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