Part of me wonders if the easiest way to improve the cycle link is to bolt a bike lane onto the side of the new dual carriageway between Inverness and Nairn - whenever that arrives. But actually, cycling next to four lanes of thundering traffic is pretty horrible and dangerous. Best we look for a route on by-ways and tracks.
The other day I pootled through to Inverness staying south of the A96 and avoiding busy B roads where possible and it only took two hours. Maybe it could become a proper cycle route. There's always the option of taking the road to Ardersier but of course there's a horrible bit at Delnies where you have to cycle on the A96 and cross over at a bend. And then the coast road from Ardersier into Inverness is busy and you again have to cycle for a wee bit on the A96 to get to the Balloch turn off.
Here's what I did:
It was a really enjoyable ride and the lack of traffic was bliss.
Then it was over the Kessock Bridge and around the Black Isle, stopping off at a certain brewery for refreshments! It's a hard life cycling but someone's got to do it.