiet elevated road gives wonderful views of the fast flowing Rivers Tay and Tummel. Past the Dunfallandy Stone and into the busy Victorian town of Pitlochry. One of the town’s best-known attractions is Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder. Created in the 1950s the Dam has an underwater viewing chamber, which allows visitors to watch salmon navigating the specially constructed fish ladder, which bypasses the dam. A chance to visit the large Blair Atholl Distillery or Scotland’s smallest Distillery – Edradour. 7 miles north of Pitlochry is Blair Castle with its 32 fully furnished rooms fine furniture, paintings and armour.

Day 4. REST DAY PITLOCHRY 14ml(23km)
A chance to visit the large Blair Atholl Distillery or Scotland’s smallest Distillery – Edradour. 7 miles north of Pitlochry is Blair Castle with its 32 fully furnished rooms fine furniture, paintings and armour.

Day 5. PITLOCHRY – ST. ANDREWS 18ml (29km)
Morning transfer to the city of Dundee (50miles).
Cross the Tay Bridge to Newport and you are now in Fife. Continue round the coast and spend a little time away from the tarmac on the tracks of Tentsmuir Forest. Through Leuchars village withits busy air base and a climb to reach the village of Strathkinness. A lovely panoramic view over the Firth of Tay and beyond as you descend into St Andrews. Once the ecclesiastical capital ofScotland, St Andrews is now better know as the “Home of Golf”. It is also home to Scotland’soldest university with many fine buildings set in a combination of medieval, Edwardian and
Victorian streets. Visit the ruined Castle and Cathedral or take a stroll on wide expanse of golden West Sands.

Either spend the day exploring in St Andrews or cycle to the charming East ‘Neuk'(Scots word for corner) of Fife. Visit the picturesque fishing villages of Crail, Anstruther and Pittenweem where whitewashed buildings with red pantiled roofs overlook cobbled, winding streets leading to the harbours. Overnight in St Andrews

Day 7. ST. ANDREWS – PERTH 35ml (56km)
Leave St. Andrews on the cycle route past Craigton Park and continue to visit the Falkland Palace, set in the heart of a unique medieval village. It was the country residence and hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs. It includes the exceptionally beautiful Chapel Royal and is surrounded by internationally known gardens. Perhaps take tea in Auchtermuchty before climbing the hill to Pitmedden Forest and then down into the Tay Valley and Perth.

Day 8. Depart PERTH

Falkland Palace