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  • 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
  • Cyclist on the B 9074 road beside Loch Asta near Scalloway, Mainland
    Cyclist beside Loch Asta, Mainland
  • A couple of cyclists take a break on a rocky beach near Easting, North Ronaldsay
    Cyclists take a break on a rocky beach near Easting, North Ronaldsay
  • A family of cyclists stop to gaze out across a sandy beach at Tentsmuir Point, Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve
    A family of cyclists at Tentsmuir Point, Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve
  • Two cyclists push their bikes up Victoria Street, the Old Town
    Cyclists push their bikes up Victoria Street, the Old Town

A cycling holiday is a great way to see Scotland and with a choice of dedicated cycle routes around the country it’s just a question of where you want to start. 

Go cycling across rolling countryside, along coastal paths and through idyllic towns and villages. Bike the Highlands or the islands or wherever else you fancy, using country roads and dedicated cycle routes.  

You could plan your Scottish cycling holiday on the basis of the National Cycle Network. Route 1 runs all the way from Scotland’s border with England right up to Shetland and you’ll mainly be cycling on quiet country roads and traffic-free paths.

Besides the National Cycle Network there are lots of other routes across the regions that put the cyclist first and ensure a pleasurable cycling experience. A cycling break in Scotland makes a great family holiday.

There is plenty of cycle-friendly accommodation to choose from - the VisitScotland Cyclists Welcome scheme recognises establishments which go the extra mile to help make your trip go smoothly, from drying facilities to flexible dinner times.

Local cycling events, such as TweedLove in the Scottish Borders, are often held throughout Scotland and are a great addition to any cycling holiday whether you are spectating or participating in the cycling or social events.

Scotland has a relatively mild climate but you’ll want to bear in mind that the weather can change and be prepared for different conditions.

You’ll want a good night’s sleep after all that exercise and a local bed & breakfast is always a good option for cyclists, as are Scotland’s many excellent hostels.

There are more than 100 VisitScotland Information Centres throughout the country and the staff will be happy to help with accommodation enquiries as you pass through towns.

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