Discover the Caledonian Canal by Bike

The Caledonian Canal provides the perfect route to enjoy a cycle. Take a leisurely ride along the towpath, or mountain bike along the Great Glen Way.

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.

NCN Route 78

The terrain of these forest routes and towpath is most suited to mountain bikes or hybrids and National Cycle Network Route 78 the Caledonian Way travels from Oban to Fort William, and then on to Inverness.

We’re expecting 2021 to be another bumper year for post-lockdown visits, so the routes are likely to be much busier than usual. To reduce the pressure on the sensitive environment of the Great Glen, we’re encouraging paddlers, walkers & cyclists to book accommodation in commercial campsites, B&Bs, hostels, guest houses or hotels rather than wild camping on their journey.

Championship Mountain Biking

Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, is great for mountain bikers and cyclists. With exciting single track trails, world class downhill, miles of gentle forest routes, flat canal paths, an abundance of wilderness routes to discover and quiet Highland roads, the area is perfect for all types of mountain bikes and cyclistsCheck out the Witch’s Trails near Banavie in Fort William, for a spellbinding brew of world class biking.

The canal towpaths are mixed-use routes and are enjoyed by a variety of users including walkers, anglers, cyclists, horse-riders, users with disabilities, portaging canoeists and maintenance vehicles. Find out your rights and responsibilities in Scotland’s outdoors with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.