Oh, we do like to hear about new cycling routes across Europe. This time the focus is on Scotland, where four new road cycling routes have been unveiled in the Scottish Borders.
The Borderloop4 routes, varying in length from 52 to 100 miles, are part of the popular 250-mile Borderloop, which is acclaimed as one of the most scenic waymarked road routes in the region. Each of the circular trails start at Kelso, Melrose, Peebles and Hawick.
The new routes are part of Scottish Borders Recreational Cycling Group’s bid to establish the Scottish Borders as Scotland’s leading cycling destination. Neen Kelly, recreational cycling officer for the Scottish Borders, said: “The Borderloop4 are great new additions to this region’s road cycling network.
“The 250-mile Borderloop is one our most popular and scenic distance trails. By sectioning it to create the four new loops it is now possible for cyclists to tackle this in parts rather than as a whole, with the opportunity to complete one, two or all four of the new loops.”
Kelso Borderloop4: The Borderloop4 route from Kelso is the longest at 100 miles. The challenging cycle heads from the market town of Kelso to Dryburgh, before going east into Berwickshire with its fabulous coastline and then on to Mellerstain, Hume, Old Greenlaw, Duns, Grantshouse, Press Castle, Eyemouth, Foulden, Norham and Coldstream before returning to Kelso. Route information warns of: “Large hills in and out of Eyemouth” as well as “repeated long hilly stages including remote areas. The route is possible in one day for good riders but you could break it into two of three days.
The Peebles route is 52 miles (84km) from Peebles > Gordon Arms > Tweedsmuir > Broughton > Peebles
Hawick route is 79 miles (127km) from Hawick > Gordon Arms > Innerleithen > Melrose > Hawick
Melrose route is 79 miles (127km) from Melrose > Kelso > Jedburgh > Hawick > Melrose