1. Inverness: Loch Ness 360 Cycling Tour
This stunning off-road ride combines the South Loch Ness Trail and The Great Glen Way, to create a circuit of Scotland’s most famous loch. It’s 85 miles / 135km in total but spread over a four days so you’ll also have time to explore Urquhart Castle, take a cruise on the Loch or enjoy a leisurely lunch and soak in the views. Loch Ness continues to enjoy worldwide recognition even though it’s most famous resident has been extremely camera shy in recent years. The north of Scotland is divided from coast to coast by the Great Glen, a geological fault line which has been further eroded by successive ice ages. Loch Ness occupies roughly half of this Great Glen filling a stretch 23 miles / 37km long and nearly 2 miles / 3km wide with up to 750ft / 230m of cold dark water. The Loch Ness 360 cycle route follows quiet country roads and off-road trails by the shore of Loch Ness and into the hills and forest that rise above it. It is not a technically challenging route, but it is hilly, and baggage transfer will make for a much more enjoyable trip. A mountain bike is essential.