Scottish Highlands voted best holiday destination in the WORLD!

Despite the clouds of biting midges and heavy rainfall - with Fort William in the Highlands officially the wettest place in Britain, with 1,800mm of rainfall - just under 6ft - every year, the scenic region beat all comers.

It even pushed New York, the African plains and the Inca-trail to Machu Picchu off the top spot to be crowned the best place to go in the world.

The research, in a poll of 2,000 seasoned travellers, by Wanderlust Magazine found that the Highlands had a 98% 'satisfaction rating'.

Home to the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis at 4,411ft, and with a population of around 235,000, the Highlands cover 10,085 square miles. Kyoto, Japan, famed for its historic temples and shrines, trailed in the wake of the Highlands by just one percent, gaining a 97% satisfaction score.

New York only got a 91% satisfaction score, with a trip to the plains of Namibia in Southern Africa getting a 96% satisfaction rating.

So, what is the best way to explore the Highlands? By bike of course!

There’s lots of great cycle routes for all abilities in the area. See route links below or call in and have a chat if you are planning a highland adventure.

Explore by Mountain Bike

For a truly epic one day ride of nearly 50 miles in a fantastic Highland setting try the Tour de Ben Nevis as per the No Fuss Events event. See the full detail of the route here.

Looking for a half day ride?

Take a 10 mile (15km) leisurely flat cycle along The Great Glen Way to The Caledonian Canal where you can enjoy a Cake and Coffee or a lunch stop at the Moorings Hotel. On the cycle route stop to admire Old Inverlochy Castle. Return via the back road before rejoining the Great Glen Way back to Fort William.

An alternative route? Take a bike ride up Glen Nevis. This 15 mile ride is great for an easy ride close to town. Cycle to the top of the Glen, stop to admire the amazing views, then return to town.

For an overview of the cycle friendly routes in nearby Leanachan Forest see here.

Leanachan Forest

Explore by Road Bike

The Kingairloch Loop – 65 miles

This scenic route is accessed from Fort William by the Treslaig Ferry. Take the ferry to join Sustrans Route 78 to Corran before heading on to Strontian where there’s a lovely tea shop. From Strontian return on yourself for a couple of miles to take the Lochaline Road. Head up the hill for 3 miles and on to the Kingairloch signpost. Turn in, follow the road to the coast, on to Corran and then return to Treslaig for the ferry. See the route here.

West Highland 100 - 100 miles

Try a fantastic 100 mile cycle route in the West Highlands. The challenge is a road cycle which takes in the most amazing West Highland scenery visiting Glenfinnan Monument, The Seven Men of Moidart

Carry on to Kinlochmoidart then on to the famous tea room at the Ariundle Centre at Strontian. After refuelling, take the road back to Strontian before heading to Corran and back up the West side of Loch Linnhe to return to Fort William using the Camusnagaul ferry.

Glenfinnan Monument

For more epic ride ideas - Check out our post on 10 of Scotland's most incredible bike rides

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The top world destinations - a mix of cities, regions and countries and their satisfaction ratings are as follows;

1 - Scottish Highlands - 98%

2 - Kyoto, Japan - 97%

3 - Namibia, Southern Africa- 96%

4 - Inca trail to Machu Picchu, Peru - 96%

5 - New Zealand - 96%

6 - Vietnam - 94%

7 - India - 93%

8 - Amsterdam - 92%

9 - New York - 91%

10 - Vancouver, Canada - 91%

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