Think of the Scottish Borders and think bikers’ country. Miles and miles of tracks and trails, fabulous forests, lochs and heather-clad hills make the Borders a kind of bikers’ mecca. With an abundance of dedicated way-marked cycle routes stretching from Biggar to Berwick-upon-Tweed there’s plenty to draw two-wheel enthusiasts to the Borders. And then there are the pretty market towns, the magnificent wildlife and the warm Scottish welcome (if not the warm Scottish weather). Oh, and did we mention the fabulous views?
With no fewer than four major cycle routes passing through Kelso itself: The Borderloop, The Tweed Cycle Route, The Four Abbeys Cycleway and The Coast and Castles the town is a natural base for cyclists.
For the long-distance rider, finding somewhere to rest and refuel at the end of a day of gruelling climbs and adrenaline-charged descents comes with the added responsibility of finding somewhere safe to store their bike.
Those not wanting to compromise on comfort nor cuisine, will find that Ednam House has the perfect solution in the form of a secure bike compound. Formerly a garage our bike unit is watertight and locked 24/7. It’s free of charge to use; we just ask that you book in your bike when you make your reservation.
So, whether you’re looking to stay with us overnight, for lunch or just a swift half you can rest assured that your bike will be safe and secure. After those hills your legs on the other hand might not be quite so secure…
The more challenging routes:
This 100-mile cycle route is a loop from Kelso forming a section of the 250-mile Borderloop. Taking in the handsome towns of Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth as well as Kelso, the routes mostly follows quiet lanes that criss-cross the beautiful region, along field and land boundaries.
Four Abbeys Cycle Route
This popular 55-mile circular route links the four main abbeys in the Scottish Borders at Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh and follows a scenic route that takes in many historic interest points in the region either on the route or close by.
The Tweed Cycle Way
Take a spin through the heart of the Scottish Borders following the route of the River Tweed from Biggar to Berwick-Upon-Tweed – mostly avoiding busy roads. With hill and forest views, this is a scenic 89-mile route best enjoyed over three to five days.
Coast and Castles
An epic 200-mile route punctuated by wonderful views and historic sites takes cyclists from Newcastle to Edinburgh along unspoilt coastline and through the Tweed valley.
Of course, there’s a great range of local routes that start and finish in Kelso, perfect for a half day jaunt. For more information and maps of the area, head on over to www.cyclescottishborders.com