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

    Kingussie

    A 30 mile circuit between Kingussie and Aviemore.

  2. Glen Nevis

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    Fort William

    A 14 mile undulating ride from Fort William to the top of nearby Glen Nevis.

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    Dornoch

    Bearing in mind the low lying nature of the land around Dornoch this is a surprisingly hilly 34 mile route with quite a feeling of wildness on the section beyond Loch Buie.

  4. Gradings

    Bonar Bridge

    A 22 mile route up one side of the River Carron to a historic church, returning by the other side of the river.

  5. Gradings

    Achiltibuie

    The area of Coigach, north west of Ullapool is best known for its walking but this short (9 mile) cycle route is as good as any of the walks with great coastal and mountain views.

  6. Loch Leven circuit

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    Ballachulish

    A 21 mile circuit around Loch Leven - a narrow sea loch surrounded by mountains.

  7. Ardnamurchan Point

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    Cycle Routes

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    Kilchoan

    A hilly ride out to the most westerly point on the UK mainland.

  8. Bealach Brittle

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    Mountain Bike Trails

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    Skye

    An easy trail offering some of the best views of the Cuillin hills to be found anywhere on the island.

  9. The Lairg triangle

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    Lairg

    A varied 21 mile loop from Lairg over moorland, through forest and along the shore with the option of visiting the famous Falls of Shin.

  10. Gradings

    Lairg

    This long and hilly route takes cyclists through some of Scotland's most dramatic countryside.

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