Scotland Tour – Speyside to Rosemarkie using the National Cycle Network

Tour duration: 3 days, 4 nights
Total length of tour: 120 miles
Total cycling time: 15 hours 15 minutes

Scotland overview

The Scotland tour takes you through the beautiful Scottish Highlands, travelling through traditional Scottish villages, ancient woodland, exposed moorland, coastal roads and rolling green pastures along the way.

Your tour will begin at our Speyside Club Site – a relaxing site nestled in woodland. The nearby Spey Bay is home to The Whale and Dolphin Society Wildlife Centre offering a number of lookout points for dolphin spotting. There is also plenty to do nearby including the famous Distilleries in the area - Speyside houses over 50 of them, with several close to the campsite. Other attractions local to Speyside include the Walkers Shortbread Factory and the Strathspey Railway running trains from Grantown-on-Spey to Aviemore.

The first day of your tour will see you travelling across the highlands to Nairn, where you will have the opportunity to see an array of Scottish countryside. This pretty campsite is set in the Highland forest and is close to a blue flag beach where you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of dolphins playing in the sea. This campsite is perfect for culture lovers, with several castles, battle sites and forts in the area.

Day 2 of your tour will see you travelling south west towards Dingwall, where you will spend the third night of your tour. Dingwall is a great base for exploring the Scottish Highlands, so you may want to spend some extra nights here to see the area. The area is well-served by the railways, so you could take train trips to Kyle of Lochalsh or Thurso and Wick. Other local attractions include Ben Wyvis Nature Reserve, Moniak Castle and Loch Ness, where you can go in search of Nessie.

The final leg of your holiday will take you to Rosemarkie, a popular campsite on the shores of the Moray Firth. This site has beautiful views across the bay where you may be able to spot dolphins, or you could take the short walk to Chanonry Lighthouse to watch the seals. Inverness is a bus ride from the campsite, while Black Isle Brewery, the ruins of Castle Urquart and Black Isle Wildlife Park are all nearby.

The map above shows the whole route of your holiday, while the links below will give a detailed map and step-by-step instructions for each leg of the tour.

Leg 1: Speyside to Nairn

Leg 1: Speyside to Nairn

On the first leg of your holiday you will travel north east through the Scottish Highlands, as you journey from Speyside to Nairn.

Leg 1: Speyside to Nairn

Leg 2: Nairn to Dingwall

Leg 2: Nairn to Dingwall on the National Cycle Network

On the second leg of your cycling holiday through the Scottish Highlands, you will be travelling west from Nairn to Dingwall.

Leg 2: Nairn to Dingwall

Leg 3: Dingwall to Rosemarkie

Leg 3: Dingwall to Rosemarkie on the National Cycle Network

On the third leg of your holiday, you will travel from Dingwall to Rosemarkie; travelling along the beautiful Cromarty Firth.

Leg 3: Dingwall to Rosemarkie

Sustrans National Cycle Network

If you're a cycle commuter, a leisure walker or a long-distance bike tourer, join the million plus people that love using Sustrans' well-signed National Cycle Network every single day. Spanning the UK, the Network's 13,400 miles of walking and cycling routes include traffic-free paths, quiet roads and lanes, and themed long-distance routes. It's co-ordinated by Sustrans, the charity that's enabling people to travel by foot, bike and public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.

We can help you to extend your cycle tour and explore every corner of the UK by bike with our wide range of maps and guidebooks.

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