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Article published 21/07/2023

Scone Palace, the crowning site of Scottish kings and the original home of the Stone of Scone, also known as the Stone of Destiny, will now see UCI World Champions crowned as it welcomes the finish of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships Gran Fondo, and Medio Fondo road races on Friday 4 August.

Both road races will start in Perth and will circle clockwise on roads through the stunning landscape north of the city, finishing at Scone Palace.

Updated route

In an update to the previously announced routes, both races will now finish at Scone Palace, rather than their original finish on Tay Street in Perth's city centre.

The updated finish location follows consultation with event partners as part of ongoing event planning and development to ensure impacts are kept to a minimum across the city centre, while delivering a world-class event finish in a truly iconic Scottish location.

There have also been two other amendments to the routes, made to ensure the safest possible experience for riders and spectators.

An updated list of road closures that reflects the changes on this page is now available on the UCI Cycling World Championships website.

Browse a list of road closures on the Gran Fondo website

The Gran Fondo route update

The Gran Fondo race through Pitlochry will now travel Southbound into Pitlochry from Garry Bridge.

From there, it will turn left up Larchwood Road, right onto Strathview Terrace, and left onto the A924 / West Moulin Road towards Moulin before rejoining its original route travelling east towards Kirkmichael.

Medio Fondo route update

The change to the Medio Fondo race sees it take a new route in Bankfoot, travelling through the town from Prieston Road onto the B867 towards Waterloo.

It will then turn right on the Pittensorn Road towards Murthly before rejoining its original route on the B9099 towards Caputh.

New finish line

The new finish line at Scone Palace will see both races conclude in one of Scotland’s most iconic settings.

Once the ancient coronation site of Scottish kings, the rich history and spectacular setting of Scone Palace will create a stunning backdrop for riders and spectators.

Scone is perhaps best-known as the former home of the Stone of Scone - also known as the Stone of Destiny - the red sandstone block used in early Scottish kingship ceremonies and during the coronation of British monarchs.

It was most recently used during the ceremonies for King Charles III, ahead of its return to Perthshire in 2024 as the centrepiece of a new £26.5 million museum at Perth City Hall.

Download the new race routes on the Gran Fondo website

About the Gran Fondo

Gran Fondo (which translates as “Big Race”) is a long-distance, mass participation event that celebrates competitive cycling.

The top 25 percent of riders from 27 qualifying events held around the world earned the right to compete in Scotland as part of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

Women aged 19 to 49, and men 19 to 59 will take part in the Gran Fondo.

Qualified riders in the women 50+ and men 60+ age categories will complete on the Medio Fondo course.

Information for spectators

Information for spectators is available on the main 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships website.

This includes more information about how the races are set up, when they take place, as well as some fun facts.

Browse the spectator information on the Gran Fondo website


Race spectators, visitors and local communities are encouraged to prepare by making travel plans ahead of the event.

More information about traffic management is available on Traffic Scotland's website.

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