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Highlands of Scotland - Loch Ness

The higher road above the southern shore of Loch Ness

A hilly, but very scenic route offering a little bit of everything. Having explored the islands in the middle of the River Ness, we leave the city gradually climbing as we go to get better and better views of the forests, hills and lochs to the south of Inverness. There are some beautiful, quiet lanes in this area and we can adapt the route a little depending on your cycling ability. 

All that climbing is eventually rewarded by a great descent to the the less touristic eastern shore of Loch Ness. From here we take a 5 mile detour to visit the Falls of Foyer which fall 140ft into Loch Ness.

Robert Burns wrote about them in 1787:

Among the heathy hills and ragged woods
The roaring Foyers pours his mossy floods;
Till full he dashes on the rocky mounds,
Where, through a shapeless breach, his stream resounds,
As high in air the bursting torrents flow,
As deep-recoiling surges foam below,
Prone down the rock the whitening sheet descends,
And viewless Echo's ear, astonish'd rends.
Dim seen, through rising mists and ceaseless showers,
The hoary cavern, wide-surrounding, lowers.
Still, through the gap the struggling river toils,
And still, below, the horrid cauldron boils

From the Falls we follow the shore of Loch Ness back towards Inverness. Depending on time and the weather there are numerous possibilities for coffee and either lunch in a loch side pub, or a picnic by the shore.

Please note, this ride is hilly and is only suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness who are confident at using gears. The roads are quiet, mostly single track but not entirely traffic free.

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Category: 
Full day guided tours
Distance: 
42 miles 68km
Total time: 
5 to 6 hours
Price: 
£55 per adult.
Price details: 
Minimum group size 4. There is a £15 pp supplement for groups of 2 or 3
Child price: 
Not suitable for child bikes, child seats or tagalong bikes.
Helmet included?: 
Yes
Bike included?: 
Yes
Guide included?: 
Yes
Excluded: 

Drinks and snacks en route.

Start and finish place: 
Starts and finishes at Inverness
Start and finish time: 
10:00 am
Grade: 
Moderate/Challenging
Terrain: 
Tarmac roads although we may go on a small section of unsurfaced road depending on the route we choose.
Traffic: 
Some traffic, mostly very quiet roads.
Child friendly?: 

We can adapt the route for children.

The Falls of Foyer
Our lunch spot
A quote from Burns
A view of Loch Ness
Quiet lanes around Loch Ness