Scotland Cycle Routes
Enjoy mountains, lochs, rivers, canals and beautiful coast on the numerous cycle trails running through Scotland. Highlights include the wonderful Clyde Walkway shared cycle and walking path. Also try the Dava Way and the Formartine and Buchan Way for more traffic free cycling along dismantled railway lines.
Please use the links below to view full route information including descriptions, elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Scotland Cycle Map
|Aberdeen to Maud||36 miles (58 km)||Follow National Cycle route 1 and the splendid off road Formartine and Buchan Way cycle track from Aberdeen to Maud on this lovely ride which gives great views of the River Don and passes by Haddo House and country park.|
|Aberdeen to Stonehaven||27 miles (43 km)||This ride follows National Cycle route 1 along the North Sea coast from Aberdeen to Stonehaven. |
The start of the ride is particularly lovely as you head through the impressive port of Aberdeen and around the splendid Bay of Nigg. You continue south through Cove Bay and Findon, where there are some truly beautiful coastal views. The final stretch into Stonehaven is also attractive with great views of Stonehaven Bay.
|Aden Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Explore 230 acres of parkland in this beautiful country park in the heart of Buchan. Scenery in the park includes peaceful woodland, a lake and a Victorian arboretum. There are also farm buildings built around 1800, a ruined mansion house and a coach house built in 1832 which now houses the award winning Aberdeenshire Farming Museum. |
In the park there are number of well-maintained tracks perfect for an easy stroll or a safe family cycle ride. Trails include:
The Children's Trail - a short family trail visiting various sites of interest in Aden.
Woodland Walk Trail - a longer trail of about 2.5 miles visiting the Victorian Arboretum, Ice House, North Lodge, Lake, and SANDS garden.
Tree Trail - Enjoy conifer and broadleaf trees with descriptions on this short 1 mile trail.
The Formartine and Buchan Way also passes through the park so there is scope for continuing your outing along this popular trail. The park is located in Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire about 8 miles east of Peterhead.
|Almondell and Calderwood Country Park||3 miles (5 km)||Explore 220 acres of country park near Broxburn on this easy cycle or walk. In the park you will find peaceful woodland and a lovely waterside trail running along the River Almond. Almondell is a haven for wildlife - look out for Roe deer, fox, heron, otters and woodpeckers as you make your way through the park.|
Also of interest is the excellent Visitor Centre with displays, a gallery, information and a conservatory with a cafe.
If you would like to continue your outing you could head north to the Union Canal. You could follow the towpath east into Edinburgh on foot or bike.
|Arbroath to Montrose||17 miles (27 km)||Follow National Cycle route 1 along the North Sea coast on this splendid cycle ride which has wonderful views of Lunan Bay and Montrose Basin.|
Also on the route is the Red Castle of Lunan and the striking Dunninald Castle as well as some super coastal scenery. Much of the route is on road save for a short traffic free section along Montrose Basin just before the end of the route.
|Ayr to Maybole||11 miles (18 km)||Follow National Cycle route 7 along the coast from Ayr to the town of Maybole on this short easy route.|
The ride starts on the front in Ayr and follows the coast to Genoch Bridge, crossing the River Doon and giving splendid views of Ayr Beach and the 16th Century Greenan Castle. You then head inland towards Maybole on pretty country lanes, finishing at the train station.
|Ayr to Newton Stewart||47 miles (75 km)||Travel along National Cycle route 7 and through the incredible Galloway Forest Park on this lovely ride.|
The ride starts on the front in Ayr and follows the coast to Genoch Bridge, crossing the River Doon and giving splendid views of Ayr Beach and the 16th Century Greenan Castle. You then head inland towards Maybole on pretty country lanes, before a short on road section takes you into Galloway Forest Park. You will pass the beautiful Kirriereoch Loch and experience wonderful views of the Galloway Hills. A lovely run along the River Cree taking you into Newton Stewart finishes the ride.
|Balloch Castle Country Park||3 miles (4.5 km)||Enjoy spectacular views of Loch Lomond in this beautiful country park in West Scotland. There are 200 acres to explore with nature trails, guided walks, peaceful woodland, a delightful walled garden and Balloch Castle which now serves as the visitor centre. You can stroll along the shoreline of the loch and then visit the Chinese Garden, Quarry Pond and the Secret Garden before enjoying refreshments at the loch side kiosk.|
The Three Lochs Way runs past the park so this is a great option if you would like to continue your walk/cycle.
Balloch Castle Country Park is located about 20 miles north of Glasgow, right next to Balloch rail station.
|Banff to Buckie||22 miles (36 km)||Travel along the Moray Firth coast of Scotland on National Cycle route 1 and enjoy some splendid coastal scenery.|
You will travel through the seaside villages of Portsoy, Cullen and Findochty on your way to Buckie. The countryside on the route is beautiful and the bays at Cullen and Portessie are particularly lovely. Much of the ride follows traffic free paths starting at Cullen and finishing at the end of the ride at Banff.
|Beecraigs Country Park||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy a peaceful cycle or walk around this beautiful country park in Linlithgow, West Lothian. There are 913 acres to explore with a multitude of woodland trails suitable for leisure cyclists, mountain bikers and walkers.|
For cyclists there are several graded trails ranging from Green (easy) to Red (difficult) and Black (Severe). Click here for more information.
There are also miles of well surfaced paths through the forest for walkers to enjoy. You can climb Cockleroy Hill for fabulous views of the surrounding countryside and follow the waterside path around Beecraigs loch. The park has an excellent visitor centre with maps and leaflets.
Wildlife in the park includes a red deer herd and Highland Cattle. Beecraigs is located less than 2 miles south of Linlithgow.
If you would like to continue your outing you could head to the nearby Muiravonside Country Park where you will find 170 acres of woodland and parkland with views of the River Avon. A stroll around Linlithgow Loch or along the Union Canal are other good options.
|Bellingham to Langholm||47 miles (75 km)||This ride follows National Cycle route 10 through the beautiful and tranquil Northumberland National Park, and over the border into Scotland. You start at Bellingham (known as the gateway to Kielder Forest) with an on road section which takes you along the River North Tyne, around Kielder Water and into the lovely Kielder Forest. The stretch around Kielder Water is spectacular and another lovely waterside run soon follows along the Lewis Burn. The ride then continues through the forest on cycle paths to Newcastleton in Scotland. Quiet roads then take you onto the finish point in Langholm on the River Esk.|
|Berwick-upon-Tweed to Dunbar||34 miles (55 km)||This lovely ride follows National Cycle route 76 from England into the Scottish Borders giving wonderful coastal views along the way.|
The ride starts in Berwick-upon-Tweed heading north to the coastal town of Eyemouth in the Scottish borders. You continue along the coast to Cove where you will find the beautiful Pease Bay. The final section takes place on a mixture of country roads and cycle tracks, taking you to the finish point in Dunbar.
|Berwick-upon-Tweed to Melrose||45 miles (72 km)||Follow National Cycle route 1 and the River Tweed from Northumberland in England into the Scottish borders.|
The ride starts near the train station in Berwick-upon-Tweed and heads west along the River Tweed to Kelso, with the crossing of the Union suspension bridge at Horncliffe a highlight. You continue onto the lovely village of Dryburgh in the Scottish borders. Sitting on the river Tweed it is home to the 12th century Dryburgh Abbey which is certainly worth stopping to view.
A short on road section finishes the ride taking you into Melrose, where you finish near Melrose Abbey.
|Bonaly Country Park||5 miles (8 km)||This country park is located a few miles to the south of Edinburgh city centre. The park features cycle and walking trails taking you through woodland and open moorland to a series of reservoirs. There are excellent views of the Pentland Hills, Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and the Firth of Forth from the park. |
The park is located near to the Waters of Leith where you will find a lovely,waterside cycling and walking path. This leads to the Union Canal which you can follow into the centre of Edinburgh.
|Buckie to Elgin||17 miles (27 km)||This ride follows National Cycle route 1 and the Moray Firth coast of Scotland from Buckie to Elgin via Portgordon and Garmouth.|
Highlights on the route include the wonderful views of Spey Bay as you travel from Buckie to Garmouth followed by a lovely run along the River Lossie into Elgin.
|Calderglen Country Park||3 miles (5 km)||Follow the Rotten Calder River through this lovely country park in East Kilbride. There is a delightful riverside path passing through a scenic wooded glen forged out by the river. There are numerous pretty waterfalls along the path, woodland wildflowers and important geological features. Cyclists can also use the trails in the park but please beware of other users. |
The park also has a number of attractions including a children's zoo, tropical glasshouse, ornamental gardens, nature trails, adventure & toddler Play areas, Gift shop, Cafe, exhibition gallery and a Golf Course.
|Caledonian Canal||6 miles (9 km)||Follow the Caledonian Canal from Inverness to Loch Dochfour on this waterside walk or cycle in the Scottish Highlands. The flat towpath is ideal for an easy cycle or walk in beautiful surroundings.|
The route starts at the Muirtown Basin in Clachnaharry on the Beauly Firth. You then head south through Inverness passing the Ship Space interactive maritime museum and Whin Park where you can board the Ness Islands Miniature Railway. The canal then leaves the city and heads through some beautiful countryside to Loch Dochfour which feeds Loch Ness.
You can continue your walking in the area by picking up the Great Glen Way. The long distance trail also starts in Inverness, running parallel to the canal. It will take you to Fort William via Loch Ness and Loch Lochy. The canal also runs alongside the River Ness so you could try the waterside trail to Whin Park, through the city.
You can virtually follow the first section of the canal from Inverness using the google street view link below!
|Campbeltown to Tarbert||39 miles (62 km)||Travel along National Cycle route 78 and the Kintyre Peninsula on this spectacular ride which gives fabulous of views of Kilbrannan Sound and the west coast of the Isle of Arran.|
The ride starts by following quiet roads around Campbeltown Loch with terrific views of the striking Davaar Island. You continue along the coast towards Carradale passing the interesting 13th century Saddell Abbey on the way. More quiet coastal roads take you through Grogport to Claonaig where you head inland towards Tarbert. The ride finishes with a beautiful stretch along West Loch Tarbert taking you to the finish point at Tarbert Quay.
|Carlisle to Gretna||20 miles (32 km)||Follow National Cycle route 7 from England into the Scottish borders and enjoy views of the Rivers Eden and Esk.|
The ride takes place mainly on quiet country roads passing through Longtown on your way into the Scottish borders from Cumbria.
|Carrbridge to Aviemore||11 miles (18 km)||Travel along National Cycle route 7 and through the stunning Cairngorms National Park on this lovely short cycle ride. |
The route takes place mainly on off road tracks passing first through Docharn Wood and then along the Speyside Way from Boat of Garten Village to Aviemore.
Highlights on the route include views of the Cairngorms, the River Spey and the Strathspey Steam Railway.
|Carrbridge to Kingussie||26 miles (42 km)||This ride follows National Cycle route 7 through the stunning Cairngorms National Park. |
The route takes place mainly on off road tracks passing first through Docharn Wood and then along the Speyside Way from Boat of Garten Village to Aviemore.
You then follow the River Spey into Inshriach Forest where you will cross the River Feshie and pass the beautiful Loch Insh on your way to Kingussie.
There's some truly splendid scenery on this ride with several wooded sections and wonderful mountain views to enjoy.
|Castle Semple||3 miles (5 km)||Castle Semple country park is located in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park at Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire. This route starts at the visitor centre and takes you alongside Castle Semple Loch before joining woodland trails to Park Hill. Cyclists can enjoy the lochside path which runs along National Cycle Route 7 from Glasgow to Irvine while the woodland trails are more suitable for walkers. At the southern end of the loch you will find the Lochwinnoch RSPB Nature Reserve where you can look out for a variety of wildlife from the bird hides.|
|Cathkin Braes Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy panoramic views of the city of Glasgow and the mountain peaks beyond in this country park south east of Glasgow. |
There are a number of walking trails taking you through ancient woodland, grassland, heath and scrub. The park is excellent for cycling having been used for the mountain bike competitions at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The course is a 5.5 km long figure of eight and is of a very high standard - see the video below for an idea of what you can expect.
If you want to continue your activity then Linn Park is just over a mile west of Cathkin Braes.
|Chatelherault Country Park||6 miles (9 km)||Enjoy a cycle or walk around this large country park located between Motherwell and Hamilton. The park lies along the River Avon gorge with ancient woodland and riverside trails to enjoy. Highlights of the park include the Hunting Lodge and Summer House built in 1732 for the Dukes of Hamilton. In the buildings you will find the visitor centre, the Banqueting Hall and Duke and Duchess Apartments, an Exhibition Gallery with displays, the Gift Shop and Cafe. There's also a wide variety of wildlife including roe deer, otter, badger and various woodland birds.|
If you would like to continue your walk/cycle you could follow the River Avon north to the nearby Strathclyde Country Park.
|Clatto Country Park||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy miles of well laid out cycling and walking trails in this lovely country park in Dundee. The route starts by taking you around the large reservoir on the waterside path. Look out for a variety of birdlife including Pochard, Goldeneye, Tufted Ducks, Moorhen, and Coot. The route then heads into the peaceful Templeton Woods where you can look out for red squirrels.|
If you would like to continue your outing you could visit the adjacent Camperdown Park where you will find another 400 acres of pretty parkland and a Wildlife Centre.
|Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||Enjoy a cycle or walk along the beautiful Lunderston Bay in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park located on the South Clyde estuary in Scotland. |
Lunderston Bay has a lovely sandy beach and a central grassy area with picnic benches. National Cycle Network route 75 runs along the bay so its perfect for a safe, easy waterside cycle.
|Clyde Walkway||39 miles (62 km)||This splendid, waterside cycle and walking route, runs along the River Clyde, from Glasgow to New Lanark, South Lanarkshire.|
The route starts in Glasgow’s West End where the Rivers Clyde and Kelvin meet, and heads to Cambuslang via Glasgow Green and the Broomielaw. This section takes you through industrial areas with a number of interesting historical buildings. You then head into the countryside through Uddingston, Bothwell (passing the medieval castle) and Blantyre to the delightful Strathclyde Country Park. Here you follow the banks of Strathclyde Loch before following the river to Garrion Bridge, Dalserf and Crossford. The final section takes you from Crossford to the New Lanark World heritage Site and the Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve.
The walk is waymarked with a blue fish logo.
|Coast and Castles||199 miles (321 km)||The complete National Cycle Network Coast and Castles route from Newcastle to Edinburgh. The ride follows National Cycle route 1 through Tyne and Wear, Northumbria and then into Scotland. With spectacular coastal scenery, riverside sections and views of the Scottish Hills and mountains there is something for everyone on this fabulous cycle route.|
|Crinan Canal||8 miles (12.5 km)||Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Crinan Canal in Argyll and Bute. It's a stunningly beautiful area with the canal running between Loch Crinan and Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne. Along the way there are a number of pretty locks and bridges with fabulous views of the surrounding Scottish hills and countryside. The flat towpath makes for a nice easy stroll or cycle ride.|
The route starts at the Crinan Basin with its pretty boats and views over Loch Crinan to Duntrune Castle. You then head in a south easterly direction towards Bellanoch with views of the River Add and Loch A' Bharain.
The route continues past the village of Cairnbaan to Lochgilphead. The town sits at the head of Loch Gilp and is the administrative centre of Argyll and Bute.
The final section takes you from Lochgilphead to the Ardrishaig canal basin. The pretty village contains a pier, a lighthouse and pubs where you can enjoy refreshments at the end of your exercise.
To extend your cycling in the area you could try the Crinan to Taynuilt and Tarbert to Crinan cycle routes. There's also miles of cycling and walking trails in the adjacent Knapdale Forest. It's a splendid place with several lochs and lots of wildlife to look out for.
|Crinan to Taynuilt||36 miles (58 km)||This stunning ride follows National Cycle route 78 through Kilmartin Glen and includes a wonderful long stretch along Loch Awe.|
The ride starts overlooking Loch Crinan before joining the Crinan Canal to Bellanoch. You then turn north towards Kilmartin with the fascinating Temple Wood stone circle a highlight on this section. The ride then heads towards Ford passing Loch Ederline before heading into Inverliever Forest where you will pass along the beautiful Loch Awe to Kilchrenan. You then turn north towards Taynuilt passing through the Caledonian Forest Reserve before finishing near Taynuilt train station.
|Culbin Forest||17 miles (28 km)||Enjoy a cycle or walk around this large coastal forest near Nairn. There are a huge number of tracks to choose from including the easy Hill 99 trail which is waymarked.|
The route below begins at the car park at the Culbin Forest Nature Reserve and takes you around the forest on various tracks. The route includes a visit to the Culbin Sands Nature Reserve on the coast at Nairn. Here you can see a variety of coastal birds including bar-tailed godwits, oystercatchers and knots. The route then heads back through the forest passing a series of idyllic woodland lochs before returning to the start point.
Other highlights in the forest include the beautiful Findhorn Bay where you can see ospreys and seals at the river-mouth and a view over the water towards the village of Findhorn. You can also climb the Hill 99 viewpoint trail where there are fabulous views of the surrounding area from the top of the viewpoint tower.
National Cycle Network Route route 1 runs just past the forest so there is scope for continuing your ride if you have time. The forest is located about 16 miles north east of Inverness.
|Dalkeith Country Park||3 miles (5 km)||This large country park near Edinburgh has a number of excellent walking and cycling paths. The waymarked walking trails run through the ancient oak woodland and along the River Esk which runs through the park. Cyclists can follow the miles of estate roads and then follow a lovely off road path along the River Esk to Musselburgh on the coast.|
Look out for an abundance of wildlife including deer, foxes, herons and otters.
|Dams to Darnley Country Park||3 miles (4.5 km)||Enjoy cycling and walking in this large country park near Glasgow. There are 1350 acres to explore including wetland, burn, woodland, grassland and scrub. The main attractions in the park are the beautiful Barrhead Dams with miles of waterside trails alongside a series of connected reservoirs. The dams are excellent for birdwatching - look out for lapwing, ringed plover, redshank, common sandpiper and common gull. |
The park is located a few miles south west of Glasgow city centre at Barrhead.
If you wanted to extend your outing you could head to the nearby Rouken Glen Park where you will find miles of walking paths.
|Dava Way||23 miles (37 km)||A super cycling and walking route along a dismantled railway line from Forres in Moray to Granton-on-Spey, Highland. The route passes through a pleasant mixture of farmland, woodland and moorland while also crossing the River Divie at Glenernie. It provides a link between the Speyside Way in the south and the Moray Firth Trail to the north.|
Views from the trail include Nairn, Inverness, Moray, Ross & Cromarty, the Cromdale Hills and the Cairngorm Mountains.
For cyclists a mountain bike or hybrid is advised.
|Drumpellier Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||Explore 500 acres of lowland heath, mixed woodlands, lochs and open grassland in this pretty country park located between Glasgow and Airdrie. You can follow the woodland paths to Lochend Loch and Woodend Loch before enjoying a stroll along the Monkland Canal which runs through the southern end of the park. The park also contains a Visitor Centre, Cafeteria, Peace Garden and Nature trails. |
National Cycle Network number 75 runs along the southern edge of the park and there is another cycle path running through the park up to the loch. The park is located just to the west of Coatbridge very near to Blairhill railway which is a good point of access.
|Dumbarton to Callander||39 miles (62 km)||Follow National Cycle route 7 on this incredible cycle ride through Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and enjoy fabulous views of Lochs Lomond, Drunkie and Venachar.|
The ride starts with a great traffic free run along the River Leven from Dumbarton to Balloch where there are splendid views of Loch Lomond and Balloch Castle. You then continue on road to Drymen, before a lovely run through Queen Elizabeth Forest Park takes you onto Aberfoyle. Here you join a traffic free section that takes you through Achray Forest and around Lochs Drunkie and Venachar to Callander.
|Dumfries to Annan||25 miles (40 km)||Travel along National Cycle route 7 from Dumfries to Annan and enjoy splendid views of the Solway Firth.|
You start on the River Nith in Dumfries and follow the river to Caerlaverock where you can see the impressive 13th century Caerlaverock Castle. The route then heads east along the Solway Firth to Powfoot where there are some lovely waterside views. The final stretch takes you to Annan where you finish the ride with a run along the River Annan into the town centre.
|Dumfries to Castle Douglas||19 miles (30 km)||This ride follows National Cycle route 7 from Dumfries to Castle Douglas. |
You start with a lovely traffic free run along the River Nith in Dumfries and head west to Lochfoot where you pass Lochrutton Loch. The route continues on road to Haugh of Urr where you cross Urr Water over the Haugh Bridge. More quiet country roads take you onto Castle Douglas, where you finish by the tourist information centre.
|Dumfries to Gatehouse of Fleet||45 miles (72 km)||This ride follows National Cycle route 7 from Dumfries to Gatehouse of Fleet via Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright Bay . |
You start with a lovely traffic free run along the River Nith in Dumfries and head west to Lochfoot where you pass Lochrutton Loch. The route continues on road to Haugh of Urr crossing Urr Water over the Haugh Bridge, before more quiet country roads take you onto Castle Douglas where you can enjoy a pleasant traffic free run around Carlingwark Loch.
The ride then heads to Kirkcudbright where you cross the River Dee - this section has great views of St Mary's Isle and the beautiful Kirkcudbright Bay. The final stretch takes you to Gatehouse of Fleet from Kirkcudbright with highlights including views of the Islands of Fleet and the Water of Fleet.
|Dumfries to Gretna||34 miles (55 km)||Travel along National Cycle route 7 from Dumfries to Gretna and enjoy splendid views of the Solway Firth.|
You start on the River Nith in Dumfries and follow the river to Caerlaverock where you can see the impressive 13th century Caerlaverock Castle. The route then heads east along the Solway Firth to Powfoot where there are some lovely waterside views. You continue to Annan where you can enjoy a run along the River Annan before heading into the countryside towards Gretna Green, where you finish at the train station.
|Dundee to Arbroath||20 miles (32 km)||Follow National Cycle route 1 along the Firth of Tay from Dundee to Arbroath on this lovely easy ride which passes by the famous Carnoustie golf course - home of the Open.|
The ride starts by heading along the Tay to Broughty Ferry with its striking castle and lovely beaches. You continue onto Monifieth before joining a traffic free section through Carnoustie where there are super views of Carnoustie Bay and Westhaven harbour as well as the famous golf links. A final long off road section takes you into Arbroath where you finish near the harbour.
|Dundee to Dunfermline||53 miles (86 km)||Follow National Cycle route 777 and 1 on this long but rewarding route that offers splendid views of the Fith of Tay and Lochs Glow and Leven.|
The ride starts in Dundee, crossing the Tay Bridge and then heading west along the Firth of Tay to Newburgh. You then head inland towards Falkland where you can see the impressive National Trust Owned Falkland Palace, before more country roads take you to the beautiful Loch Glow and then on to Kinross. The final stretch then takes you to Dunfermline, passing Loch Glow and the Cleish Hills on the way.
|Dundee to Perth||24 miles (38 km)||Follow National Cycle route 77 along the Firth of Tay from Dundee to Perth on this easy ride.|
Highlights on the ride include a lovely traffic free section along the Tay at the start and a stretch through Deuchny Wood near Perth. The ride finishes by crossing the Perth Bridge over the River Tay.
|Dundee to St Andrews||19 miles (30 km)|| Follow National Cycle route 1 along the Firth of Tay on this short, easy ride.|
The ride starts on Dundee harbour, crossing the Tay Road Bridge over the Firth of Tay to Newport-on-Tay. You then continue off road to Tayport along the Tay, before heading into Tentsmuir Forest for a lovely wooded section.
A short on road section takes you to Guardbridge before another traffic free path takes you along the Eden Estuary and then through the famous St Andrews golf course to St Andrews.
|Dunfermline to Alloa||15 miles (24 km)||This lovely easy ride follows National Cycle route 764 and the trackbed of a disused railway line from Dunfermline to Alloa via Clackmannan and Carnock. Nearly all of the ride is traffic free making it ideal for families.|
|Dunfermline to Stirling||37 miles (60 km)||Travel along National Cycle routes 1 and 76, taking you along the Firth of Forth from Dunfermline to Stirling.|
You start of by heading south towards the Firth of Forth via Inverkeithing. Here the route turns west, heading along the Firth of Forth to Stirling on a mixture of on and off road sections. You will pass through Charlestown, Culross, Kincardine and Alloa on the way. Highlights on the ride include the harbour at Charlestown, the strikng Kincardine Bridge and the famous William Wallace Memorial as you approach Stirling.
|Edinburgh to Airdrie||41 miles (66 km)||Travel along National Cycle Route 75 and enjoy lovely waterside runs along the Union Canal and the River Almond.|
The route starts in the centre of Edinburgh, near the famous castle, and soon joins the traffic free canal side path taking you to Balerno. You continue on road to East Calder where you join another scenic traffic free stretch along the River Almond taking you through Livingston, before more cycle paths take you onto Bathgate. Here you join the delightful Bathgate to Airdrie Railway path which takes you past Armadale and the attractive Hillend Reservoir to Airdrie.
|Edinburgh to Bathgate||26 miles (42 km)||Travel along National Cycle Route 75 and enjoy lovely waterside runs along the Union Canal and the River Almond.|
The route starts in the centre of Edinburgh, near the famous castle, and soon joins the traffic free canal side path taking you to Balerno. You continue on road to East Calder where you join another scenic traffic free stretch along the River Almond taking you through Livingston. The final stretch takes you from Livingston to Bathgate on more pleasant cycle tracks.
|Edinburgh to Dunbar||35 miles (57 km)||Travel through East Lothian along National Cycle Routes 1 and 76 and enjoy splendid views of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.|
The route starts in Edinburgh, near the train station and heads east along National Cycle route 1 to Musselburgh, passing through the famous Holyrood park. This first section of the cycle ride has excellent views of King Arthurs Seat and Duddington Loch and includes a lovely traffic free section along the River Esk into Musselburgh.
At Musselburgh you join National Cycle route 76 which takes you along the Firth of Forth through Prestonpans and Port Seton, before heading inland towards Haddington and East Linton with views of the River Tyne. You finish with a pleasant off road stretch from East Linton to the coastal town of Dunbar.
|Edinburgh to Dunfermline||22 miles (36 km)||Travel along National Cycle Route 1 and enjoy fabulous views of the Firth of Forth.|
The route starts in the centre of Edinburgh, near the famous castle, and heads through the suburbs of Roseburn and Barnton to the coast where you can enjoy a lovely traffic free section that runs along the Firth of Forth to Queensferry. Here you cross the Forth Bridge and continue on through Inverkeithing and then on to Dunfermline on a mixture of on road and off road sections.
|Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy||31 miles (50 km)||Travel along National Cycle routes 1 and 76, taking you along the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy.|
The route starts in the centre of Edinburgh, near the famous castle, and heads through the suburbs of Roseburn and Barnton to the coast where you can enjoy a lovely traffic free section that runs along the Firth of Forth to Queensferry. Here you cross the Forth Bridge and continue on through Inverkeithing before turning east towards the lovely Dalgety Bay.
The ride continues along the Firth of Forth to Aberdour where you join a pleasant traffic free section to Burntisland, with views of Silversands Bay. An on road section then takes you to Kinghorn and then onto Kirkcaldy where you finish with another traffic free run along the front, taking you to Kirkcaldy Harbour.
|Edinburgh to Melrose||55 miles (88 km)||This long but rewarding ride takes you along National Cycle route 1 from Edinburgh to Melrose in the Scottish borders.|
The route starts in Edinburgh, near the train station and heads to Dalkieth passing through the famous Holyrood park. This first section of the cycle ride has excellent views of King Arthurs Seat and Duddington Loch.
|Edinburgh to Stirling||50 miles (80 km)||Travel along National Cycle Routes 1 and 76 and enjoy splendid views of the Firth of Forth.|
The route starts in the centre of Edinburgh, near the famous castle, and heads through the suburbs of Roseburn and Barnton to the coast where you can enjoy a lovely traffic free section that runs along the Firth of Forth to Queensferry.
From Queensferry the route continues to Bo'ness on quiet roads save for a pleasant waterside stretch along the Union Canal at Craigton. You continue to Grangemouth where there are decent views of the Rivers Carron and Forth. The final stretch takes you to Stirling on a mixture of on road and traffic free sections.
|Eglinton Country Park||4 miles (6 km)||This large country park in Kilwinning has nearly 1000 acres of parkland to explore on cycling and walking trails. There are peaceful woodland trails and delightful waterside paths running along Eglinton Loch and Lugton Water which runs through the southern end of the park. Other features in the park include the Eglinton Castle ruins, the walled garden and the pretty Clement Wilson gardens.|
If you would like to continue your walk/cycle you can follow the Irvine and Kilwinning New Town Trail. The park has very good facilities with a Visitor Centre, cafe, children's play areas and bird watching facilities - look out for finches, Thrush, Pheasant, Grey Partridge, Tawny Owl, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Yellowhammer and Tree-creeper.
|Elgin to Nairn||28 miles (45 km)||Follow National Cycle route 1 from Elgin to Nairn and enjoy splendid views of the Moray Firth and Findhorn Bay.|
The ride starts with a nice off road stretch along the River Lossie in Elgin, before quiet country roads take you onto Kinloss where you can see the historic ruined abbey and the beautiful Findhorn Bay. You then continue through Forres and Dyke, with views of the River Findhorn and some lovely wooded sections, before arriving at the fishing port of Nairn with its attractive harbour. The ride finishes with a pleasant traffic free run along the River Nairn in Nairn.
|Forfar Loch Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||Follow the 2.5 mile trail around the beautiful Forfar Loch on this circular route in Angus. The loch is surrounded by woodland, grassland and some lovely countryside. Other attractions include pitch and putt, crazy golf and the Lochside Leisure Centre.|
|Formartine and Buchan Way||53 miles (86 km)||A super off road cycling and walking trail through Aberdeenshire following a dismantled railway line. The route runs from Dyce to Fraserburgh with an optional section to Peterhead. Highlights on the route include Aden Country Park where you will find the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, forest walks and a ruined country house. The path also passes the 13th century ruined abbey at Deer Abbey (see video), the Strichen White Horse and the ancient Strichen Stone Circle.|
The route is waymarked with the letters F & BW on a red railway logo.
|Fort William to Fort Augustus||33 miles (53 km)||Travel along the Great Glen Way and National Cycle route 78 on this fantastic cycle ride which takes you along the Caledonian Canal and gives splendid views of Ben Nevis.|
|Forth and Clyde Canal||35 miles (56 km)||Follow the towpath of the Forth and Clyde Canal from Bowling to Falkirk on this super cycling and walking route. The route follows National Cycle Network Routes 7 and 754 so is well signed throughout. At Falkirk you can link up with the Union Canal which will take you into Edinburgh. As such you can cross central Scotland from Glasgow to Edinburgh on traffic free canalside paths.|
You start off at the Bowling Basin near to Bowling train station on the Glasgow suburban line. The path then heads through Clydebank and the outskirts of Glasgow, crossing the four-arched 120 metre long Kelvin Aqueduct and the Kelvin Walkway as you go. From the Aqueduct you continue to the town of Kirkintilloch passing Cadder, Bishopbriggs, a Roman Fort and the pretty Possil Loch on the way.
From Kirkintilloch you continue to the nearby town of Kilsyth, passing along the River Kelvin and Dumbreck Nature Reserve.
The final leg runs from Kilsyth to Falkirk, passing Bonnybridge and the Antonine Wall - a Roman turf and stone fortification bisecting Scotland. On the outskirts of Falkirk you'll come to the Falkirk Wheel - this rotating boat lift connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal lifting boats from the basin to the aqueduct 24 metres above. See the video below for a full description of this fascinating tourist attraction.
After the Falkirk Wheel you complete the trip by passing along the canal into Falkirk and finishing at Falkirk train station.
|Gartmorn Dam Country Park||3 miles (4.5 km)||This 370 acre Country Park and Nature Reserve is located less than two miles from Alloa and Clackmannan in Clackmannanshire. The centrepiece of the park is the 170 acre Gartmorn Dam reservoir which has a lovely waterside path and is surrounded by peaceful woodlands. The park is very good for wildlife watching - look out for woodpeckers, roe deer, hare and red squirrels in the woodland areas and various wildfowl on the reservoir. |
Other features in the park include an 18th century Ice House, the 19th century kitchen garden, a bird hide, picnic areas and a visitor centre.
If you'd like to continue your walk/cycle then the Dunfermline to Alloa path runs just to the south of the park. It follows National Cycle Network route 764 and the trackbed of a disused railway line from Dunfermline to Alloa via Clackmannan and Carnock.
|Glasgow to Airdrie||19 miles (30 km)||Follow National Cycle route 75 from Glasgow to Airdrie and enjoy views of the River Clyde.|
The ride begins by following the Clyde to Uddingston on traffic free waterside paths. You then head to Bargeddie and onto Coatbridge on more off road tracks, with a particularly lovely section along the Luggie Burn at Bargeddie. The final run takes you along the North Calder Heritage trail from Coatbridge to Airdrie.
|Glasgow to Dumbarton||16 miles (25 km)||Follow the River Clyde and National Cycle route 7 on this easy traffic free ride.|
The route heads first to Clydebank passing the eyecatching Clyde Arc bridge and the 1896 built Glenlee tall ship on the way. You continue along the river through the lovely villages of Old Kilpatrick and Bowling where there are some wonderful waterside views to enjoy. The ride finishes by the River Leven in Dumbarton.
|Glasgow to Edinburgh||66 miles (106 km)||This is the complete route from Glasgow to Edinburgh along the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal. The route follows National Cycle Network Routes 7, 75 and 754 so is well signed throughout. It follows the towpath of these two major canals and is traffic free for the duration.|
You start at the Bowling Basin and head through Clydebank, Kirkintilloch, Falkirk and Linlithgow to the finish point in the centre of Edinburgh.
There's beautiful countryside, nature reserves, country parks, rivers and spectacular aqueducts to enjoy as you make your way across central Scotland.
|Glasgow to Greenock||28 miles (45 km)||This ride takes you along National Cycle route 75 from Glasgow to Greenock on the Firth of Clyde.|
The route starts with a pleasant run along the River Clyde before heading through Pollok Country Park with its National Trust owned 18th century house and attractive gardens (see video below). A pleasant mixture of quiet roads and cycle tracks, including a stretch along White Cart Water, take you onto Paisley. You then join a fantastic long off road cycle path which takes you through Bridge of Weir and Port Glasgow to Greenock, where there are excellent views of the Firth of Clyde.
|Glasgow to Lochwinnoch||21 miles (33 km)||This lovely short easy ride takes you along National Cycle route 75 from Glasgow to Paisley.|
The ride starts with a pleasant run along the River Clyde before heading through Pollok Country Park with its National Trust owned 18th century house and attractive gardens (see video below). A pleasant mixture of quiet roads and cycle tracks, including a stretch along White Cart Water, take you onto Paisley.
|Glasgow to Paisley||10 miles (16 km)||This lovely short easy ride takes you along National Cycle route 75 from Glasgow to Paisley.|
The ride starts with a pleasant run along the River Clyde before heading through Pollok Country Park with its National Trust owned 18th century house and attractive gardens (see video below). A pleasant mixture of quiet roads and cycle tracks, including a stretch along White Cart Water, take you onto Paisley.
|Glen Etive||11 miles (18 km)||This is a fairly flat walk or cycle through the beautiful Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands. The route runs along a long country lane, following the River Etive through the Glen to Loch Etive. It's a special area with the river dotted with pretty waterfalls and surrounded by the striking peaks of Buachaille Etive Mor. Look out for red deer as you make your way through this stunning glen. |
The route starts from a parking area on the A82 near the King's House Hotel in Glencoe, Argyll. You then pick up the narrow country lane and follow it through the Glen, passing attractive woodland and the lovely Lochan Urr before finishing at Loch Etive.
The area also featured in the Bond film Skyfall. You can extend your walk by climbing the wonderful Buachaille Etive Mor ridge.
|Glen Orchy||14 miles (23 km)||This large area of woodland in Argyll and Bute has miles of cycling and walking trails to follow. There's also a series of impressive waterfalls, streams and rivers to enjoy.|
You can start your outing from the car park next to the Eas Urchaidh waterfall on the River Orchy. Cross the bridge over the river to enter the woodland and pick up the trails. They run through the woods to the village of Bridge of Orchy where you can cross the river and follow country lanes along the river and back to the car park. Here you can get great views of the surrounding hills.
To extend your walk you can pick up the West Highland Way at Bridge of Orchy and follow it to the nearby Loch Tulla.
If you are coming by public transport then you could also start the route from the train station at Bridge of Orchy.
|Gleniffer Braes Country Park||5 miles (8 km)||Explore 480 acres of woodland, farmland and moorland in this country park near Paisley. There are a number of way-marked walking and cycling paths running through the park. You can also enjoy fabulous views of Paisley, the Lower Clyde Valley and Ben Lomond. If you head to the eastern end of the park you will find Gleniffer Burn, waterfalls near Braemount, the Glenburn Reservoir and Thornley Dam. Also of interest is the 50 ft deep Gleniffer Gorge on the Tannahill walkway and the Craigielinn waterfall where icicles can be seen hanging in the winter months.|
Gleniffer Braes is located just to the south of Paisley, about 7 miles west of Glasgow.
|Glenmore Forest Park||6 miles (9 km)||This forest in the Cairngorms National Park has miles of fantastic cycling and walking trails to enjoy. This circular route starts at the excellent visitor centre and follows cycle and walking trails into the forest and alongside the lovely Loch Morlich. The loch has a pretty beach perfect for relaxing on after your ride/walk, while the visitor centre has a great cafe with refreshments. There's also a wide variety of wildlife to look out for including Scottish Crossbill, Crested Tit, Capercaillie and Red Deer. The magnificent Cairngorms mountains make a wonderful backdrop for the route.|
From the nearby town of Aviemore you could pick up the excellent Speyside Way for more cycling and walking in the area.
|Great Glen Way||73 miles (117 km)||Follow the Great Glen, running from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east. The route is suitable for walkers and cyclists with a mountain bike or robust hybrid.|
The stunning trail follows the Caledonian Canal and the shores of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness with the mountains of the Ben Nevis range making a splendid backdrop. The route also passes Fort Augustus and includes several woodland sections, most notably through Creag nan Eun Forest. The final section along the River Ness to the finish point at Inverness Castle is also noteworthy.
The route is waymarked with a black hexagon thistle.
|Greenock to Taynuilt||40 miles (65 km)||This fantastic ride follows National Cycle route 75 from Greenock to Taynuilt and includes two ferry crossings.|
You start in Greenock following the River Clyde to the Gourock Ferry which will take you on a lovely crossing of the Firth of Clyde to Dunoon. You then head along the Firth of Clyde and Holy Loch before a wooded section through Glen Lean takes you to Loch Tarsan. More stunning scenery follows as you pass Lochs Striven and Riddon, eventually coming to the beautiful Kyles of Bute where the scenery is simply breathtaking. The final section takes you onto Portavadie where you can catch the ferry across Loch Fyne to Taynuilt.
|Gretna to Lockerbie||19 miles (30 km)||This ride follows National Cycle route 74 from Gretna to Lockerbie.|
You first head to the pretty village of Ecclefechan, following Kirtle Water for most of the way. More country roads take you onto Lockerbie, finishing near the train station.
|Inverness to Carrbridge||32 miles (52 km)||Travel along National Cycle routes 1 and 7 on this fascinating cycle ride which takes you past Culloden battlefield and the historic Bronze Age Clava Cairns.|
The ride starts on the River Ness at Inverness, heading east to the historic village of Culloden. You then pass the famous Culloden battlefield where the Jacobites were defeated by the British in 1746. Soon after you will come to Clava Cairns - a Bronze Age Circular chamber which is also well worth a look.
You continue mainly on road to Tomatin with stretches along the Rivers Nairn and Findhorn and splendid views of Loch Moy on the way. The final section passes through woods and along the River Dulnain to Carrbridge with much of it taking place on traffic free paths.
|Inverness to Nairn||25 miles (40 km)||Travel along National Cycle route 1 in this fascinating cycle ride which takes you past Culloden battlefield and the historic Bronze Age Clava Cairns.|
The ride starts on the River Ness at Inverness, heading east to the historic village of Culloden. You then pass the famous Culloden battlefield where the Jacobites were defeated by the British in 1746. Soon after you will come to Clava Cairns - a Bronze Age Circular chamber which is also well worth a look.
The remainder of the ride then takes you through Assich Forest and along the River Nairn to Nairn.
|Inverness to Tain||41 miles (66 km)||Travel along National Cycle route 1 from Inverness to Tain and enjoy some fabulous highland scenery as you pass through the Black Isle and cross both the Moray Firth and then the Cromarty Firth on the Cromarty Ferry.|
|Isle of Arran Explorer||15 miles (24 km)||Travel from Brodick Harbour to Lochranza along National Cycle route 73 and enjoy the beautiful scenery on the Isle of Arran. This route can be accessed via the ferry from Ardrossan.|
|Isle of Skye||29 miles (47 km)||Cycle from Broadford to Portree on this terrific, waterside cycle route on the Isle of Skye. The route starts at the lovely village of Broadford with great views of Broadford bay. You then follow the coastal road north west passing Loch na Cairidh and Loch Ainort while enjoying splendid views of Scalpay Island. You continue along the coast passing Loch Sligachan before a woodland section through Glen Varragill takes you to the finish at Portree, the largest town on the island.|
The scenery on the island is breathtaking with heather moor, beautiful lochs and stunning mountains. Look out for wildlife that includes golden eagle, hawks and red deer.
|Killin to Callander||25 miles (40 km)||Travel through the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park along National Cycle route 7 on this stunning cycle ride.|
The ride starts at Killin following the River Dochart past the beautiful falls of Dochart. You continue on the off road track through the scenic Glen Ogle towards Lochearnhead, where there are fantastic views of Loch Earn. From here you pass through Strathyre Forest to Balquhidder where you join a short on road section to Strathyre. The ride then joins a final traffic free section taking you around Loch Lubnaig to Callander.
|Kilmarnock to Ardrossan||17 miles (28 km)||Travel along National Cycle route 73 from Kilmarnock to Ardrossan where you can catch the ferry to the beautiful isle of Arran and continue along route 73.|
|Kilmarnock to Ayr||27 miles (43 km)||This ride takes you along National Cycle route 73 to Irvine and then along route 7 along the coast to Ayr.|
You start in Kilmarnock and head west to Irvine along a lovely long traffic free cycle path. The route then turns south taking you along the coast on more cycle tracks to Troon, where you'll pass the famous golf club.
The ride continues along the coast to Prestwick and then onto Ayr, finishing with a pleasant run along the prom.
|Kilmarnock to Troon||17 miles (28 km)||This ride takes you along National Cycle route 73 to Irvine and then along route 7 along the coast to Troon.|
You start in Kilmarnock and head west to Irvine along a lovely long traffic free cycle path. The route then turns south taking you along the coast on more cycle tracks to Troon.
Highlights on this ride are the excellent views of Irvine Bay and a splendid final run along the front in Troon.
|Kingussie to Pitlochry||47 miles (75 km)||Follow National Cycle route 7 on this incredible cycle ride through the breathtaking Cairngorms National Park.|
You start with a lovely off road section from Kingussie to Newonmore where you cross the River Spey on the Spey Bridge. The ride then follows the River Truim to the village of Dalwhinnie where you join a fabulous traffic free section that takes you through the beautiful Drumochter Pass. You then follow the River Garry to Blair Atholl and then onto Pitlochry where the route finishes by the tourist information centre.
This is a splendid ride with some incredible mountainous scenery and several traffic free sections to enjoy.
|Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park||5 miles (7.5 km)||Follow numerous, peaceful woodland trails through this lovely park in Perth. From Kinnoull Hill there are fabulous views of the River Tay and the surrounding countryside. |
The park contains an Arboretum with a number of magnificent trees including large exotic conifers and Wellingtoniae.
Also look out for the fine wooden animal sculptures that dot the pathways through the woodland and the Bronze Age Fort on Deuchny Hill.
The route below starts at the car park at Corsiehill and takes you up Kinnoull Hill to the Kinnoull Tower. From the 222 metre high point there are some magnificent views of the Tay Estuary toward Dundee and Fife, the Ochils, Ben Vorlich and Ben More, the Grampians, Ben Lawers, Schiehallion and the Lochnagar massif. The route then takes you onto Deuchny Wood, before returning to the start point on woodland paths.
If you are on a bike you can head to the Deuchny Hill where there is a mountain bike park. Deuchny Wood also has a number of trails perfect for some off road cycling.
The park is located less than a mile east of the city centre of Perth, just over the bridge across the River Tay.
|Kirkcaldy to St Andrews||31 miles (50 km)||Follow National Cycle routes 766 and 1 on this lovely route through Fife.|
You start with a pleasant stretch along the prom at Kirkcaldy before heading to Markinch on a mixture of quiet roads and traffic free paths. The rest of the ride takes you onto St Andrews on road, with the final stretch taking you past the famous golf course in St Andrews.
Highlights on this ride include some splendid coastal scenery, the beautiful waterfalls at Kemback and some wonderful countryside views.
|Knapdale Forest||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this expansive forest in Argyll and Bute. It's a great place for outdoor exercise with a series of pretty lochs, waterfalls, woodland trails and lots of wildlife to look out for.|
This walking route starts at the Barnluasgan car park and takes you around Loch Coille-Bharr. The car park also gives access to a number of other good cycling and walking trails. You can visit Barnluasgan and Dubh Loch where you can look out for beavers, ospreys, eagles and red squirrels.
The whole of this route is designed for walkers but if you follow the western edge of the loch you can pick up a great cycling trail which will take you to Caol Scotnish and the wonderful Loch Sween.
To extend your outing head north and pick up the towpath of the Crinan Canal. You can follow the canal all the way to Loch Fyne with great views of the surrounding hills and countryside.
|Lairg to Tongue||37 miles (60 km)||Follow National Cycle route 1 through the Scottish Highlands and enjoy fabulous views of the stunning Ben Hope and Ben Loyal mountains and the beautiful Loch Shin and Loch Loyal. |
The route takes place on (very) quiet country roads leading you through wooded areas and along the River Vargastie to Loch Naver. A splendid long section running along Loch Loyal and then Loch Craggie take you towards Tongue where there are wonderful views of the beautiful Kyle of Tongue.
|Lanark to Lockerbie||53 miles (85 km)||Travel through the beautiful South Lanarkshire countryside along National Cycle route 74 on this lovely ride.|
The ride starts in Lanark and follows quiet country roads and traffic free cycle paths to Abington. This first section includes lovely views of the River Clyde and a stretch through Happendon Wood. You continue south towards Lockerbie passing through Greskine Forest and following the River Annan into the finish point near Lockerbie traing station.
|Linn Park||2 miles (2.5 km)||At 200 acres, Linn Park is the second largest park in the city of Glasgow. There are lovely woodland and riverside walks and the park is also suitable for cyclists - please take care on certain sections and on loose fill paths.|
Linn Park consists of a variety of habitats including grassland, scrub land, deciduous and coniferous woodland and riverbank. Highlights in the park include the beautiful waterfall on the river and the 19th century Linn House. There is also an adventure playground for the children and an 18 hole golf course. The park rises to a height of 85 metres so there are lovely views from the high points.
|Loch Ard||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle along the beautiful Loch Ard, near Aberfoyle in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. This circular route starts in the car park at the eastern end of the loch and takes you along the loch and through the surrounding woodland on good paths. On the way there are lovely view points with picnic benches where you can sit and admire the view over Loch Ard to the forests and surrounding hills. The route also passes a number of interesting sculptures with riddles and the pretty Lochan Ghleannain. You can easily extend your outing by continuing west along the miles of cycle and walking trails in the Loch Ard Forest. |
There are also great cycling and walking trails to Loch Katrine, Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie.
|Loch Katrine||13 miles (21 km)||This super cycle and walking route takes you on the lochside path around Loch Katrine in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. You start off at the Trossachs Pier and Visitor centre at the south eastern end of the loch where cycle hire is available. You then pick up the excellent tarmac path which starts off fairly flat but does have some climbs along the way. There are great views over the loch and to the surrounding hills and mountains. You'll also pass Glengyle House, the birthplace of Robert Roy MacGregor, the Scottish outlaw and folk hero.|
The path runs for about 13 miles through woodland and countryside to Stronachlachar on the western side of the loch. Here you can catch the ferry back to Trossachs Pier or if you'd like to extend your outing head to the nearby Loch Arklet or Loch Ard. There's also another great cycling and walking trail along Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie.
Just to the east you will find Glen Finglas where you can enjoy a waymarked walk to the Glen's rivers, streams, waterfalls and reservoir.
The climb to Ben Venue also starts from close to Loch Katrine. It's a popular walk with great views back down to the loch.
|Loch Lochy||11 miles (18 km)||Enjoy a waterside cycle or walk along the magnificent Loch Lochy on this route in the Scottish Highlands. On the northern/western side of the loch there is an excellent traffic free cycle and walking trail running along the Great Glen Way. You can park at the little Hamlet of Clunes and then pick up the waterside trail. The trail runs through the woodland of Clunes Forest with the option of extending your walk in the woods.|
To extend your exercise you could continue north east along the Great Glen Way and visit Loch Oich and the Caledonian Canal. At Loch Oich you'll find a great circular cycling and walking trail which explores the woods above the loch.
You could also climb to the munros which rise above the loch. Sron a Choire Ghairbh and Meall na Teanga are just to the west of the path and provide wonderful views over the area.
Just a mile to the west of the car park at the start of this route you will find the more peaceful Loch Arkaig with its lovely pine forest.
|Loch Lubnaig||9 miles (15 km)||This cycling and walking route follows National Cycle Route 7 from Callander to Strathyre along Loch Lubnaig. It's a great traffic free path, running for just over 9 miles along the Garbh Uisge river before heading through the woodland of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park alongside the loch. The route finishes at the little village of Strathyre at the northern end of the water.|
It's a lovely area with the beautiful loch surrounded by attractive forestry and the mountains of the Trossachs. You'll also pass the wonderful Falls of Leny at the Callander end of the loch.
The loch is popular with fishermen while canoes can be rented at the north end. Car parks are available at the southern end of the water.
It's easy to extend your cycling and walking in this beautiful area. You could head a few miles west of Callander and visit Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie.
If you are looking for a more challenging walk then you could climb to Ben Ledi for fabulous views back down to the loch.
|Loch Ness||12 miles (19 km)||This cycling and walking route follows cycle tracks and the Great Glen Way from Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit. The track runs through Creag Nan Eun Forest with splendid views of Loch Ness as you go.|
|Loch Oich||10 miles (16 km)||Enjoy a circular cycle or walk around Loch Oich in the Scottish Highlands. On the western side of the loch you follow challenging woodland trails through the forest above the loch in Invergarry. On the eastern side you can follow a flatter, waterside trail along the Great Glen Way. Good start points for the route are at the villages of Invergarry or Aberchalder. You could also start from the Forestry Commission car park at the southern end of the loch.|
Along the route you will pass the River Garry and the ruins of Invergarry Castle. There's also attractive woodland and great views of the surrounding hills.
You can extend the route by continuing along the Great Glen Way and the Caledonian Canal to the nearby Loch Lochy. Here you'll find a great traffic free cycle and walking trail running along the huge loch.
|Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie||19 miles (30 km)||This route in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park follows National Cycle Network Route 7 through the Achray Forest to two beautiful lochs in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The route starts in the village of Aberfoyle and follows good woodland paths to Lochan Reoidhte and then on to Loch Drunkie. You continue on more forest tracks before a long lochside stretch along Loch Venachar. There's great views across the water to the surrounding woodland, hills and mountains. |
If you'd like to explore the area further then you can head to the nearby Loch Katrine for more wonderful waterside cycling and walking trails. Loch Ard also has some great woodland cycle and walking trails while the fascinating Inchmahome Priory is only a few miles east of Aberfoyle.
Just to the north of Loch Venachar you can pick up a nice waymarked trail through Glen Finglas. Here you will find rivers, streams, waterfalls and the lovely Glen Finglas Reservoir.
The walk to Ben Venue also starts from near to Loch Achray, just to the west of Loch Venachar. It's a popular climb with great views back down to the loch.
|Lochore Meadows Country Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||Enjoy lovely waterside walking and cycling in this country park in Fife. The centrepiece of park is the beautiful Loch Ore which is surrounded by woodlands, meadows, grasslands, ponds and a Nature Reserve. You can explore the park on four way-marked trails of varying lengths and difficulty. The routes take you to Lochore Castle, Harran Hill Wood (with ancient woodland), Harran Hill (where there are fine views of the park) and over the Clune where there are archaeological features dating back to the Bronze Age.|
The park is located just north of Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline and just a couple of miles south of Loch Leven.
|Maud to Banff||28 miles (45 km)||Follow National Cycle route 1 from Maud to the coastal Banff and Macduff via Turriff.|
This ride takes you through Aberdeenshire on country roads with highlights a spell through Delgaty wood and a lovely stretch along the River Deveron from Turriff to Banff. The finish is also pleasant crossing the Deveron at Banff with splendid views of Banff Bay and Macduff harbour.
|Montrose to Stonehaven||28 miles (45 km)||This wonderful coastal cycle ride follows National Cycle route 1 through St Cyrus, Johnshaven and Inverbervie giving splendid views of Montrose Bay, Inverbervie Bay and the North Sea coastline. |
Also of interest on the route is the striking hilltop Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven and the lovely harbour views at Johnshaven and Gourdon.
|Mugdock Country Park||4 miles (6 km)||This super country park in Milngavie has miles of footpaths and cycle routes to enjoy. This route takes you alongside Mugdock Reservoir, through Mugdock Wood, along Allander Water and past Mugdock Loch before returning to the start point at the car park by the reservoir. The combination of peaceful woodland trails and waterside paths makes for a lovely cycle or walk.|
The park also includes the remains of the 14th-century Mugdock Castle and the ruins of the 19th century Craigend Castle, a Gothic Revival mansion.
Glasgow is only about 6 miles south of the park so if you are coming from the city, one option is to follow the Kelvin Walkway to Mugdock. The West Highland Way also runs through the park so you could continue your cycle/walk along this trail if you have time.
Mugdock Country Park has excellent facilities with a visitor centre, shop and a garden centre located within the walled garden.
|Newton Stewart to Gatehouse of Fleet||19 miles (30 km)||Follow National Cycle route 7 on this pleasant ride through
Dumfries and Galloway.|
You start on the bridge over the River Cree in Newton Stewart and head into Kirroughtree Forest for a lovely traffic free wooded section. You then join another cycle track taking you along the River Cree to Creetown before an on road section leads you to the beautiful Galloway Forest Park. The final section runs along the Water of Fleet and takes you into Gatehouse of Fleet, finishing near the tourist information centre.
|Orkney Islands Explorer||78 miles (125 km)||This is the complete National Cycle route 1 for the Orkney Islands, taking you on a wonderful cycling tour around these beautiful islands.|
The ride begins at Burwick Ferry Terminal on South Ronaldsay and follows quiet roads through Burray to mainland Orkney.
|Palacerigg Country Park||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy miles of walking and cycling trails through this large country park in Cumbernauld. This previously uninspiring area has been transformed with the planting of thousands of native trees and shrubs. The park is now a haven for wildlife attracting roe deer, badger, fox and hare. Birdwatchers should look out for sparrowhawk, kestrel, long-eared and short-eared owl. |
Palacerigg also has a collection of rare breed animals including Eriskay ponies, North Ronaldsay sheep, Shetland cattle, Guernsey goats and Tamworth pigs.
In the park you can follow 10km of nature trails which will take you through the grassland, moorland and woodland of the park. There are also water features to enjoy with several ponds and Fannyside Lochs. You can find out more about the trails and guided walks at the countryside ranger service within the park. Other facilities include a field archery course, golf course, children's play area, gift shop, cafe and picnic sites.
Palacerigg is located less than half an hour's drive from Glasgow, Motherwell, Stirling or Falkirk
|Perth to Dunkeld||17 miles (28 km)||This lovely route follows the River Tay and National Cycle route 77 from Perth to Dunkeld. The ride is easily accessible with train stations at either end. Please click here to find out more about this cycle route.|
|Pitlochry to Aberfeldy||16 miles (25 km)||Follow the Rivers Tummel and Tay along National Cycle route 7 on this lovely short route through the Highlands.
The ride starts in Pitlochry and first follows the River Tummel to Logierait. Here you join the River Tay, following it west towards Grandtully and then onto Aberfeldy on quiet roads. The ride finishes by crossing the Tay on the impressive Wade's bridge in Aberfeldy, and coming to a stop outside the tourist information centre.
|Pitlochry to Dunkeld||14 miles (23 km)||Follow the Rivers Tummel and Tay along National Cycle route 7 on this lovely short route through the Highlands.
The ride starts in Pitlochry and follows the River Tummel to Logierait. From here you join the River Tay, following it through the atmospheric Tay Forest Park before joining a traffic free riverside path which takes you into Dunkeld.
|Pitlochry to Killin||39 miles (62 km)||Follow the Rivers Tummel and Tay along National Cycle route 7 on this stunning cycle ride through the Highlands.
The ride starts in Pitlochry and first follows the River Tummel to Logierait. Here you join the River Tay, following it west towards Grandtully and then onto Aberfeldy on quiet roads. A short wooded section follows through Tay Forest park before you come to Kenmore and the beautiful Loch Tay. The route then takes you around the Loch on a truly spectacular section of the ride. The finish point is the town of Killin where the Falls of Dochart are a major attraction.
|Plean Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy peaceful walking and cycling trails in this large country park in Stirling. In the park you will find woodlands, flower meadows, ponds, streams and the ruined 18th century Plean Country House. There are several waymarked trails to follow including a nature trail where you can look out for a variety of wildlife including birds, squirrels, rabbits and dragonflies. |
The park is located just a few miles from Stirling and Falkirk.
|Pollok Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||This splendid park in Glasgow was named the best park in Britain in 2006 and in 2008, was named the best park in Europe. Highlights in the park include a riverside section along the pretty White Cart River, a beautiful walled garden with glasshouses, a delightful woodland garden and the very grand Pollok House - Scotland’s answer to Downton Abbey.|
The park is a lovely place for a peaceful stroll but National Cycle Network route 75 also runs right through the grounds so you can bring your bike too.
|Queen Elizabeth Forest Park||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy miles of mountain bike trails and footpaths in this expansive forest in Perthshire. This 3 mile circular walk take you around the Lime Craig Trail from the excellent visitor centre in Aberfoyle. There's attractive oak woodland, waterfalls and a steep climb to Lime Craig. From the viewpoint there are excellent views of Ben Lomond, Ben Venue, Ben Ledi, the Carse of Stirling and the Campsie Fells. The area is great for wildlife too. Look out for red squirrels and crossbills as you make your way through the woods.|
There's lots of other trails to try with more details from the Lodge Visitor Centre. This route is designed for walkers but there's plenty of trails for mountain bikers to try. For example you can follow the National Cycle Network Route 7 to Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie through the Archay Forest from the centre.
If you head north west you can visit Loch Achray and the wonderful Loch Katrine.
A few miles east of Aberfoyle you will find Inchmahome Priory on Lake Mentieth. It's a special place with the 13th century ruins of the priory surrounded by woodland trails.
Just to the west of the visitor centre you can pick up the cycling and walking trails along Loch Ard.
The Rob Roy Way long distance footpath also passes through Aberfoyle so you can pick this up to head deeper into the forest. If you were to head north east along the path it would take you to Callander where you can visit the beautiful Falls of Leny and Loch Lubnaig.
If you are looking for a more challenging walk then you could climb to Ben Ledi for fabulous views over the park.
|Roslin Glen Country Park||2 miles (3.5 km)||Enjoy a super cycle or walk along the River North Esk in this country park in Midlothian. You will pass along the Penicuik to Musselburgh cycle/walkway which makes use of disused railway lines. It's ideal for a peaceful off road cycle or walk, taking you through wooded glens with views of the rushing River North Esk as you go. You will also pass a number of interesting historical sites including Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin Castle, Wallace's Cave and Hawthornden Castle.|
The park is excellent for wildlife with otters, kingfishers and dippers around the river. Look out for buzzards, woodpeckers and badgers in the gorge woodland area. Owls, field voles and butterflies can be seen in the pretty meadows and grasslands.
Roslin Glen is located about 7 miles south of Edinburgh city centre, near Pencuik.
|Shetland Islands Explorer||109 miles (175 km)||This is the complete National Cycle route 1 for the Shetland Islands taking you on a fabulous tour of these beautiful islands.|
The ride starts at Sumburgh Head (look out for puffins) and heads north through mainland Shetland passing Loch Spiggie and the beautiful Bay of Scousburgh on your way to the capital of Lerwick. You continue through mainland Shetland passing Loch Strom at Hjaltasteyn and then onto Voe before coming to Toft where you catch the ferry to Yell. The route then passes through Yell, passing the stunning Basta Voe on your way to the ferry at Gutcher where another ferry crossing takes you to Unst. More fabulous scenery awaits you on Unst including the lovely Loch of Watlee, before arriving at the finish point at Norwick.
|Speyside Way||65 miles (105 km)||This splendid route is one of the four official Long Distance Routes in Scotland. It follows the River Spey from Buckie, on the Moray Firth, to Aviemore. You will pass Craigellachie, Grantown on Spey and Boat of Garten with coastal and riverside sections to enjoy. There are also terrific views of the Cairngorm Mountains as you approach Aviemore.|
The trail is often completed in the following sections:
Section 1 - Buckie to Spey Bay
Section 2 - Spey Bay to Fochabers
Section 3 - Fochabers to Craigellachie
Section 4 - Craigellachie to Ballindalloch
Section 5 - Ballindalloch to Grantown
Section 6 - Grantown to Nethy Bridge
Section 7 - Nethy Bridge to Boat of Garten
Section 8 - Boat of Garten to Aviemore
This route has been classified as a walking and cycle route but not all of the trail is suitable for cycling. The off road sections between Ballindalloch and Tomintoul, and between Ballindalloch and Cromdale should be avoided on bikes. However the sections between Fochabers and Ballindalloch and between Nethybridge and Aviemore make for excellent cycling. The final section from Boat of Garten to Aviemore, is actually part of the Sustrans millennium cycle way so is also suitable for cycling.
|Strathclyde Country Park||4 miles (6 km)||Explore nearly 1000 acres of parkland in the valley of the River Clyde in this large country park located between Hamilton and Motherwell. The main feature of the park is Strathclyde Loch which has a super waterside cycling and walking track. Surrounding the loch are woodlands, wetlands, wildlife refuges and attractive open parkland. There are miles of miles of surfaced footpaths and nature trails to follow through the woodlands and wetlands areas. The river Clyde also runs through the park so there is a particularly lovely section with the loch on one side and the river on the other. |
The park has an excellent watersports centre where you can hire rowboats, canoes and windsurfs. Bike hire is also available in the park.
The Clyde Walkway walking route passes through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk/cycle along the river. You could also follow the River Avon south to the nearby Chatelherault Country Park.
|Tain to Lairg||27 miles (43 km)||Prepare yourself for some truly breathtaking scenery as you travel along National Cycle route 1 through the Scottish Highlands.|
The ride starts in Tain and soon passes the famous Glenmorangie Whiskey Distillery before following the stunning Dornoch Firth to Ardgay. You then continue along the Kyle of Sutherland and the River Shin to Shin Forest for a lovely wooded section. The ride continues along the River Shin to Lairg where you can enjoy views of the beautiful loch Shin.
|Tarbert to Crinan||40 miles (65 km)||This incredible ride takes you along National Cycle route 78 through Argyll and Bute giving fabulous views of the Isles of Jura and Islay.|
The ride starts at Tarbert Quay and heads along West Loch Tarbert and then past Loch Stornoway to Kilberry. You continue along the coast with wonderful views of the Paps of Jura - also look out for seals as these are common in the area. The route then heads inland through woodland towards Ardrishaig and Lochgilphead where there are views of Loch Fyne and Loch Gilp. The final traffic free section takes you along the Crinan Canal from Lochgilphead to Crinan.
|Taynuilt to Oban||12 miles (20 km)||This stunning short ride takes you along National Cycle route 78 from Taynuilt to the beautiful resort of Oban on the Firth of Lorn.|
The ride follows quiet country roads through Glen Lonan with highlights including views of Lochs Nell and Luachrach and and beautiful Oban Bay at the end of the ride.
|Three Lochs Way||33 miles (53 km)||This super route is suitable for both walkers and mountain bikers. It runs from Balloch to Inveruglas passing Loch Lomond (see video), The Gareloch and Loch Long. There's some stunning mountainous scenery and splendid views of the Firth of Clyde as you pass through this beautiful area.|
|Thurso to John o' Groats||22 miles (35 km)||Travel along the north coast of Scotland along National Cycle route 1 from Thurso to the famous village of John o' Groats where you can catch the ferry to the splendid Orkney Islands|
|Tongue to Thurso||43 miles (70 km)||Travel along the beautiful north coast of Scotland on National Cycle route 1 and enjoy fabulous coastal views and a succession of pretty coastal towns and villages.|
The route starts in Tongue on the stunning Kyle of Tongue and follows quiet country roads towards the coast. You then head east along the coast passing through Invernaver, Armadale and Strathy with lovely views at Torrisdale and Armadale Bays. The ride finishes in the coastal town of Thurso.
|Townhill Country Park||1 miles (2 km)||This country park is located in Dunfermline and is very popular with water-skiers. However there are also walking trails alongside Town Loch and a cycle trail on the eastern edge of the park. The loch is surrounded by some really pretty countryside and there are also facilities such as a children's play area and a croquet lawn.|
|Union Canal||31 miles (50 km)||Follow the Union Canal towpath from Falkirk to Edinburgh on this super, waterside cycling and walking route. The route follows National Cycle Network Routes 75 and 754 so is well signed throughout. At Falkirk you can link up with the Forth and Clyde Canal which will take you into Glasgow. |
The route starts at Falkirk near the train station and follows the canal to Linlithgow, passing Polmont and Muiravonside Country Park. Here you will find 170 acres of woodland and parkland with views of the River Avon. Also in Linlithgow you'll pass the splendid Beecraigs Country Park which has miles of woodland cycling and walking trails. You can also enjoy a stroll around Linlithgow Loch.
The next section runs from Linlithgow to Ratho, passing farmland, woodland and the settlements of Broxburn, Winchburgh and Philpstoun. You also pass the Almond Aqueduct which carries the canal 23 metres above the wooded River Almond gorge. Not far from here you will find the pretty Almondell and Calderwood Country Park with peaceful woodland and a lovely waterside trail running along the River Almond.
The final section takes you from Ratho in Edinburgh. The first few miles take you through farmland before entering the suburbs of Edinburgh. You soon come to Slateford Aqueduct which carries the canal over the Water of Leith. It is the second largest aqueduct in Scotland at 180 metres long and 18 metres tall. The route ends at Lochrin Basin in the city centre of Edinburgh.
|Vogrie Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||Explore this beautiful Victorian Parkland Estate located in the heart of the Midlothian countryside. The park contains several walking and cycling trails taking you through the acres of woodland and parkland which surround the baronial-styled Vogrie House. There are several pretty water features to enjoy with ponds, burns and the River Tyne running through the park. Also make time to visit the pretty walled garden and the Rookery.|
The peaceful woodland contains a variety of different trees including Oak, Rowan and Red Cedar. It's a haven for wildlife so look out for Jay, Nuthatch and Woodpeckers.
Vogrie has several additional attractions with a nine hole golf course, miniature railway and the Cedar Tree Cafe. There is also a Ranger Service which organises guided walks through the grounds.
The estate is located about 10 miles south east of Edinburgh, near Dalkieth.
|West Highland Way||93 miles (150 km)||This is a fabulous long distance walking and cycling* route from Milngavie, north of Glasgow, to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. There's stunning scenery to enjoy with Lochs, mountains, rivers and waterfalls all dotted along the route.|
The route begins just outside Glasgow at Milngavie and heads north through Mugdock Country Park before reaching Loch Lomond where you enjoy a fantastic waterside section along the shores of the loch with Ben Lomond mountain making a beautiful backdrop. You continue through Glen Falloch and Strathfillan, passing the lovely Falls of Falloch, Loch Tulla, Glen Orchy and crossing Rannoch Moor. The path then takes you through the stunning Glencoe, climbing the Devil’s Staircase, before crossing the River Leven at the head of Loch Leven. The final section takes you past Lairigmor and Glen Nevis and finishes at Gordon Square in Fort William.
The route is well signposted throughout.
*For cyclists please be aware that while much of the route makes for fantastic cycling some sections are extremely challenging and are only suitable for experienced mountain bikers. Even then you will have to carry your bike over certain sections. Please see this discussion thread for information.