- Activities and Sports - Cycling and Mountain Biking
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
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
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.
20 mile circuit with stunning landscapes in the Western Highlands near Glen Coe.
to Glasgow via Pitlochry
214 mile route through the Central Highlands,
from the Cairngorm mountains to Perthshire and Stirling
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.
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.
At Hooked on Cycling we specialise in cycling holidays
a Bike in Scotland
Tel: 01896 757 587
Tel: 01896 753 870
Hawick Cycle Centre
01450 373 352
Tel: 01896 830 880
& S Dorricot
01835 862 423
Tel: 01835 830 326
Fax: 01835 830 327
01573 228 200
01573 470 604
01721 720 501
01721 720 844
Cycling Breaks and Tours
Tel: 01556 502 979
Edinburgh EH7 6AD
Tel: 0131 652 0187
Fax: 0131 661 0474
Scottish Cycling Development Project
c/o Glasgow City
Land Services: Cycle Unit
20 Cadogan Street
Glasgow G2 7AD
Tel: 0141 287 9000
29 Blackfriars Street
Edinburgh EH1 1NB
Tel/ Fax: +44 0131 556 5560