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Cycling in the highlands is a great way to discover the many pretty villages and beautiful countryside of the Scottish Highlands. You can find miles upon miles of cycling routes and forest trails to choose from. Many of the routes are linked so you can embark on grand journeys or if you prefer you can tackle some of the smaller, more manageable sections. There are a number of National Cycle Network routes which navigate through the Highlands, allowing you to explore the area at your own speed.
Discover Loch Ness on the south Loch Ness Trail, this is an exceptional 18 mile cycling journey from Loch Tarff in the south west to Torbeck on the border of Inverness. It’s suitable for all abilities and offers beautiful wildlife and wonderfully inspiring views.
The Aviemore Loop is a fantastic way to travel around one of Scotland’s most beautiful areas, the Cairngorms National Park. This 33 mile path passes through forests and moors along the Speyside Way to the delightful 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 can either offer a testing experience to mountain bikers, or offer many scenic miles of peaceful road. This route can also be broken down to smaller manageable sections if you want to take kids out for a gentle afternoon pedal.
For more on what there is to explore when cycling in the Highlands, check out our Things to Do page.