As the sun finally came out and the forecast was dry, we decided to make a day of it and head out for a longer cycle. We started and finished in Nairn but the route can be adapted to start in Forres if you prefer.
From Nairn we took the Grantown Road to Ferness where we took the Carrbridge turning and continued along the rollercoaster-esque road passing Lochindorb. The hills are relentless, but the scenery is wonderful and definitely worth the effort. After all those hills we were ready for some breakfast, and this came in style at The Old Bakery, Carrbridge – A CTC accredited cafe where our water bottles were filled as soon as the waitress spotted them on the table.
On leaving Carrbridge, take the Inverness road where you will begin to follow Sustrans Route No. 7. This takes you to Slochd Summit [the highest point on the A9] and you will cycle on a mixture of quiet roads, cycle track and bits of the old A9, passing through Tomatin and Moy. Once more, the scenery is lovely and the hills are much gentler on the legs than those earlier on the route. At Daviot the route follows are more north easterly direction towards Culloden where we took a very slight [and well worthwhile] detour to Cantraybridge College to see a fine young fellow called Alex. This is a great place to stop and wander round the beautiful grounds where you can enjoy everything from coffee and cake to dancing parrots!
Once more refreshed we cycled the last dozen or so miles passing through Cawdor on easy flats and downhills to Nairn. A marvellous route and a great day out.
Approx. 64 miles