A South Loch Ness circuit

Cycle Routes

    A 48 mile circuit taking in some of the many quiet roads to the south of Loch Ness.

    The south side of Loch Ness is home to numerous quiet and scenic roads that offer accessible rides from inverness. The route described here offers a mid-distance route but a quick look at any map of the area will soon show that there are plenty other routes that could be done at both longer and shorter distances.

    Start from the Castle in Inverness (which is also easily reached from the station for those arriving by train) and drop down the hill from the traffic lights at the entrance. Follow this road straight ahead until you leave Inverness and continue, still on the same road to the village of Dores. Take a right turn at the junction in Dores and following the undulating road along the shores of Loch nes to reach Inverfarigaig. Turn left here onto the road that climbs up through the pass of Inverfarigaig to the village of Errogie.

    Take the left fork in Errogie and keep left at the next junction as well (signposted to Inverness). The route continues below some craggy hills and past tiny Loch Ceo Ghlais and the end of the much larger Loch Duntelchaig to reach another junction. The road straight ahead returns to Dores but our route takes a right turn here onto Ashie Moor. At the crossroads two miles further on the road straight ahead provides a quick return to Inverness but for a more varied route take aright turn to drop down to the shores of Loch Duntelchaig. Continue round the loch, past the dam at the north end and then past Loch a Chlachain to reach the church at Dunlichity. After passing the church, continue straight ahead at both the junctions which are reached in quick succession and follow this minor road to a t-junction with the B861. Turn left here and follow this road over moorland before dropping down steeply iinto Inverness. There are some excellent views over the city and to the mountains beyond on the descent.


    • Difficult


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    • Cycle Hire Nearby
    • Parking


    • 26-50 Miles
    • Height Gain: 1001-2000 Metres
    • Miles 48


    • Forest
    • Open Hillside
    • Urban and Rural


    • Tarmac

    Type of Ride

    • Road Cycling

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