Known for their stunning scenery and sparse population, the Highlands of Scotland conjure a romantic image which doesn't disappoint on closer inspection. From the sandy shores of the Moray Firth east of Inverness to the dramatic and rocky west coast, south of Fort William, this tour includes a wondrous variety of scenery from historic highland towns to tiny fishing hamlets, mountain ranges to deserted lochs and gorgeous off shore islands and stretches of countryside in between.

Remarkably, this isn't a tough ride with just one day of riding uphill and the remainder with few hills. Yet Ben Nevis is in close up and you brush awesome Glen Coe. Stop at local favourite the Dorres Inn on Loch Ness and pedal the towpath of the Caledonian Canal as you head through the Great Glen. Immerse yourself in history with a visit to Culloden battlefield, the site of the last full-scale battle to take place on British soil. Learn about the local legends at the castles of Cawdor and Brodie, stuffed to the turrets with antique furniture, paintings and ceramics. Ride through pine forests, past sweeping sandy beaches, across estuarine bridges and down a disused railway line hugging the seashore and virtually touching the western isles. Sample local whisky at a traditional Scottish distillery en route and explore a pioneering eco-village at Findhorn. Ferry hop from Fort William and add a visit to the isles at the end of your tour in Oban. It's all part of the romance of the Highland coast!

For further details of your route, see classic hotel itinerary and luxury hotel itinerary.

Holiday details

Price from
Classic £1,425 per person based on two people sharing a room
Luxury £3,090 per person based on two people sharing a room. Includes one dinner
Extras included
Transfer from Inverness to Narrn at the start and from Port Appin to Oban at the end. Short transfer on day 6.  See what’s included as standard
Duration
7 nights
Start & Finish
Luxury tour starts daily except Tuesdays, classic tour starts Fridays. Both tours start in Inverness and finish in Oban. Inverness has an airport and is 3.5 hours north of Edinburgh by train. Oban is 3 hours north of Glasgow by train.
Hotels
Classic Individual small hotels in 6 stunning locations
Luxury Scotland's finest - grand Inverlochy Castle, Michelin starred Boath House, Glencoe House suites, Rocpool Reserve's Chez Roux restaurant and Aird's luxury.
Activity level
Not so gentle cycling (With the addition of the optional transfer on day 4, the tour rates as a gentle trip level 5) More info...
Electric bikes
Available
Mileage
6 days of cycling 16 to 31 miles (26 to 49 km) with options for further cycling on several days
Terrain
Bike paths, canal towpath, disused railway line and back lanes
Traffic-free
60% with very little traffic on the rest
Options
  • Ferry hop from Oban to the many islands off the west coast at the end of the trip; we recommend stays on Iona or Mull
  • An additional day in Port Appin to explore the island of Lismore on foot or by bike
  • An additional day in Glencoe to experience romantic Glen Coe either on foot or with a driver guide
The Caledonian Canal and Ben Nevis on The Carter Company Scottish Highlands cycling holiday