Enjoy Scotland’s rugged scenery on two wheels off the beaten track

Bikepacking has become a popular way of exploring Scotland on two wheels. The country is spanned by a multitude of Drovers Roads, Military Roads and other historic paths, some of which once provided key routes from the Highlands to the Lowlands, and from coast to coast. Nowadays those historic pathways provide a unique network to explore Scotland on two wheels, while Scottish Hostels provide the ideal place to stay on your bikepacking journey, to meet like-minded bikepackers and share your stories.

Our highlights

There are many bikepacking routes in Scotland, which cater to different abilities or riders. Short or long, gravel bike, mountain bike, road bike, e-bike or touring bike, we have selected our highlights below to give you an idea. With the help of Bikepacking Scotland these are our top recommendations.

  • The Highland Trail 550 (7-14 days) - Very possibly Scotland’s most scenic and hardest bikepacking route. Traversing the Highlands and starting and finishing at Tyndrum, the Highland Trail 550, which is also an annual event, was devised by Alan Goldsmith and has captured the imagination of many bikepackers worldwide.
  • The Badger Divide (3 - 5 days) - Connecting Inverness with Glasgow, Stu Allan’s Badger Divide is a great coast-to-coast bikepacking expedition, including the Corrieyairack Pass, one of Scotland’s most challenging, but super scenic off-road passes. 
  • The Alternative North Coast 500 (4 - 7 days) - You can also bikepack the full North Coast 500 route, but this alternative version from Bikepacking Scotland includes the Bealach na Bà, one of the toughest road climbs in Scotland, spiced up with great off-road sections.
  • The John Muir Way (2 - 5 days) - One of Scotland’s Great Trails, the John Muir Way offers a unique coast-to-coast bikepacking journey through Scotland’s landscapes, history and heritage, linking Helensburgh in the west with Dunbar, the birthplace of John Muir, in the east. For first-time bikepackers it provides good transport links and can be completed either in one or various journeys.
  • The Caledonia Way (4 - 8 Days) - Connecting Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre with Inverness, the Caledonia Way is another coast-to-coast journey. Mostly on tarmac, but often on traffic free cycle paths, the route takes you along Scotland’s Adventure Coast (Argyll) and through the Great Glen to the Capital of the Highlands - Inverness. 
  • The Wild About Argyll Trail & Bikepacking Argyll’s Islands (7 - 14 days) - Suitable for gravel and mountain bikes, the Wild About Argyll Trail & Bikepacking Argyll’s Islands Trail provide an amazing adventure on gravel tracks, forest roads, singletrail, quiet roads and cycle paths. And if you are not cycling, there’s plenty of opportunity to taste whisky and craft beers, go island hopping, swim in crystal clear water, breathe pure air, watch magnificent sunsets and see starry skies that will take your breath away.
  • Highland Perthshire Drovers Trail (3 - 5 days) - An off-road journey steeped in history through a wide variety of Scottish landscapes and small market towns and villages. Starting and finishing in Pitlochry, it features the remote and scenic glens in the Cairngorms National Park, the River Tay, Scotland’s longest river, Scotland’s smallest and oldest distillery, ancient drove roads and some of the best gravel paths that the Highlands have to offer.
  • Go East Lothian Trail (1 - 2 days) - Perfect for families, microadventures or a long day ride in all seasons, the Go East Lothian Trail offers a (mostly) flat and very accessible adventure close to Scotland’s capital Edinburgh.


Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Scotland’s outdoors provides great opportunities for open-air recreation and education, with great benefits for people’s enjoyment, and their health and well-being. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 ensures everyone has statutory access rights to most of Scotland’s outdoors, if these rights are exercised responsibly, with respect for people’s privacy, safety and livelihoods, and for Scotland’s environment. Equally, land managers have to manage their land and water responsibly in relation to access rights.


The Code is based on three key principles:

  • Respect the interests of other people.
  • Care for the environment.
  • Take responsibility for your own actions.


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Why are Scottish Hostels great for bikepackers?

Lots of our hostels have facilities tailored to bikepackers and tourers. Scottish Hostels offer you:


  • Secure bike storage
  • Drying rooms for your wet kit
  • Laundry facilities
  • Bike wash facilities
  • Local bike repair and hire shops
  • Local knowledge 


If you want to find which of our hostels are suitable for bikepackers, you can see the full list below or use our search facility.

Our bikepacking friendly hostels

Argyll Backpackers

Argyll Backpackers Loch Fyne Lodge Inverneil Ardrishaig PA30 8ES

Conveniently located on the A83 between Mid-Argyll and Kintyre and just minutes from the NCR78, Argyll Backpackers is an amazing purpose-built 'gre...

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Argyll Backpackers

Conveniently located on the A83 between Mid-Argyll and Kintyre and just minutes from the NCR78, Argyll Backpackers is an amazing purpose-built 'gre...
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Campbeltown Backpackers Hostel

Campbeltown Backpackers Hostel is excellent low cost accommodation with 4 stars from Visit Scotland. The Hostel has every facility you need as a ba...
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The Dolphin Inn

The Dolphin Inn has a stylish retro vintage interior which extends through its ten rooms, all situated on two upper floors. These include twins, do...
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Comrie Croft Andrew Donaldson

Comrie Croft is a place where you really can get away from it all and be only an hour from Glasgow or Edinburgh. The accommodation is in a lovely o...
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Tomrannoch Hostel

Tomrannoch Bunkhouse is set in the beautiful Trossachs, arguably the loveliest area in Scotland. We are situated on the side of Loch Earn, ten minu...
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Heart of Glencoe Holidays

Heart of Glencoe Holidays, previously known as Glencoe Independent Hostel is owned and run by outdoor enthusiasts Cat and Phil and their young fami...
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Great Glen Hostel

If you are walking or cycling the Great Glen Way we are just minutes from the track, one mile north of Laggan Locks - either one or two days' walk...
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Saddle Mountain Hostel

Welcome to Saddle Mountain Hostel. We're a small and friendly 5 star hostel, located in the village of Invergarry in Scotland's Great Glen. The 20...
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Morag's Lodge

Our cosy 4* Loch Ness hostel offers superb budget, dog-friendly accommodation in Fort Augustus on the Great Glen Way. Whether you arrive alone or w...
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Black Isle Hostel

Based in the centre of Inverness, our hostel is conveniently located only minutes from both the train and bus stations. Bringing brewery life to th...
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Forest Way Bunkhouse

Forest Way delivers quality Bunkhouse accommodation set in the stunningly beautiful area of the North West Highlands. We are located nine miles sou...
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Badrallach Bothy

On the shores of Little Loch Broom, under the gaze of An Teallach, Badralloch Bothy offers fine hostel accommodation for walking and climbing in th...
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