Cycle Routes

A. Fort William Mountain Bike Routes and E-bike Routes

Damian Foss Forster

Sustrans Route 78There’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 on Google Maps (and nearer 30 miles) see here. Easy/Moderate with optional extras. Recommended bike: MTB or E-bike.
  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. Recommended bike: Full-suspension MTB.

Our recommended HALF DAY routes:Cycle by the Caledonian Canal

  1. Take a 10 mile (15km) leisurely flat cycle along The Great Glen Way to The Caledonian Canal where 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 the route on Google Maps here. Easy. Recommended bike: MTB, E-bike.
  2. Take a bike ride up Glen Nevis. This 15 mile ride is great for an EASY ride close to towne. Cycle to the top of the Glen, stop to admire the amazing views, then return to town. See here. Recommended bike: MTB, E-bike.
  3. 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. Recommended bike: MTB, E-bike.
  4. For an overview of the cycle friendly routes in Leanachan Forest see here. Various Abilities. Recommended bike: MTB, E-bike.
  5. Nevis Range Trail Map see here. Nevis Range Downhill and various Cycle Routes. 

For a fantastic two or three day route:

Mountain Bike Route, Fort William

  1. West Highland 100 Cycle Route see here. Recommended bike: Tourer or E-bike.
  2. Great Glen Way Cycle Route. This is around 66 miles and is a great way to see the Highlands with a spot of Nessie hunting on the way – see here. Therecouple of options between Fort Augustus and Inverness. Stay on the North side for the offical route or, alternatively, take the Southern side and join the South Loch Ness Trail – see here. Recommended bike: MTB, Tourer or E-bike.

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 pedaled 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 B. can drop them in Inverness too. Recommended bike: MTB, Tourer or E-bike.

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

B.Hybrid Bike Routes

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

C. 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 or 07468417337.

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.

5. The West Highland 150 Cycle Route – 150 miles

Take a trip to Oban then return via the Island of Mull and the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. There is plenty of accommodation along the way. For the more information – see here, and for the 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.

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

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