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Stage 1: Inverness to Drumnadrochit — Great Glen Way

Stage 1: Inverness to Drumnadrochit — Great Glen Way

Difficult
02:48
19.7 mi
7.1 mph
1,550 ft
1,500 ft
Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

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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

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1 in total

Tour Overview

Starting Point
422 yd
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Inverness

Bike Touring Highlight

1.25 mi
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Ness Islands

Bike Touring Highlight

13.2 mi
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Great Glen Way gravel road

Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

15.3 mi
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Amazing views of Loch Ness

Mountain Biking Highlight

15.6 mi
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Great Glen Way forest trail

Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

19.7 mi
Destination

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Singletrack: 2.30 mi
Path: 10.6 mi
Access Road: 114 yd
Cycleway: 0.36 mi
Street: 405 yd
Road: 4.43 mi
State Road: 1.74 mi

Surfaces

Unpaved: 10.9 mi
Compacted Gravel: 0.95 mi
Cobblestones: 155 yd
Paved: 0.79 mi
Asphalt: 6.09 mi
Unknown: 0.96 mi

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Katherine Moore planned a bike ride.

May 5, 2020

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  • Katherine Moore

    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

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Katherine Moore

Stage 1: Inverness to Drumnadrochit — Great Glen Way