There are loads of opportunities to get out on your bike. We are keen cyclists and Saddle Mountain is a bike friendly hostel. We have space to store your bike, tools and cleaning facilities for you and your bike! If you don’t have your own bike, you can hire one in Fort Augustus, Fort William and Inverness.
On The Road
If you like climbing and descending you’ll be in your element on the Highland roads. Why not try one of our local rides?
- Glen Doe climb – warm up on the cycle from Saddle Mountain Hostel to Fort Augustus before tackling Glen Doe, our very own Monte Zoncolan! It climbs 410 metres over 8.5 km with gradients of 12% in places. While you catch your breath at the top, remember to take in the views. Continue on the south side of Loch Ness for a longer ride or enjoy the descent back into Fort Augustus.
- Invermoriston and Invergarry loop – cycle this 69 km route in either direction from the hostel (A82, A887 and A87). You’ll be rewarded with some great Highland scenery. At the Glengarry viewpoint on the A87 look west along Loch Garry and see if you can spot the “Map of Scotland”.
- Bealach Ratagan and Isle of Skye circuit – starting in Glenshiel this 62 km route has it all. Another big climb of 330 metres on what’s been described as the closest Britain has to an alpine pass (“Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs”). Plus cycling past Eilean Donan Castle, mountains and lochs and a ferry ride between Glenelg and the Isle of Skye.
- Kinlochhourn road – another scenic cycle from our front door. This there and back cycle follows a quiet single track road out to the west coast along the shores of Loch Garry and Loch Quoich to the head of Loch Hourn. It’s 43 km each way.
- Étape training – get yourself in shape for that étape or sportive event you’ve signed up for with some training miles. Our very own Étape Loch Ness takes place at the end of April.
If you enjoy riding your bike off-road, or want to challenge yourself on technical downhill or cross-country trails there are lots of options to choose from in the area. Here are some ideas:
- Test your nerve downhill mountain biking at the Nevis Range in Fort William. Take the gondola up the mountain and choose either the orange extreme or red route to ride back down. Can you beat the fastest time to cover the 555m descent to the bottom?
- If you want to see how it’s done first, why not check out the dates of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William?
- Head to Glencoe Mountain Resort for more downhill challenges. Take the chairlift and pick the black or red route down the mountain. Back at the Nevis Range you could ride your mountain bike on one of the popular Witch’s Trails.
- Slightly further away you’ll find a range of cross-country trails at Laggan Wolftrax on the road to Newtonmore and the Glencoe Mountain Resort.
- Why not create your own route? Ride along a section of the Great Glen Way, follow the Caledonian Canal or explore the local forest tracks. Combine all of these for an enjoyable trip round Loch Oich starting in Fort Augustus. Pushing optional at the steeper sections on the west side!
If you’re cycling the Great Glen Way, making the journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats or touring the Highlands by bike come and stay overnight at Saddle Mountain Hostel. We have bike cleaning and laundry facilities and a safe place to store your bike and gear.