Cycling through the Cairngorm National Park is without doubt one of the best ways of experiencing spectacular scenery and wildlife that would be impossible to access by car.
Our choice of route offers off-road sections of the Speyside Way, linking Aviemore to Boat of Garten, this is a flat, easy trail with 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains. If we time it right, catch a view of the Strathspey steam train en route.
A gentle climb from Boat of Garten, passing Loch Garten and the world-famous RSPB Osprey centre, takes us in to the ancient, wildlife-rich Caledonian pine forest, which is like no other forest in the UK. Here it’s not difficult to find somewhere quiet for a moment of pure solitude and make a genuine connection with an ancient and wild place.
Heading through the Ryvoan Pass gives wonderful views of Loch Morlich and the surrounding Cairngorms. A gentle descent takes us to Lochan Uaine (The Green Lochan) where, legend has it, the Fairies washed their clothes in the lochan and to this day it retains a magical atmosphere.
Add an optional extension to the route via stunning Loch Morlich and stop for a paddle at one of its freshwater beaches.