Here we've got the space to share a bit more of our experience and knowledge of cycling, living and working in the Highlands of Scotland. We also welcome contributions from friends and customers that might help or inspire visitors to the North of Scotland or just visitors to this website.
First winter outing
Today 3 of the team headed up into the hills south of Inverness. Above the A9 the Farr wind farm commands fantastic views towards Glen Affric, Ben Wyvis and along the River Findhorn. The weather was kinder than expected but the strong wind made up for the lack of rain. The loop today was 40km in length. A fair bit of climbing but the views that greeted us were incredible. The final dive down to the distillery at Tomatin always leaves you wanting more……
Fort Augustus To Inverness
Charlie was heading to Oban today so I hitched a ride as far as Fort Augustus and rode back. I’d never cycled up from Fort Augustus before and have been meaning to take on the big climb for ages. On the last Sunday in April each year this forms the King of the Mountain section of the closed roads Etape Loch Ness sportive.
Climb from Fort Augustus
The weather was bright and dry, temperature was around 65F / 19C and there was a steady breeze from the south-west, perfect!
The climb starts straight away so there’s no chance for a warm up but at least I was tackling it fresh. There has been a lot of timber extraction recently which has left the hillside scarred but the upside is that the views of Loch Ness are much better. It’s good to see the completion of the new path which will bring an off-road Loch Ness 360 cycle route much closer.
It’s a 1200ft climb over 5½ miles but the gradient isn’t too severe and there are a couple of respites.
After Loch Tarff the summit Suidhe viewpoint is soon in sight. The views at the top are really stunning.
North from Suidhe Viewpoint
There are various great cycling routes back to Inverness from here but I decided not to drop down to Loch Ness at Foyers and headed past Loch Mhor then turned left at Croachy to ride past Loch Ruthven and Loch Duntelchaig (after an abortive recce down the Abersky road).
It was great to travel so far in one direction without looping back towards the start and into the wind. We’re up and down to Fort Augustus fairly regularly so if you’d like to ride this route too, let us know and we should be able to offer a good value transfer. It might be good to extend the route and start at Bridge of Oich for a bit more of a run-up to that climb.
Route, elevation profile and more pictures on our Strava.
Our new MTBs
Our new MTBs
We’ve recently received some deliveries of bikes four 2017 hire fleet. This year our mountain bikes are mainly Specialized Rockhoppers with a few Jynx too in the smaller sizes. See: https://www.tickettoridehighlands.co.uk/bike-hire-mountain.php