Scottish Cycling Holidays is currently owned and operated by the Crighton Family, father Douglas, son Ian and daughter-in-law Janette.
The company was founded in 1978 by Mr Kenneth Todd. After working in England for many years Kenneth had returned to his native land and from his small Cottage, Post Office and Shop in the tiny Perthshire hamlet of Ballintuim he organised the first cycling holidays on offer in Scotland. Kenneth was a staunch patriot and on arrival at Ballintuim clients were greeted by a Scottish flag flying on the flagpole and by Kenneth resplendent in his kilt.
Kenneth was retired and whilst most of the tours began and ended at Ballintuim he also organised tours to the west of Scotland including Mull, Skye and the Inner and Outer Hebrides. There is a limit to what one person can look after and Scottish Cycling Holidays grew only slowly in these early years. He died very suddenly in March, 1995 and as near neighbours we were concerned that his hard work should not be wasted and that the business should continue and hopefully expand.
Douglas Crighton is involved mainly in planning and development, Ian is the technical manager and Janette looks after administration. Although we continued to operate from Ballintuim in the first year, a move to offices in Ian's bicycle shop in the nearby town of Blairgowrie Shop & Office, Blairgowrie has provided the space necessary to accompany the growth of the company. We currently store 80+ bikes and provide tours for our own clients and also for the brochures of many Activity Holiday Companies throughout the world. Further development has extended the range of our products to include tours in several countries in mainland Europe.
Our aim is provide a quality product at a reasonable price and take every opportunity to grow the company into Scotland’s leading cycle holiday provider. Already our turnover has trebled but we realise that it is very important to maintain the personal touch and attention to detail which Mr Todd began. With this in mind we now have approximately 80 cycles at our Blairgowrie Headquarters. In addition we have a database of over four hundred accommodation providers most of whom we have personally inspected. Each client group is met at the beginning of their tour, given a briefing and the bikes are tested and adjusted. We are always available to help during your tour particularly in an emergency.