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Cycling in the Highlands


The Highlands have excellent cycling opportunities not just because in this area of low population many roads are quiet anyway, but because there are so many ways in which cyclists are encouraged.

There are off-road opportunities by way of a huge range of forestry tracks, for example. There is a long-distance off road track and the area boasts the longest downhill mountain-biking track in the UK. So, no matter how you use your bike, from gentle pedalling with the family to extreme sport, make sure that cycling is part of your Highland experience. For more about off-road opportunities see our mountain biking section

Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, coordinate National Cycle Routes and the Highlands are traversed by Cycle Route 1 (Aberdeen to John o' Groats) and also Route 7 (Glasgow to Inverness). Both these routes are signposted and have a full range of maps and guidebooks to accompany the routes.

Numerous other routes are possible on Highland roads. The A9, A82 and A96 are the three busy trunk roads and are generally not ideal for cycling but essentially all other roads are although in the case of single track roads extra care may be needed at times. In areas such as the North West and the North coast even "A" class roads are very quiet and offer fantastic scenery while in other areas the networks of quieter roads offer everything from short circuits for an afternoon to multi day routes. A few such areas that are particularly good are Ardnamurchan, Lochalsh, the south side of Loch Ness, Badenoch and Strathspey, the Black Isle, Easter Ross and south east Sutherland and Caithness.

Activity providers in the Highlands can also organise a full-scale cycling holiday (and even take care of your luggage between stops). Finally, there are also plenty of cycle-hire companies and shops scattered throughout the Highlands so that it's easy to make a day in the saddle part of your Highland adventure.

For more information on cycling in the Highlands see the VisitScotland Active website.

You can also search our database for cycling holiday companies in the Highlands.

 
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