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Pedal Power: Cycling Routes to Explore in Bowden and the Scottish Borders

Updated: Jul 4, 2023

Are you a cycling enthusiast seeking exhilarating routes amidst spectacular scenery? Or a beginner looking to coast through stunning landscapes? Look no further than the Scottish Borders! With an abundance of rivers, hills, valleys and forests, cycling the Scottish Borders is a must-do for beginners and enthusiasts alike. What’s more, Bowden House B&B is perfectly located to just hop on a bike and go! In this article, we will take you on a journey through the remarkable cycling opportunities awaiting you in Scotland.

1. Glentress Forest: Mountain Biking Mecca

Discover the mountain biking heaven of Glentress Forest, a must-visit destination catering for all skill levels. As part of the renowned 7 stanes trails, Glentress Forest boasts graded trails and a thrilling multi-grade free-ride area, perfect for pushing your limits and experiencing an adrenaline rush like no other.

2. 4 Abbeys Cycling Route: Exploring History and Scenic Landscapes

Embark on the 4 Abbeys Cycling Route, a captivating 56-mile circular path that connects the four main abbeys in the Scottish Borders: Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso, and Jedburgh. This route predominantly follows tranquil roads, offering picturesque views of the surrounding countryside, passing by numerous historic points of interest. While a few short stretches on 'A' roads are unavoidable, the overall experience of this moderate route is truly unforgettable.

3. Ebike Hire: Embrace Sustainable Exploration

In our quest for more sustainable ways of living, Bowden House B&B now encourages visitors to explore the Scottish Borders using alternative means of transportation. Introducing Ebikes! Thanks to our partnership with Borders Ebike Hire, you can conveniently rent these power-assisted bicycles and embark on a delightful adventure through our breathtaking region. Ebikes provide a fantastic opportunity to stay active and enjoy cycling more of the Scottish Borders.

4. Megget and Talla Route: A Historical and Scenic Delight

Be enchanted by the 55-mile Megget and Talla Route, a captivating circular cycling trail that commences in Innerleithen. This medium-grade route promises awe-inspiring views of the Borders' magnificent countryside, accompanied by remnants of ancient castles, historic drove roads, 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.

The Scottish Borders are a cyclist's paradise, offering a plethora of remarkable routes to explore, rounded off with a comfy bed and well-earned meal on your return to Bowden House. From the mountain biking haven of Glentress Forest to the historical wonders of the 4 Abbeys Cycling Route and the scenic beauty of the Megget and Talla Route, there's something for everyone. Embrace the pedal power and embark on a thrilling journey through this captivating region. Don't wait any longer, book today for an unforgettable trip.

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