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. The Quiraing

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    Mountain Bike Trails

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    Skye

    This is a spectacular place to ride a bike, with a considerable drop down the hillside on your right for a good part of the route.

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    Raasay

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

  3. The Lairg triangle

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    Cycle Routes

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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.

  4. Black Isle Villages

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    Cycle Routes

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    Munlochy

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

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    Aviemore

    The Old Logging Way in is a 4 mile route (one way) which provides a safe off-road route between Aviemore and Glenmore / Loch Morlich.

  6. Snowgoose Mountain Centre

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    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.

  7. Fasach - Gillen circuit

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    Cycle Routes

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    Halistra

    A quiet, short (5 mile) loop on the Waternish peninsula.

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    Kinlochewe

    A classic 90 mile circuit crossing the famous Bealach na Ba to Applecross where the wonderful views and sense of achievement compensate for the effort required.

  9. Black Isle Bicycles

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    Bike Shops & Hire

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    North Kessock

    We're a mobile hire business - we'll bring the bikes to you wherever it suits, on or near the beautiful Black Isle. Our top-quality hybrid bikes will take you exploring on and off road in comfort. We've got a couple of electric bikes too.

  10. 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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