Gleneagles, Shand cycling tours launched

LUXURY leisure giant Gleneagles has announced a link-up with Scottish bike brand Shand to create a new cycling experience.

The iconic Perthshire estate hailed the partnership to offer guests expert-led cycling trails on Shand’s bespoke Stoater bikes built specifically for guests of the hotel.

Designed to traverse a multitude of terrain, it is claimed it is the Stoater’s versatility which make it “perfect for Gleneagles’ 850-acre surrounds”.

To mark the launch, Gleneagles is introducing a dedicated one-night Shand Adventure experience for cycling pros and enthusiasts.

HeraldScotland: The bespoke Gleneagles Stoater.The bespoke Gleneagles Stoater.

Guests will have a choice of three trails encompassing contrasting landscapes in the Perthshire countryside designed by experienced adventure cyclist and Shand ambassador, Stuart Allan.

The trails are varied and include a glorious 43km Glendevon Gravel route, a 56km Drummond Castle Circuit and a longer 92km Loch Earn Loop.

As part of the newly introduced experience, guests will have the opportunity to ride with one of Gleneagles’ expert guides in tow before pit-stopping for a scenic picnic midway, where there will be an opportunity to spot Osprey and Red Kites flying overhead. Once back at the hotel, guests are invited to recuperate with one of the hotel’s newly introduced botanical treatments in the recently refreshed spa designed specifically for recovery.

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In ensuring the bikes’ versatility, Shand – who design, build and assembles bespoke bikes in Livingston – have used derailleur cogs in the back wheel and have implemented a Rohloff hub to protect the gears from dirt and dust. The bikes are also fitted with an efficient carbon belt drive instead of a standard metal chain to ensure smooth cycling.

Colin Farndon, Gleneagles’ director of leisure, said: “We are excited to present a new adventure cycling experience to our guests, who will benefit from four hand built and painted bikes especially for us in our traditional olive-green colour with gold contour lines, emblematic of our Great Adventure Race.

“It is special to partner with Shand, which like Gleneagles, is rooted in and inspired by Scotland and its unique landscape.”

Ann Ritchie-Cox, Shand’s general manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with the team at Gleneagles to showcase the Stoater. Gleneagles is an iconic destination, which is steeped in Scottish tradition and history in a most beautiful part of Scotland. The trails will offer cyclists an adventurous means of enjoying the magnificent Scottish countryside while appreciating the versatility the bike has to offer. We are sure the guests at Gleneagles will love the new offering.”

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