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Five iconic #ScotSpirit cycle routes

5 May , 2016  

Join Scotland as it celebrates #ScotSpirit 2016 by cycling one of five classic Scottish routes. #ScotSpirit captures those special moments, places and sights that offer a Spirit of Scotland feeling. If you find yourself in an #ScotSpirit moment, make sure you take a photograph and post to social media with the hashtag.

Scottish Coast to Coast


Travel by mountain bike from Fort William on Scotland’s west coast across 200 miles of fabulous scenery to reach Montrose on the east coast.


The route is truly memorable and includes some fabulous natural singletrack through the Cairngorms National Park, a climb and 900m descent of Mount Keen plus the chance to challenge yourself on the technical trails of the purpose-built trails at Laggan Wolftrax.

We are sure you’ll find more than a few #ScotSpirit moments on this epic ride.

See Scottish Coast to Coast

Great Glen Way


Ride almost 80 miles from Fort William to Inverness on Scotland’s dramatic Fault Line, a geological feature that divides Scotland’s lowlands form the Highlands.

You’ll discover dramatic lochs, including Loch ness, and glens on a variety of superb cycling terrain, including forest trails, single track and canal towpaths.

See Great Glen Way

West Highland Way


Scotland’s most popular long-distance walking route is also a great cycling challenge. The 96-mile trail starts in Milngavie, just north of Glasgow, and takes in some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery as it heads north to reach the Highlands town of Fort William.

See West Highland Way, or walk it with Macs Adventure

Scotland’s C2C


Although not as famous as England’s C2C (Coast to Coast) bike route, the Scottish version has been created by the same route planners and looks set to gain great acclaim in the coming years.

The route heads northward for 125 miles from Annan, on the stunning coastline of Dumfries and Galloway, to The Forth Bridge on the Forth of Firth. You can be assured of some wonderful views as you ride the rolling landscape of the Scottish Borders.

See the route guidebook, The Ultimate Scottish C2C Guide, from Bike Ride Maps.

The Five Ferries Cycle


Legendary among Scottish cyclists, this route takes in around 70 miles and visits two west coast islands, as well as the mainland, via five short ferry crossings. The route starts at Ardrossan port and heads to the Isle of Arran.

A ferry from Lochranza to Claonaig is followed by a cycle on the picturesque Kintyre Peninsula to catch a ferry from Tarbet to Portavadie on the Cowal Peninsula.

After another cycle ride, this time with a climb to see fabulous views over the Kyles of Bute, there is another ferry journeys to Rhubodach on the Isle of Bute and then a ride to catch a ferry from Rothesay back to Ardrossan.

More details of the route at Five Ferries Cycle

Tell us about your #ScotSpirit moments.

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A journalist, web copywriter blogger and social media chatterbox, Fiona combines her love of the outdoors – especially Scotland – with a diverse freelance work life. If she's not at her desk writing about the outdoors, she'll be outside cycling, running, kayaking, snowboarding and walking Munros. She shares her outdoors passion with partner, the G-Force. Sometimes her teenage daughter Little Miss Outdoors tags along, too.