Scotland is home to trails and routes galore that allow you to safely explore the country away from busy main roads, using a mix of railway path, canal towpath, forest road, shared-use path, and cycle lanes.
The National Cycle Network is made up of signposted walking and cycle routes that connect towns, cities and the great outdoors.
There is also a handy Sustrans map for you to see where routes start and end, what cities, towns and attractions are nearby, how difficult the route is and more. Here are a few route suggestions to get you started:
- The Far North Way - stretching from the Highland capital of Inverness to the northernmost point of mainland Britain, John O'Groats.
- The Loch Ness 360 - connecting the Great Glen Way and the South Loch Ness Trail, keep your eyes peeled for Nessie as you pedal around the surrounding countryside.
- Oban to Fort William (route 78) - these popular Highland towns are connected by 48 miles of mostly flat paths that take you past lochs, castles and the picturesque coastline.
- The Union and Forth & Clyde Canal Towpaths - joining up Scotland's two largest and vibrant cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, this stunning, traffic-free route takes you right across the central belt.