Long distance rides in Scotland

Cyclist on a path

Traffic free section of the Lochs and Glens, National Route 7.

Cyclist on a tricyle.

Scenic views from Lochs and Glens South, National Route 7 towards Irvine.

Scotland is an amazing place to visit, full of beautiful hills, castles and lochs. Below is a list of long distance cycle routes that will help you to explore some of these places.

Aberdeen to Shetland (NCN Route 1)

The most northerly sections of the National Cycle Network are on the Aberdeen to the Shetlands cycle route passing through wild mountains and along rugged coastlines via Banff, Inverness, Lairg, Tongue and Thurso. Aberdeen to Inverness (150 miles) also forms part of EuroVelo 1.

Forth & Clyde Cycle Route (NCN Route 75)

Cycle across Scotland from Gourock on the Firth of Clyde to the spectacular city of Edinburgh on the Union and the Forth and Clyde Canals.

Coast & Castles North (NCN Route 1)

The Coast and Castles North route begins in Edinburgh, crossing the Firth of Forth into the Kingdom of Fife with its beautiful countryside. The route then follows the coast north passing through fishing villages and historic sites, such as Dunnottar Castle, on its way to Aberdeen.

Coast & Castles South (NCN Route 1)

The Coast and Castles South cycle route links the Forth and Tyne estuaries, joining Newcastle and Edinburgh via miles of unspoiled coastline and some of Britain's best built and natural heritage.

Land's End to John o'Groats (LEJOG)

Land’s End to John o’Groats is an iconic long distance ride. It spans the length of mainland UK from the gorgeous beaches of Cornwall to the stunning countryside of northern Scotland.

Lochs & Glens - North (NCN Route 7)

This stunningly beautiful part of National Route 7, between Inverness and Glasgow, passes through two fantastic National Parks.

Lochs & Glens - South (NCN Route 7)

There are lochs and glens, plus miles of coasts and forests on this part of National Route 7 north of Carlisle.  It takes you along the beautiful Solway Coast, over the hills of the Galloway Forest , and to the beaches of Ayrshire, before heading into Glasgow.

Oban to Campbeltown - Caledonia Way (NCN Route 78)

Most of this 48-mile route is on wonderful, traffic-free path, with a few sections on minor roads.  Much of the path between Oban and Ballachulish is built along the former railway line which ran from Connel to the slate quarries near Ballachulish. The path has great views, hugging the coast for much of the way and has very few gradients.

Round the Forth (NCN Route 76)

National Route 76 of the National Cycle Network runs from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Edinburgh, Stirling and Kirkcaldy, with the route on both sides of the Forth.

Salmon Run (NCN Route 77)

The ‘Salmon Run’ starts at the junction with National Route 1 at the Tay Road Bridge in Dundee and follows National Route 77 westwards towards Pitlochry. 

Discover the National Cycle Network

Whether you walk, cycle, run or ride a horse, there's plenty of opportunity for adventure and getting involved!

children cycling

Cycling is a great way to have fun as a family and these rides have lots of things to see and do along the way. 

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