Cycling in Southern Scotland

The Scottish Borders to the south east of the country are a varied and fascinating region which is fantastic for cycling. From long distance routes to gentle family rides, there is something for everyone, whatever their age and fitness level. So hop on your bike and come and see what this area between Berwick Upon Tweed and Edinburgh has to offer. You will find cycling in southern scotland to be more interesting, beautiful and varied than you ever imagined. Here are a few route suggestions for excellent rides:

– Long Distance

The Border Loop is a 250 mile route that takes you down quiet country lanes that will lead you to much of the best of what this region has to offer, from castles and abbeys to hills and valleys, this varied and sometimes steep route will take most cyclists around a week to complete, though it could take a lot longer if, as is tempting, you keep stopping to admire the view.

– Mountain Biking

If you are into mountain biking in Britain then you will be doubt have heard of the 7stanes. These mountain bike trails scattered over southern Scotland provide adventure and adrenaline to keen mountain bikers. Glentress and Innerleithen are good for all ability levels and can be fun for all the family, providing some of the best mountain bike trails in the country.

– A Day Ride

For a pleasant day ride, why not try the 19 mile loop from Hawick nicknamed Cavers and Stobs. There are some long steeps on this route but if you take it easy, it is not too much of an endurance grind and the views gained by the increase in altitude are exceptional, making it all worth while. Another option from Hawick is to head on the Denholm loop, 14.5 miles with a few steepish sections, but some lovely downhill stretches and an easy last leg back into Hawick.

– An Easy Family-Friendly Ride

Families and other recreational cyclists may enjoy the five mile Tweed Valley Railway Path, which runs along the river Tweed in the route of the old railway. This is an easy and pleasant cycle that can be undertaken even with young children. Another option is a five mile circular route from Melrose up by Abbotsford. There is a short climb but it is not too challenging.

Throughout southern Scotland you will find a whole variety of cycling options. Cycling is a good way to explore the beautiful scenery and varied historic and cultural attractions of this region.

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