Our Guide to Cycling around Loch Ness

Cycle the Loch Ness 360° Trail

Last summer, the Loch Ness 360° Trail, a brand new walking and cycling route, opened in Scotland. This route connects the Great Glen Way and the South Loch Ness Trail into one loop around the iconic Loch Ness. This is a ride of a lifetime. With breathtaking views, ancient history, mystery and legend and unspoiled beauty at every twist and turn. It’s already proving popular with cyclists, so today we thought we’d share with you some hints and tips to help you cycle the Loch Ness 360° Trail.

Planning Your Route

The Loch Ness 360° Trail is an 80 mile long cycle path in Scotland. But we have split the trail into smaller sections, which take around half a day each to cycle. You can do the full loop of Loch Ness over three days, or you can choose a few sections to complete. Take a look at the six sections below and plan your route. Be realistic and ensure you are fit and able to take it on.

Cyclists can follow the instructions linked below, but please note the suggested alternative cycle routes in brackets.

  • Section 1 – Inverness to Drumnadrochit
  • Section 2 – Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston
    (Alternate route: Follow the signage for Great Glen Way low route).
  • Section 3 – Invermoriston to Fort Augustus
    (Alternate route: Follow the signage for Great Glen Way low route).
  • Section 4 – Fort Augustus to Foyers
    (Route between Inverfarigaig and Foyers not suitable for cyclists. Alternate route: Via Glen Lia Gleann Liath).
  • Section 5 – Foyers to Dores,
    (Alternate Route: Take the cycle route at the side of the B862 to Scaniport Sustrans Route 78 instead of going over Drumashie Moor).
  • Section 6 – Dores to Inverness

Getting Here

Travelling to the Inverness and Loch Ness area is easy! Read our getting here guide for more information and directions.

Refreshment stop at Dores while cycling around Loch Ness

What to Bring

First thing’s first, you’ll need a bike! If it’s not possible to bring your own, you can hire a bike right here in Inverness. Also ensure you have a helmet, gloves, water bottle, cycling glasses or sunglasses and a backpack. Ask your bike shop about additional items such as puncture repair kits, multi-tools and spare items too.

The Scottish weather is very changeable, so pack for all possibilities – layers are very useful. For cycling, we recommend a warm hat, t-shirt base layer (long and/or short sleeve), fleece jacket, lightweight waterproof jacket, cycling shorts, leggings or trousers, bike shoes and socks.

The route is well sign-posted, but we’d also suggest taking a map and compass for if you go off-track. You can’t always rely on technology in the Highlands!

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code when exploring the Highlands. This is a guide to your access rights and responsibilities while out and about in Scotland. It’s all about respecting the outdoors, keeping it safe for everyone and leaving no trace behind. Please read the cycling guidelines here.

Urquhart castle overlooking Loch Ness on a spring day

Further Information

For more details about how to cycle the Loch Ness 360° Trail, visit our dedicated trail website. Here, you’ll find details of this great Scottish cycling route, including bike hire, accommodation, places to eat and drink and points of interest along the way. Please book your accommodation and bike hire before you travel to avoid disappointment. Happy cycling!