Bike-run-bike to Loch Ness

Loch Ness at Aldourie pier

I found myself with an all-too-rare day with nothing planned today, so decided to go for a nice little trail run down at Dores. And what’s the best way to get to Dores? On the bike, of course!

Following the quiet roads and short sections of cycle path, I headed to the village on the edge of Loch Ness. There’s covered cycle parking beside the bus stop so I left the wheels and headed into Torr Wood to follow a four-mile run that features in Scottish Trail Running.

It takes you through lovely woodland to Aldourie, on a little detour to glimpse the castle then back round the edge of Loch Ness to the beach at Dores.

I didn’t fancy coming straight home so took my own detour on the bike to climb the long hill to the Loch Ashie crossroads. The effort is worth it for the long descent and fabulous view over Inverness and the Moray Firth.

Looking over Loch Ness from above Dores beach

John Davidson, author and journalist, shares his love of the great outdoors from Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland

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