Local Cycle Routes:  Strathpeffer

    - Inverness to Strathpeffer Loop.  Distance of 45miles taking in Inverness heading north towards Beauly via Kirkton. Through Muir Of Ord to Marybank and onto Strathpeffer. Return from Strathpeffer via Dingwall and Tore. Cycle route avoids main roads mostly.  Appreciate the views across Beauly Firth and onto Strathpeffer.  Square Wheels bike shop in Strathpeffer is worth a visit along with Maya’s Chocolate shop and cafe in Strathpeffer

    - Conon Bridge to Dingwall and Strathpeffer Loop.  Enjoy 17 Miles through some beautiful Ross-shire country. From the Mace in Conon Bridge, through Maryburgh, then Dingwall and on to the outskirts of Strathpeffer, is fairly easy road work. Depending on how aggressive you are, the cycle through Strathpeffer can be a lung-bursting 100% uphill effort. Worth it though, as when you get out of Strathpeffer you start a long downhill stretch which, with all the bends, can be fast and fun. The breathtaking scenery of The Strath itself, bounded by different hill formations, is something else. Once you get to the bottom you are at the edge of Contin, hang a left and enjoy a reasonable flat mile or so. The next mile and a half is a steady uphill effort then take a right down a single-track road where you will pass beside woodland, farmland and a horse-riding centre, until you emerge in Maryburgh. Head for Conon Bridge and home.

There are many opportunities to relax and explore Scotland’s most natural landscape on two wheels.   The Learnie Red Rock Mountain Bike Routes in Inverness offers cycling routes for all abilities and the pathways are well maintained.  There are 16kms of high quality trails for all skill levels and they include some spectacular views. The Learnie Red Rock also includes something for everyone, with forest roads, green, blue and black-graded single-track trails, as well as orange-graded bike park and dirt jump areas. The green-graded route offers a real mountain biking experience - it includes some rugged trail features to challenge novices and young riders.

The Dores, Inverfarigaig, Loch Duntelchaig Loop, by Loch Ness in the Highlands is a must for cyclist as it offers users the chance to cycle close to the lochs and really appreciate the scenery which the Highlands have to offer. 

Directions:  From Dores head along the B852, which hugs the the southern shore of Loch Ness. After eight miles you'll reach Inverfarigaig where there is an inconspicuous road on the left just past the white houses. Be careful not to miss it, the only sign is one warning of its unsuitability for caravans. This road hairpins steeply at first before mellowing into a steadier climb. After a further five miles turn left and follow this road all the way back to the start in Dores.

The Great Glen Way Mountain Bike Route:  a long distance path running from Fort William to Inverness.  The Great Glen is a series of glens filled with lochs which are linked by the Caledonain Canal.  Cycling the Great Glen from west to east is the most popular choice as you have the prevailing wind behind you and start with the easier sections of the route. The route is waymarked and for the most part follows the Caledonian Canal. There are however some challenging sections where the route climbs high above the banks of Loch Ness.

For more info visit www.greatglenway.com and look at the great glen way ranger service.  Also visit http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/uswalks/greatglenway/index.html for localised routes within the main track and further information relating to the Greta Glen Way.

Contact Links: 
Square Wheels, The Square, Strathpeffer, Ross Shire.  01997421000. http://squarewheels.cubecycles.co.uk/

Dryburgh Cycles, Tulloch Street, Dingwall, Ross Shire.   01349 862163.  www.dryburghcycles.co.uk

Bike Hire
A Ticket to Ride - Inverness.  Delivery and Collection within 10 mins of Inverness or Nairn.  07902 242301. www.tickettoridehighlands.co.uk

Highland Bicycle Co – 38/40 Waterloo Place, Inverness.  01463 234789.  www.highlandbikes.com

Maya’s Chocolates:  01997 420008.  www.mayachocolates.co.uk


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