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

    Carbost

    A short (8 mile) outing from the village of Carbost.

  2. Trotternish circuit

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    Cycle Routes

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    Portree

    A fairly hilly 50 mile circuit round the northernmost peninsula on the Isle of Skye, passing iconic sites such as the Storr and the Quirang and with great views over the sea in all directions.

  3. Gradings

    Aviemore

    Wilderness Scotland is an award-winning adventure travel and ecotourism company specialising in wilderness holidays in the Highlands and Islands.

  4. Gradings

    Tain

    A pleasant 30 mile route exploring some of the quieter roads and coastal villages of Easter Ross.

  5. Gradings

    Drumbeg

    This is certainly the most hilly road in Scotland

  6. 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.

  7. Gradings

    Durness

    Long distances here with few food stops - take some sandwiches!

  8. Gradings

    Dornoch

    Bearing in mind the low lying nature of the land around Dornoch this is a surprisingly hilly 34 mile route with quite a feeling of wildness on the section beyond Loch Buie.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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