2020
Cycle tour in Scotland The Scottish Borders

Cycle tour in Scotland: The Scottish Borders

Cycling between England and Scottland

 Berwick-upon-Tweed – Melrose

  • historic ruins, castles and monasteries, forests and heathlands
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○

days
7

km / day avg.
45

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.

Cycle tour in Scotland: The Scottish Borders
  • Booking code
    EN-GBBM6
  • Start / Destination
    Berwick-upon-Tweed / Melrose
  • Duration
    7 days / 6 nights
  • Length
    approx. 210 / 235 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 30 and 60 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○

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.

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Season times and prices 2020

Arrival daily from 15.06.2020 to 24.09.2020

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Basic Price

Season A

01.09. - 30.09.

Season B

01.05. - 31.08.

Single room supplement 365

All prices per person in a double room, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 6 nights incl. breakfast, in good quality guesthouses and hotels of the local 3*/4* category
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Melrose, 1 piece of luggage per person
  • GPS-Tracks available on request
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not included is the city or visitor´s tax (if payable)

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For our younger cyclists

Due to the slightly hilly sections of this tour, we don't recommend this one for children.

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Additional bookable services

All prices are per person

Additional fee single room

365 €

Rental Bikes

Free child seat. All prices per person in double bike, except Rental Bikes Rental Bikes
Rental Bike
Rental Bike
135 €

Insurance

The GuteFahrt protection includes the following benefits (without deductibles): travel cancellation insurance, health assistance, travel assistance, premature termination insurance, rebooking fee protection and luggage insurance.

These insurance policies are available for different durations of travel and can be booked directly via our online booking form. The costs per person are shown accordingly.

Important information: Authoritative for insurance protection are the general terms and conditions of insurance of AGA International S.A. The complete product and consumer information and terms and conditions of insurance can be found at www.allianz-assistance.de/pib or call: +49 89 - 624 24 - 460 to order a copy. We reserve the right to make changes to the benefits and premiums.

Note: the insurance policies are only available in German!

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Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
135 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 21-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel
Fittings

Pannier, handlebar bag, bike lock, pump, repair kit

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Rental Bike

21-gear Rental Bike

135 €

Cycle tour in Scotland: The Scottish Borders
  • Booking code
    EN-GBBM6
  • Start / Destination
    Berwick-upon-Tweed / Melrose
  • Duration
    7 days / 6 nights
  • Length
    approx. 210 / 235 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 30 and 60 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Returning to Berwick-upon-Tweed
    By bus back to Berwick on your own initiative.
  • Own bikes
    If you do not need a rental bike, please indicate in the booking form, whether you arrive with your own bike or your own E-Bike.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.

days
7

km / day avg.
45