North Kessock to Culloden

You can break this route into two separate rides from the centre of Inverness. Heading north from Inverness, take the cycle and walkway across the Kessock Bridge. On the north side of the Beauly Firth, follow the traffic-free path alongside the road to the Tourist Information Centre and the Dolphin and Seal Centre where admission is free. Heading east from Inverness, cycle towards Balloch and across Culloden Muir. The route takes you near the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre and further on you come across the late-Neolithic Clava Chambered Cairns.

This route offers the potential for commuting and leisure trips to and from the centre of Inverness. It follows National Cycle Network Route 1. Heading north from Inverness, take the cycle and walkway across the Kessock Bridge. On the north side of the bridge, follow the traffic-free path for a short distance alongside the A9 to the Tourist Information Centre and the Dolphin and Seal Centre where admission is free. The best time to see dolphins is a couple of hours before high tide.

At North Kessock there is a teashop, a general store and Post Office. From here you can follow quiet roads along the shore to Charlestown and Redcastle, and enjoy some great views across the Beauly Firth. 

Heading east from Inverness, the route winds through residential streets and quiet roads, before reaching Balloch and heading across Culloden Moor. It takes you near the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre which saw the last battle on British soil in 1746 and hastened the end of the Scottish clan system. Further on you come across the late-Neolithic Clava Chambered Cairns. These may have been burial chambers or the focus of tribal rituals. 

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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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