The towpath sections follow the canal and can make for an
enjoyable cycle for all the family. Team these up with the forest
routes and you can cycle across Scotland. Watch this family's
cycling trip along the canal and you will be persuaded!
Visit the Great Glen Way to buy maps to help
plan your cycling trip.
The canal really does offer something for everyone - a place to
bring learning to life, somewhere to get fit or just to
relax. Stephen Wiseman, the Canal Heritage
Officer, is helping people and communities enjoy the
Caledonian Canal's fantastic treasures - wildlife, history and
landscapes. 'We've got lots of exciting hands-on activities
to help raise awareness of the canal, from practical conservation
projects to helping local people become Canal Custodians, to
investigative research projects exploring and recording the history
and wildlife of the canal'.
From May till October check out our events list for 'Towpath
Trail' guided cycles. These are designed to introduce people
to the canal and it's rich heritage - covering more places in less
time. The events require booking but there is no
charge. Some events will be half day, some full day and
a few 'end to end' cycles taking three days and covering the
whole length west to east - 100 kms! Contact Stephen to find
out more -
NCN Route 78
The terrain of these routes and towpath is most suited to
mountain bikes, however a new cycle route is currently under
development. Sustrans plan to extend the current National Cycle
Network Route 78 from Oban to Fort William, and then follow the
canal up to Inverness.
Great Glen Mountain Bike Trails
There are many other opportunities for cycling around the
Caledonian Canal and Great Glen. The Great Glen Mountain Bike
Trails are a collection of cycling tracks at various locations
along the route. Suitable for everyone - from beginners and
families to world-class competition level.