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Scottish COAST TO COAST


Route Summary

Sweep along curving lanes through the hills, forests and towns of the Scottish Borders and Midlothian. This country-crossing cycling adventure starts at seaside Annan and winds north through market towns and valleys bounded by round, heather-quilted hills on its way to historic Edinburgh.

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Friendly towns such as Peebles and Moffat provide the perfect places to pause between long stretches through the Southern Uplands and the Moorfoot Hills. The Scottish Coast to Coast is often so straightforward to follow that you can turn your mind to the beauty of the countryside and the enjoyment of the ride, with no need to bury your nose in your map.

This is the ideal route if you're looking to relax and take in the world around you at your own pace. There are several off-road options if you're interested in straying from the bitumen and out onto forest paths.


TOURING HIGHLIGHTS

Moffat's high street is full of excellent cafes and restaurants, each with outdoor seating so you can sit with your bicycle. We enjoyed a delicious toastie from The Rumblin' Tum, while Jack and Rachel's Tea Room offers spectacular cakes and teas. The town also boasts Scotland's oldest chemist and shortest street - and the narrowest hotel in the world!

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The Devil's Beef Tub viewpoint provides views back down into Annandale, made all the more rewarding by the difficult climb up to it.

Riding between the enfolding slopes of the Moorfoot Hills, sometimes shadowed by delicate streams, is one of the most relaxing experiences to be had: the route follows the same smooth ribbon of bitumen for the majority of this section, so all you need do is pedal and drink in the Scottish countryside.

The grounds of Dalmeny House give way to coastal riding as the Firth of Forth comes into view over the estuary: a towering final view as the ride comes to its conclusion amongst the sights and shops of South Queensferry.

ELEVATION VARIED

The route undulates gently at its start, although steeper climbs feature on the off-road alternative through the Forest of Ae. After Moffat, a sharp off-road climb leads the way to the Devil's Beef Tub viewpoint. This can be replaced by a gradual on-road ascent to the same point, after which the trail slopes down into the Tweed Valley.

A few short but steep climbs feature between Peebles and Innerleithen, after which steady gradients lead over the Moorfoot Hills to a largely downhill ride into Dalkeith. From here, it's smooth, easy riding to the route's finish at the Forth Bridge.

Route profile

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THE TERRAIN

  • Traffic-free cyclepaths
  • Country roads
  • Village streets
  • Railpaths
  • Optional off-road sections

© Sam Saunders

The Scottish Coast to Coast starts with a choice: to keep to smooth bitumen roads from Annan, or to take a tougher off-road detour via Dumfries and the Forest of Ae. This detour involves rocky sections that demand wide tyres at the very least.

After Moffat, there's a choice of routes to the Devil's Beef Tub viewpoint: an off-road climb or a section of A road, not particularly busy but occasionally shared by logging vehicles.

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Route Details

Length: 125.5 miles / 201 km
Start & end: Annan / Forth Bridge
Season: 19th March to 24th December

Itineraries


TOUR CODE ITINERARY NO LUGGAGE
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C-SC2C1 3 nights, 2 days £225 £315 Epic More Info Book Now
C-SC2C2 4 nights, 3 days £295 £385 Hard More Info Book Now
C-SC2C3 5 nights, 4 days £360 £470 Moderate More Info Book Now

The above itineraries show our preferred overnight stops. If accommodation is unavailable at any of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.

Please note that if you choose not to book luggage transfers for your holiday, you must make sure that you are able to carry all of your luggage with you for the duration of the holiday, whether this be via the use of panniers or any other method you wish. Ensure that you test the weight of your luggage while riding well in advance, so that you are comfortable transporting your own luggage during your holiday. We particularly recommend booking mountain biking holidays with lugagge transfers included.


Pricing Information

Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are riding on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:

  • Solo rider supplement: £45 per person / per night
  • Single supplement: £20 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

  • Extra night (Standard) : £50 per person / per night
  • Extra night (South Queensferry) : £60 per person / per night

What's Included

  • Accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • A comprehensive information pack containing maps and/or guide books, a full itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information

Detailed travel information is sent to you in your holiday pack, but we have provided a summary below.


By Air
The most convenient major cities and international airports are Edinburgh, Newcastle, and Leeds Bradford.

By Rail
There is a railway station at the start of the route (Annan), and at the end of the route (Forth Bridge) in North Queensferry.

From London - You can catch a train from London Euston to Annan changing at Carlisle.

Please note that most train lines will allow for bikes to be taken on board. We advise that you check on https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ as you may need to book a space for your bike or there may be a limit as to how many bikes the train can store.

By Car
For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Please note that most buses in the UK are unable to store bikes on board so we would recommend avoiding this form of transport.

Return to Start
The easiest way to return to the start of the route is by taking a train from Dalmeny/North Queensferry rail station to Annan.

Extra Night / Rest Day

As you cycle from coast to coast across Scotland's beautiful, wild landscape, you may find yourself in need of a little break from time to time, in order to rest and recover before continuing on the trail, or simply to spend time enjoying the locations along the way. Feel free to add in as many extra nights to your holiday as you like, and make the most of your time on this stunning route.

Annan is a lovely town at the beginning of the trail, and is worth an extra night's stay in order to explore the local area or simply to enjoy a restful wander before embarking on your cycling holiday. The town itself is home to an assortment of historical landmarks, including the Georgian Bridge House, the Victorian Town Hall, the High Street War Memorial and the Old Parish Church, among many other sandstone buildings of interest and fascinating examples of architecture. As well as this, Annan has plenty of places to eat and drink, and hosts various activities such as walking, cycling, fishing, birdwatching and golf, giving you the chance to stretch your limbs, indulge in your hobbies and prepare to take to the trail.

Nestled in the heart of Southern Scotland, Moffat is a vibrant, bustling town offering the warmest of Scottish welcomes. The local area has a rich heritage and history, along with a thriving cultural and creative scene and even conservational status, offering endless opportunities for exploration and discovery to suit every taste. The local nature reserves are a must-visit for wildlife lovers, while budding historians will enjoy discovering the rich architecture of the town centre. Moffat also has a variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes, as well as a specialist cycling shop, just in case your gear needs a little TLC.

Another location to consider is Innerleithan, the eighth largest settlement in the Scottish Borders with evidence of inhabitation dating back as far as the pre-Roman era. Among a variety of cultural and heritage sites, the town has a Cultural Interpretation Centre and a beautiful garden at St. Ronan's Wells, and also hosts the historic Traquair House, the oldest continually inhabited country house in Scotland. There are also plenty of woodland walks and private botanic gardens to explore, as well as a good choice of activity options such as golf courses, cycling routes and tennis courts.

The capital city of Edinburgh is a fantastic choice for an extra night's stay, offering a vast amount to see and do. Walk between the stone townhouses in the World Heritage Site of Old Town and New Town; visit Edinburgh Castle, perched atop the remains of an extinct volcano; or take in the incredible city skyline from Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park, not to mention the countless museums, galleries, theatres and other landmarks that Edinburgh offers. There is certainly something here to satisfy everyone's tastes, including modern and traditional shops, markets, bars and restaurants galore, as well as plenty of health centres and spas for those in need of a little TLC to help prepare for the last leg of the journey.


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GRADE 1: Beginner

Daily distance: approx. 10 – 20 miles / 16 – 32 km
These itineraries are perfect for beginner cyclists, families or explorers eager to sight-see along the route. Expect plenty of time to relax along the way thanks to short-mileage days, with barely a hill in sight!

GRADE 2: Easy

Daily distance: approx. 15 – 25 miles / 24 – 40 km
With longer-mileage days, these itineraries will suit occasional riders who want a bit more of a challenge. As they still steer clear of steeper or more frequent climbs, they're perfect for quick riding, so you can still make plenty of time for lunch or a spot of exploration.

GRADE 3: Moderate

Daily distance: approx. 20 – 40 miles / 32 – 64 km
Longer daily distances team with a few challenging sections on these itineraries, ideal for regular cyclists confident in their fitness. Exploration stops may require an extra rest day - but there should still be time for a relaxing lunch!

GRADE 4: Hard

Daily distance: approx. 25 – 50 miles / 40 – 80 km
If you're looking to test your abilities as a keen cyclist, these are the itineraries for you. The daily mileages aren't just high, they may also include tough or frequent climbs. Get ready to pedal hard and push yourself!

GRADE 5: Epic

Daily distance: approx. 50 miles + / 80 km +
For these itineraries, you're going to need previous experience cycling long distances over consecutive days. Each is designed to test your strength and your stamina, with high mileage days and tough, frequent climbs.

*** Occasionally our itineraries can straddle between two levels of difficulty, such as 'Easy-Moderate' or 'Hard-Epic' etc. This can be for a number of reasons, such as if there is a wide range of distances between the days of the itinerary, or if the distances are ‘Easy’ but the hills and terrain involved are a bit tricky and more ‘moderate’ etc. If you require more information about any of our itineraries, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we will be more than happy to offer advice and guidance.

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