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4 Abbeys Cycle Route: A Scenic Guide to the Scottish Borders

Situated conveniently close to several points along the 4 Abbeys Cycle route, Bowden House B&B is the perfect location to rest your head while embarking on your journey. This popular circular route, covering approximately 55 miles, takes you past four magnificent abbeys and is the perfect way to soak up the rich history and natural beauty of the Scottish Borders.

How long does the 4 Abbeys Cycle Route take?

At 55-miles, the 4 Abbeys Cycle Route can be done in a (tough!) day, but many choose to spread it over a weekend - spending time exploring the abbeys, picturesque border towns and farmers markets dotted along the route. 

What’s the terrain like?

According to Strava, the 4 Abbeys is a moderate cycle route. You’ll mainly spend your time on peaceful, undulating roads, but there are a couple of steep climbs and some unavoidable A roads to bear in mind. This is all worth it as you slice through scenic valleys and soak up the breathtaking views of the famous Eildon Hills. The route is broken into segments, with pit stops at various Borders’ Towns, giving you plenty of opportunities for refreshment along the way. The route is normally done in a clockwise direction.

Historic Abbeys

The route weaves its way through the picturesque towns of Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso, and Jedburgh, providing a unique opportunity to visit the historic border abbeys in each town. The founding of these abbeys dates back to the 12th century, and they played a significant role in the spiritual and cultural development of the Scottish Borders.

Unforgettable Scenery

With the rolling Cheviot Hills, gentle river valleys and the famous Eildon Hills, you’re spoilt for spectacular views on the four abbeys cycling route. Throughout the route, you'll notice well-placed way markers to keep you on track, ensuring seamless and enjoyable cycling. The route is designed with both casual and experienced cyclists in mind, offering a mix of on and off-road sections, catering to various skill levels looking to conquer this exhilarating cycle adventure.

Experience the Borders

The Scottish Borders is rich in history, stunning landscapes and quiet roads, making it perfect for cycling. The 4 Abbeys Cycle Route is a real highlight of any Scotland adventure - offering the perfect blend of exploration and culture, making it a must-do activity for anyone seeking to discover this beautiful region. 

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