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. Kyle of Tongue

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    Tongue

    A very scenic and quite straightforward 12 mile circuit around the Kyle of Tongue.

  2. Broadford to Elgol

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    Cycle Routes

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    Broadford

    30 miles of minor road from Broadford to Elgol and back provides a varied route to one of the best viewpoints in the whole of Britain.

  3. Island Cycles

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    Bike Tours

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    Portree

    Island Cycles is located in the centre of Portree, overlooking the Cuillin mountains in the Highlands.

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    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!

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    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.

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    Fort William

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

  7. Skye Activities

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Uig

    Join Skye Activities for boat trips including whale spotting and fishing trips, waterskiing and mountain bike hire.

  8. Cape Wrath

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    Durness

    This is a unique cycle route starting with a short boat trip and continuing along the shore and across moorland to the furthest North West point of the British mainland.

  9. Inverness Bike Hire

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    Bike Shops & Hire

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    Inverness

    Welcome to Inverness Bike Hire , we are located in the centre of the city at Caledonian Gifts in Church street.

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    Armadale

    An interesting 18 mile loop taking in both coasts of the Sleat peninsula with wonderful views to Rum and the Cuillin.

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