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There are few places more beautiful for cycling than the Isle of Skye. In north west Scotland, this epic island has mountains galore with the Red and Black Cuillin as well as the Trotternish Peninsula's astounding geological sights, including the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr rock pinnacle. The roads along these vast landslides are some of the most astonishing places you can cycle in Britain.


Delightfully craggy, the cycle routes on the Isle of Skye are almost always coastal save for a few passes. There are only a handful of main roads, although the traffic is light and the minor roads lead you through exquisite landscapes. Remote villages, empty beaches, scrap-your-jaw-off-the-floor geology and exhilarating descents combine to make you extend your rides every time. Take waterproofs and plenty of snacks, Skye is as wet as it is majestic. 


Top 20 cycling routes on the Isle of Skye

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    1
    Difficult
    04:27
    43.2 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    2
    Difficult
    04:23
    42.6 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,800 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    03:23
    32.9 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    4
    Difficult
    03:52
    37.4 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    5
    Difficult
    02:25
    22.4 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    6
    Difficult
    02:14
    20.9 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    Difficult
    02:47
    26.8 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    8
    Difficult
    04:26
    43.0 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,675 ft
    2,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    9
    Difficult
    02:05
    19.4 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    10
    Difficult
    06:01
    59.3 mi
    9.9 mph
    3,225 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Difficult
    02:05
    19.6 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    12
    Difficult
    04:08
    39.8 mi
    9.6 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    13
    Intermediate
    01:18
    10.9 mi
    8.4 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    14
    Difficult
    03:01
    29.4 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    15
    Difficult
    02:25
    17.4 mi
    7.2 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    16
    Difficult
    02:37
    21.2 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    17
    Intermediate
    01:41
    16.2 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    18
    Easy
    00:59
    10.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    19
    Intermediate
    01:14
    12.8 mi
    10.4 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    20
    Difficult
    02:16
    21.3 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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