Scotland - Boat & Bike
Nature lovers can look out for a wide range of flora and fauna, including red deer, otters and eagles. Foodies will enjoy tucking into a range of local cuisine, including neeps and tatties, haggis and perhaps even a deep-fried Mars Bar, all washed down with a wee dram of whisky. Starting and finishing in Glasgow, discover Kilmartin Glen, where 6,000 years of history are displayed in the form of astounding prehistoric stone circles. Cycle north on the quiet isle of Jura, home to 5,000 deer and famous whisky and pause at Calgary Bay, which has a white beach considered to be one of the most beautiful in Scotland. Although the rides can be challenging at times (suitable for regular and experienced cyclists) there’s no danger of going hungry on this trip with plenty of places to stop and enjoy some homecooked fare. After each day, relax on The Flying Dutchman, a graceful top-schooner with two masts that was built in 1903.
Level: Moderate to Challenging
A seven-night Scotland – Boat & Bike guided tour, departing in June and August 2020, costs from £1,231 pp (for two adults sharing a twin cabin) and includes seven nights’ accommodation aboard the tall ship The Flying Dutchman on a half-board basis, English-speaking tour guide on board and on bike and overview of the maps for the daily tours. Return travel, drinks on board, entrance fees to museums and sites, bike hire and cycle helmets extra.
Freedom Treks (01273 224 066, www.freedomtreks.co.uk)