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Cycling in Scotland: The 4 Abbeys Cycling Route and more

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

Nestled in the small village of Bowden/Melrose in the Scottish Borders, Bowden House B&B is perfectly situated for your next cycling holiday in Scotland: from the 4 Abbeys Cycling Route to the Megget and Talla Route, there’s something for everyone. We provide secure bike storage and most tools for repair as well as drying facilities to cope with the Scottish weather. Need a big and healthy packed lunch and/or dinner (for 4+ guests)? Just let us know and we will be happy to accommodate you.


The Scottish Borders has it all: sweeping scenery, quiet roads and breathtaking views, but it’s the rich history that makes it a truly special place - with echoes of its turbulent past seeped into the landscape: turn a corner and you’ll stumble upon an ancient ruined castle, another twist of the road and you’ll be in front of a mediaeval abbey. It’s a playground for history enthusiasts and cyclists alike.




4 Abbeys Cycling Route

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at Bowden House B&B, before heading out on the 56-mile circular path that connects the four main abbeys in the Scottish Borders: Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso, and Jedburgh. The 4 Abbeys Cycling Route mainly follows tranquil roads (although there are a few unavoidable ‘A’ roads), but it’s well worth it for the picturesque views and tour of the magnificent abbeys of Scotland. It’s a moderately difficult route, with a few uphill stretches, so why not hire an e-bike to take the load off? We’ve partnered with Borders Ebike Hire to give everyone the chance to experience this stunning part of Scotland.


Megget and Talla Route

The 55-mile Megget and Talla Route is a captivating circular cycling trail starting in Innerleithen. This medium-grade route promises awe-inspiring views of the Borders' magnificent countryside and is full of remnants of ancient castles and ruins of its turbulent borderland past. With a duration of approximately 3 to 5 hours and a climbing elevation of 1432 meters, this route guarantees an unforgettable adventure, with options to hire e-bikes if you want an easier ride.


Whether you’re planning a cycling holiday in Scotland or want to explore what the Scottish Borders has to offer, Bowden House B&B is on hand to facilitate your adventure. Make your journey a smooth and unforgettable one by staying over at Bowden House B&B, with a hearty breakfast and luggage transfer, you just need to enjoy the ride!


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