Nestled in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, the town of Fort William acts as a gateway to the western Scottish Highlands. Fort William proudly positions itself as the outdoor capital of the UK, and for good reason. The town is surrounded by some of Scotland’s finest scenery, most of which is accessible via a series of spectacular cycling routes.
Cycling routes in Fort William
Best for off-road thrills: Glenn Nevis
Glen Nevis runs east from Fort William and is home to three of Britain’s highest waterfalls, as well as the mountain Ben Nevis. The Glen Nevis cycle route is 15 miles in length, providing you with a half day ride through offbeat trails and single track roads. Take in the Roaring Mill Waterfalls, swing by the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre and stop for a picnic at the picturesque Paddy’s Bridge.
Best full day trips: Loch Oich Circular
The Loch Oich Circular route requires you to set aside a full day, with the round trip featuring no less than 52 miles of gorgeous trails. Suitable for intermediate riders, the route heads north from Fort William towards Loch Oich – taking in roads and secluded pathways. Cycle along disused railway lines en route to the loch, then stop off for lunch at The Barge pub before taking in the sublime loch side views.
Best road ride: Liddesdale Loop
The Liddesdale Loop Road Ride covers over 40 miles of winding country roads. Hop on the short ferry ride over to Corran and follow the A861 through picturesque spots such as Glen Tarbert and Kingairloch. Prepare for stunning scenery, cosy pubs and challenging hillside roads.
Best for a challenge: West Highland Way
The West Highland Way is a long distance walking route which cuts through 96 miles of Highland terrain. Check it out for yourself by following the West Highland Way cycling trail, which follows a demanding, uphill section suitable for experienced riders. Head north out of town before joining a forest track featuring rocky sections and a flight of steps requiring you to carry your bike. It’s worth it though; the views are incredible!