Beauly - Cannich - Drumnadrochit circuit

Cycle Routes

    A very picturesque circuit from Beauly taking in everything from wooded valley to open moorland. Despite some of the route following "A" roads they are generally quiet roads.

    Start from the square in Beauly and follow the main road south out of the vilage and past the station. After a mile turn right onto the A831 signposted to Cannich. Follow this road gently uphill until it levels off anf then, a mile from the junction take the first turning on the left to cross the river just below Kilmorack dam. After a short climb away from the river take the right fork through the scattering of houses at Fanellan and follow this for 2 miles to another junction. A right turn here leads onto the riverside road which is followed all the way through Eskadale and on to the head of Strathglass.

    The main A831 is reached about half a mile east of Cannich so a right turn and a short detour is required if you want to visit the shop or cafe. If continuing to Drumnadrochit turn left instead and climb uphill through the forest before the road levels out and then drops gently into Glenurquhart. Continue down the glen passing through Balnain to reach a junction signposting Beauly to the left via the A833. Visiting Drumnadrochit requires another detour this time continuing along the A831 for a further mile.

    The return to Beauly from the junction starts with the toughest climb of the day - a steep hill that climbs up through the forest an then out onto open moorland to reach a height of just over 800 feet. The route then undulates passing little lochs and through a narrow pass to reach Glen Convinth. After another short uphill there is a long fast descent to reach Kiltarlity. For a quieter and more pleasant finish, turn left at Brockies Lodge hotel and continue through Kiltarlity, keeping right at the Y junction beyond the village to rejoin your outward route at the bridge below Kilmorack dam.


    • Refreshments


    • 26-50 Miles
    • Height Gain: 1001-2000 Metres
    • Miles 44


    • Forest
    • Open Hillside
    • Rural


    • Cycle Hire Nearby
    • Parking


    • Difficult
    • Hilly


    • Toilets


    • Tarmac

    Type of Ride

    • Road Cycling

    Road Directions

    Beauly is easily reached from Inverness to the south or Dingwall / Muir of Ord to the north by following the A862. There is plenty parking in the square and a larger car park about 100m to the south.

    Public Transport Directions

    Train services on both the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and Inverness to Wick / Thurso route stop at Beauly station which is at the south end of the village.

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