Since 2007, Pitlochry has seen thousands of cyclists’ head to the area for Etape Caledonia. The much-loved cycling event is much anticipated every year and attracts over 35,000 people. Keen riders from all across the country head to the Scottish Highlands to take on one of the most beautiful rides around.
There are over 5,000 places on offer every year, and many more spectators head to the area to experience the annual event. Hettie’s Tearooms is located in the home of Etape Caledonia in Pitlochry and is a great stop off for those heading to the area for the day.
The Etape Caledonia Routes
The cycling event offers two routes that take riders through all the wonders of the Scottish Highlands. With winding roads, lochs, mountains and more, they are two of the most beautifully placed rides around. The shortest route is 40 miles beginning and ending in Pitlochry. There is a climb up to 392m, and the descent to the South towards Coshieville offers unbeatable views. The longer route is 85 miles and follows the rolling hills around Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel. It also includes the twisting and challenging climb up Mount Schiehallion, with an ascent of 382 metres. After completing either route, cyclists and visitors can relax and celebrate at the village festival.
Visiting Pitlochry For Etape Caledonia
Whether you live locally and are heading into Pitlochry for the day to experience the event, or travelling to Scotland specially, we suggest making a weekend of it.
When you choose to stay in Pitlochry, you can enjoy all the delights of the local area, such as the stunning scenery and the bustling village life full of shops and cafes, including Hettie’s Tearoom. Throughout the weekend, we will be serving our usual delicious treats. Perfect for a post-ride pick me up or scrumptious snack while watching the race.