Cycling routes and maps

The Cycle Scottish Borders map  provides you with an overview of the routes on offer in the Borders and can be added to your website, downloaded to give to your guests or pinned up on noticeboards.Cycle Scottish Borders provides a wealth of information and details on all cycling routes in the area. Why not link from your website to this site to provide more information to your visitors and include it in your brochures?

There are a good number of shorter trails from most of the main towns and also some longer distance routes. Detailed below are the longer routes in the region:

The Borderloop is a 250-mile circular bike journey along the quiet lanes that criss-cross this beautiful region, with several possible shortcuts offering alternative itineraries.

Starting at 650 ft above sea level in Biggar and finishing on the coast in Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Tweed Cycle Way is an 89 mile long waymarked cycle route running through the heart of the Scottish Borders with the River Tweed as its linking theme.

The 4 Abbeys Cycle Route is an 88km (55 mile) circular route linking the four main abbeys in the Scottish Borders, namely those at Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh.

The Southern Borders Loop is a new route, which offers two options for cyclists. The shorter route is moderate and can easily be completed in a day. The larger circuit is hard (suitable for more experienced cyclists) with 5 significant climbs over 300m. The shorter route is best undertaken in a clockwise direction and can be started from either Newcastleton or Hawick. The longer loop is best cycled anti-clockwise and could be broken with an overnight stay in Newcastleton, Hawick or Langholm, depending upon the starting location.

The Southern Borders has the 173 mile Reivers Route which winds its way through some of the wildest and untouched countryside in the UK. It starts at the mouth of the River Tyne and finishes on the Cumbrian coast with a short foray into the Scottish Borders.

Finally there is the Coast and Castles route. This 200 mile route links the Forth and Tyne estuaries, taking in some of Britain's best built and natural heritage. Starting in Newcastle then passing Hadrian's Wall World Heritage site, the route travels on along unspoilt coastline, through the beautiful Tweed valley and Scottish Borders coastal towns before reaching Edinburgh.

The shorter routes tend to be more suited to day trips and families with the longer distance routes requiring some overnight stops. Don’t forget that these longer routes could be undertaken in bite-size chunks by visitors just wanting to do a section of a route over a few days, rather than attempting the full distance.

Further information is available on the shorter cycling trails from Duns, Eyemouth, Hawick, Innerleithen, Jedburgh, Kelso, Melrose, Peebles and Selkirk.