Cycle tour in Scotland: The Scottish Borders
Cycling between England and Scottland
Berwick-upon-Tweed – Melrose
- historic ruins, castles and monasteries, forests and heathlands
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km / day avg.
Discover Scottish Border country by bike. This varied cycle tour in Scotland takes you through very changing landscapes. You will get to know the charming North Sea coast and cycle inland alongside the River Tweed. The further west you go, the hillier it gets. Deep green forests and heathland line the cycle paths here. Ruins of majestic castles and historic abbeys are also plentiful here, telling of the eventful histories of both England and Scotland.
- Booking code
- Start / Destination
Berwick-upon-Tweed / Melrose
7 days / 6 nights
approx. 210 / 235 km
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between 30 and 60 km, Ø 45 km
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Day 1: Individual Arrival in Berwick-upon-Tweed
You cycle to Berwick-upon-Tweed, England's northernmost town. It is on a peninsula at the mouth of the River Tweed, which actually forms 30 km of the border between England and Scotland. Over the centuries, its status as a border town has influenced the city. Many significant events played out here during the English and Scottish wars over the border. The fortifications here, dating back to Elizabethan times are still intact.
Day 2: Excursion to Holy Island, approx. 50 km
Along the coast you pedal to Holy Island. At low tide you can cycle over the causeway to get to the island, which was home to Lindisfarne monastery in the 7th century. Attacks by the Vikings in 793 marked the beginning of the Viking era. If you still have sufficient energy, you can continue south to Bamburgh and its majestic castle. Otherwise return inland.
Day 3: Berwick-upon-Tweed – Kelso, approx. 35 / 60 km
Following the Tweed upstream, you cycle inland today. En-route, you pass the stately homes, Paxton House and Manderstone House, which are open to visitors. Next, cycle along quiet country roads to the market town of Kelso. With its Georgian buildings and market place built in a French style, it is one of the most attractive places in the area. Visit the nearby ruins of Kelso Abbey and Floors Castle.
Day 4: Excursion to Jedburgh, approx. 50 km
The place you're aiming for on today's circular tour is Jedburgh. This little town developed around an Augustinian abbey, whose church was built by a bishop from Lindisfarne. In the 12th century, King David I had a castle erected here. The ruins of Jedburgh Abbey and Jedburgh Castle still mark the townscape. After lunch, cycle back to Kelso. As you have now reached the beginnings of Cheviot.
Day 5: Kelso – Melrose, approx. 30 km
Today's section is relatively short so you can take your time today. The Tweed winds its way through green countryside, taking you to your destination. The ruins of Dryburgh Abbey are located on a bend in the river. This abbey has burned down several times – the last time in 1544. The heart of King Robert the Bruce is supposed to be buried here in Melrose Abbey.
Day 6: Excursion to Clovenfords and Stow, approx. 45 km
Just a few kilometres on from Melrose is the historic Abbotsford House, which was built in the 19th century for the writer, Sir Walter Scott, on the south bank of the Tweed. Up and down gentle hills you now cycle to Clovenfords and then on to the village Stow of Wedale, where a pack horse bridge from 1650 spans Gala Water River. Finally you cycle back to Melrose.
Day 7: Individual departure
After breakfast, your cycle tour in Scotland comes to an end.