Cycling – explore our area on two wheels!

Inverness and Loch Ness offer cycling routes for all abilities, from easy family rides to challenging cycling sportives!

We have talked a lot about walks in our area in some of our recent blogs, but walking is not the only way to explore Inverness and Loch Ness!

After a recent cycling holiday in Holland I decided to free my poor neglected bike from the shed and start using it again, and I’m glad I did! You might ask if this area is even suitable for cycling, as there are obviously a few more hills around here compared to Holland… Well, it didn’t take me long to find a flat and enjoyable cycling route to try, perfect for beginners and families. The route is called the “Dochgarroch Loop” and starts from Tomnahurich Bridge in Inverness (you will find plenty of free parking at the nearby Rugby pitches). Start cycling from the swing bridge towards Dochgarroch Lock on the towpath next to the old bridge keeper’s house, which is now a holiday home. The towpath leads you along the canal on the right and the River Ness on the left – great views! On weekends the towpath can be quite busy, so watch out for dog walkers and runners… After around 4 miles you will reach Dochgarroch, a perfect opportunity to take a breather, watch the boats go through the locks and relax in the picnic area before crossing over the lock gates to the other side for your return leg. The path has recently been upgraded and is now just as level and suitable for cycling as the other bank. It will take you less than one hour to cycle the Dochgarroch Loop, a great introduction to cycling in our area! On your return, why not reward yourself with coffee and cake at the nearby Inverness Botanic Gardens?

If you are an experienced cyclist who can only laugh at me dawdling along the Caledonian Canal on my old Dutch bike complete with basket – we have events for you, too!

In 2016 the Etape Loch Ness returns to the shores of our famous Loch and it’s not for the faint-hearted! This amazing cycle sportive starts and finishes in Inverness and competitors tackle the whole 106 kilometres around Loch Ness – not to forget the 900 metre ascent. If you are an experienced cyclist or looking for a real challenge for charity or to get fit, why not sign up and come to Loch Ness next April for this unforgettable event?

If racing is not your thing and you’d rather explore Loch Ness and the Great Glen at a more leisurely pace, did you know that the Great Glen Way and South Loch Ness Trail are also suitable for cyclists? Bring your mountain bike or hybrid bike or hire one in Inverness!

We hope we’ve given you some ideas – cycling around Inverness and Loch Ness is great fun, whatever your age or ability!