National Cycle Network To Drive Walking And Cycling Tourism In The Highlands
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Because Inverness is a big city, it also has its share of heavy traffic which is a nightmare for cyclists. However, there are plans that will enable drivers to divert from the busy main roads of the Highlands to new off-road cycle paths.
The national cycle network (NCN) covers most of Scotland on segregated routers and quiet roads but there is a wide gap across the Highlands between Great Glen and the Western Isles which the largest area in the UK that does not have an official route.
According to Sustrans, the developer of the cycle route, a feasibility study will be launched to determine new paths that riders can use to reach the West Coast and islands. Routes to ferry ports like Mallaig and Ullapool will be included. NCN will be a valuable asset for the local economy. It is also expected to drive walking and cycling tourism particularly in the Highlands and the islands.
A high level feasibility study will be undertaken to identify potential multi-modal routes for cycling and walking starting from Great Glen so that a gateway can be created for people to walk or cycle to the islands. Both tourists and locals can discover Scotland by foot or through a bike.
In Skye, a community group is already moving ahead with plans for cyclists to bypass the A87 between Skye Bridge and Broadford. The gateway in the main island is extremely busy because of the increase in the number of tourist arrivals.
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