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

    Kylesku

    Long climbs with impressive views of sea-lochs and mountains.

  2. Black Isle Villages

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    Cycle Routes

    Gradings

    Munlochy

    A 21 mile circuit taking in four of the villages on the Black Isle near Inverness.

  3. Ratagan Pass and Glenelg

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    Cycle Routes

    Gradings

    Glenshiel

    A fairly tough 18 mile ride over Ratagan Pass to the village of Glenelg

  4. H&I Adventures

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    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.

  5. Gradings

    Fort Augustus

    An easy cycle along the Caledonian Canal from Fort Augustus, ideal for a family outing.

  6. Stein to Trumpan Circuit

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    Cycle Routes

    Gradings

    Skye & Lochalsh

    A short route exploring the Waternish peninsula

  7. Gradings

    Raasay

    A short (4 miles each way) route along the southern shore of the Isle of Raasay with great views back to Skye.

  8. Nanyuki Bike Adventures

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    Bike Tours

    Gradings

    Kyle of Lochalsh

    Welcome to the Nanyuki experience! Great cycling adventures with exclusive accommodation and your choice of Boardman Performance bikes + support. Based near Plockton in Ross-shire, North West Highlands - perfect for the Bealach na Ba.

  9. Skye Activities

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Uig

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

  10. Gradings

    Bonar Bridge

    An easy start in wooded country - no difficult hills.

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