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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

    Fort Augustus

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

  2. Yeti Rooms


    Bike Tours


    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    Tailor Made Eco Friendly Adventures For All Abilities Mountain Biking, Skills, Guiding, Glamping Operating throughout the Cairngorms and further afield

  3. Around the Cromarty Firth


    Cycle Routes


    Dingwall Area

    A 60 mile route around one of the three great inlets on the east coast of the Highlands which makes use of the ferry at Cromarty to allow a circuit to be made. Much of the route is regularly used by cyclists on Lands End to John o' Groats trips.

  4. Gradings


    Lying just minutes off the main A9, so popular with Lands End to John o' Groats cyclists, this quiet 23 mile route is a complete contrast - a real hidden gem with virtually no traffic.

  5. Nanyuki Bike Adventures


    Bike Tours


    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.

  6. Island Cycles


    Bike Tours



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

  7. Gradings


    A 28 mile circuit from Carrbridge taking in a number of Strathspey villages.

  8. MTB Highlands


    Mountain Bike Trails



    MTBHighlands are a small company based out of Aviemore. We are professional mountain bike guides covering the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. For more information please visit

  9. Lagganlia Outdoor Centre


    Multi-activity Centre



    Lagganlia Centre provides high quality residential Outdoor Learning courses and advanced Adventures and Expeditions, within the astounding natural environment of the Cairngorms National Park.

  10. Gradings


    An easy, family friendly route along the Caledonian Canal from Inverness.


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