Route 7 is one of the most challenging national cycle routes. The whole thing is over 600 miles long and takes more than 50 hours to cycle and 200 hours to walk. Throughout the entire journey, you travel from Sunderland to Inverness. On the way, you will pass through two national parks and be treated to some stunning views.
Route 7 is the only national bike path that passes through The Cairngorms National Park. The trail winds its way around the western edge of the park. In doing so, it joins Pitlochry to Carrbridge. Several great rides use Route 7 and start from Aviemore. It’s a great chance to experience a part of this long-distance cycle route, without having to commit to riding the whole 600 miles!
The route starts to the north of the railway station. You head under the railway bridge before taking a left. After winding through the residential estate, you will turn onto a path that takes you through the countryside to Boat of Garten. The whole ride should take around 30 minutes. Signposts clearly mark the route. It’s a comfortable ride, so it is suitable for any level of cyclist.
The route ends at the train station in Boat of Garten. Boat of Garten is famous for its Ospreys. So, if you have time, you should head up to the RSPB reserve at Milton Loch to learn more. Once you have finished in Boat of Garten, you can either ride back or easily take the Strathspey steam train. It will drop you right back to where you started in Aviemore.
Circular Ride on Route 7 from Ravenscraig House - 9 miles
If you are looking for a circular route from Ravenscraig House, you can follow the route to Boat of Garten. From there you can cross the river Spey to follow the on-road section of Route 7, the B970, to get back to Aviemore.