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Remote Highlands

Itinerary

Day 1: Inverness

redspokes Remote Highlands Scotland cycling tour begins in Highland capital Inverness. Fights to Inverness are routed from destinations across the UK and Europe. There are good coach and rail links to Inverness as well. Taxis are readily available to take you to your hotel.  For details see Essential Information and your Joining Details.  You have a free afternoon to explore the area. You could visit the Old Town and Victorian Market or St Andrew's Cathedral. You can take a circular walk from the castle along the river and through the Ness Islands.

There will be a group meeting at 6 pm this evening at our tour accommodation with introductions and a tour briefing.

Accommodation: B&B


Day 2: Inverness to Invershin

After an early breakfast our cycling begins. From Inverness, we depart cycling over Kessock Bridge crossing the Beauly Firth to follow quiet roads riding across the Black Isle peninsula to Dingwall. From here we follow the north side of the Cromarty of Firth for 9 miles before turning to cycle inland. We pass 11th Century Contullich Castle a few miles north-west of the town of Alness continuing to ride on minor roads and cycle track.  We are in the old crofting county of Sutherland, in beautiful natural surroundings. Reaching the Dornoch Firth we follow the coast again to Ardgay and continue on the west side of the Kyle of Sutherland to reach Invershin. 

Cycling Distance: 98.1km (61miles)
Cycling Ascent: 878m (2,880ft)
Cycling Descent: 975m (3,198ft)

Accommodation: Hotel (B,S,L)



Day 3: Invershin to Achiltibuie

Today our cycling tour continues as we ride along back roads through lovely wooded scenery crossing the River Oykel, famed for its Salmon fishing, 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: 78.9km (49miles)
Cycling Ascent: 775m (2,542ft)
Cycling Descent: 795m (2,608ft)

Accommodation: B&B (B,S,L)



Day 4: Achiltibuie to Lochinver

We start our day cycling through Inverpolly National Nature Reserve. At nearly 11,000 hectares Inverpolly is the second largest reserve in Britain after the Cairngorms. It comprises acres of bog, moorland and woodland but is dominated by the magnificent isolated red Torridonian Sandstone peaks of Cul Mor (849m), Cul Beag (769m) and Stac Polly (613m). we cycle a single track road that 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: 30.9km (19miles)
Cycling Ascent: 511m (1,676ft)
Cycling Descent: 501m (1,643ft)

Accommodation: B&B (B,S,L)



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.

Cycling Distance: 54kn (33.6miles)
Cycling Ascent: 732m (2,401ft)
Cycling Descent: 736m (2,414ft)
Accommodation: B&B 
(B,S,L)



Day 6: Scourie to Durness  

We are now deep in Sutherland one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. We leave the white sands of Scourie bay behind us as we ride towards Tarbet where we will catch a ferry across to the unique Isle of Handa; a Scottish Wildlife nature reserve. We will be given a short introductory talk on arrival before we explore.

 We’ll return to the mainland and cycle on through a lunar landscape of lochs and mountains riding across a vast moorland wilderness in the remotest part of the UK. Towards the end of our ride we cycle a route overlooking the Kyle of Durness; 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.

We ride on to the picturesque coastal village Durness where we stay tonight. Nearby is Smoo Cave, the largest sea cave in Britain with a history dating all the way back to the 8th Century. Smoo has an active river with a deep sinkhole and underground waterfalls. You are also a short distance away from the beautiful Balnakeil beach. 

Cycling Distance: 58km (36miles)
Cycling Ascent: 550m (1,804ft)
Cycling Descent: 523m (1,715ft)

Accommodation: B&B (B,S,L) 



Day 7: Durness to Inverness 

redspokes Scotland 500 cycle tour ends today. At 9am we board the bus to Inverness arriving at around 11.30 with plenty of time to catch an afternoon train or flight to London/Glasgow. (B)

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