Cycling the North Sea Cycle Route between Tongue and Lairg, Sutherland, The Highlands
Cycling beween Gairloch and Big Sands, The Highlands
Two cyclists disembark from the Corran Ferry at Ardgour, Lochaber
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.
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.
We at OrangeFox Bikes offer a variety of bike related services including mountain bike trail leading. An absolute great way to explore the Scottish Highlands and to take in the beautiful scenery Scotland has to offer.
Despite it's relatively moderate distance of 33 miles this is quite a tough route since it's almost constantly hilly. However, the scenery is amongst the most dramatic in Scotland which certainly helps make up for the amount of effort required.
Arguably the toughest 45 mile circuit you could find in the UK, this route crosses the 2056 foot high Bealach Na Ba to Applecross. However, the wonderful views are ample reward for the amount of effort required.