Stage 1: Inverness to Drumnadrochit — Great Glen Way
Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
417 yd in total
Includes a movable bridge
Check opening times.
1 in total
Bike Touring Highlight
Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
Mountain Biking Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a bike ride.
May 5, 2020
Although the official start of the Great Glen Way is at Inverness Castle by the River Ness, here I’ve started from Inverness train station, where you’ll likely be disembarking. You’ll head out of the Highlands’ largest city to the south, largely following the river, taking the path along the east bank before crossing over the beautiful Ness Islands.
After cycling over the islands and bridges, you’ll briefly follow the Caledonian Canal as you head west, now climbing for the first time toward the peak of Craig Dunain. The gradients can be quite sharp as you trace the well-signposted Great Glen Way up onto a ridge on the singletrack path.
After the initial steepness, the gradient eases off a lot as you make your way along the ridge, running parallel to the River Ness, which then becomes the world-renowned Loch Ness. This is where it gets really exciting, riding along the gorgeous gravel road past Abriachan, then onto the forest singletrack that runs along the ridge above Loch Ness. There are some short, sharp climbs and descents here, as well as a few spots where a magnificent view will be revealed through the trees. Enjoy!
The final part of this first stage is a descent to Drumnadrochit at the side of Loch Ness. The trail through the woods leads you down to the road for the very last section, passing Lower Drumbuie into the village. Here you’ll find a multitude of places to stay the night or some gorgeous lochside wild camping spots.
May 6, 2020
Bike Touring Collection by Halfords UK
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Mountain Biking Collection by Katherine Moore
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