Assynt & Loch Shin circuit from Lairg

Cycle Routes

    This long and hilly route takes cyclists through some of Scotland's most dramatic countryside.

    Start from the car park in the centre of the village of Lairg, which also has a rail station just south of the village and shops to stock up on supplies before you go. Head south and almost immediately turn right across the bridge onto the A839 which is signposted to Lochinver. The road sooon starts to climb gently before dropping down into Strath Oykel where it joins the A837 at Rosehall. Continue westwards with another long but gentle climb just beyond Oykel Bridge taking you into increasingly wild country.

    Shortly before the junction at Ledmore is reached, there are great views ahead to the spectacular peak of Suilven and after a right turn at Ledmore the mountain views continue all the way to Loch Assynt although the cycling is actually quite easy. Just after passing the ruins of Ardvreck Castle this all changes as a right turn leads onto the A894 and the biggest climb of the day over the side of Quinag and on down to the bridge at Kylesku. Beyond Kylesku the climbs are shorter but there are plenty of them before you eventually reach the coast at the village of Scourie.

    From Scourie the route turns inland again and undulates through some rough and rocky country to the shores of Loch Laxford and the junction at Laxford Bridge with the perfect cone of Ben Stack filling the view ahead.  A right turn at the junction leads onto the homeward leg back towards Lairg. Initially the route remains fairly low level as it heads between the mountains and past Loch Stack & Loch More . Beyond Loch More is a short climb before an even shorter descent to Loch Merkland where the mountains are finally left behind. All that remains now is the journey down Loch Shin, one of Scotland's longest lochs at 18 miles long, and back to Lairg.


    • Refreshments


    • 51-100 Miles
    • Height Gain: 1001-2000 Metres
    • Miles 96


    • Open Hillside
    • Rural


    • Parking


    • Hilly
    • Very difficult


    • Toilets


    • Tarmac

    Type of Ride

    • Road Cycling

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