Castles & Ancient Ruins Tour

17 March 2024
Scone Palace march

On this e-bike tour the focus will be the rich history, along with the many castles and ancient ruins that are spread right across this part of Scotland. This also includes plenty of locations with legendary tales (from Mary Queen of Scots to Macbeth), along with filming locations for popular TV series like Outlander.

We also have the ruins of the most northerly Roman Legion Garrison ever built (Inchtuthil, from AD 82) which is located here in Highland Perthshire overlooking the River Tay, where almost 2,000 years ago the Roman general Julius Agricola (responsible for much of the Roman conquest of Britain) used this as his base in Scotland, and then just outside of Perth there is Scone Palace - the ancient crowning place from 840AD of Scottish kings on the Stone of Destiny (the celtic name was Lia Fail, meaning ‘the speaking stone’) were it remained until 1296.

Perthshire breathes history like nowhere else in Scotland!

Please note that this tour only departs from Perth and must be booked/reserved in advance via email confirmation. Both full day and half day tours available.

All Photos by HBT; Balvaird Castle (main blog page photo), Scone Palace, and below is Burleigh Castle, near Loch Leven.

burleigh castle

What our guests say

We had a great time on a private tour. The bikes were excellent and Terry was able to customize the tour to what we wanted. Highly recommend booking this tour.

Morgan Elk

Loved our day with Highland Bike Tours! Equipment was in great shape (helmets, vests, and bikes). I learned and saw things I would not have been able to see by car or if I had biked on my own.


Had a great tour around Perth. Great cycling and learned a lot about the landscape (and also whiskies). Of course, it is also an added bonus that you can do this tour in Dutch. Terry speaks perfect Dutch as a Scot and can also tell a nice story. Recommended!

Pim Bleeker

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Book your Tour

How to book your Tour

There are no cash payments at the premises, so all tours must be booked in advance, or paid by debit or credit card (at the shop/hub) prior to the tour. All our tours starting in Pitlochry can now be booked online.

Please note that there are only a maximum of 4 places on any given tour.

It is also worth mentioning that if the ‘private tour’ option has been booked in advance then there are no other places or bikes available on that day. For more info about the ‘private tour’ (from 1 up to a maximum of 3 people for the same fee) please see our Tours section, or simply contact us by email or via the website.

To reserve your place on one of our tours that start in Perth, you can either send us an email to [email protected], or simply complete the Contact Us section. As there are only 4 slots on any of our tours we operate on a first-come first-served basis with all our bookings. Please also include the height of each person - We will then supply you with the correct frame size.

Highland Bike Tours (HBT) make use of Hybrid E-Bikes with a classic Dutch design, so suitable to use while wearing casual clothing. You can view images of these e-bikes on the FAQs page (see above), or on our Instagram link (see below).

Guided E-Bike Tours also in the Dutch language. NL: Samen met een Nederlandssprekende tourgids ervaar je al het moois dat de Schotse Hooglanden te bieden heeft op een unieke manier. Vanaf 2023 zijn er tours die vertrekken vanuit Pitlochry! - Voor meer info zie ook: (our Dutch language website)

Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BL, Perthshire, Scotland

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