Looking to test your mountain biking skills or simply after a leisurely cycle through stunning Scottish scenery? A weekend in the Scottish Borders is just the place to hit the pedals.
Take it from Andy Barlow. The former Scottish Junior Downhill and 2009 Scottish XC (Cross Country) Champion has been cycling the length and breadth of Scotland for over 25 years. He now runs Dirt School, based in the Tweed Valley and one of the foremost mountain bike coaching and training centres in the UK. Get to know Andy better below.
From thrilling descents on down-hill trails to quiet country roads through idyllic countryside, the Scottish Borders was quite simply made for exploration on two wheels. It’s also the home of the world-renowned 7stanes mountain biking centres: Innerleithen, Glentress and Newcastleton.
Read our weekend itinerary featuring Andy’s personal tips and recommendations for the best way to explore the Scottish Borders on bike.
Scotland is now operating a 5-level Covid-19 system on a local basis. This means different areas of Scotland will have different restrictions.
Find out what level each area is under and read more about the 5-level Covid-19 restrictions to plan and book ahead when considering your trip. You can search for businesses that are open, and Good to Go, where they have a Covid-19 risk assessment.