Leg 1: Speyside to Nairn
On the first leg of your holiday you will travel north from Speyside to Nairn. The route takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Scottish Highlands, travelling through sleepy villages, ancient woodland, exposed moorland and rolling green pastures along the way.
This leg of the tour is approximately 39 miles long and will take around 5 hours to cycle. The quiet country lanes seem to stretch for miles, with lots of interesting places to stop and explore en route.
The route passes directly by the entrance to Brodie Castle, and if time allows, do stop to take a look around. Rich in history and heritage - and not to mention stunningly beautiful - Brodie Castle has been sensitively restored to show exactly what daily life was like for one of Scotland’s most ancient clans. The estate covers 71 hectares and boasts landscaped gardens, a woodland walk and a nature trail, rich with wildlife.
There are a number of pubs and cafes that you could stop at en route to refuel, particularly in the towns of Forres and Nairn. The town of Nairn has the gorgeous Moray Firth as its backdrop and is famous in golfing circles for its two championship golf courses. The town is also renowned for its Blue Flag beaches and clean promenades; in Victorian times, Nairn was known as the ‘Brighton of the North’.
Full step-by-step instructions of the route can be downloaded below, and the map above illustrates the route you will be taking on the first day of your holiday.