Loch Ness Etape

Cycling in and around Inverness and Loch Ness


What better way to explore the magnificent sights of Scotland, than whizzing along picturesque trails on a bike? The choice of cycle routes in Scotland is endless, and you’ll feel great too. Here, you’ll find forest trails, paths along vast lochs, and challenging mountain bike routes up steep hills and mountainous peaks. So, why not get on your bike, whether it’s a mountain, hybrid or road bike, and soak up the scenery surrounding Inverness and Loch Ness? From flat cycle trails along the Caledonian Canal, to more challenging routes along Great Glen Way, there’s a fantastic cycle route for everyone.

Great Glen Way

This spectacular route stretches from Fort William in the south west, to Inverness in the north east, and is one of the most popular Scottish cycle routes. Here. You’ll find dramatic landscapes as you navigate your way through pinewood forests, rugged hills and winding valleys. Along the 73-mile Great Glen Way, there are many challenging sections, but the views will be worth it. And, if you take a short detour up the hill of Meall Fuar-mhonaid, you’ll be treated to spectacular vistas that stretch from coast to coast.

South Loch Ness Trail

The South Loch Ness Trail is fantastic if you’re looking to go mountain biking in Scotland. Starting in Torbeck on the edge of Inverness, the path continues for 28 miles to Loch Tarff near Fort Augustus. Here, you’ll cycle through forest tracks, developed trails and minor roads, passing stunning wild landscapes and views of the vast Loch Ness. Also, you’ll have the chance to stop off at small villages including Dores and Foyers, where you can visit the beautiful waterfall.

Etape - Loch Ness

If you’re looking for a challenging cycle in the Highlands, why not take part in the Etape cycle race? This 67-mile route will take on a 360-degree circuit of the stunning Loch Ness. Starting in Inverness, you’ll cycle on closed roads along the shores of Loch Ness against a backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. Here, whilst soaking up the breath-taking natural scenery, you’ll navigate a 900-metre ascent around the vast Loch Ness. And if you need to stop to refuel, you’ll find plenty food and water stations dotted along the way. So, whether you’re a professional cyclist, or first-timer, this sporty event provides a fantastic opportunity to cycle along traffic-free roads along the magical Loch Ness.


Whatever your cycling ability, there are many cycle routes in scotland that cater for all levels. From cycling with your family through woodlands, to riding along gushing rivers, you’ll discover the best of Scotland’s wilderness. So why not, bring your own bike or rent one from a local cycle hire company, and explore Inverness and Loch Ness on two wheels?

Cycle - Great Glen Way

Cycle - Loch Ness Trail

Race - Etape Loch Ness