The best road cycling event in the Highlands?
An Etape, when used in the context of cycling, refers to a mass participation event. In the case of the Etape Loch Ness, this is a 66-mile (106km) race on traffic free roads that take you on a full 360 degrees tour of our famous Loch. The race starts and finishes in the Highland “capital” of Inverness, and with over 5,000 riders participating this is quite possibly the best mass road cycling event in the Highlands.
For those who like a hill (or as a warning to those who don’t), there are over 900 metres of ascent throughout the course, including a “King of the Mountain” stage along a 9 km stretch that climbs 380 meters with gradients of up to 12%.
The Etape Loch Ness takes place each year in April and is a highly popular event in the Inverness calendar. Accommodation can be hard to find, and at Inverglen Guest House we are regularly booked out well in advance, so this is always one you should book early.
For a list of other events in and around Inverness do take a look at our Events Calendar.