Cycling in Scotland

Go cycling in Scotland and experience the beauty of the country’s landscapes, seascapes, towns and cities. No matter whether you prefer a quiet country cycle or a challenging cliff-top path, there is a suitable cycle route in Scotland.

The dedicated National Cycle Network is a great place to start. Covering thousands of miles across the country, these routes include everything from flat city trails and canal paths, to the rugged landscape of the Highlands and islands. Each section of the network is graded, so you will have a clear idea of how easy or challenging your adventure is likely to be.

Scotland’s top quality bike shops offer dedicated cycle hire services to make sure cyclists have the most suitable bike for their abilities. There are also lots of handy cycle maps to choose from which outline the safest, cycle-friendly routes and are available from VisitScotland Information Centres.


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Use our dedicated Cycle Route Search to find the perfect route. Browse by keyword, postcode and type of ride or search by region and difficulty.

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Directions for the Four Abbeys Cycle Route in the Scottish Borders

National Cycling Routes

Explore Scotland’s national cycle network and enjoy discovering the country on two wheels.

Cyclists on the lochside road skirting the northern shore of Loch Katrine in the Trossachs

Cycle hire

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A cyclist passing Hermitage Castle on the Southern Borders cycle loop

Cycling holidays

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Mountain biker on the Red Trail at the Heart Stane at Dalbeattie Mountain Biking Centre

Mountain biking

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