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Scotland - Activities and Sports - Cycling and Mountain Biking

Cycling and Mountain Biking are very popular in Scotland, especially in the north west and in the Highlands . Scottish routes suit those who like cycling, rather than the serious biker, but you can cycle on minor roads, cycle paths, tow paths and forest trails. All routes have some hills and the best way to judge the difficulty of a route is by the daily distances.

The weather in Scotland can turn from sunny to rainy in a few hours. Although spring and autumn are usually the best periods to cycle in Scotland, don't forget to carry your waterproof top and trousers.
For security reasons, dress in bright or reflective colours, and it is wise though not compulsory to wear a helmet.

If you are planning a cycling tour in Scotland, remember that you can carry your bike on trains and ferries, but you have to pay a small charge and sometimes a reservation is required (around £.3.50). Bicycles can be trasported by bus if they are folded or dismantled and boxed.

Cycling Routes in Scotland


Hebridian Islands

The area provides a lot of cycling opportunities and it is linked to Scotland by a good ferry system.The suggested cycle route starts from the Isle of Arran, goes to the Isle of Skye and then to the outer Hebrides.

Aberdeen to John o'Groats, Orkney & Shetland via Inverness.
This route goes from Aberdeen northwards along the coast and into the the Highlands.

Glasgow to Gourock

This is a 14 mile route from Glasgow to the Firth of Clyde. It's partly on minor roads, partly along an old railway line.

Loch Leven
A 20 mile circuit with stunning landscapes in the Western Highlands near Glen Coe.

Inverness to Glasgow via Pitlochry
214 mile route through the Central Highlands, from the Cairngorm mountains to Perthshire and Stirling

The Machars Peninsula
Cycling around the Machars Peninsula you can reach the greenest pastures of Scotland and the most attractive villages of the coast. This route is 50 miles long.

Organised bike rides in and around Edinburgh
Fancy a bike ride in or near the Scottish capital? Not sure where it's safe to ride? Prefer to cycle in congenial company with a knowledgeable guide? Find an organised run that's right for you.

Worldwide cycling holidays
At Hooked on Cycling we specialise in cycling holidays in Europe.



Rent a Bike in Scotland

Gala Cycles
Tel: 01896 757 587

George Henderson Ltd
Tel: 01896 753 870

Hawick Cycle Centre
Tel: 01450 373 352

Bikesport
Tel: 01896 830 880

P & S Dorricot
Tel: 01835 862 423

Mr Christopher Rainbow
Tel: 01835 830 326
Fax: 01835 830 327

Henderson Outdoor Leisure
Tel: 01573 228 200

Houndridge Holiday Cottages
Tel: 01573 470 604

Crossburn Caravan Park
Tel: 01721 720 501

George Pennel Cycles
Tel: 01721 720 844


Useful Addresses

Galloway Cycling Breaks and Tours
Tel: 01556 502 979
Fine View,
Abercromby Road,
Castle Douglas


Scottish Cycle Union

Jim Riach
The Velodome
London Road
Edinburgh EH7 6AD
Tel: 0131 652 0187
Fax: 0131 661 0474

Scottish Cycling Development Project
David Marsh
c/o Glasgow City Council
Land Services: Cycle Unit
Richmond Exchange
20 Cadogan Street
Glasgow G2 7AD
Tel: 0141 287 9000

Cycle Scotland
29 Blackfriars Street
Edinburgh EH1 1NB
SCOTLAND
Tel/ Fax: +44 0131 556 5560


Useful Sites


Sustran.org
NorthSea-Cycle.com
Cyclists' Touring Club

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