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Fife and The Borders, Scotland, Bicycle Tours

Introduction

With the magnificent city of Edinburgh as its hub, this region offers a range of wonderful varied cycling routes both to the north and south of the Firth of Forth.

Edinburgh is a must for anyone planning a visit to Scotland – a city that everyone should experience at least once. You should try to devote a couple of days to the city’s myriad attractions if you have the time.  Getting away from Edinburgh by bicycle is easy – there are several well-signed National Cycle Network (NCN) routes radiating from the centre. There is also the option to pop your bike onto a local train and start your riding in North Berwick or in Dunfermline.
Geographically close to the city, but a million miles away in terms of hustle and bustle, the Lothians boast peaceful, unspoilt beaches, rolling hills and lush farmland. The castles, churches and historic houses of the region tell many stories of Scotland’s colourful past.

To the north of Edinburgh, across the Firth of Forth, lies the Kingdom of Fife. Ancestral home of Scottish monarchs, Fife has some of Scotland’s most magnificent scenery. Home to Scotland's capital for six centuries, Fife has always been at the heart of the nation's history. Historic St Andrews is the spiritual home of all those who have ever been smitten by the golf bug.

Covering about eighteen hundred square miles, the Scottish Borders stretches from the rolling hills and moorland in the west, through the gentler valleys and rich agricultural plains of the east, and on to the rocky Berwickshire coastline with its secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages. The Borders is also packed with historic sites – abbeys, castles and ancestral homes – and has particular associations with local hero Sir Walter Scott.

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Map of the Region

You may find it helpful to view and print off a copy of the regional map and cross reference with the description.

Scotland Map

Scotland Map

Fife and The Borders Biking Routes

Route
Start
Finish
En Route
A
EDINBURGH
DUNBAR
   
Musselburgh, Scorrish Seabird Centre, Tantillon Castle, Bass Rock
B
DUNBAR
Kelso
   
St Abbs Head, Abbey St Bathans, Duns, Coldstream
C
Kelso
Kelso
 
Kelso Abbey, Floors Castle, Harestanes Centre, Waterloo Monument
D
Kelso
Melrose
   
Dryburgh Abbey, Scott's View, Lauder, Thirlestane Castle, Melrose Abbey
E
Kelso
Selkirk
   
Dryburgh Abbey, Scott's View, Donkey Sanctaury, Eildon Hills, Melrose Abbey
F
Selkirk
Selkirk
 
Minto, Hawick, Abbotsford House, Bowhill
G
Melrose
Innerleithen
 
Etterickbridge, Traquair House, St Mary's Loch, Yair Forest
H
Selkirk
Innerleithen
 
Etterickbridge, Traquair House, St Mary's Loch, Yair Forest
I
Innerleithen
Innerleithen
 
Kailzie Gardens, Peebles, Neidpath Castle, Heriot, Stow
J
Innerleithen
EDINBURGH
     
Bonnyrigg, Moorfoot Hills, Roslyn Chapel
K
EDINBURGH
DUNFERMLINE
   
Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, Forth Road Bridge, South Queensferry
L
DUNFERMLINE
St Andrews
   
Kircaldy, Glenrothes, Cupar, Scottish Deer Centre
M
St Andrews
St Andrews
 
East Neuk fishing villages, Kellie Castle, Scotland's Secret Bunker
N
St Andrews
Kinross
   
Leuchar, Tay Bridge, Discovery Point, Newburgh
O
Kinross
Kinross
   
Loch Leven Castle, Loch Leven National Nature Reserve, Falkland Palace
P
Kinross
DUNFERMLINE
     
Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
Q
Kinross
EDINBURGH
   
Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, Forth Road Bridge, South Queensferry
R
EDINBURGH
EDINBURGH
   
Many of Edinburgh's attractions

Note:

Towns above in CAPITALS are Trailhead towns.