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

    Interesting mountains and wild scenery, narrow roads with passing places.

  2. Gradings

    Raasay

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

  3. Ullapool to Lochinver

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    Cycle Routes

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    Ullapool

    Despite it's relatively moderate distance of 33 miles this is quite a tough route since it's almost constantly hilly. However, the scenery is amongst the most dramatic in Scotland which certainly helps make up for the amount of effort required.

  4. Gradings

    Kingussie

    A 30 mile circuit between Kingussie and Aviemore.

  5. Nairn to Cawdor

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    Cycle Routes

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    Nairn

    This scenic cycle route takes you through some beautiful countryside and woodlands via the back roads ending up in the historic village of Cawdor.

  6. Gradings

    Carbost

    A short (8 mile) outing from the village of Carbost.

  7. Glencoe Activities Ltd

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Ballachulish

    Welcome to Glencoe Activities Ltd

  8. Poolewe to Kernsary

    Type

    Cycle Routes

    Gradings

    Poolewe

    A short route alongside the River Ewe from the village of Poolewe.

  9. Gradings

    Raasay

    A 21 mile trip to the north end of Raasay and back which uses part of the famous Calum's road, hand built by local resident Calum Macleod

  10. Gradings

    Tomatin

    A fantastic but quite challenging 60 mile circuit which explores some remote and little known roads yet is easily accessible from Inverness.

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