Nairn to Cawdor

Cycle Routes

    This scenic cycle route takes you through some beautiful countryside and woodlands via the back roads ending up in the historic village of Cawdor.

    There is ample parking in Nairn itself however there is a small parking area located right at the start of where this cycle route commences. From Nairn high street find the left turning down onto Church Street, following straight onto Mill Road. After passing under the arch take your second left (it seems rather tight but there is room to get a car down)  this will take you down to Nairn skate park where there is a small car park that is not used very often.

    To begin your cycle cross over the jubilee bridge and follow the cycle path out to the left, this will take you out at the A939, turning right here (there is a pavement located on the right hand side of the road) continue until you reach a tight corner in the road, you will see a sign for Househill Meadows here you should turn right.  Continue along this windy road taking you past fields and also past a working farm steading (caution of faming vehicles). Eventually reaching a T junction onto the B9101 take a right and then the first left, here you will see the sign for Geddes Fishery follow the road all the way to the top of the hill. Continue on this road making your way through small clusters of houses and a lovely road through a forest until you reach a junction. From here taking a right you will climb up a short hill. Coming to another junction take a left to head up another slightly longer and steeper hill. The views of the countryside and over Nairn are fantastic so the short climb is well rewarded. At a small group of houses this road continues round to the left, at this point you should turn right following another back road that will take you down into Piperhill.

    Cycle through Piperhill, taking a left at the Piperhill Garage following the road until you reach Culcharry. You will come to a T junction taking a left uphill continue until you reach the final junction, you will see the sign post to Cawdor take your right following the road downhill. After travelling down the road to the left you will see the entrance to Cawdor Castle or continuing downhill you will reach an open green where you will find Darcy's Tea room. Taking the left to Darcy's Tea Room you can follow the path straight up towards the North Gate of Cawdor Castle, to the right there is a footbridge that will take you into the village of Cawdor itself. Cawdor Tavern and Cawdor Shop are located in the village.


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    Type of Ride

    • Road Cycling Majority of the route follows back roads, road conditions are great, no road markings.


    • Moderate There are a few hilly sections in this route, mixture between short and slightly steep and longer with less of a gradient.


    • Toilets Facilities can be found at the end of the route at Cawdor Castle without going into the premises, other buisnesses will have facilities also.


    • Parking Ample parking in Nairn, small car park located down beside the Nairn Skate park where cycle route begins. Parking can also be found in Cawdor itself. Cawdor Castle has large car park no payment required.

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