Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or new two wheels, cycling in Scotland can be one of the most memorable experiences you will ever have and the memories will last a life time.
Scotland has some of the most beautiful landscapes, cultural history and iconic views in the world as well as some of the best trails and off road routes for cycling and walking.
If you are thinking of gaining a new perspective of Scotland from the saddle of a bike then a self-guided cycle holiday is the way to go.
In this post we will introduce self-guided cycling holidays in Scotland and give you some tips of where to go and how to stay safe so that you enjoy every minute of your trip.
What does a self-guided cycling holiday in Scotland offer?
A self-guided cycling holiday in Scotland is the perfect solution for those that want to explore the wilds and beauty of Scotland at your own pace, allowing you to venture off to the many attractions along the way, sample the traditional food and drinks of Scotland and stop for the perfect photo of the many amazing vistas and wildlife.
Imaging pedalling through woodlands, meandering along coastal paths, over rolling hills and blue expanses of lochs. Visiting museums, galleries and distilleries and stopping off at the many cafes and restaurants offering traditional Scottish food and drinks.
How to Stay Safe on a Self-Guided Cycling Tour
- Plan your day and pit stops.
- Be Seen – Bright clothing and lights will ensure other road and path users will see you.
- Be heard – Letting other cyclists, runners and walkers know you are coming with the ding of a bell.
- Protect yourself – Wear a helmet and sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun, bugs, wind and rain.
- Stay Warm – Wear layers that are easy to take off and pop in your bag. Waterproofs that may be needed along the way.
- Keep Fuelled – Carry snacks, food and fluids to ensure that you are fuelled until your next pit stop.
- Be Contactable – Keep your mobile phone charged.
- Tools and Equipment – Take a puncture reapir kit, pump and a small first aid kit.
- Expect The Unexpected – Stay alert and reactive to the changing conditions, gravel, sheep, wet leaves and roads.
What Should I Pack For A Self-Guided Cycle Tour?
There are many baggage transfer operators in Scotland that will transport your baggage daily to your next stop and accommodation. Pack clothing and equipment that you may need in the evening for example and change of cycling clothing.
A rucksack or panniers are a good idea for the equipment and layers you may need for your day’s cycling.
Contact us for information on travel, baggage transfers and accommodation. We are here to help you make memories to last you a lifetime.