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Fife and the Borders Self-Guided Bicycle Tour (14 Nights)

Tour code: FABSG14

Tour Overview

This itinerary links the Fife region to the north of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth with the Borders to the south to give a wonderful two week bicycle tour. Scotland Bicycle Tours & Vacations

Although it is possible to ride all the way from Edinburgh to St Andrews on the first day, it is suggested that you take a train out of the city and across the Firth of Forth Rail Bridge. There are a series of small stations between Inverkeithing on the northern end of the bridge and Leucars, about 5 miles from St Andrews. There is no problem putting bikes onto the trains. You stay in St Andrews for two nights and on the second day you will ride a loop to the south to visit the fishing villages of the East Neuk. From St Andrews the next leg takes you north to the Firth of Tay, and then along the coast to Newburgh before turning inland to the village of Kinross on the shores of Loch Leven for another two night layover. The loop ride from here takes you to Falkland for a visit to Falkland Palace.

From Kinross you ride south to Dunfermline and then cross the Forth Bridge to South Queensferry. From here it is a short ride into the centre of Edinburgh.Scotland Bicycle Tours & Vacations

From Edinburgh you ride east to Musselburgh and then follow the coast to the picturesque resort of North Berwick en route to historic Dunbar.  The second leg leads you inland into the wild sheep-dotted Lammemuir Hills, visiting Abbey St  Bathans and Duns on the way to Kelso for a two night stopover. The loop ride from Kelso offers marvellous Borders scenery and the chance to visit Floors Castle. Next stop is Selkirk – en route you will see Dryburgh Abbey, Scott’s View and Thirlstane Castle and perhaps lunch in quaint Melrose. From Selkirk you follow the Tweed valley to Innerleithen – one of the best known mountain biking centres in Britain. Heading north from Innerleithen you enjoy spectacular moorland and some wonderful views over Edinburgh on the approach to the city.
For information about en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page.

The itinerary follows routes L, M, N, O, Q, A, B, C, E, F, H, I and J
The tour is rated B – suitable for average and experienced cyclists and for fit novices – click here for tour rating description.

Ten highlights

  • St Andrews
  • Discovery Point
  • Falkland Palace
  • Dunfermline Abbey
  • Edinburgh
  • St Abbs head
  • Floors Castle
  • Melrose Abbey
  • Traquair House
  • Tweed valley


  • Scotland Bicycle Tours & Vacations
  • Scotland Bicycle Tours & Vacations
  • Scotland Bicycle Tours & Vacations
  • Scotland Bicycle Tours & Vacations
  • Scotland Bicycle Tours & Vacations


  • Spend an extra night or two in Edinburgh at the beginning or end of the biking.


  • This itinerary is not suitable for novice riders.

Outline Itinerary

Day Itinerary
Finish Route options
En Route
1 arrive at EDINBURGH        
2 route L Dunfermline St Andrews    
Kircaldy, Glenrothes, Cupar, Scottish Deer Centre
3 route M St Andrews St Andrews  
East Neuk fishing villages, Kellie Castle, Scotland's Secret Bunker
4 route N St Andrews Kinross    
Leuchar, Tay Bridge, Discovery Point, Newburgh
5 route O Kinross Kinross    
Loch Leven Castle, Loch Leven National Nature Reserve, Falkland Palace
6 route Q Kinross Edinburgh    
Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, Forth Road Bridge, South Queensferry
7 route A Edinburgh Dunbar    
Musselburgh, Scorrish Seabird Centre, Tantillon Castle, Bass Rock
8 route B Dunbar Kelso    
St Abbs Head, Abbey St Bathans, Duns, Coldstream
9 route C Kelso Kelso  
Kelso Abbey, Floors Castle, Harestanes Centre, Waterloo Monument
10 route E Kelso Selkirk    
Dryburgh Abbey, Scott's View, Donkey Sanctaury, Eildon Hills, Melrose Abbey
11 route F Selkirk Selkirk  
Minto, Hawick, Abbotsford House, Bowhill
12 route H Selkirk Innerleithen  
Etterickbridge, Traquair House, St Mary's Loch, Yair Forest
13 route I Innerleithen Innerleithen  
Kailzie Gardens, Peebles, Neidpath Castle, Heriot, Stow
14 roue J Innerleithen Edinburgh      
Bonnyrigg, Moorfoot Hills, Roslyn Chapel
15 depart from EDINBURGH          

Tour Costs

Costs in Sterling Pounds
basic cost per person sharing
single accommodation supplement (if applicable)
Optional Costs
bicycle rental
pannier rental per pair
luggage transfers
shared charge for group
additional charge per rider

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