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Tour of Britain Stage 1 - route revealed

In Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will take in some of the Scottish Borders’ most iconic sights.

The riders will pass these en-route to the Stage One finish in Kelso on Sunday 3 September.

Stage One route

Stage One will leave Edinburgh and head into East Lothian, before climbing into the Lammermuir Hills and the Scottish Borders.

The riders will then continue to:

Whiteadder Reservoir
Kelso (Edinburgh Rd onto B6364)
Hume Castle
A6105 near Greenlaw
Mellerstain House
Scott’s View
Bowdenmoor Loch
St Boswells
Roxburgh Castle
Floors Castle
Kelso – The Square

Cllr Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development
“It is very appropriate that some of the Scottish Borders’ historic sites including Duns, Hume and Floors Castles, Smailholm Tower, Mellerstain House and the abbeys of Melrose and Kelso are all so close to the Tour of Britain route in 2017 in Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

“Taking in Scott’s View, this route will be a treat for television viewers, and will really show off some of the Borders’ most impressive sights and landscapes, including the Eildons and Lammermuir Hills. We hope it will encourage even more people to visit Scotland’s leading cycling destination.

“We are especially pleased to have the added bonus of the race both passing through and finishing in Kelso, which will give spectators a great opportunity to see it twice in the same day.”

Spectators parking in Kelso

Free parking will be available for spectators in Kelso next to Springwood Park.

Get involved in the Tour of Britain

Residents all along the Tour of Britain route are encouraged to come up with ways to welcome the race and Tweet their creations using the hashtag #BordersBikeBonanza

More details on the Tour of Britain can be found here.

Tour O’ The Borders 2017

The annual Tesco Bank Tour O’ The Borders sportive also takes place on Sunday 3 September, starting in Peebles.

This year there are routes of 120km and 88km. Both feature spectacular scenery and some of the best road cycling terrain in Scotland.

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