Scotland’s best cycling routes

Scotland’s best cycling routes

Three of Scotland’s best cycling routes

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Next year will see another great sporting event come to Scotland, Etape Loch Ness, a 67-mile cycling event which will raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The event will start and finish in Inverness, and follow the A82 through Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston and Fort Augustus, boasting outstanding views.

The interest was so high for this ride however, that all 1,000 places were booked up in advance! Don’t despair though; we’ve rounded up some fantastic cycling routes in Scotland so you won’t have to miss out on the fun.

1. The Highlands and Isle of Skye

Make your way up to Edinburgh in your hired campervan and there you can rent bikes if you haven’t brought your own.

This is a great starting point to access the north-western seaboard, and you can even join cycle routes at any point if you drive there. What’s great about cycling in this region is the contact with wildlife and nature.

You can reach Skye by ferry from the coastal town of Mallaig. From the northern side of the island, cycle down in a south-eastern direction back towards Edinburgh, the best way to take in a few top sites such as, Loch Ness and Eilean Donan castle.

Some of the roads may take you through heavily forested parts, making for a peaceful and picturesque ride.

2. The Northern Circle

On this route, you will be taken down some very quiet roads with little traffic on the remote roads in a true experience of the Scottish wilderness.

You’ll begin North of Inverness, and go West to take in breath-taking sights such as the ruins of Ardvreck castle and Loch Assynt. If you journey northeast you can visit the end of the British mainland at John O’Groats.

The northern coast is a great spot for setting up camp out in the wild. So if you consider yourself a bit of a Bear Grylls, a cycling trip in this area would be perfect.

3. The Outer Hebrides

Cycling in this region, you will take in beautiful beaches and meadows on the islands of Barra, Eriksay, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Harris and Lewis. Quiet roads will take you through mountains and valleys to charming little settlements where you can stop for a cup of tea.

If you cycle from South to North, the wind will be in your favour and you can visit sights such as Kisimul Castle in Castlebay and the Neolithic Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis.

What’s great about cycling in Scotland is that it gives you endless opportunities to find hidden gems and beautiful back roads. Obviously a trip in the summer would be ideal. Just take a map and don’t forget where you parked!