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A complete guide to the best bike rides in Scotland

Our top picks for the most spectacular views

Alex Martin

Team Forestipedia | Sharing all the best tips and secrets of the forest

Scotland boasts a variety of cycling routes suitable for a range of cyclists, no matter your ability. Cycle past a glistening loch, through a thick forest, or along a meandering coastal path. Scotland’s breath-taking landscapes have all this to offer plus much more making it an ideal destination for those seeking outdoor adventure. We’ve listed the best bike rides in Scotland to explore on two wheels…

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Top 5 Scotland bike routes

1. National Cycling Route 7

Route 7 along the National Cycling Network takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland spanning across two spectacular National Parks; Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and the Cairngorms. The route takes you between Sunderland and Inverness where you can expect to see breath-taking views of forests, hills, and lochs. At over 800km you can choose to complete either smaller sections of the route or longer stretches. If you’re looking to experience the beauty of Scotland’s varied landscape, this is the route for you.

View of Cairngorm in Scotland.

View of Cairngorm in Scotland.

2. The Glen Finglas & The Meall

The Glen Finglas & The Meall circuit is renowned amongst experienced cyclists and a great option if you’re looking for a challenge. At 24km, the route includes some steep inclines of 500m to the 600m contour. It’s worth noting that parts of the route are remote and phone reception is hard to come by so ensure you pack all the essentials you might need! Along the route expect to see beautiful views over Loch Katrine and spectacular scenes from the Glen Finglas reservoir looking out towards Glen Meann.

Ben A'an and Loch Katrine

View of Ben A'an and Loch Katrine.

3. The Duke’s Pass Loop

One of the most popular bike rides in Scotland, The Duke’s Pass, takes you along a public road leading you through some of the most scenic parts of the iconic Trossachs. Originally built by the Duke of Montrose in the 19th Century, this 24km route is ideal for experienced cyclists and includes some serious climbs, swooping downhills, and dramatic views. Push your limits and explore the wilder spots of the Trossachs.

 

View of Duke's Pass in the Trossachs

View of Duke's Pass in the Trossachs.

4. Loch Ard Loop

Loch Ard is situated on the edge of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park near Aberfoyle and is an ideal route for families looking to experience off-road cycling. This 5.6km waymarked red route offers a safe environment the whole family can enjoy. There is a short incline towards the beginning of the route, which then takes you past a small loch and onto a short descent to Loch Ard offering picturesque views across The Narrows. The area is rich in wildlife so expect to see plenty of birds, insects, and plant life along the way!

View of Loch Ard in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

View of Loch Ard in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

5. Loch Eck Loop

Loch Eck is situated within Argyll Forest Park and at 33km is a moderate/hard route suitable for experienced mountain bikers due to the steep slopes and loose debris along the way. Cyclists should be aware that the route is physically demanding and passes through remote terrain so it’s important to ensure you and your bike are in good condition before setting off. Although both directions are navigable, some think it’s easier tackled clockwise. On a clear day enjoy magnificent views of Loch Eck and the west coast islands of Jura.

View of Loch Eck within Argyll and Bute

View of Loch Eck within Argyll and Bute.

With miles of Scotland bike routes on offer, there is so much to be discovered on your next break. Looking for a place to call home on your next cycling holiday? Look no further than our accommodation at Ardgartan Argyll or accommodation at Strathyre. Spend the day cycling through National Parks, exploring AONB and soaring through woodlands before returning to your cosy cabin.

 

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