The Wild West
10 Day: Guided: Road Bike
Our Scottish Wild West cycling tour begins in Inverness. From the Highland capital we cycle across the Black Isle to Rosehall. Following in the tracks of King James IV on pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Duthac at Tain. We’ll take a ferry across the Cromarty Firth and ride on through the Seaboard villages. We pass Glenmorangie distillery riding to Edwardian seaside resort Dornoch and follow the shores of Loch Fleet cycling through national nature reserve to Lairg. We ride on through the wilds of Sutherland with scenic views of Ben Klibreck.
We reach the north coast of Scotland following the shores of Loch Eriboll. Continuing to cross Sutherland the most remote part of the British Isles, we cycle through heather clad moorland alive with wildlife. We pass picturesque lochs and rivers teeming with fish, surrounded by the rugged grandeur of mountains rising from glens gouged during the last ice-age. Our route continues to the bustling fishing port of Lochinver, where Scottish & European Boats unload their catch ready for the evening market.
We ride on crossing hilly terrain and loch side to reach Ullapool cycling the Achiltibuie loop. After a rest day in Ullapool the picturesque white fishing town, we’re refreshed and ready to cycle to Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve. This is a beautiful forested area where the River Droma rushes along a series of tumbling waterfalls and Inverewe Garden a unique Atlantic coast, botanical garden. There are red squirrel, red deer, otter, golden eagles and sea eagles in the area. Reaching the shores of Loch Maree, we cycle a final flat stretch to reach Kinlochewe.
Our Wild West cycling holiday continues as we follow a single track road to Torridon before we take on the ultimate challenge of our cycling holiday riding the UK’s highest tarmac road, Bealach Na Bà. Starting from near sea-level it rises 626m in 9.1km of uphill, reaching 20% at its steepest gradient. From the peak, we will have great views of the Cuillin mountain range across the water on Skye. Over the summit we cycle down thrilling hairpin bends and on to Locharron.
Riding on through scenic woodland passing lochs and rivers we stop at Rogie Falls. In August and September from the viewpoint of the dramatic suspension bridge that hangs over the rushing waters, you may see salmon leaping on their journey upstream. We ride on to the Muir of Ord, home to one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries. From here we drop down to the shores of the Beauly Firth riding our final few miles on quiet road to reach North Kessock and cross back over the bridge to Inverness where our Highland Highlights Scotland cycling holiday ends.
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Inverness: Highland capital city
The Black Isle
- Ullapool: Telford designed white fishing village
- Inverewe Garden: Atlantic coast botanical oasis
Bealach Na Bà: UK's highest tarmac road
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