National Route 1
A section of both the long-distance Coasts and Castles route and the North Sea Cycle Route, National Cycle Network Route 1 connects the Highland capital of Inverness to Tain and Dingwall further north.
This section follows a mixture of quiet roads and traffic-free paths, with the easterly spur also linking Inverness with Cromarty and Tain with Balintore and Nigg.
National Route 78
Forming part of the spectacular Caledonia Way long-distance route, National Cycle Network Route 78 runs throughout the Argyll and Bute, Great Glen and Highland areas in the west and north of Scotland.
The route incorporates the traffic-free towpath along the stunning Crinan Canal between Lochgilphead and Crinan on the Kintyre Peninsula.
Still used as a shipping short-cut between the Clyde and the Atlantic Ocean, the towpath is spoilt with many scenic picnic spots and nearby Moine Mhor nature reserve is a perfect spot for watching ospreys fishing along the water.
Oban to Fort William
Connecting bustling Oban and Fort William in the Highlands, this 48-mile stretch of National Cycle Network Route 78 is accessible by train at both towns.
This largely flat section is notable for its stunning views of lochs, forests, castles and coastline along traffic-free paths and quiet rural roads, providing plenty of opportunities for day trips or spectacular longer journeys.
Fort William to Fort Augustus
Beginning in the shadow of imposing Ben Nevis, this section of National Cycle Network Route 78 is a great snapshot of the Great Glen's breathtaking scenery.
Never far from the Caledonian Canal or the shorelines of Lochs Lochy and Oich, this mostly traffic-free stretch follows a mixture of canal towpath, forest track and the old Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway Line.
Look out for the spectacular sight of canal boats being raised and lowered by 19 metres along the Caledonian Canal at Neptune's Staircase, or stop at Loch Lochy for dramatic views across the water.
Dores to Inverness
The most northerly stretch of National Cycle Network Route 78 links the Highland capital of Inverness with the northern banks of world-famous Loch Ness.
A mixture of traffic-free path and quiet on-road sections, this is also the final section of the journey if completing the long-distance Caledonia Way route from south to north.
The route ends at Inverness Castle, where it connects to National Cycle Network Route 1 towards Dingwall.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.
However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk.
To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.
Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.
Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.