A very scenic and quite straightforward 12 mile circuit around the Kyle of Tongue.
This is a very scenic and quite straightforward route although the 12 miles do include a couple of climbs. The circuit can be done in either direction but anticlockwise is recommended as it avoids finishing with a climb and gives the best views across the kyle to the impressive Ben Loyal - known as the "Queen of Scottish mountains".
Start near the centre of the village where the minor road turns off the A838 next to the Tongue Hotel. Follow the A838 downhill and across the causeway that crosses the Kyle of Tongue. At the far side is a turning on the left which leads to Talmine - an interesting detour if you want a slightly longer route - otherwise carry on for a further 200m and turn left onto the minor road along the west shore of the Kyle. After a short climb near the start, the road continues along the shore to the head of the inlet with great views to both Ben Loyal and Castle Varrich, perched on a clifftop above the opposite shore before doubling back to Tongue. The return is more hilly with an initial climb of 80m as the road climbs away from the shore. Thereafter the road passes two lochs before running through a shallow valley parallel to the Kyle of Tongue and back to the village itself.