Scotland - The Remote Highlands
Day 1: Inverness
Arrive in Inverness principal town to the Highlands and the ideal location to start our holiday. A transfer will be arranged to take you to the first night's accommodation.
Day 2: Inverness to Bonar Bridge
After an early breakfast our cycling begins. We set off cycling the Black Isle to Bonar Bridge. From Inverness, we depart over Kessock Bridge crossing the Beauly Firth to follow quiet roads across the Black Isle peninsula to Dingwall. From here we ride on minor roads and cycle track around the north side of the Cromarty Firth. Keeping on minor roads we reach Tain and follow the west side of the Dornoch Firth onto Arday cycling over the Kyle of Sutherland to reach our destination Bonar Bridge. We are in the old crofting county of Sutherland, in beautiful natural surroundings.
Cycling Distance: 56 miles (90 km)
Day 3: Bonnar Bridge to Achiltibuie
We ride along back roads through lovely wooded scenery crossing the river Oykel which flows down the slopes of Ben More and through ice-gouged valley. This is a particularly rugged area of the Western Highlands and includes several nature reserves that foster a responsible connection between visitors, communities and natural environments. Traditional crofting and fishing communities live in villages along the shores of the sea lochs.
Cycling Distance: 54 miles (87 km)
Day 4: Achiltibuie to Lochinver
We start our day cycling through Inverpolly National Nature Reserve. At nearly 11,000 hectares it is the second largest reserve in Britain after the Cairngorms. It comprises acres of bog, moorland and woodland but is dominated by the magnificently isolated red Torridonian Sandstone peaks of Cul Mor (849m), Cul Beag (769m) and Stac Polly (613m). A single track road takes us to Lochinver, the largest community in West Sutherland and a bustling fishing port where Scottish & European Boats unload their catch ready for the evening market.
Cycling Distance: 28 miles (45km)
Day 5: Lochinver to Scourie
From Lochinver we cycle arguably the most scenic route in Scotland, around the coast to Kylesku Bridge. The road twists and turns, undulating along the southern shore of Eddrachillis Bay, through the villages of Stoer and Drumbeg. Resident wild cats, wild deer, eagles and other birdlife have been enjoying this spectacular environment for centuries. We end our day in Scourie.
Day 6: Scourie to Cape Wrath
We are now deep in Sutherland one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. We pass the white sands of Scourie bay as we cycle through a lunar landscape of lochs and mountains heading for Cape Wrath. Situated in the remotest part of the UK overlooking the Kyle of Durness, from here you will marvel at the sheer magnificence of the scenery, heather clad moorland alive with wildlife, picturesque lochs and rivers teeming with fish, and the rugged grandeur of mountains rising up from glens gouged during the last ice-age.
Cycling Distance: 45 miles (72km)
Day 7: Cape Wrath to Crask Inn
Today we begin our ride along the coastal road of beautiful Loch Eriboll to the village of Hope. Here we take an even smaller track towards Altnaharra. We will see just the odd house here and there as we cycle through this secluded green glen. Once we reach Altnaharra we start a gentle 8 mile climb towards our accommodation at the Crask Inn, a deserted place where a notice on the counter reads: "Help yourself and please leave the money". A perfect place to rest after a stunning day's cycle.
Cycling Distance: 56 miles (90km)
Day 8: Crask Inn to Inverness
On our final day's cycle we follow mile upon mile of barren moorland and forest with hardly a vehicle to be seen until we get to Lairg. We stop at the Falls of Shin; the best place in Scotland to see wild Atlantic salmon in their natural habitat. We may glimpse them battling their way up the waterfall on their annual journey to the spawning grounds in the headwaters of the River Shin and its tributaries. From Lairg we will board the train back to Inverness arriving at around 12.30 with plenty of time to catch an afternoon train or flight to London/Glasgow.
Cycling Distance: 14 miles (22km)