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Where better to plan a road cycling holiday in Scotland than in the Tweed Valley - home of a stage of the fantastic Tour of Britain.
If you’re considering cycling in Scotland, then the Tweed Valley really is the place for road racers, cycle tourists and even families with trailer-bikes - you can sample everything from quiet country lanes, to the dramatic moorland climbs of the Tweed Valley.
Sustrans National Route 1 passes through the Tweed heading for Edinburgh at Innerleithen, a key stop on the Coasts and Castles route and a favourite break on many an end to end journey. The Tweed Cycleway guides cyclists around Peebles, Walkerburn, Peel and beyond at a more leisurely pace.
According to Cycling Weekly magazine, the Tweed Valley even boasts one of the best road rides in Britain! Plan a cycling holiday in this glorious part of Scotland and you’ll find out why top UK racer Evan Oliphant’s favourite training ride is here, snaking through Peebles and Traquair via an absolutely epic climb at Talla – such a challenge it now even forms part of the famous Gore Sportive route.
The Tweed Valley held stage 1 of The Tour of Britain in 2011. The race saw the cream of international cycling talent battle it out on the roads of the UK for the coveted leader’s jersey. And in 2013 the event gets under way on 15 September on a route from Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle.
Peebles is home to Peebles Cycling Club which runs regular weekend rides and TTs.
The Tweed Valley and the whole of the Scottish Borders offers some of the country’s best cycling in Scotland, and if you’re considering cycling holidays in the Tweed Valley, our accommodation not only ensures you receive a warm welcome, but your bike is looked after too! Take a look at our Mountain Bike Hospitality Scheme for details.
Article contributed by Chris Bryant, Border Cycling