Cycling the Borders of Scotland 2009
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Getting ready for the off. Thanks to Sue and Dave we were able to leave our car at their home and start our holiday: 240-mile circuit through the Scottish Borders from Edinburgh.
The temperature quickly began to rise, and it was a beautiful sunny day. Day one was a reasonable 44-miles with 2250ft accent, grade mild-C, from Edinburgh to East Linton.
Julie is a sucker for cute animals
The route from Edinburgh to East Linton is largely on marked cycle routes – a lot of which is old railway, and therefore reasonably level.
Day 2 began windy and got worse as we cycled. The day’s ride was intended to be reasonably challenging, south through the Lammeruir Hills, but we didn’t expect gale force winds in our faces!
We were treated to some nice views, in spite of the wind.
We cycled past a couple of well-active wind farms. The wind had blown almost continuously into our faces, and it was with considerable effort that we pushed uphill and into the wind. Even after we had reached the top of this hill (the highest of the day) we had to push ourselves downhill to make progress!
After 34-miles with 3560ft accent, grade Ex2(73W+0) without the wind: into a head wind the whole way we were rather tired!
We spent the night at the Black Bull Hotel in Duns, and the following day’s weather was great. This was our easiest cycling day: down the coast to Lindisfarne 35-miles grade average-B
What a difference a day makes
Our first view of the Cheviot Hills
Looking back towards the Lammeruir Hills
The Scottish Borders is a great place for a cycling holiday: long quite roads.
Crossing the Union Bridge from Scotland into England
And down the coast towards Holy Island
Across the causeway to Lindisfarne (Holy Island)
We stayed at The Manor House, with great views
Lindisfarne (aka Holy Island) is isolated from the mainland twice per day by the tides. During low tide the island is packed with tourists. When the causeway is closed, however, the island is beautifully peaceful and quite.
Next day was another great weather day. We had timed the visit to Lindisfarne to give us ideal crossing times: the causeway was clear of water at 10.00am; a perfect time to start cycling
Back over the causeway, on route for Jedburgh: 42-miles and 2850ft accent, grade average-C.
Back towards the Cheviot Hills
And there’s always time for tea and scones, as here in the beautiful Northumberland village of Ford
Back into Scotland
And finally our B&B night in Jedburgh, and a peruse of tomorrows adventure
The next day, Friday 11 September, was to be one of the hardest days: 41-miles with 3970ft accent, grade Ex3(69W+4), from Jedburgh to Selkirk. The route looked good on the map, and as it turned out was a really good ride: very varied and full of interest.
It was an Indian summer; great conditions for cycling. And an interesting, varied, route
The Eildon Hills. Most of the route afforded memorable views
Deserted roads lead for great cycling
A very enjoyable day
We spent the night at The Glen Hotel, Selkirk. The following day (our last cycling day) continued with good weather to complete our 240-Miles circuit of the Scottish Borders.
Back over the River Tweed, we headed generally north towards Edinburgh 43-mile with 2985ft accent, grade average-C
Through more lovely Borders countryside
Those Eildon Hills again
We don’t think that wind-farms detract from the beauty of the countryside
The last major climb of the holiday takes us over the Moorfoot Hills
And on the north side of the escarpment our destination comes into view: the Pentland Hills, the Firth of Forth and Edinburgh
After last years cycling holiday of almost continuous rain, this year proved to be one of the best weather cycling holidays we have ever had! And we will never grow bored of the Scottish Borders!