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Great Glen Cycleway Cycle Route

Scotland > Highland > North Kessock, Inverness
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameGreat Glen Cycleway
Distance : miles (km)66.03  (106.26)
Posted ByMurray Barnes
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Cycle Route Location
Town/CityNorth Kessock, Inverness
Start LocationNorth Kessock, Inverness
End LocationFort William
Cycle Steps
Leaving Inverness, head on minor roads to Fort Augustus. This is the most challenging section of the route, just because of the hills, but it's worth it for the final descent into Fort Augustus. From Fort Augustus, pick up canal paths to Loch Oich. At Loch Oich, there is an old railway path on the southern edge, taking you down to Laggan. From there, cross the A82 to take paths to Loch Lochy. Forestry tracks on the northern shore of the loch take you to Clunes, then it's minor roads again until more canal paths take you to Neptune's Staircase. From there, it's suburban roads taking you to the centre of Fort William.
Near By Cycle Shops
Inverness Halfords
Cycling Clubs located in this region
Cairngorm Cycling Club
West Highland Wheelers
Your comments?
posted by:forlinianslipRating : difficult :
Is there any advantage to leaving out of Inverness to Tombreck, taking a more easterly route down to Ft. Augustus?

posted by:stephen macdonaldRating : difficult :
its six of one,half a dozen of the other. You'll still have a really(really!) steep hill to climb to get out of Inverness at Slackbuie to get to Tombreck.

Or you could go up the Essich road which is a long pull but worth it in the end.

Or you could go the main route from inverness to dores(lumpy) which leaves you 3 options-head to the left about a mile from Dores and head up a steep hill with hairpins that takes you up to Loch Ashie on the high ground south of Inverness which is beautiful and surely what the highlands used to be like fifty years ago.

Head up the long pull from dores that takes you further along that high road;or head along the loch side towards foyers-you can join the B862 to Fort Augustus either by going left at the pass of Inverfarigaig (there is toilets and water there by the way) or through foyers itself.

Whatever route you choose, it has to be a million times better than being foolish enough to go down the western side of the loch with all the tourist traffic.

posted by:Jack EnglandRating : difficult :
We took the East side of the Loch through Dores, Foyers,etc and the steep decline into Ft Augustus. There was some hard climbs on this section but take as much time as you need it is not a race.

The second section from Ft Augutus to Ft William along mostly canal,forrestry and old railway routes is quite easy apart from strong wind and rain. Enjoy it

posted by:Andy_DowRating : difficult :
Just completed this route, we followed the same route as Jack England, however, at second section we took a vote and decided to follow the A82 into Fort William.

Other than one complete idiot the traffic wasn't too bad at all, a few hills were brutal and sapping but totally worthwhile for coming down the other side.

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