Cycle routes in Scotland

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  • Cycling in Kelso in the Scottish Borders
    Cycling in Kelso, Scottish Borders
  • Two cyclists look at the stunning view of the castle, which is sitting on an island in a loch, as they cycle up hill.
    Passing Castle Stalker at Appin, en-route to Oban and Fort William.
  • Directions for the Four Abbeys Cycle Route in the Scottish Borders
    The Four Abbeys Cycle Route
  • Cycling along the Edinburgh and Glasgow Union Canal in Linlithgow, West Lothian
    Cycling along the Union Canal, near Linlithgow

Scotland’s dedicated network of cycle routes has a great range of paths and trails to suit all abilities, showcasing why one of the best ways to explore Scotland is on two wheels.

Follow the country’s designated National Cycle Network (NCN), which covers over 1,500 miles of Scotland.

From traffic-free paths running through city centres, to quiet country trails and waymarked canal and railway paths, the network includes some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery and coastlines.

The 33-mile stretch between Aviemore and Slochd in the Highlands on National Route 7, and the 14-mile, mainly traffic-free Cullen to Garmouth part of National Route 1 on the Moray coast are just two of the NCN sections which are achievable in one day.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, why not enjoy a cycling holiday and take your time to explore the longer routes throughout Scotland? Book a place for you and your bike on the ferry and hop across to the Isle of Arran and National Route 73, to explore the diverse landscape, taking in the rolling southern countryside and the mountainous north.

Route 1 stretches from Scotland’s border with England, up the east coast to Shetland. Split into three large sections in Scotland, including Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Aberdeen to Shetland, via Inverness, John O’Groats and Orkney, Route 1 offers a great mix of challenging and more manageable cycle paths and trails.

Scotland’s most northerly section of Route 1 is the 109-mile stretch on Shetland, between Sumburgh Head and Nor Wick Bay. It’s not for the faint hearted, due to many challenging island routes, but cyclists will be rewarded with spectacular scenery throughout.

Whatever your cycling ability, there is a guaranteed National Cycle Network route in Scotland for you. Check out the Sustrans Scotland website and download the National Cycle Network mobile phone app for more information.

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