This C2C route transects the Scottish borders from Annan in the south-west, up to Scotland’s capital Edinburgh. This route sees you pedal through the farmlands of Dumfriesshire, the thriving market town of Moffat, two challenging climbs on the way to Peebles, the Tweed Valley and then onto the Firth of Forth coastline.
A CycleActive representative will meet you at the beginning of the tour to answer any question you may have. This member of staff will be overseeing the tour and transferring the bikes and luggage.
Scenic roads and traffic-free cycleways. The majority of the ride travels through rolling countryside, although there are a couple of challenging climbs. A moderate level of fitness is recommended.
If you want to find out more about the cycling, the route or anything else about The Scottish Coast to Coast, then please contact us and one of our team will get back to you.
Place names have been highlighted throughout the description, to help you match up where you’ll be staying, depending on how many days and nights you wish to take for the journey.
This tour starts in Queensferry South, which is in the shadow of the impressive Fourth, road and railway bridges. Once you have checked in you are free to explore the local town or head into Edinburgh central, which is a short train ride away. Cars can be left in a nearby long stay car park for the tour duration.
After breakfast, we will transfer you and you bike 2hrs south to the start at Annan’s harbour, which is located at the head of the scenic Solway Firth Estuary. With all the transfers now done, its time to jump on the bike and head north up the quiet Annan River valley. Small country roads lead you towards Lockerbie, an ideal place for lunch and where you can also visit the Garden of Remembrance at Dryfesdale Cemetery, marking the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988.
Afterwards, you continue to ride upstream between the vast forests of Ae and Eskdalemuir, which were planted in the 70’s and now power many a biomass power station and are a mecca for mountain bikers and walkers.
After 34 miles on the bike, the bustling town of Moffat is reached, nestled in the heart of Southern Scotland this town is a hub of activity, with cafés and shops, housing many a traditional Scottish delight. If you are looking to further stretch your legs, then Moffat Dale is always waiting, with St Mary’s Loch at the head.
The climb of Devils Beef Tub leads you out of the town, this perfectly graded, bike-friendly, 400m ascent, is a pleasure and the view back down into the Scottish borders tops it off beautifully. A wonderful sweeping descent, following the Tweed River, is your reward, with the town of Peebles and its thriving town centre well worth a visit. Dawyck Botanical Gardens is on route and their café is ideally placed for refreshments.
The Tweed valley have fully embraced bikes with the conversion of a disused railway into a traffic free corridor, frequented by commuting locals and cycle tourers alike. Passing by the immaculate greens of Cardrona’s golf course you soon arrive at Innerleithen, where thanks to its 2 mountain bike centres, bike shops out number charity shops 4 to 1!
Continuing your journey north, The Moorfoot Hills are next, with its thread of tarmac meandering up this ever-greener valley, which then rewards you with the descent all the way into the Edinburgh basin. The views from these hills over the Scottish capital reach as far as the Pentlands and the Firth of Forth.
The capital has a superb network of cycleways that lead you onto the seafront and its Victorian Portobello promenade. This prestigious Edinburgh suburb often see’s homes sell for millions and with its Firth of Forth costal views you can see why.
With the sea never to far from your right shoulder the route weaves its way towards the finishing point of the iconic Forth Railway Bridge, back in Queensferry South.
Once you can collected your bag from us you can either jump into your car, or onto a train, making your way into the city centre to spend a few extra nights, or you can start your homeward journey.
3 Day Itinerary
Arrival day into Queensferry South, park your car into the nearby long stay car park and relax.
Cycling: 0 miles, 0 km
Annan to Moffat
Cycling: 32 miles , 52km
Ascent: 1527ft, 465m
Moffat to Innerleithen
Cycling: 44 miles, 70km
Ascent: 2338ft, 713m
Innerleithen to The Forth Railway Bridge
Cycling: 49 miles, 79km
Ascent: 2167ft, 660m