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Lochs, Glens & Abbeys: A Guide To Cycling In Scotland

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So, why Scotland? The land of mist and mountains may not be the first place that springs to mind when you sit down to plan your next getaway but given a chance, the northernmost tip of the UK hosts an abundance of charm.

Whether you’re a fan of rolling landscapes, endless greenery, jaw-dropping architecture or top-tier cuisine, the country really does offer something for everyone. Sure, a simple city break or rental car might be your initial idea, but why not try something a little different?

Cycling tours are becoming more and more popular among holidaymakers and adventurous souls alike.

Read on to discover our guide to cycling in Scotland and find out why it might be the perfect choice for you.

Rich History

First on our list of Scottish appeal is the nation’s rich heritage. Though the great land has certainly changed since its emergence as an independent sovereign state in the 9th century, the country has stayed true to its roots, maintaining a firm grasp on tradition whilst looking forward to the future.

From neolithic villages and ancient standing stones to museums, abbeys and castles, Scotland is renowned for its historical monuments and the stories they tell. If this sounds like your dream holiday, why not take a look at one of our many historic cycling routes, such as Historic Scottish Borders and Abbeys? You don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate the great variety and fascinating heritage of the country, but it might help.

Striking Natural Landscapes

Obviously, Scotland’s great history would be nothing without the vast natural landscapes from which it sprung. In addition to the many man-made wonders and human achievements, the nation is well known for its immense landscapes and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

From mighty mountains and glorious glens to vast valleys and magical forests, the scenery is undeniably breathtaking. What’s more, the Scottish countryside is home to 30,000 freshwater locks, including the home of Nessie, The Loch Ness Monster. With seemingly endless opportunities for adventure, the country is truly a dream for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Cities And Countryside

Next on our list of reasons to choose Scotland for a cycling holiday is its variety. For urban enthusiasts, vibrant cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh are sure to tick all the boxes; if you’re searching for an escape from the energy of city life, there are a multitude of seriously remote destinations from which you can relax, unwind and reconnect with nature.

Scotland really does offer the best of both worlds and our selection of self-guided cycling tours are an amazing way to experience a little of each.


No discussion of this beautiful country would be complete without mentioning its mouthwatering food and drink. Home of haggis, Aberdeen Angus beef and an abundance of sweet treats such as shortbread and Cranachan, the nation’s many local delicacies are sure to lure foodies from across the world.

Of course, food isn’t the only way to tantalise your tastebuds here; Scotland is known for its Whiskey. There are over 100 distilleries across Scotland’s 5 Whiskey regions, each renowned for its individual flavours; it’s no wonder this sweet nectar is Scotland’s national beverage.

What better way to fully experience the nation’s traditional food and drink than on a cycling tour? With bed and breakfast included, as well as the opportunity to visit numerous distilleries as you go, one of our Scottish cycling packages is certainly the best way to get a taste of the country.

The UCI Cycling World Championships

Finally, for fans of cycling, there is no better time to take a trip to Scotland than in 2023. Why? Because the marvellous country is hosting the biggest cycling event in history! In August 2023, the UCI Cycling World Championships are heading to Glasgow. If you’re looking for a reason to visit Scotland, this monumental event could be it.

With hundreds of the world’s greatest riders gathering to compete and share their love for the sport, this is not to be missed. Whether you’re a fan of cross-country mountain biking, BMX racing or indoor cycling, there’s something to suit every taste. With a little forethought and planning, taking time to incorporate this into your trip is sure to create lasting memories.

The Benefits Of Cycling Tours In Scotland

If you’re searching for a means of exploring new places that is a little different to the standard city or countryside getaway, a cycling tour might just be a perfect idea. Our self-guided holidays are suited to all abilities and are a great choice for individuals and larger groups.

For adventurous spirits and nature lovers alike, we couldn’t think of a better way to explore a new place than in the saddle. Below, we’ll run through a handful of reasons why a holiday with Hooked On Cycling & Walking will certainly be a getaway to remember.

Experience Culture

As mentioned earlier in this article, Scotland is a land of rich heritage, varied culture and beautiful scenery. Cycling tours are an amazing opportunity to explore places and traditions that you may never experience otherwise.

Taking you across diverse landscapes and picturesque natural spaces, a Scottish cycling holiday is a real opportunity to learn about the country’s history, immersing yourself in tradition and making memories that will last a lifetime.

Staying Active

Another great advantage of cycling holidays are the many benefits to your physical and mental health; whether you’re a fitness fanatic or simply looking for a way to get a little more fresh air on your travels, this form of vacation is sure to get your body moving and clear your mind.

There’s no better feeling than putting your feet up and enjoying a cool drink after an active day exploring the outdoors.

Variety Of Choice

As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life, and that is certainly true here at Hooked On Cycling & Walking. Scotland is a country of beautiful contrast with natural landscapes and bustling cities, so we understand the importance of choice.

With dozens of different packages to choose from, from The Trossachs Trail to the West Highland Way, you’re guaranteed to find a holiday that suits your taste. What’s more, we offer a variety of difficulty levels and lengths of stay to cater for every requirement.

Expertly Planned

Last, but by no means least, each and every holiday and cycling tour offered here at Hooked On Cycling & Walking has been designed to give our customers an unforgettable experience. We take immense pride in putting together holidays that make full use of the incredible natural landscapes, traditions and cultural offerings of each country; our Scottish tours are no different.

From full itineraries and detailed route maps to bed and breakfasts, guest houses and hotels, we’ve taken the time to fine-tune every detail, so you can simply start pedalling and enjoy the experience. What’s more, we have holidays to suit a range of budgets, time frames and skill levels.

Discover Scotland On Two Wheels

If you’re searching for the perfect way to visit Scotland and experience all that this beautiful country has to offer, look no further than Hooked On Cycling & Walking. Our wide selection of self-guided cycling tours are ideal for all abilities. With over 20 years of experience delivering memory-making holidays to individuals across Europe, it’s safe to say we know what we’re doing.

Don’t hesitate to explore the many packages we offer or get in touch with us to discuss your requirements.

About the author

I have worked for Hooked on Cycling & Walking since 2007 and love to travel and explore. I like to get outdoors and take my two young boys with me and hiking/cycling is enjoyed by all of us.

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