14th February 2017

Cycling Route Guides in Scotland: Customer Favourites

cycling route guides in scotland

“Gifford Lanterne Rouge” by Co-op fan Alan

A big thank you from the Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative to all our customers who submitted their favourite routes to this page so that others can be inspired. If you’d like to share your own cycling route guide, please leave it in the comments below.

North Scotland Cycling Route Guides

Aberdeen to Udny

“A lovely route from Aberdeen to Udny, out on quiet roads, Grandholm~New Machar~Udny Green~Udny.  Perfect for a coffee run to the Coffee Apothecary in Udny (very welcoming to cyclists) returning to town on the old railway path, now part of the Formartine and Buchan Way; a fun, straightforward 50km route.” – Derek

Route Map: https://www.strava.com/activities/666551512

Banchory to the falls of Feugh

“Start off from Banchory, over the Dee Bridge, hang a right  up towards Scolty Hill  go straight ahead  to Blackhall , take the  road and then track to the Shooting Lodge  and along the river past Rapids and pools and beautiful estate house over the river keep straight up through a  magical  old  quarry pool and a final left and right  up to the Shooting Greens Car Park. Instead of going back on the high route across the hill tops. Turn left out of  car park  and scream down the hill with amazing views of Cloch na Ben (Devil’s Nose), you can even stop at the Feughside Inn for a great cup of tea and scone. Then head east along  Feughside and through  Strachan, pronounced  “Strawn”. Down last the falls of Feugh. And “hud tean” till you cross the Dee Bridge and  back to Banchory.” – Wilson

Tobermory cycling route

“Tobermory to the ferry” by Colin

A day out at Aviemore

“Cyclocross around the Cairngorms” – Scott

Route map: https://www.strava.com/activities/723294424

South Mull tour

“A beautiful tour through rugged scenery and challenging hills, visiting the less seen parts of Mull.” – Colin

Route Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/4585175

Tobermory to the ferry

“Trip round the north west coast of Mull. Quiet roads, tough climbs, breathtaking views.” – Colin

Route Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/4585200


Central Scotland Cycling Route Guides

Seaside route to North Berwick

“Nice long seaside cycle with plenty of sites, ending at North Berwick for the seabird museum and easy access for a train back – or for the really fit, the return journey!” – Alan

Route map: https://goo.gl/maps/HrBQNu1XtSA2

East Lothian

Prestonpans cycling route

“The hills of Fife” by Alasdair

“Rolling round East Lothian’s back of beyond” – Gareth

Route Map: https://www.strava.com/activities/561912831

The hills of Fife

“A trip round some of the hills near Kinross and Falkland. Not extreme, but not flat either.” – Alasdair

Route map: https://www.strava.com/routes/7373613

From Prestonpans to Edinburgh College

“From the top pans via the coastal road along musselburgh up to milton road and edinburgh college.” – Vicky

Route Map: https://goo.gl/lMWBbV

Queensferry to Edinburgh

“Ditch the car/bus/train and cycle in!” – Brian

Route Map: https://www.strava.com/activities/800277766

Gifford Lanterne Rouge 100k

“Out to Gifford via Innocent Railway, Pencaitland, East Saltoun. Great cycling cafe in Gifford. Back via Humbie, Gorebridge, Roslin Glen.” – Alan

Route map: https://www.strava.com/routes/7427872

Kelpies cycling route scotland

“California, Kelpies and Bridges” by Alan

California, Kelpies, Bridges

“Currie-Linlithgow-California on quiet and beautiful roads. Canal path to the Kelpies for a coffee stop and time with the Big Horses. off-road route via New Kincardine Bridge, good quality cycle path all the way to Culross. Return via Forth Road bridge and back roads & cycle path.” – Alan

Route Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/7427902

Dumfries to Moniaive

“A great route out from Dumfries station past the statues at Glenkilns, through  Dunscore thence to hipster village Moniaive, then back.” – Andrew

Route map: http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4466643.html

Borders Gala loop

“Beautiful, quiet loop in the Scottish borders.  A nice balance of rolling roads with a couple of lumps thrown in for fun.” – Ewan

Route map: https://www.strava.com/activities/584260609

Borders hills

“Starting and finishing in Innerleithen, this route takes in several great climbs around the Yarrow and Ettrick valleys, including Witchie Knowe, the little pass between Innerleithen and the Gordon Arms Hotel, and a few km of off-road coming out at Tibbie Shiel’s Inn by St Mary’s Loch.” – Steve

Route Map: http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4121302.html

Dunfermline to Alloa

“NCN764 follows the former rail route from the depths of Dunfermline to just outside Alloa.” – Donald

Route Map: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1241131291

California, Scotland to Moscow, Scotland

“Just south of Falkirk, there is a village called California, you can take NCR754 from there west to Glasgow and then the A77 quiet road south to the Ayrshire  village of Moscow.. Distance is 46.8 miles according to Google and  four hours to cycle.  You are then in Moscow, Ayrshire and  could make a round trip back to Edinburgh by heading south to Galston and then Sorn where you turn east to Muirkirk and then on along the A70 to cross the M74 and from there up to Carstairs then Carnwath and back to Edinburgh on the Lang Whang. Take train to Polmont if you  don’t want to cycle the first bit.” – Martin


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