Cycling in the Highlands

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  • Two cycle tourers pose for a photograph with their bikes and bags with a  deer warning sign, water and hills in the background.
    Cycling the North Sea Cycle Route between Tongue and Lairg, Sutherland, The Highlands
  • Mother and child cycling on road by water, with flowers in the forground and peaks in the background.
    Cycling beween Gairloch and Big Sands, The Highlands
  • Two cyclists disembark from the Corran Ferry at Ardgour, Lochaber
    Two cyclists disembark from the Corran Ferry at Ardgour, Lochaber
  • Two cyclists negotiate a steep forest track near Ballachulish, with Loch Leven and the village of Glencoe visible behind.
    Two cyclists negotiate a steep forest track near Ballachulish, The Highlands

Cycling is a great way to explore the pretty villages and beautiful countryside of the Scottish Highlands and you will find miles upon miles of cycle routes and forest trails to choose from. Many of the routes are connected so you can embark on epic journeys, or if you prefer you can tackle smaller manageable sections.

Explore the ‘undiscovered’ side of Loch Ness on the South Loch Ness Trail. This excellent 28 mile cycling adventure from Loch Tarff in the south west, to Torbreck on the edge of Inverness is suitable for all abilities and offers beautiful wildlife and awe inspiring views.

There are a number of National Cycle Network (NCN) routes which traverse through the Highlands, allowing you to explore the area at your own pace. Cycle Route 1 - Aberdeen to John o' Groats and Route 7 - Glasgow to Inverness are well signposted and have a full range of maps and guidebooks to accompany the routes.

The Aviemore loop, part of NCN route 7, is a fantastic way to explore one of Scotland’s most beautiful areas, the Cairngorms National Park. This 33 mile route passes through forests and moors along the Speyside Way to the pretty town of Boat of Garten, the historic town of Carrbridge and Slochd before returning to Aviemore.

If you really want a challenge then cycle the Great Glen Way. This 73 mile route from Fort William on the west coast to Inverness on the east can either offer a challenging experience to mountain bikers, or offer many scenic miles of quiet road. This route can also be broken down to smaller manageable sections if you want to take kids out for a gentle afternoon pedal.

Browse the listing below to find bike hire shops and cycle routes to plan your cycling trip to the Highlands.

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  1. Gradings

    Achiltibuie

    This section is a diversion from the main route, beautiful beaches and wonderful views.

  2. H&I Adventures

    Type

    Bike Tours

    Gradings

    Cromarty

    H&I Adventures offers incredible mountain biking holidays in Scotland that will take you to some of the most stunning and unspoilt corners of the Scottish Highlands.

  3. Snowgoose Mountain Centre

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Snowgoose Mountain Centre based near the foot of Ben Nevis, in the West Highlands offers mountain and paddlesports holidays, instruction & guiding, along with canoe, kayak and mountain bike hire as well as half and full day activities.

  4. Thurso to Dunnet Head

    Type

    Cycle Routes

    Gradings

    Thurso

    A 21 mile (return) route from the main town on Scotland's north coast to the furthest north point on the mainland

  5. Gradings

    Fort William

    An undulating 24 mile loop alongside the Caledonian Canal and River Lochy with great views of Ben Nevis.

  6. Gradings

    Aviemore

    Wilderness Scotland is an award-winning adventure travel and ecotourism company specialising in wilderness holidays in the Highlands and Islands.

  7. Gradings

    North Highlands

    190 miles in the wildest and most rugged scenery in Scotland. If you like hills to get your teeth into, this is for you!

  8. Ardnamurchan circuit

    Type

    Cycle Routes

    Gradings

    Ardgour

    A big, hilly and spectacular circuit taking in much of the Ardnamurchan area west of Loch Linnhe.

  9. Gradings

    Raasay

    A 9 mile loop up the west side of the Isle of Raasay

  10. Gradings

    Beauly

    A very picturesque circuit from Beauly taking in everything from wooded valley to open moorland. Despite some of the route following "A" roads they are generally quiet roads.

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