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Cardrona (3)

Tweed Valley Railway Path
Distance:

5 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Cardrona, Innerleithen, Peebles

This route is part of Borderloop4
Borderloop4 – Peebles
Distance:

52 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Cardrona, Innerleithen, Peebles, Tweedsmuir

Megget & Talla
Distance:

53 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Cardrona, Innerleithen, Peebles, Traquair

Coldstream (3)

Coldstream forms the natural boundary between Scotland and England. Once a rival to Gretna for runaway marriages, the town is best known as the birthplace of the Coldstream Guards.

The Borderloop and the Coast and Castles route pass Coldstream and can be visited as part of your trip to the Scottish Borders. Remember that you can also come by train using the East Coast line to Berwick Upon Tweed.

This route is part of Borderloop4
Borderloop4 – Kelso
Distance:

100 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth, Kelso

Tweed Cycle Route
Distance:

95 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Galashiels, Innerleithen, Kelso, Melrose, Peebles, Walkerburn

Coast & Castles
Distance:

200 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Galashiels, Kelso, Melrose, Newcastleton, St Boswells, Traquair, Blyth Bridge

Duns (6)

Duns is home to the Jim Clark Room, a museum dedicated to the life of twice world motor racing champion. It is also home to Manderston House, a supreme country house of Edwardian House and includes the only silver staircase in the world.

The Borderloop passes through Duns and you can also explore the area with four local routes. These local routes range from 4 – 16 miles and take in Edrom, Swinton, Abbey St Bathans and Longformacus. Remember that you can also come by train using the East Coast line to Berwick Upon Tweed.

This route is part of Borderloop4
Borderloop4 – Kelso
Distance:

100 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth, Kelso

Swinton & Gavinton
Distance:

16.5 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Duns, Swinton

Longformacus
Distance:

514.3 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Duns, Longformacus

Nisbet Rhodes
Distance:

4.5 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Duns

Edrom
Distance:

10 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Duns

Abbey St Bathans
Distance:

26 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Duns

Eyemouth (5)

Eyemouth lies a mere five miles north of the Border with England, where the mouth of the river Eye provides a natural harbour as well as an obvious inspiration for the town’s name. Nearby St Abbs is very popular with divers and at St Abbs Nature Reserve, you can see lots of different bird species.

The coastal waters are unusually clear and home to spectacular underwater scenery and marine life, making it one of the top dive destinations in Europe. The Borderloop passes through the town and there are also four shorter routes for you to explore the area. These routes range from 8 – 26 miles and visit Coldingham, St Abbs Head, Burnmouth, Grantshouse and the Scottish Palladian mansion, Paxton House. Remember that you can also come by train using the East Coast line to Berwick Upon Tweed.

Grantshouse
Distance:

26 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Eyemouth, Grantshouse

Burnmouth
Distance:

8.5 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Eyemouth

Paxton House
Distance:

20 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Eyemouth

Coldingham & St Abbs
Distance:

14 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Eyemouth, St Abbs

This route is part of Borderloop4
Borderloop4 – Kelso
Distance:

100 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth, Kelso

Galashiels (2)

Galashiels lies very much at the heart of the Borders region and is historically the centre of the tweed industry. Sitting on the A7, one of the main routes through the Borders, linking Edinburgh with Carlisle, Galashiels has a direct route to the other major towns in the area.

The 250 mile Borderloop passes nearby and the Coast and Castles and the Tweed Cycle Route both pass through this town. Bike hire, sales and repair can all be found in the town centre.

Coast & Castles
Distance:

200 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Galashiels, Kelso, Melrose, Newcastleton, St Boswells, Traquair, Blyth Bridge

Tweed Cycle Route
Distance:

95 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Galashiels, Innerleithen, Kelso, Melrose, Peebles, Walkerburn

Hawick (7)

The biggest Borders town is Hawick which is famous for its fine quality knitwear including cashmere. ‘The Horse’ at the end of the High Street is the 1514 memorial which commemorates the victory of local youths over English invaders at nearby Hornshole in 1514, barely a year after the disaster at Flodden.

The 250 mile Borderloop route passes through Hawick and the town is a possible start and finish point for the Southern Borders Loop which also visits Newcastleton. Furthermore there are also four shorter cycling trails ranging from 7 – 19 miles in distance and taking in Stobs, Roberton and Denholm. Bike hire and support services are available in the town centre.

Southern Borders Loop 1- 50 miles
Distance:

50 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Hawick, Newcastleton

Denholm
Distance:

14.5 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Hawick

Vertish Hill Loop
Distance:

7 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Hawick

This route is part of Borderloop4
Borderloop4 – Hawick
Distance:

79 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Hawick

Southern Borders Loop 2 – 75 miles
Distance:

75 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Hawick, Newcastleton, Roberton

Cavers & Stobs
Distance:

19 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Hawick

Roberton
Distance:

14 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Hawick, Roberton

Innerleithen (7)

Innerleithen is home to Traquair House which has been visited by more than 27 Kings and Queens including Mary, Queen of Scots. Traquair House has a wonderful maze in its gardens as well as a working brewery producing the famous Jacobite Ale and Laird’s Liquor. Innerleithen is home to some world class mountain biking and the town is used to visitors on two wheels.

The Tweed Cycle Route and also the Borderloop pass through this small town and there are also three shorter routes for you to explore. These routes take in the Moorfoot Hills, Ettrickbridge and also the stunning scenery around Megget and Talla reservoirs. These three routes range from 37 – 53 miles. Bike hire, repair, transfer and support services can be found in Innerleithen.

Tweed & Ettrick Valleys
Distance:

42 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Innerleithen, Traquair

Tweed Cycle Route
Distance:

95 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Galashiels, Innerleithen, Kelso, Melrose, Peebles, Walkerburn

This route is part of Borderloop4
Borderloop4 – Peebles
Distance:

52 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Cardrona, Innerleithen, Peebles, Tweedsmuir

Traquair House
Distance:

13 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Innerleithen, Peebles, Traquair

Tweed Valley Railway Path
Distance:

5 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Cardrona, Innerleithen, Peebles

Megget & Talla
Distance:

53 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Cardrona, Innerleithen, Peebles, Traquair

Moorfoots & Gala Water
Distance:

37 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Innerleithen

Jedburgh (6)

The Historic Royal Burgh of Jedburgh lies 10 miles north of the border with England. Romans passed by here and established a settlement around 845 AD by the Bishop of Lindisfarne. In 1566 Mary, Queen of Scots stayed in Jedburgh at a house which now tells the story of her tragic life.

As a key abbey town the 4 Abbeys Cycleway passes through the town. There are also five shorter routes that start and finish in Jedburgh and range in distance from 7 – 20 miles and take in Oxnam, Denholm, Nisbet and Lilliesleaf. Bike hire and repairs can be found in the town centre and tandems can be hired nearby.

Denholm & Lilliesleaf
Distance:

19 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Jedburgh, Lilliesleaf

Oxnam & Crailing
Distance:

17.5 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Jedburgh

4 Abbeys
Distance:

55 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Jedburgh, Kelso, Melrose, St Boswells

Kalemouth & Nisbet
Distance:

20 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Jedburgh

Scraesburgh Loop
Distance:

7 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Jedburgh

Oxnam Loop
Distance:

11.5 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Jedburgh

Kelso (8)

The town of Kelso lies at the junction of two rivers – the Tweed and the Teviot. The spacious Kelso Square claims to be the largest town square in Scotland. At its centre is still the Bull Ring, a reminder of the traditional market days, now past, the square is now host to many fine specialist shops.

Kelso is a fantastic hub for cycling in the Scottish Borders with the Borderloop, the Tweed Cycle Route, the 4 Abbeys Cycleway and the Coast and Castles all passing through this Abbey town. Furthermore there are a number of local routes starting and finishing in the town with some taking in Town Yetholm, Roxburgh and Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre. Bike sales and repairs are available in the town centre.

Tweed Cycle Route
Distance:

95 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Galashiels, Innerleithen, Kelso, Melrose, Peebles, Walkerburn

Coast & Castles
Distance:

200 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Galashiels, Kelso, Melrose, Newcastleton, St Boswells, Traquair, Blyth Bridge

This route is part of Borderloop4
Borderloop4 – Kelso
Distance:

100 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth, Kelso

This route is part of Borderloop4
Borderloop4 – Melrose
Distance:

79 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Kelso, Melrose

Town Yetholm & Linton
Distance:

20.5 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Kelso, Kirk & Town Yetholm, Morebattle

Harestanes
Distance:

24 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Kelso

Bowmont Forest & Roxburgh
Distance:

18.5 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Heiton, Kelso

4 Abbeys
Distance:

55 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Jedburgh, Kelso, Melrose, St Boswells

Kirk & Town Yetholm (3)

Kirk Yetholm is situated 8 miles south east of Kelso and less than one mile from the English Border. Nestled in the foothills of the Cheviots, and straddling the River Bowmont, both Kirk Yetholm and Town Yetholm are thriving rural communities.

Walkers and cyclists find Yetholm an excellent base for a holiday. The surrounding hills are etched with traces of countless earlier generations – hillforts, field systems, abandoned farmsteads and standing stones. The treeless hilltops themselves are also the product of human activity, beginning in the Neolithic period, though the result of this ancient deforestation is a stark and dramatic landscape that is not easily forgotten.

Yetholm Loch
Distance:

5.5 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Kirk & Town Yetholm

Bowmont Water Valley
Distance:

14 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Kirk & Town Yetholm

Town Yetholm & Linton
Distance:

20.5 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Kelso, Kirk & Town Yetholm, Morebattle

Melrose (7)

The triple peaks of the Eildon Hills are the most distinctive single landmark in the Scottish Borders. At their feet in the valley of the River Tweed lies Melrose, birthplace of the game of Rugby Sevens. The area around Melrose has been inhabited for thousands of years and provides a good base for cycling breaks with the Borderloop, the Tweed Cycle Route, the 4 Abbeys Cycleway and the Coast and Castles all passing through this Abbey town.

There are also four local routes starting and finishing in Melrose and range from 5 – 15 miles and take in Abbotsford, former home to Sir Walter Scott, Dryburgh, the Eildons and also Scott’s View.

This route is part of Borderloop4
Borderloop4 – Melrose
Distance:

79 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Kelso, Melrose

Coast & Castles
Distance:

200 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Galashiels, Kelso, Melrose, Newcastleton, St Boswells, Traquair, Blyth Bridge

Tweed Cycle Route
Distance:

95 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Galashiels, Innerleithen, Kelso, Melrose, Peebles, Walkerburn

Abbotsford
Distance:

5 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Melrose

Eildons
Distance:

8 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Melrose

4 Abbeys
Distance:

55 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Jedburgh, Kelso, Melrose, St Boswells

Scott’s View & Dryburgh
Distance:

13.5 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Melrose, St Boswells

Newcastleton (3)

Newcastleton can be found in the south-western tip of the Scottish Borders and is known locally at Copshaw Holm. The small village is home to 850 residents and is nestled in the valley of Liddlesdale, gateway to the Scottish Borders. Five hundred years ago the hills would have been ringing with the sound of clashing steel and fighting Reivers, today visitors experience a warm welcome.

Newcastleton is home to one of the 7stanes, world class mountain biking across the South of Scotland, and offers a perfect introduction to the stanes. The village is also a good starting point for the Southern Borders Loop which also takes in Hawick. Bike hire and cycle friendly businesses can be found here.

Coast & Castles
Distance:

200 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Galashiels, Kelso, Melrose, Newcastleton, St Boswells, Traquair, Blyth Bridge

Southern Borders Loop 2 – 75 miles
Distance:

75 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Hawick, Newcastleton, Roberton

Southern Borders Loop 1- 50 miles
Distance:

50 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Hawick, Newcastleton

Peebles (9)

One of Scotland’s hidden treasures, Peebles nestles in its attractive setting amongst the hills on the banks of the River Tweed. On the outskirks of Peebles, the Glentress Mountain Biking Centre and nearby Innerleithen offer some world class mountain biking with everything from beginners’ trails to extreme downhill. The Tweed Cycle Route and also the Borderloop pass through this picturesque town.

There are also five local cycling routes from the town with varying distances from 7 – 26 miles and taking in Manor Valley, Eddleston, Dawyck Botanic Garden and Traquair House. Bike hire and repair can be found in the town centre.

Dreva and Dawyck
Distance:

26 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Peebles, Stobo

Tweed Cycle Route
Distance:

95 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Galashiels, Innerleithen, Kelso, Melrose, Peebles, Walkerburn

This route is part of Borderloop4
Borderloop4 – Peebles
Distance:

52 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Cardrona, Innerleithen, Peebles, Tweedsmuir

Manor Valley
Distance:

20.5 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Peebles

Megget & Talla
Distance:

53 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Cardrona, Innerleithen, Peebles, Traquair

Cademuir Circuit
Distance:

7.5 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Peebles

The Meldons and Eddleston
Distance:

22.5 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Peebles

Traquair House
Distance:

13 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Innerleithen, Peebles, Traquair

Tweed Valley Railway Path
Distance:

5 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Cardrona, Innerleithen, Peebles

Selkirk (5)

The Ancient and Royal Burgh of Selkirk stands high above the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys. The famous novelist and author of such classics as Rob Roy and Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott was Sheriff here for 33 years. It was at the ‘Kyrk of Field’ in Selkirk that William Wallace was proclaimed Guardian of Scotland.

It is also home to the SelkirkBannock a rich fruit bread which should be enjoyed whilst visiting the area. There are four local routes which start and finish in the town and range from 7 – 20 miles and take in Bowhill, Lilliesleaf, Yair, Ettrickbridge and the Yarrow Valley.

Ettrickbridge & Yarrow
Distance:

19.5 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Selkirk

Bowhill
Distance:

7 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Selkirk

Ettrickfoot & Yair
Distance:

8.5 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Selkirk

Midlem & Lindean
Distance:

15.5 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Lilliesleaf, Midlem, Selkirk

Midlem & Lilliesleaf
Distance:

16 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Lilliesleaf, Midlem, Selkirk

St Abbs (1)

St Abbs is very popular with divers and at St Abbs Nature Reserve, you can see lots of different bird species.

The coastal waters are unusually clear and home to spectacular underwater scenery and marine life, making it one of the top dive destinations in Europe.

Coldingham & St Abbs
Distance:

14 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Eyemouth, St Abbs

St Boswells (3)

Coast & Castles
Distance:

200 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Galashiels, Kelso, Melrose, Newcastleton, St Boswells, Traquair, Blyth Bridge

Scott’s View & Dryburgh
Distance:

13.5 miles

Level:

Moderate

Towns:

Melrose, St Boswells

4 Abbeys
Distance:

55 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Jedburgh, Kelso, Melrose, St Boswells

Traquair (4)

Traquair is a small village adjacent to Innerleithen. Dating back to 1107, Traquair House was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland. Later a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror, the Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary, Queen of Scots and the Jacobite cause without counting the cost.

Today, Traquair is a unique piece of living history welcoming visitors from all over the world.

Tweed & Ettrick Valleys
Distance:

42 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Innerleithen, Traquair

Traquair House
Distance:

13 miles

Level:

Easy

Towns:

Innerleithen, Peebles, Traquair

Megget & Talla
Distance:

53 miles

Level:

Hard

Towns:

Cardrona, Innerleithen, Peebles, Traquair

Coast & Castles
Distance:

200 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Coldstream, Galashiels, Kelso, Melrose, Newcastleton, St Boswells, Traquair, Blyth Bridge

Tweedsmuir (1)

The picturesque village of Tweedsmuir is situated beside the River Tweed, three miles west of Peebles in the Scottish Borders.

The Tweedsmuir area is an excellent location for those who want to escape the rigours of everyday life and enjoy some walking, biking and wildlife watching. Robert Burns stayed at the Crook Inn, a 17th century drover inn, and wrote the poem Willie Wastle’s Wife.

On the road to the Fruid Reservoir from Tweedsmuir is the Giants Stone with two further stones on the opposite side of the road. It is believed that these stones are the remains of a Druidical temple or Pictish court of justice.

This route is part of Borderloop4
Borderloop4 – Peebles
Distance:

52 miles

Level:

Challenge

Towns:

Cardrona, Innerleithen, Peebles, Tweedsmuir