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Old 06-16-23, 10:39 AM
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Looking for beginner tour recommendations in Scotland

Hi all,
I am planning to go on a tour on a road bike in Scotland this summer, departing from Edinburgh.
I do quite a bit of day-trips but it's my first time planning a multi-day trip, so I'm aiming for a 2-3 days ride to start with. Also I don't have a car so it'd be ideal if the start point is accessible by train.
I was thinking of taking the train and ferry to the Isle of Arran, but not sure how convenient it is. Do you have other good recommendations?
Looking forward to hear your opinions
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Well you have already started well because if it ain't Scottish, it's CRAAAP! I sadly have not been and really want to so I have nothing great to contribute other than have a great time, take loads of pictures and share with folks here.
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You could do worse than the Five Ferries Route. Around 2 hours by train from Edinburgh to the start/finish. No need to book bikes on these services. Just turn up.

https://www.fionaoutdoors.co.uk/2016...ies-route.html

72 miles. But working round ferry times. And a few good hills. Doable from Edinburgh in two days. Or make it a 3 day by going round the south end of Arran. Good campside right at the south end.
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Well you have already started well because if it ain't Scottish, it's CRAAAP! I sadly have not been and really want to so I have nothing great to contribute other than have a great time, take loads of pictures and share with folks here.
Haha thanks I'll make sure to post some pics!
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You could do worse than the Five Ferries Route. Around 2 hours by train from Edinburgh to the start/finish. No need to book bikes on these services. Just turn up.

72 miles. But working round ferry times. And a few good hills. Doable from Edinburgh in two days. Or make it a 3 day by going round the south end of Arran. Good campside right at the south end.
This looks like a really cool tour, thanks for the tip! I just got a touring bike this past weekend, I'll aim to do that next week

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I saw that it's possible to catch a train back to Edinburgh from Wemyss bay, so it's good to know that I can skip the last leg depending on how tired I am at the end of the 2 days.
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Scotland is beautiful. One thing to keep in mind is that climbing with a fair amount of extra weight (depending on how much you bring) has its challenges. You may want to factor that into your daily mileage goal depending on how much climbing you plan on doing.
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I saw that it's possible to catch a train back to Edinburgh from Wemyss bay, so it's good to know that I can skip the last leg depending on how tired I am at the end of the 2 days.
It makes sense. That is the busiest road of the ride. It is there because most peole drive to the start so need to end in the same place. Not a problem for you.
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