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. Nanyuki Bike Adventures

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    Bike Tours

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    Kyle of Lochalsh

    Welcome to the Nanyuki experience! Great cycling adventures with exclusive accommodation and your choice of Boardman Performance bikes + support. Based near Plockton in Ross-shire, North West Highlands - perfect for the Bealach na Ba.

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    Raasay

    A 9 mile loop up the west side of the Isle of Raasay

  3. Mobike - Mobile Bicycle Hire

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    Bike Shops & Hire

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    Kylesku

    Welcome to Mobike - Mobile Bicycle Hire

  4. Gradings

    Inverness City Centre

    Bike Hire in Inverness | Cycling Holidays in Scotland

  5. Snowgoose Mountain Centre

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Fort William

    Snowgoose Mountain Centre based near the foot of Ben Nevis, in the West Highlands offers mountain and paddlesports holidays, instruction & guiding, along with canoe, kayak and mountain bike hire as well as half and full day activities.

  6. Ardnamurchan Point

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    Cycle Routes

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    Kilchoan

    A hilly ride out to the most westerly point on the UK mainland.

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    Ullapool

    Back to the main route again - extremely hilly!

  8. Gradings

    Inverness

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

  9. Cairngorm Bike & Hike

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    Bike Shops & Hire

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    Boat of Garten

    Welcome to Cairngorm Bike & Hike

  10. Around the Cromarty Firth

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    Cycle Routes

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    Dingwall Area

    A 60 mile route around one of the three great inlets on the east coast of the Highlands which makes use of the ferry at Cromarty to allow a circuit to be made. Much of the route is regularly used by cyclists on Lands End to John o' Groats trips.

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