Friday the 5th February I set off from Kirkcaldy station bound for Edinburgh and a route recce through the city and along both sides of the Forth back to Kirkcaldy.
I had done almost all the route in parts but had never put it together into one ride. Accompanied by another rider we headed off from Waverley down to the Scottish Parliament and onwards to the shore. We followed the shore along to Cramond and then up and back down the River Almond. Coming into South Queensferry the 2 complete bridges and the new crossing were visible and made a great site. Crossing the Road bridge we started along the Fife Coastal Path through Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay and onwards to the finish at Kirkcaldy. Thirty five miles with 2000 ft of climb.
The website is now online http//scottishbiketouring.com and a montage of video clips of the ride is visible there.
Scottish Bike Touring will be offering two rides at EDFOC a short clip of the other ride is also available on the site.
Scottish Bike Touring shall be offering 2 very different types of tours. On one hand there will be the traditional ride designed by SBT travelled very frequently and at a fixed cost such as: The Kelpies and canal tour in Central Scotland, the Five Ferries ride in W Scotland inc Bute and Arran and the Forth and 3 bridges a point to point ride utilising the great rail links between Fife and Scotland’s capital.
The other type of ride is a tailored ride. This is chosen by you but organised and if required led by SBT. If you want to visit a certain area say to look up your family tree you give us the area, how far you want to cycle, surface, accommodation type and speed and we will do the rest. The cost of a tailored tour is different as there is a lot of variables.
SBT will be open for business in March. Spread the word, better still come along for a ride!!
Normally an easy walk my Waverley to Haymarket journey involved 31 miles with over 1600 ft of climb. I am sure that even those of you not very familiar with the route between Edinburgh’s two rail stations will realise I did not take the direct route!
With a clear but cold day forecast I took myself down to my local station and boarded the train to Edinburgh my mission two fold could I book rail tickets for a journey to France in July and a route recce for Scottish Bike Touring.
Objective No 1 the answer was no, so back to trawling the internet trying to make sense of advance booking dates and timetables here and in France. Objective two? Read on…..
The day was to turn out to be a railway type of day the route I took used a lot of disused railway line and went thru a lot of old railway tunnels. The first rail line is known as the Innocent railway and is picked up near the Commonwealth pool this is the old Edinburgh to Dalkeith line and is a popular route within the city for walkers and cyclists. It is also part of NCR 1 which I would be on for a lot of todays route. It may seem strange then that my vehicle of choice was my 29er. All will be revealed.
My route took me past the Scottish Parliament building and Arthurs seat into the Innoent tunnel part of the old Dalkeith to Edinburgh line. I followed this, which eventually becomes part of NCR 1 to Dalkeith onwards towards the Pentland hills, white with snow, in the distance.
Up and over an icy snow covered track to Currie then plain sailing along the canal to Haymarket and the train home.
A great day and one I look forward to repeating with customers of SBT!
Fancy a day out on the bike with a qualified guide?
Perhaps a longer trip?
Design your own adventure or go on one of our standard tours.
The choice really is yours. Keep your eyes open for he Scottish Bike Touring website.
Interested? Can’t wait contact me via this site.
Scottish Bike Touring is a new bike touring company hailing from Kirkcaldy in Fife.
SBT aims to deliver a range of standard tours from half a day to a week and to organise tailored tours to meet clients requirements.
SBT the website is under development at the moment and will be hitting the web soon. In the meantime contact me via this site and keep an eye open for further news of SBT.
Happy cycling whatever your discipline!
Working hard on the web site hopefully I will launch it by end Jan or mid Feb.
Going out on Friday to get some photos for one of the routes in Edinburgh and the Pentlands.
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With scottish bike touring you can go on a bespoke tour designed by the company to your requirements or an “off the shelf” trip you have always wanted to do but don’t have the time to organise.
Scottish bike touring will organise as little or as much as you want from ferry and train tickets to a bed for the night.
The choice is enormous fancy a trip to recce some of your proposed LEJOG route perhaps you want to see two of central Scotland’s biggest attractions, the Kelpies and the Falkirk wheel and then visit the capital city by canal path?
Routes and timings are fully flexible if you have the bike we have the tour!