Clydesdale Circular

South of M8 and East of the M74 lies some lovely cycling country. This route came from the Philip’s guide “Cycle Tours around Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders” and it’s quite hilly at times. With the hills come some wonderful views, though, especially the moorland top above Biggar. A lovely day trip.

Lanark – Thankerton – Biggar – Liberton – Carnwath – Lanark

Ride under the Clyde

You can’t travel too far in Glasgow without bumping into something historic. This short tour is only 15 (very flat) miles but manages to squeeze in 3 iconic parks, an industrial wilderness, plus an exciting ride through the Clyde Tunnel.

Queens ParkPollok Country ParkGovan Dry DocksClyde TunnelRiverside MuseumGlasgow GreenSouthern Necropolis – Queens Park

Conic Hill and Inchcailloch Island (Loch Lomond)

Anyone who has ever climbed Ben Lomond will tell you – it’s like Piccadilly Circus up there! Conic Hill is a quieter and shorter alternative and the views are just as lovely. Add in a trip to Inchcailloch Island, and you’ve got the makings of a true Famous Five adventure.

Glen Etive

Glencoe’s awesome neighbour is often overlooked by the hoards speeding up the A82. That’s part of it’s charm. This wee bike ride follows the winding single track road between Buachaille Etive Mòr and Loch Etive. There and back again. Where is it? If you’re heading north, just turn left at the Buachaille…