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The Cyclist's Guide to the Cairngorms

The Cyclist's Guide to the Cairngorms

Posted by Hilton Coylumbridge, September, 2017

While we risk stating the obvious, the Cairngorms are a cyclist’s ultimate fantasy. Scotland’s most prominent mountain range and largest national park is a mecca for cycling enthusiasts. The sprawling, swirling landscapes provide the perfect backdrop to the bicycle’s adventurous wheels, as many an awe-struck past visitor will tell you. 

Each year, we welcome hordes of passionate cyclists of all levels in our midst, so it’s only natural that we’d want to show off the Cairngorms’ cycling highlights. Take a look at this fabulous selection of paths and trails to whet your appetite for a trip to our Aviemore base. Remember to pack your best cycling gear and a get suited up in your most upbeat biking spirit! 

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The Old Logging Way 

One of the most popular family-friendly routes, The Old Logging Way is a safe, off-road four-mile journey between Aviemore and Glenmore. Cycle through Loch Morlich and zip through alternating forest and loch views framed by the Cairngorm hills.   

The Snow Roads 

Stretching on for a good 90 miles, the Snow Roads include a voyage through some of Britain’s most elevated public roads – usually covered in snow in wintertime and thus giving this on-road trail its namesake. The mix of exhilarating ascents and descents cris-crosses through Grantown-on-Spey, TomintoulBallater and Braemar, all the way down to Blairgowrie. 

The Speyside Way 

The ideal starting course for beginner cyclists, this route enjoys privileged views of the Park and can be extended to include the full, 65-mile expanse of the Speyside Way joining Buckie on the Moray Firth to Aviemore. The various available stops and stunning scenery make this one a well-worn path by avid pedallers.  

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Kingussie, Kincraig & Aviemore Circuit

This 30-mile trip can be started from either Aviemore or Kingussie. Cycle through rural forests and wind around the captivating Loch Alvie. Keep to the B9512 for a direct route, or  instead take a left at Kincraig to enjoy the Highland scenery and wonderful sights of the River Spey and Loch Insh.

Hilton Coylumbridge to Loch An Eilein

Looking for a gentle ride? Join the popular cycle path from just outside our hotel grounds and experience views of the dramatic and mysterious 13th century Highland castle, or spot the exceptional wildlife of the forest, including red squirrels and Scottish crossbills.

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We also have the break pad that befits a committed cyclist – and no, we're not talking about your two-wheeled ride. Hilton Coylumbridge can host your escape to the magical countryside of Aviemore, providing all the comforts and little luxuries you need after a gruelling day or two of Cairngorm-spotting on your bike. 

Our Autumn Breaks with Prosecco are not to be missed for that special touch to your stay, and includes two breakfasts and dinners starting from just £99 per room per night. Be our guest!