There’s lots of great cycle routes for all abilities in the area. Our favourite route is 29 miles (around 45km) with 1,200 feet of climbing. See our Fort William Cycle Route Map here and on Google Maps (and nearer 30 miles) see here.
- 1 Can you cycle the Great Glen Way?
- 2 How long does it take to cycle around Scotland?
- 3 Can you cycle up Ben Nevis?
- 4 How long does it take to cycle the North Coast 500?
- 5 How long does it take to walk the Great Glen Way?
- 6 Is there a train from Fort William to Inverness?
- 7 Can you cycle the NC500?
- 8 Where can I cycle in Scotland?
- 9 What is the 500 route in Scotland?
- 10 How many miles is it to the top of Ben Nevis?
- 11 How do I plan an NC500 trip?
- 12 Is the North Coast 500 signposted?
- 13 Where does Scotland’s Route 66 start?
Can you cycle the Great Glen Way?
The Great Glen Way is one of Scotland’s Great Trails. It is 79 miles long, starting in Fort William and finishing in Inverness. The Great Glen Way can be walked or cycled. The off-road trail is on paths and tracks as well as along canal and loch shores.
How long does it take to cycle around Scotland?
Most will take a week to ride it, although Scottish adventurer Mark Beaumont holds a record for the route of just 38 hours. The circular route can be completed clockwise or anti-clockwise and meanders through the counties of Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire.
Can you cycle up Ben Nevis?
Snowdon’s summit is at 1085 metres above sea level, and took us 2.5 hours to climb on mountain bikes, up the Ranger’s path (which starts around 50m above sea level). Ben Nevis is 1344 metres above sea level. This was pretty tough stuff to carry bikes up, as the steps are just that bit too big for a wheel to roll up.
How long does it take to cycle the North Coast 500?
This 500-mile loop around the North Highland coast is perfect cycling country. Unless, like adventurer, broadcaster and Cycling UK member Mark Beaumont, you do it in 38 hours.
How long does it take to walk the Great Glen Way?
The Great Glen Way can be walked in 4 – 7 days, staying overnight in the various communities along the way, and suits all levels of walker. For the most part the route is low-level and mainly follows canal towpaths, forest tracks and roads.
Is there a train from Fort William to Inverness?
There are 4 trains per day from Fort William to Inverness to get you to where you need to be. Find cheap fares with our Off-Peak tickets. A Flexipass or Season ticket would be the cheapest option if you travel on this route more than once or twice a week.
Can you cycle the NC500?
The North Coast 500 is a challenge of terrain and variable weather and the leisurely pace gives you time to stop and enjoy the landscape and experience this unique environment and it’s communities. Hire a bike with Ticket to Ride in Inverness at the start of your trip.
Where can I cycle in Scotland?
11 spellbinding cycling routes in Scotland
- Hebridean Way Cycling Route, Outer Hebrides.
- Edinburgh City Centre to the Shore.
- Lerwick to Scalloway, Shetland.
- Devilla Forest, Fife.
- Loch Leven Heritage Trail, Perthshire.
- Montrose Basin, Angus.
- Assynt Achiltibuie Circular, Highlands.
- Formartine and Buchan Way, Aberdeenshire.
What is the 500 route in Scotland?
The North Coast 500 is a 516-mile (830 km) scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle. The route is also known as the NC500 and was launched in 2015, linking many features in the north Highlands of Scotland in one touring route.
How many miles is it to the top of Ben Nevis?
Popularly known as The Pony Track, this route is 10.5 miles long, 17km, up and down, and includes 1352 metres of ascent. The main route in red below shows the full route from the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre.
How do I plan an NC500 trip?
Tips for Planning a Trip along the North Coast 500
- Plan Ahead. The North Coast 500 is becoming more popular each year and it is wise to plan ahead to make the most of your trip.
- Figure Out What You Want to See.
- Choose your Lodging in Advance.
- Pack Well for your Trip.
- Be a Safe Driver.
- Be a Responsible Traveler.
Is the North Coast 500 signposted?
Is the North Coast 500 Signposted? Weirdly, no! I recently found out that in order to get brown tourist signs in Scotland you have to have a five-star rating. No one comes back from the NC500 saying they had a bad time!
Where does Scotland’s Route 66 start?
The circular route begins at Inverness Castle and leads you through five counties: Easter Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, Wester Ross and Inverness-shire.