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. Broadford to Elgol

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    Broadford

    30 miles of minor road from Broadford to Elgol and back provides a varied route to one of the best viewpoints in the whole of Britain.

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    Raasay

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

  3. Kyle of Tongue

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    Tongue

    A very scenic and quite straightforward 12 mile circuit around the Kyle of Tongue.

  4. Around the Beauly Firth

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    Cycle Routes

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    Inverness

    A 26 mile circuit around the Beauly Firth

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    Aviemore

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

  6. Full On Adventure

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Aviemore

    Full On Adventure is an outdoor activity and adventure sports coaching business based in Aviemore.

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    Brora

    Lying just minutes off the main A9, so popular with Lands End to John o' Groats cyclists, this quiet 23 mile route is a complete contrast - a real hidden gem with virtually no traffic.

  8. Activities at Raasay House

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    Inverarish

    Raasay is a spectacular location for holidays, day activities and special events. Enjoy adventure, fun, wildlife and tranquillity on one of Scotland's most beautiful islands.

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    Beauly

    A very picturesque circuit from Beauly taking in everything from wooded valley to open moorland. Despite some of the route following "A" roads they are generally quiet roads.

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    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.

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