On your bike for a colourful tour of the Scottish Borders

14 October 2009

This autumn take in the changing colours of the landscape on two wheels by enjoying a cycling break in the Scottish Borders. As well as the long distance routes of Border Loop, Tweed Cycle Way and The Four Abbeys Cycle Route there are also some little known shorter routes which are available on visitscotland.com/autumnborders.

Steeped in history and surrounded by some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside, the towns and villages of the Scottish Borders make an ideal starting point for some of the region’s shorter cycle trails.

Autumn highlights:

Trails include Bowmont Forest & Roxburgh, an eighteen and a half mile route that includes beautiful views of the region’s famous Eildon Hills and the area’s stunning agricultural countryside and offers the chance to visit nearby Roxburgh village, the magnificent Roxburgh viaduct and the popular Teviot Smokery and Water Garden.
Book it: Stay three nights in the four star Roxburghe Hotel and enjoy a three course gourmet dinner prepared by their award winning chef.

Cycle routes in the area include an eight and a half mile coastal route to the fishing village of Burnmouth as well as a 14 mile route that takes in Coldingham Bay with its magnificent sea views and St Abbs Head, a National Trust-owned nature reserve.
Book it: Lochton Farm Cottage is offering four nights self catering for the price of three.

Cycle trails in the area range from seven and a half mile circuits to a twenty two and a half mile route to the pretty Borders village of Eddleston. Most are suitable for family groups and inexperienced cyclists and feature heather-clad hills, tree-lined trails and stunning river views.
Book it: The Tontine Hotel in Peebles is offering three nights’ accommodation for £110 per person.

There are five cycling trails for Jedburgh and vary in length from seven to twenty one miles. The trails keep mainly to quiet roads and take in a diversity of scenery from local villages, attractions such the ruined 15th century Cessford Castle and the lovely Teviot Smokery, an ideal stopping point for lunch or a stroll around its water garden.
Book it: The Buccleuch Arms Hotel at St. Boswells is offering three nights’ accommodation for the price of two.

There are four cycling trails which tend to keep to minor roads and so are suitable for inexperienced and family groups. Trails vary in length from seven to nineteen miles, most have some hilly sections, and they pass through classic Borders countryside with its rolling hills, farms and rivers.
Book it: Enjoy a three night stay at the four star Billerwell Farm near Hawick for £75 per person

There are four colour coded, signed, cycle trails from Selkirk. Varying in length from seven to nineteen miles they include the Bowhill trail, a seven mile route through the Ettrick Valley and passing Bowhill House and Country Park.
Book it: Enjoy three nights self catering for the price of two at the three star Whitmuir Hall near Selkirk

The trails vary in length from five to fifteen miles and are reasonably hilly in parts. They include the thirteen and a half mile Scotts View and Dryburgh route which passes Scotts View, one of the most stunning scenic viewpoints in the Borders. This route can also be shortened by three and a half miles to take in the famous Wallace statue. An easier trail is the five mile Abbotsford route passing Sir Walter Scott’s historic Abbotsford home.
Book it: The Buccleuch Arms Hotel at St. Boswells is offering three nights’ accommodation for the price of two.

For more information, go to visitscotland.com.

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