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19-11-2018
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Cycling in the Scottish Highlands

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There are many local cycling clubs and several cycle campaigning groups in Scotland and the rest of the UK. CTC is the one body which embraces all kinds of cycle use and interests.

Tips for cycling on roads cycling safely Follow the Highway Code – don’t jump red lights and don’t cycle on the pavement unless it’s a designated cycle path; In wet weather watch your speed as surfaces may be slippery and it will take you longer to stop; Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the kerb; Consider wearing a helmet; Keep your bike roadworthy.

Make sure motorists can see you Ride in a position where you can see and be seen; Use lights and consider wearing bright or reflective clothing, especially in towns, at night and in bad weather; Make eye contact with other road users, especially at junctions, then you know they’ve seen you; Signal clearly at all times; Use your bell - not all pedestrians can see you be aware of vehicles Many collisions occur when a cyclist is on the inside of a vehicle which is turning left. Don’t assume the vehicle is going straight ahead just because it isn’t signalling left. Always avoid ‘undertaking’ any vehicle in this situation – it’s better to hang back until the vehicle has moved off. Tips for motorists To make roads as safe as they can be, motorists need to be aware of cyclists too: When turning left watch for cyclists coming up on your near side and don’t cut them up; Give cyclists a wide berth when overtaking;

At night, dip your headlights when approaching cyclists; In wet weather, allow cyclists extra room as surfaces may be slippery. Remember, cyclists and motorists are equally entitled to use and share the same road space. Respecting all road users helps everyone to benefit from travelling by road. For more information go to - https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/highway-code A GOOD PLACE TO START

Callander sits on the eastern edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and is a good starting point for the Scotland’s Lochs & Glens Discover the spectacular landscape of Scotland’s western highlands on the West Highland Way. Towering mountains, tranquil lochs and rushing rivers combine to reward you with a unique and ever changing landscape as you journey 96 miles from Milngavie (Glasgow) to Fort William,offering Bed and Breakfast along the way, discover the tranquil lochs, purple heather clad hills, majestic castles a stunning mountain bike trip from Fort William to Inverness, travelling through some of the most inspiring scenery by day and sampling great highland hospitality in the many Bed and Breakfast by night, Through Rannoch Moor, Kinlochleven via the “Devil’s Staircase, Ben Nevis and Fort William, Scotland’s Outdoor Capital situated at the head of Loch Linnhe.

Cycle through the landscape of lochs and glens that make up the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and Highland Perthshire. Explore the Scotland as you cycle through the Cairngorms National Park. Charming highland towns, historic castles, Speyside malt whiskies, Jacobite battlefields , For a really relaxing and enjoyable slow pase to take in the views of the countryside around Loch Ness, take a bike.

The Loch Ness area offers a wide range of terrain from the gentle tow-paths of the Caledonian Canal to challenging, long distance, off-road routes such as the Great Glen Way. The quiet country roads of Strathnairn and the south side of the loch are great for cyclists and there is loads of good mountain biking too. The Strathglass area offers a mountain biking experience to rival anywhere in the country. The strath stretches inland from Beauly and Loch Ness, offering a multitude of forest trails along the way, culminating in the three stunning Glens of Affric, Cannich and Strathfarrer. The lower slopes of Glen Cannich rise dramatically above Cannich village, and a short, but impressive climb allows access to forestry tracks, which in combination with some riding on the winding Mullardoch road, will take you to Loch Mullardoch, 9 miles distant.

This is an impressive sight, surrounded by high mountains. The climb through Glen Cannich is certainly steep but the road is relatively quiet and the return, all downhill! Glen Affric, can be approached almost entirely via forestry roads from both Cannich and Tomich, stop on the shores of Loch Beinn a' Mheadhoin, a magical stretch of water. The lower slopes south of Tomich and Cannich, to Corrimony or even over to Glenmoriston, are remote tracks away from it all, It is ideal wilderness trail The track down from Dog Falls to Knockfin is impressive, as you head over to Tomich, or alternatively from Loch Affric to Tomich via the West Guisachan estate, Cougie and Plodda Falls. Extending on from that, you can continue over the lower slopes south of Tomich and Cannich, to Corrimony or even over to Glenmoriston, The ideal place to stay Bed and Breakfasts is the Steading country Inn with off road parking and cycle storage, six miles to the start of strathglass and other stunning glens in this area,very good and filling evening meals local ale, and beer and toddy to finish the evening before bed, In the morning a good harty highland breakfast to keep you going all day The Steading Highland Glen Lodge

Discover the mountains, lochs and stunning coastline of the Isle of Skye as you cycle the length and breadth of this enchanting islands full of wildlife and island hideaways beaches that are tranquil, empty places where you can enjoy spending some real quality time. The rugged coastline of Islay is splendid Arran, Islay and Jura are exceptional places to cycle around, and gives a new meaning to island hopping. The roads around the islands are deserted making it a superb, never to be forgotten experience. Island hopping is at its best with lovely harbours and ports that take you to new places, offering Bed and breakfast for the weary traveller to spend the night.

This is a whisky lovers dream come true, with eight distilleries on the islands and many extremely welcoming pubs and Bed and Breakfast too! The villages on the islands are all delightfully whitewashed and the whiskies are gorgeously peaty tasting especially after a long day cycling, Travelling right to the north of Scotland means discovering a coastline that's simply amazing.

Cycling around Dunnet Head takes you past some splendid bays and coves that boast wonderful beaches and views of the islands that are second to none, There are some wonderful traditional places to stay at with a choice of small, family run Bed & Breakfasts, hostels as well as hotels that have a certain charm about them. You'll enjoy a warm welcome wherever you stay in Scotland and you'll also find that most places offer secure storage for your bikes.

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