Cycling in the Highlands

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  • Two cycle tourers pose for a photograph with their bikes and bags with a  deer warning sign, water and hills in the background.
    Cycling the North Sea Cycle Route between Tongue and Lairg, Sutherland, The Highlands
  • Mother and child cycling on road by water, with flowers in the forground and peaks in the background.
    Cycling beween Gairloch and Big Sands, The Highlands
  • Two cyclists disembark from the Corran Ferry at Ardgour, Lochaber
    Two cyclists disembark from the Corran Ferry at Ardgour, Lochaber
  • Two cyclists negotiate a steep forest track near Ballachulish, with Loch Leven and the village of Glencoe visible behind.
    Two cyclists negotiate a steep forest track near Ballachulish, The Highlands

Cycling is a great way to explore the pretty villages and beautiful countryside of the Scottish Highlands and you will find miles upon miles of cycle routes and forest trails to choose from. Many of the routes are connected so you can embark on epic journeys, or if you prefer you can tackle smaller manageable sections.

Explore the ‘undiscovered’ side of Loch Ness on the South Loch Ness Trail. This excellent 28 mile cycling adventure from Loch Tarff in the south west, to Torbreck on the edge of Inverness is suitable for all abilities and offers beautiful wildlife and awe inspiring views.

There are a number of National Cycle Network (NCN) routes which traverse through the Highlands, allowing you to explore the area at your own pace. Cycle Route 1 - Aberdeen to John o' Groats and Route 7 - Glasgow to Inverness are well signposted and have a full range of maps and guidebooks to accompany the routes.

The Aviemore loop, part of NCN route 7, is a fantastic way to explore one of Scotland’s most beautiful areas, the Cairngorms National Park. This 33 mile route passes through forests and moors along the Speyside Way to the pretty town of Boat of Garten, the historic town of Carrbridge and Slochd before returning to Aviemore.

If you really want a challenge then cycle the Great Glen Way. This 73 mile route from Fort William on the west coast to Inverness on the east can either offer a challenging experience to mountain bikers, or offer many scenic miles of quiet road. This route can also be broken down to smaller manageable sections if you want to take kids out for a gentle afternoon pedal.

Browse the listing below to find bike hire shops and cycle routes to plan your cycling trip to the Highlands.

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  1. Gradings

    Raasay

    A short (4 miles each way) route along the southern shore of the Isle of Raasay with great views back to Skye.

  2. Gradings

    Achiltibuie

    This section is a diversion from the main route, beautiful beaches and wonderful views.

  3. Glen Nevis

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    Cycle Routes

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    Fort William

    A 14 mile undulating ride from Fort William to the top of nearby Glen Nevis.

  4. Gradings

    Inverness

    An easy, family friendly route along the Caledonian Canal from Inverness.

  5. Gairloch to Melvaig

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    Cycle Routes

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    Gairloch

    A 17 mile route along the coast north of Gairloch with good views out to the Isle of Skye.

  6. Gradings

    Kylesku

    Long climbs with impressive views of sea-lochs and mountains.

  7. Cyclelife Aviemore

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    Bike Shops & Hire

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    Aviemore

    Cyclelife Aviemore offers cycle hire and sales in Cairngorms National Park.

  8. Gradings

    Drumbeg

    This is certainly the most hilly road in Scotland

  9. A South Loch Ness circuit

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    Cycle Routes

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    Inverness

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

  10. Stein to Trumpan Circuit

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    Cycle Routes

    Gradings

    Skye & Lochalsh

    A short route exploring the Waternish peninsula

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