National Cycle Network routes in Cairngorms National Park and Perth & Kinross, Scotland

Twice the size of the Lake District, National Cycle Network routes in the Cairngorms National Park are perfect for exploring this beautiful area. Enjoy stunning views across heather moor and ancient Caledonia pine forests, and keep your eyes open for Golden Eagles, Red Squirrels, Capercaillie and Scottish Wildcats.

National Route 7

National Cycle Network Route 7 connects Aberfeldy and Pitlochry in Perth and Kinross.

It runs along the western side of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park to link Calvine, Dalwhinnie, Aviemore and Boat of Garten.

The route also forms the northern section of the long-distance Lochs and Glens Way route between Glasgow and Inverness.

Cairngorms National Park is home to some of the United Kingdom's most unique and endangered wildlife including species such as the Golden Eagle, Red Squirrel and Scottish Wildcat.

It's also a hub for a wide range of outdoor activities. And towns such as Aviemore are an ideal base for exploring the numerous mountain biking and hiking trails throughout the beautiful landscapes of the park.

The route is surrounded by breathtaking mountain landscapes and dense forests.

National Cycle Network Route 7 crosses heather-covered moorland along a mixture of traffic-free paths and quiet road sections. And has numerous opportunities for shorter, family-friendly day trips.  

Highlights along the route include the mighty Pass of Drumochter, the historic steam-powered Strathspey Railway, the 'osprey village' of Boat of Garten, the Highland Folk Museum, Ruthven Barracks and numerous world-famous distilleries​.

In partnership with VisitScotland, we have created an interactive journey planner for the Lochs and Glens Way, with everything you need to plan your trip within the Cairngorms National Park and Perth and Kinross.  

Find a day trip or a longer adventure along the Lochs and Glens Way with our route itineraries and downloadable route cards on the VisitScotland website.

Please note: there are gaps in National Cycle Network Route 7 west of Aberfeldy, between Pitlochry and Calvine and north and south of Carrbridge. 

National Route 195

Also known as the Deeside Way, National Cycle Network Route 195 follows traffic-free paths and some short quiet-road sections along the former Deeside Railway line between Aberdeen and Ballater.

It runs for 41 miles between Duthie Park, south of Aberdeen city centre, and the heart of the Victorian village of Ballater.

National Cycle Network Route 195 is a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy stunning views across the River Dee and Cairngorm Mountains.    

Please note: there is a short gap in National Cycle Network Route 195 east of Aboyne. 


Please note

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.

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