Exciting news for Cycling in the Scottish Borders

Jedburgh

Posted: August 4th, 2016

Scottish borders council have proposed a five year strategy to boost cycling tourism throughout the Scottish Borders. The council aims to build on the success of events such as Tweed love, Tour o’ the Borders and the Enduro World Series.

The borders naturally cater for all styles of cycling, from mountain biking, road biking and leisure cycling. There is already a strong cycling culture within the borders, Glentress at the heart of the tweed valley offers a mecca for mountain biking which attract visitors from all over the UK.

The diverse countryside with quiet, scenic roads and a wealth of towns to travel between also provide superb road cycling destination. There are other well known cycle routes such as the Coast and Castle route that runs from Newcastle Upon Tyne to Edinburgh and many more. To find out more about whats already available visit www.cyclescottishborders.com

The proposed idea comes after research by Visit Scotland showed cyclists and mountain bikers spent more than £155m in 2015. The boost in cycle tourism to the borders would certainly have a positive affect in the area and encourage people to see more of the great attractions the Scottish borders already have to offer. Other parts of the UK such as Yorkshire and the Peak District have benefited from similar schemes over the last few years and provide a glimpse of how popular the Scottish borders could be as a cycling destination.

Fore those who are interested the local authority has produced a draft Cycle Tourism Strategy document detailing the challenges and ambitions of developing cycling as a means of delivering economic benefits to the region. More information about the project and about the next steps can be found here www.scotborders.gov.uk/views_sought_on_cycle_tourism_strategy