Scotland has so much to offer as a destination to travel to, from stunning mountains to deep blue lochs, rolling, winding tracks and white, sandy beaches with turquoise seas. With so much to see and so much to do in this stunning country, planning a cycling holiday is one of the best ways to make the most of all it has to offer. You’ll want somewhere relaxing and cosy to revive at the end of each day spent out on the bikes, so be sure to book your ideal self-catering accommodation in plenty of advance. For some of the best cycling and biking routes in Scotland, read on below!
Where’s safe for cycles?
With one of Britain’s greatest ever cyclists, Sir Chris Hoy, hailing from Scotland, the country is proud of its cycling heritage and cycle routes throughout the countries and cities are popular and regularly used. There are over 2,000 miles within the national cycle network which wind through stunning country roads and cycle paths, making them safe for the whole family – great news if you’re travelling with kids. If you want to avoid the traffic completely, then look for blue cycle route signs with red number patches on them, which highlight the 500 miles of traffic-free cycling routes which cover canal towpaths, railway paths and even off the track through the forest.
Short cycling days
If you’re looking to spend just a day or two of your holiday cycling, then there are several short cycling tips you can enjoy with friends and family. In the highlands between Aviemore and Schlod there’s a 33 mile bike ride you can do, which is on the National Route 7. If 33 miles is too much for your group, there’s a shorter 14 mile route which is free from traffic between Cullen and Garmouth, which you can enjoy together for a shorter ride.
If you’re travelling as a family, you’ll want to make sure the cycle routes you have planned are suitable for the younger members of your group. Route 7, which follows the stunning Forth and Clyde Canal, is a lovely way to spend the day as a family as part of your holiday, with plenty of great spots to take a rest whilst you enjoy a picnic! Along the way you might see the Falkirk Wheel which connects the Forth and Clyde canal with the Union Canal, or the world’s only rotating boat lift.
If mountain biking and forest trails are your thing, then Scotland has plenty to offer. Check out Devilla Forest in Fife for an adventure packed ride, but watch out for red squirrels who make these stunning forests your home. Castle Dow, Grandtully is another great location for off road cycling based in the highlands of Perthshire. The route offers a steady climb, through forests and woodland, opening out in to stunning scenery and breathtaking views. Check out the Witch’s Trials which are much revered by cycling fanatics at Aonach Mor.
If you really want to make the most of cycling in Scotland, then why not plan a holiday which requires 5-10 days cycling as you wind along the breathtaking Hebridean coastline? Following Route 780, you’ll wind through the island chain of the outer islands, passing the Calanais Standing Stones and the Butt of Lewis lighthouse. The incredible beaches offer a tempting break for a quick swim in tropical turquoise waters – though they’re tropical in appearance, not temperature! The whole route is up to 185 miles, so break up your cycling days with walking, eating and catching up with your loved ones.
Checking out the Scottish Isles is a great way to avoid hectic traffic and take in the breathtaking scenery of Scotland. If you visit the Isle of Skye, meander your way to the impressive Dunvegan Castle, which was home to the MacLeod clan for over 800 years, and, with it’s world famous whiskey, be sure to check out Talisker’s distillery.
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