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Historic Scottish Borders by Road Bike

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Homepage > Scotland > Historic Scottish Borders by Road Bike
  • Duration: 6 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily April to September
  • Location: Berwick upon Tweed
Tour Details

The Scottish Borders of Scotland is a wonderful Scottish region to take a road bike based Hooked on Cycling, bike vacation. This self-guided road bike cycle tour takes you from the English/Scottish border town of Berwick upon Tweed upstream along the Tweed River staying in the historic towns Kelso and Melrose. The many little country roads and lanes and one of the lowest populated regions of the UK  makes this region a special place for a bike tour. The region is a relatively flat region in the east but hillier as you travel inland.

It is full of historic buildings, fours famous ancient abbeys, Dryburgh, Jedburgh, Kelso and Melrose are to be visited.  Many historic houses, Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford House, Thirlestance Castle, Traquair House are a few to be visited. Grand castles such as Bamburgh and Floors are also on your bike route. Take a cycle ride to Lindisfarne on Holy Island (tides permitting) along the ancient causeway which is covered at high tide. The island was the final stage of the route taken by St Cuthbert in the 6th Century which then started the Celtic Christianity on the Island. 

Starting Location

Berwick upon Tweed

Price Includes

  • 6 Nights Bed and Breakfast
  • 3 Star Hotels and Guest Houses
  • Information Pack
  • Navigation by Smart Phone App.
  • Route Turn by Turn Cue sheet
  • Luggage transfers
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Extra Nights
  • Travel Insurance
Trip Info

Bike Rental

We have available aluminium road bikes with carbon forks and full carbon road bikes.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival to Berwick upon Tweed

Today you arrive to Berwick upon Tweed the border town on the coast and on the River Tweed. You reach Berwick easily by train from the north from Newcastle or Edinburgh. We stay close to the train station so not far to walk once you arrive.

Day 2Loop ride to Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle 57 miles 91km.

Today’s ride takes you down the coast southwards to Holy Island. Tide permitting you can cycle across the causeway to Lindisfarne. This route was taken by St Cuthbert in the 6th century.  After your visit, you ride further south to Bamburgh Castle.  Now you cycle inland and northwards back to Berwick. When back you could explore the ancient town of Berwick.

Day 3Berwick upon Tweed to Kelso 52miles, 83km

Today’s ride first takes you north to the pretty seaside village of Eyemouth. Enjoy a coffee before heading inland on the edge of hills towards Kelso. Now you follow the country lanes westwards to Kelso passing Duns where you can visit the Jim Clark Museum, Jim Clark was a famous rally driver and once per year there is a weekend Rally which takes place in the area.  You can visit Kelso Abbey or take a short ride outside Kelso and visit Floors castle.

Day 4Loop ride via Jedburgh 44 miles 71km

Today you follow the route to Jedburgh to visit its ancient Abbey and Museums. Today you first head west again before climbing to Kirk Yetholm. Here you will climb over the Cheviot Hills towards Jedburgh to just over 300m. After your visit to Jedburgh and maybe a spot of lunch in a nice cafe or pub you head east again back to Kelso.  If you did not have time yesterday you can visit Floors Castle.

Day 5Kelso to Melrose/Galashiels 50 miles, 80km

If you missed a visit to Floors Castle you can make a visit today before setting off. You shall cycle north towards lauder where you can take a visit to Thirlestane Castle and a spot of lunch. The castle was built in the 16th century although there was a border fort present in the 14th century. It is the family home of the Duke of Lauderdale.  After your visit, you climb up over to Stow before southwards again to the River Tweed Valley and to Melrose. You pass Abbotsford House just before Melrose, this is the home of Sir Walter Scott the famous Scottish writer

Day 6Melrose Loop ride 58 miles, 93km

Today you experience the wonderful remote border hills, long and gentle climbs. First, you cycle upstream of the Tweed to Innerleithen where you can visit Traquair House or take a coffee stop. Traquair house is claimed to be the oldest inhabited house in Scotland. It has been built very much in the style of a fortified mansion house. It was built originally as a hunting location for Scottish kings in the 12th century and has been in the ownership of Kings, Earls and Dukes since then.  Now you start the two gentle climbs southwards crossing the Yarrow Valley, each around 5km long. Now you are in the Ettrick valley where you cycle downstream towards Selkirk and onto Melrose.

Day 7Departure

On departure, you can either catch the local bus back to Berwick to pick up your car or by train south to Newcastle. If you wish to return or visit Edinburgh there is a train (line opened in 2015 by the Queen) direct from Melrose to Edinburgh, it is a very picturesque journey as well.


How to get there

By plane to Newcastle or Edinburgh airports and then by train to Berwick

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