Cycle Routes

Cycle routes in Fort William.

Fort William Mountain Bike Routes

Damian Foss Forster

There’s lots of great cycle routes for all abilities in the area. See route links below or call in when you’re in Fort William and we can point you in the right direction for the cycle routes which are best for you!

Our recommended FULL DAY mountain bike day ride:

  1. Our favourite route is 27 miles (around 45km) with 1,200 feet of climbing see our Fort William Cycle Route Map here and for the route slightly updates on Google Maps (and nearer 30 miles) see here. Easy/Moderate with optional; extras.
  2. For a truely epic day ride of nearly 50 miles in a fantastic Highland setting try the Tour de Ben Nevis as per the No Fuss Events event. See the full detail of the route here. For more detail of the No Fuss race see here. Difficult.

Our recommended HALF DAY routes:

  1. Take a 10 mile (15km) leisurely flat cycle along The Great Glen Way to The Caledonian Canal Mountain Bike Route, Fort Williamwhere you can enjoy a Cake and Coffee or a lunch stop at the Moorings Hotel. On the cycle route stop to admire Old Inverlochy Castle. Return via the back road before rejoining the Great Glen Way back to Fort William. See here. Easy.
  2. Take the West Highland to Loch Lundavra then return along the single track road. This is 13 miles long (20km) and has around 1,500 feet of climbing. See here. Difficult.
  3. For an overview of the cycle friendly routes in Leanachan Forest see here. Various Abilities
  4. Nevis Range produce their own Trail Map see here. Various Cycle Routes
  5. For the famous “No Fuss” “Ten Under The Ben” loop see here. Difficult

For a fantastic two or three day route:

  1. West Highland 100 Cycle Route see here
  2. Great Glen Way Cycle Route see here.

Join Sustrans Route 78 and cycle from our back door and pedal along the route to the Caledonian Canal. This is a really Cycle Routes at Nevis Rangelovely flat route with great views to Ben Nevis and beyond. It can be pedalled on it’s own or used as day route making a circular route to access Leanachan Forest via Gairlochy and Spean Bridge. Alternatively join the Great Glen Way and Cycle to Inverness along this stunning 72 mile route. If you’re hiring bikes from us you can drop them in Inverness too.

Glen Nevis makes a great half day ride. Turn off the A82 and cycle up the forestry track to the beautiful lower falls.

Hybrid Bike Tour

Our favourite hybrid bike tour is 27 miles long (40km) and has around 1,200 feet of climbing. See it on Google Maps here.

Road Bike Routes

1 The Gairlochy Loop – 26 miles

Our favourite afternoon ride is a 26 mile loop from Fort William to Gairlochy, over to Spean Bridge then returning to Fort William via the back road Brackletter. There’s great coffee and scones at Spean Bridge Woollen Mill. For the route on Google Maps see here.

2  The Gairlochy Loop with Roy Bridge Extension – 38 miles

The Gairlochy Loop can be extended by continuing on to Roy Bridge, heading up Glen Roy to the view point then returning to Fort William via the back road Brackletter making almost 40 miles. See this route on Google Maps here

3 The Kingairloch Loop – 65 miles

This scenic route is accessed from Fort William by the Treslaig Ferry. Take the ferry to join Sustrans Route 78 to Corran before heading on to Strontian where there’s a lovely tea shop. From Strontian return on yourself for a couple of miles to take the Lochaline Road. Head up the hill for 3 miles and on to the Kingairloch signpost. Turn in, follow the road to the coast, on to Corran and then return to Treslaig for the ferry. See the route here.

Doug, who runs the ferry, is happy to add extra trips. Call him on his mobile on 07826695160.

4. The West Highland 100 Cycle Route – 100 miles

This great route covers scenic, quiet roads to the West of Fort William. For full details and map see here.

Routes around the Highlands of Scotland

More Sustran Cycling Routes in Scotland can be found here. Join Sustrans Route 78 from our back door, see the full route here.

The Bike Map Website is also a good resource, see here.

For bike hire see here.

Bring your own bike or hire a bike from us and we’ll be able to help and show you which cycle route’s best for you!

There’s lots of local events and races all taking place in and around Fort William. Check out more local events on our own Off Beat Bike Events page.