Why choose a self-guided cycling tour in Scotland?
On a Self-Guided Cycle Tour in Scotland, you are free to explore at your own pace. So, whether it’s a long lazy lunch or a quick detour to visit a Scottish Castle or Whisky Distillery, the choice is yours.
Cycling gives you great scope for independent exploring and there’s time to notice things that you would miss in a car. You will get to know the beautiful Scottish scenery intimately and absorb the sights, scents, and atmosphere, in a way that you could never on an ordinary holiday.
Cycle the Hebridean Way
From Vatersay to the Butt of Lewis, The Hebridean Way is ‘the’ island experience. This trail spans over ten islands, all breath takingly beautiful.
With rugged hills, Atlantic coastlines and plenty of pit stops to refuel along the way. The roads are quiet with a different pace of life.
The scenery, wildlife and unique heritage will immerse you as you discover the culture and lifestyle that is very different to the Scottish mainland. Islanders are very warm and welcoming, with Gaelic often being their first language, so there is a sense of tradition and pride in their heritage.
If you are lucky, you might spot otters, birds of prey and more, all in their natural habitat.
Take a look at our Hebridean Way Self-Guided Cycle Tour here.
Cycle Speyside and Moray
Much of this self-guided cycling tour follows the River Spey in the northeast of Scotland. The River Spey is the eighth longest river in the United Kingdom, as well as being the second fastest flowing river in Scotland. The river is famed for salmon fishing and whisky production.
On this self-guided tour there will be plenty of opportunities to visit whisky distilleries, see wildlife in all its splendour with the backdrop of the Cairngorm mountains.
Along the way there are opportunities to visit the Highland Wildlife Park, who have just revealed that the UK’s youngest polar bear cub, was born in December at the wildlife park. You might also like to visit Culloden and the Scottish Whale and Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay.
See here for the full itinerary of the Speyside and Moray Self-Guided Cycle trail.
Loch Ness 360 Self Guided Cycling Tour
Inverness is the capital city of the Highlands, and this is where the self-guided cycle tour begins. Once out of Inverness and heading towards foyers the beauty of the landscape is breath taking. The vast loch stretches out approximately 37 kilometres and even though you may not see Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, you will pass through Dores where full-time Nessie Hunter, Steve Feltham has his home.
This self-guided cycling tour combines some off-road tracks and quieter roads with scenery that is hard to beat.
The Great Glen Way forms part of this cycle tour, running from Fort William to Inverness and designated as one of Scotland’s Great Trails by NatureScot.
Find out more about the Loch Ness 360 Self-Guided Cycle Trail here.