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. Thurso to Dunnet Head

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    Cycle Routes

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    Thurso

    A 21 mile (return) route from the main town on Scotland's north coast to the furthest north point on the mainland

  2. 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.

  3. Nairn - Brodie - Forres

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    Cycle Routes

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    Nairn

    A gentle 14 mile ride from the seaside town of Nairn to Forres, taking in a visit to Brodie Castle along the way.

  4. Roag - Harlosh Loop

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    Cycle Routes

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    Skye & Lochalsh

    A 13 mile route that takes you round two coastal circuits just south of Dunvegan.

  5. Gradings

    Achiltibuie

    This section is a diversion from the main route, beautiful beaches and wonderful views.

  6. Gradings

    Drumbeg

    This is certainly the most hilly road in Scotland

  7. Gradings

    Fort Augustus

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

  8. Gradings

    Lairg

    This final section takes in part of the National Cycle Network, Route 1.

  9. Gradings

    Kingussie

    A 30 mile circuit between Kingussie and Aviemore.

  10. Gradings

    Kinlochbervie

    A steady climb then a long descent to Durness, the most northerly point of the route.

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