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With its beautiful scenery and range of different terrains, Fort William is one of the best locations in Scotland for cycling. Whether you’re looking for a day out cycling with the family on gentle hills, or steep cycling tracks to get the adrenaline pumping, Fort William has something for everyone.


There are many, many routes you can choose from when you’re planning a cycle around Fort William. It’s important to be sure that you know exactly where you’re going to avoid getting lost or finding yourself in rougher terrain than you were ready for. Thankfully there are plenty of well-known cycling routes in Fort William that you should have no problem following.

Below we’ll take a look at some of the most well-known cycle routes you can enjoy in Fort William.

The Caledonian Canal Cycle & Sail Route


If you would prefer a guided cycle, there are well-established and local businesses offering this kind of service.

Clyde Cruises offers a very popular Caledonian Canal Cycle & Sail service which gives you and your family the best of worlds. Explore everything the Caledonian Canal has to offer via your bike and our finest cruise ships, it really is a memorable day out.

You can depart from Banavie or Laggan, Banavie being closer to Fort William if you happen to be visiting.

This option is great if it’s your first time in Fort William and want to get to know the area, be sure to book soon though, this service is very popular!

The Cow Hill Route


This route is an attractive option for both cyclists and those looking for a long walk; this is due mainly to the fantastic scenery you’re almost guaranteed to fall in love with. You’ll see sights like Fort William, Caol, and Corpach from high-up, a truly unique view you won’t get standing anywhere else.

For those cycling, know that this is considered at least an intermediate route, likely not too family-friendly due to there being fair bit of uphill cycling. However, if you’re an avid cyclist looking for an intermediate route with plenty of scenery, you have the perfect route.

Check out the route here.

The Glen Nevis Route


Not too far from Fort William is Glen Nevis, which has a great route for those looking for a bit of a challenge. The full route is around 15 miles long and involves going through some forest track, which will require a mountain bike to safely traverse. Traffic can be an issue if you don’t take the forest track which is why it is recommended.

Because the full route takes about 2.5 continuous hours of cycling and may feature some traffic, it tends not to be a suitable route for a full family. However, if proper safety precautions are made and your family is used to cycling, then the Glen Nevis cycling route may be just what you’re looking for.

Enjoy the intense cycle and take in all of the gorgeous scenery of the Scottish highlands on your cycle.

Check out the route here.

Get Cycling in Fort William Today

Fort William is a terrific choice for experienced cyclists and those new to cycling alike. With the large variety of routes available, with and without guidance, there’s definitely an option for anyone and everyone.

Plan your cycle today and be sure to consider spending your day on an unforgettable cruise while you’re visiting Fort William, you won’t regret it.

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