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Cycling Holidays and Lazy Cycle Routes in Northern Scotland

Cycling for Sheer Enjoyment rather than Achievement

Our B&B in Culrain is an ideal place to stay if you enjoy lazy cycling and wish a relaxing, non-strenuous cycling holiday (we offer discounts for stays of more than one night and we have a come-and-go-as-you-please policy, ideal for those wetter and windier days). There are several easy cycle routes along relatively flat quiet country roads directly from the house which enable you to explore a wide area of countryside, villages, beaches, lochs, rivers, woodland, and even as far as the mountains of the west. We are about 1km from a small railway station which means you can arrive with your bicycle on public transport (call Scotrail first to arrange reservation for bicycles). We have a lockable garage for cycle storage and we can provide evening meals and packed lunches as well as breakfasts which can be as late as you like! There is a bicycle shop which offers cycle hire in Ardgay and a local cycling club associated with it. We will be adding more lazy routes as we explore the area.

We are also located on the North Sea stretch of the National Cycle Network, and form part of one variation of the Land's End to John O'Groats cycle route that avoids the busy A9. However, please bear in mind that for advance bookings, especially during the peak season, we are orientated towards longer stays rather than single night stopovers. There are guest houses and cheap hotels in Edderton, Ardgay, Bonar Bridge, Invershin and Lairg which are probably better suited to you if you need to book a short stay ahead of time during the busier months. Why not stop here for a few days for rest and relaxation, free of packing and unpacking and carrying panier bags, and explore the beautiful cycle routes in the locality and discover this relatively unknown part of Scotland?

We are also on the Kyle of Sutherland Mountain Bike Trails and are near some excellent high quality tracks suited for easy off-road cycling, such as in Glen Alladale, Glen Calvie and Glen Einig.

Here are some fairly easy cycle routes from short to long:

Culrain to Ardgay and Bonar Bridge, and back (about 10 miles).

A beautiful cycle ride through rolling farmland and views of the Kyle of Sutherland, crossing the beautiful River Carron. From Ardgay you can use the pavement to cycle through to Bonar Bridge and visit an outdoor geological display in the form of a stone circle by the river, and have coffee in the village. Return via the same route - fine views both directions!

Culrain to Ardgay and Strathcarron, and back (about 18 miles).

This is similar to the above, but just before the bridge over the River Carron take the right turn to Croick and cycle up the strath along a fairly flat road until you reach a junction on the left with a bridge over the river near East Amat and waterfalls. Stop here to enjoy the falls - access to the falls is from just before the bridge.

When you reach the falls, you also can go further into the strath and explore the the Amat Forest area along other fairly flat, quiet and gently undulating roads, and also cycleable tracks that take you deeper into the mountains. We can recommend some routes here.

Return via the other side of the river, on a gently undulating road (or the same way if you want to be really lazy!). This takes you to the outskirts of Ardgay (Gledfield) where you turn left, then right after the bridge to rejoin the road to Culrain.

Culrain to Rosehall, Invershin and back via Bonar Bridge and Ardgay (28 miles).

This follows a reasonably easy route along the Kyle of Sutherland into its upper reaches, crosses a bailey bridge, goes through Rosehall where there are delightful waterfalls and Achness Hotel where you can have lunch.

A detour here takes you up Glen Cassley with views of Ben More Assynt. It seems pretty flat though we have not been up here yet.

There is a climb out of Rosehall for the main route which then drops down and carries along the flat north side of the Kyle beside pretty farming country and wildflower meadows, then joins the road from Lairg to Bonar Bridge. (You can return via a shortcut via the Invershin footbridge so long as you are happy to carry your bicycle up some steps. The bridge with its steps are part of the National Cycle Network!) At Bonar Bridge you can have refreshments and then make for Ardgay, and head back to Culrain that way.



Longer but still easy cycle routes > on the next page.

Cycling in Northern Scotland - Culrain, Sutherland

The road through Culrain from Balvaig to the railway station

Cycling in Northern Scotland - road through Strathcarron

The road through Strathcarron (north side)

Cycling in Northern Scotland - road through Amat Forest

The road through Amat Forest, Strathcarron

Cycling in Northern Scotland - road to East Amat

The road through East Amat, Strathcarron

Cycling in Northern Scotland - Kyle of Sutherland from the Invershin to Rosehall road

Kyle of Sutherland from the Rosehall - Invershin road

Cycling in Northern Scotland - Track through Glen Alladale

Easy off-road cycling through Glen Alladale

 

 

A delightful cycle ride is from our house to Ardgay

Cycling in Northern Scotland - view from the road from Culrain to Ardgay
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