Top most Instagrammable lochs in Scotland revealed

Loch Ness has been named the most Instagrammable Scottish loch according to new research.

To help find some more Scottish cycling spots to enjoy this summer, Jorvik Tricycles has looked at the number of Instagram hashtags used for every loch in Scotland as well as their cycling compatibility to determine the most Instagrammable lochs.

Loch Ness took the top spot with 495,000 hashtags.

1. Loch Ness

Most famously known for being home to the elusive Loch Ness Monster ‘Nessie’, Loch Ness can be admired up high in the surrounding hills or shoreline. The South Loch Ness Trail is a 30-mile route along paved paths, bridleways and a few smaller paths. For more experienced cyclists, the Loch Ness 360° is a great cycling challenge to spread across a few days. It’s a much longer 80-mile route along paved and well-maintained paths. Starting in Inverness, there are many must-stop spots along the way including Falls of Foyers, Suidhe Viewpoint, Caledonian Canal and Urquhart Castle.

2. Loch Lomond (19.7k hashtags)

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is a 23-mile-long body of fresh water which is the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain. Visitors can explore the loch’s shores, take a boat across the water or cycle around the surrounding trails to discover impressive viewpoints. There are a variety of cycle-friendly routes for all ages and abilities to enjoy. Make the most of the panoramic views and fresh air as you enjoy a leisurely ride, passing by charming villages, ancient castles and an abundance of wildlife.

3. Loch Earn (19.6k hashtags)

Loch Earn is a great spot for a range of water-based activities such as fishing, kayaking or paddleboarding. If you prefer to be on land, then there are plenty of different networks of walking and cycling trails nearby for you to make the most of the Scottish Countryside. For seasoned cyclists or new starters, there are a variety of trails to explore. The Loch Earn Loop from Lochearnheard is a 15-mile route that takes you around the loch for you to enjoy panoramic views of the tranquil waters.

4. Loch Ard (17k hashtags)

Head over to Loch Ard to admire the freshwater loch or enjoy the range of outdoor activities nearby. The Loch Ard Sculpture Trail is a great way to explore this area of the Trossachs National Park. This route is 16 miles of trails, all different kinds of terrain. You can cycle, walk or even ride your horse along this route. The Loch Ard Loop is another easy off-road route for all ages and abilities. Starting near Milton, the 3.5-mile route takes you down to Loch Ard, and onto beautiful views across The Narrows before heading back to where you started.

5. Loch an Eilein (11.2k hashtags)

Loch an Eilein

Loch an Eilein

Loch an Eilein is renowned for its small island which sits in the centre of the loch and is home to ancient castle ruins. The Loch’s unknown history adds to its intrigue. Located in the Cairngorms National Park, the towering trees and surrounding mountains make for a picturesque backdrop for cyclists. There are easy cycle routes for beginners and people to enjoy more leisurely rides, as well as more challenging trails for experienced cyclists to navigate.

6. Loch Rannoch (9.5k hashtags)

Nestled in the Scottish Highlands, you couldn’t feel further from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Keep an eye out for the Loch’s diverse range of wildlife, you may be able to spot some red deer, otters and a variety of birds. Visitors can find calm sitting at the shore, cycling around the surrounding areas, exploring by foot or taking a boat out onto the Loch itself. Quiet roads and minimal traffic make this a great place to immerse yourself in nature and take in the scenery.