There is no denying that the Highlands of Scotland are breathtaking but a new cycle tour, launched today, may help you hang on to a little more of your breath than you would otherwise expect when exploring this part of the world on two wheels.

The Carter Company (www.the-carter-company.com) claims to have launched Highland Scotland’s most accessible east to west coast bike holiday, helping leisure cyclists of all ages and abilities ride from Nairn to Port Appin, a distance of 130 miles.

As this is aimed at the leisure cyclist, the distance covered each day is modest and only two of the six cycling days require more than 20 miles. The route is mostly traffic-free and takes riders through some of the Highlands’ most stunning scenery such as the Loch Ness shoreline, the Caledonian Canal through the Great Glen, historic towns and tiny fishing hamlets, and finishing along a disused railway hugging the west coast seashore. Other highlights along the way include Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last full-scale battle on British soil; Cawdor Castle, which Shakespeare used as his setting for Macbeth and the pioneering eco-village of Findhorn. To help ease any aches there’s also whisky sampling at a traditional Scottish distillery.

Bed and breakfast at seven boutique hotels is included in the £1425 per person price. Also included is hybrid electric bike hire, route guides and notes plus transportation of your luggage from hotel to hotel. The last word goes to the company founder (and route director) Wendy Carter ” I wanted to make the Highlands accessible to any standard of cyclist. Our exclusive route includes the stunning scenery and captures the romanticism of the region, without the lung-busting climbs and challenging descents that only a biking specialist could tackle.”

For more see www.the-carter-company.com/trip/cycling-holiday/in-scotland/the-highlands-coast-to-coast/