Biking Tour from Edinburgh to Aberdeen in Scotland
Single / Double
Start Any Day February to November
A six centre self-guided bike tour of Scotland’s East Coast from Edinburgh to Aberdeen. Includes 6 nights bed and breakfast in en-suite (wherever possible) guesthouse accommodation, and 5 days cycling. Hire of a 21 speed all-terrain bicycle would be extra. Also includes luggage transfers, train ticket back to Edinburgh, route guide and maps. PLEASE NOTE: The only meal included in the tour price is breakfast.
This 170 mile bike route starts and finishes in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh, famous for its splendid castle and old architecture. On this tour you will experience this area’s rich history while cycling through some stunning Scottish countryside and coastline. Leaving Edinburgh the route crosses the impressive Forth Road Bridge at Queensferry into the Kingdom of Fife. Using minor country roads and traffic-free cycle ways you will pass through pretty towns and villages with many historical sites to visit on route such as Falkland Palace. A beautiful section of rolling hills lead to the coast and the city of St Andrews, famed as the home of golf. Then another engineering marvel, the Tay Bridge takes you across the river Tay to Dundee and along the coast to Carnoustie, Arbroath and Montrose. You will see many castle ruins along this section before reaching your destination of the tour, Aberdeen, known as the oil capital of the north.
START and FINISH of TOUR: Edinburgh is in central Scotland on the East coast.
ARRIVAL DAY: Arrival in Edinburgh. If renting, you will be fitted out with your bike. Your 1st night's accommodation is in Edinburgh near the bike hire shop and start of the route. Edinburgh is Scotland’s political capital, full of national monuments, museums and impressive buildings for you to visit. There are also many places to eat in the vibrant city centre from traditional pubs to a large variety of cafés and restaurants. Overnight: Edinburgh, Scotland.
DAY ONE: Bike from Edinburgh to Kinross. Distance approx. 30 miles (48 km). After breakfast you will begin the ride with a flat start. The dominating features on today’s ride are the impressive bridges that span 1 mile across the Firth of Forth. Riding over the Forth Road bridge is quite an experience with great views as you cross over to the Kingdom of Fife. Then a steady climb takes you up to 275 meters through a beautiful forest section before a steep descent to Kinross nestled on the shores of Loch Leven. This is where Mary Queen of Scots made her daring escape from Loch Leven Castle. Kinross has a selection of places to enjoy your evening meal. Overnight: Kinross, Scotland.
DAY TWO: Bike from Kinross to St Andrews. Distance approx. 33 miles (53 km). Leaving Kinross the route follows quiet country roads that skirt around the Lomond Hills to the picturesque village of Falkland. The main feature today is Falkland Palace. This impressive building in the renaissance style was used by the Kings of Scotland as a hunting lodge. Heading north the route passes through the agricultural heart of Fife known as the Howe. This beautiful green countryside with quant villages offer refreshments or lunch making for a superb biking experience. Catching sight of the North Sea coast heralds the final stretch of today’s ride as you approach the historic city of St Andrews. There are many tourist sites to visit here and a variety of places to eat from fish and chip shops to traditional pubs and hotel restaurants. Overnight: St Andrews, Scotland.
DAY THREE: Bike from St Andrews to Arbroath. Distance approx. 40 miles (64 km). Heading out of St Andrews you will pass the famous golf course before joining a lovely level section along a forest nature trail which leads to Tayport. Another impressive river crossing takes you over the Tay Road Bridge to Dundee. This busy city has many places to visit and would be a good opportunity to have lunch. Following alongside the ‘Silvery Tay’ through Broughty Ferry and Monifieth the route heads inland briefly before returning to the coast at Carnoustie, another town famous for its golf course. The coastal town of Arbroath with its abbey will provide your next overnight accommodation. Visit one of the local restaurants or pubs for your evening meal. Overnight: Arbroath, Scotland.
DAY FOUR: Bike from Arbroath to Inverbervie. Distance approx. 31 miles (50 km). Staying close to the coastline now for the rest of the tour, this part of the route passes through nature reserves and some of the finest sandy beaches in the country. One of these is the beautiful Lunan Bay with the ruins of the Red Castle built in the 15th century. About halfway along today’s ride is the town of Montrose, with many places of interest to see. This would also be an ideal place to stop for lunch. A quiet coastal road takes you through seafront towns like St Cyrus and Johnshaven before finishing along the very scenic traffic-free section to Inverbervie. There are a selection of pubs and hotel restaurants here for you to choose from for an evening meal. Overnight: Inverbervie, Scotland.
DAY FIVE: Bike from Inverbervie to Aberdeen. Distance approx. 39 miles (63 km). Once again the route follows the coastline on minor roads and cycle trails through picturesque villages built into natural harbours. With various historical sites to visit, Dunnotter Castle is well worth the short detour. At Stonehaven there are services for the traveller to obtain refreshments or perhaps lunch. From here the route heads inland briefly before returning to the coast and the town of Portlethen. Then a minor coastal road through Cove Bay takes you to your final destination for this tour, Aberdeen. With many tourist attractions Aberdeen is regarded as the oil capital of the north. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants in the town centre for you to enjoy an evening meal. Overnight: Aberdeen, Scotland.
FINAL DAY: Return to Edinburgh. Today after breakfast you catch the train back to Edinburgh to return the bike and continue your journey or stay another night.
The nearest International airport is Glasgow and the local airport is Inverness. If travelling from London Heathrow or Gatwick there is a shuttle service to Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. Service bus 905 operates from Glasgow terminal to Glasgow station.
ARRIVING and DEPARTING by EUROLINES or NATIONAL EXPRESS COACH: This is by far the cheapest option for long-distance travel in England, Scotland, and Wales. There are very convenient buses from each major airport. National Express carries over 16 million passengers to 1000 different places in the UK every year, and thousands more from destinations across Europe and Ireland. You can purchase an e-Ticket where you print your travel ticket online in a matter of minutes OR you can obtain an m-Ticket and have your travel ticket sent to your mobile phone - no paper ticket required. You then present this to the driver on arrival.
ARRIVING BY CAR: Please ask for details.
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GRADE C cycling: Between 30-40miles (48-64kms) a day. This route is principally a flat ride with only occasional moderate hills. We recommend that clients bring their own bicycle equipment helmets, clothing and shoes. If you have clip-on shoes we suggest that you bring your pedals too. You will start cycling about 10am and finish at approx. 4pm. These grades are for guidance only and will depend on weather conditions and your fitness.