Edinburgh & the Scottish Borders

Edinburgh & the Scottish Borders

25th May 2019 - 1st June 2019 (8 days)

This self-supported camping tour takes in Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders and East Lothian before returning to Edinburgh. Using many minor roads through the scenic Border country and the River Tweed followed by a two-night stay at Prestonpans, 11 miles from Edinburgh. Daily rides will be around 45 miles, possibly a little further on the non-moving-on days.

  • Holiday Type Guided
  • Tour Manager Brian P Curtis
  • Grade Moderate
  • Booking Status Places Available
  • Accommodation Camping
  • Board Basis Self Catering
  • Travel Arrangements Land Only
  • Road / Off Road Road
  • Holiday Style Moving-on
  • Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
  • Holiday Ref 03287


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Edinburgh & the Scottish Borders

Saturday 25th May

Meet at the Edinburgh campsite at Mortonhall, 4 miles from Waverley station. Stay 3 nights.

Sunday 26th May

Join the organised ride or plan your own ride.

Monday 27th May

Join the organised ride or plan your own ride.

Tuesday 28th May

Cycle to Selkirk in the Ettrick Valley. Stay 2 nights.

Wednesday 29th May

Day ride along the River Tweed to Dryburgh and Melrose Abbeys.

Thursday 30th May

Cycle to Prestonpans. Stay 2 nights.

Friday 31st May

Join the organised ride or plan your own ride.

Saturday 1st June

Cycle to Edinburgh Waverley station where the tour ends.

Accommodation & Meals

All nights are spent in your own tent on campsites with toilets and hot showers, generally rated 2-star or higher. You are responsible for all your own meals. There will be the opportunity to purchase meals in restaurants and pubs at overnight stops.

Vehicle Support

No vehicle support is provided. Participants are expected to carry their own luggage and camping equipment.

Travel Insurance

Obtaining travel insurance is optional for UK residents as your Cycling UK membership provides third party cover. However, this does not cover any other risks such as cancellation charges, personal injury or lost property. We therefore strongly recommend that suitable insurance is taken out to safeguard against such risks. Members who do not reside in the UK are not covered for third party and are advised to obtain suitable cover before leaving their normal residence. If you already have an annual policy, you may need to confirm that it will cover a UK holiday or make provision for it to do so.


The price of £160 is based on a minimum number of 5 people taking part in the holiday. If there are insufficient bookings by 16th March 2019, we will contact you and return all monies paid, although in certain circumstances the holiday may still run at below minimum numbers but at the same price.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights campsite fees, self-catering
  • CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to or from the tour
  • Any meals or refreshments
  • Entry fees at any attactions
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance (optional)

Payment Schedule

A deposit of £50 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £110 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 16th March 2019.


Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:

Written notice received:

Before 16th March 2019

From 16th March 2019 through to departure


Cancellation charge:

Deposit (£50)

100% (£160)

The Area Covered By The Holiday

Edinburgh is a wonderful centre for the cyclist. Immerse yourself in the splendour of the Georgian New Town and visit the castle and the Palace of Holyrood House where the Queen stays when she is in town. There are ghost and heritage tours, museums and art gallaries, botanical garden and much more. On Tuesday the tour moves on to the Scottish Borders town of Selkirk for a two-night stop where there will be an opportunity to visit the abbeys that are located along the River Tweed. On Thursday the route leaves Selkirk and passes by Soutra hill before sweeping down to the coast at Prestonpans for another two-night stop. 

Rides & Rest Days

The first three days at the Edinburgh campsite will give you the opportunity to ride with the Tour Manager or to plan your own rides. After leaving Edinburgh the rides are around 45mpd, with the opportunity of riding further on the second day in the Ettrick Valley when you will be riding without your luggage. The roads are generally fairly quiet, as minor roads are used for most of the trip.
The Tour Manager will try to set a ‘normal’ pace, but anyone who wishes to ride faster is welcome to, and riders who do not wish to be accompanied are welcome to ride on their own. There will always be time for sightseeing and usually time for tea/coffee stops. Re-grouping will take place at such stops, and clear instructions will be given of the route and the location of the campsites.
There is no support vehicle, so it is important that you can complete the distances; please contact the Tour Manager if you wish to discuss this aspect.

Accommodation & Meals

The campsites chosen have toilets and showers; some have their own shops. No meals are provided, but there are restaurants and pub meals available at the campsites. It is possible to arrive at Edinburgh before the tour starts, making your own arrangements directly with the campsite for any extra nights.


Those travelling by train will find good services on both the West Coast and East Coast main lines to Edinburgh.

Group Information

The maximum number of participants will be 16 excluding the Tour Manager.

Weather & Clothing

At this time of year the weather can swing from being gloriously hot to the chance of an overnight frost. It is therefore necessary to carry some warm clothing and a 2/3 season sleeping bag as minimum. Wet weather clothing should also be carried, as showers can blow up very quickly in coastal and hill areas.

Cycles & Equipment

As this is a camping tour you will be carrying a fair amount of luggage, so a good touring bike, a well-equipped mountain bike or hybrid with a low gear of around 24” is recommended. Good panniers and a sturdy carrier are essential. You should ensure your cycle is well maintained, paying particular attention to wheels, tyres and brakes; consider having it serviced at your local cycle shop. Each participant will be expected to carry sufficient spares and tools to deal with  punctures and minor repairs. Mudguards are optional; lights will be necessary only if you need to ride quite late at night (say, after 10pm), though a detachable front cycle lamp can double as a torch on the campsite. You should have ridden your cycle fully laden before the tour to ensure you are happy with its handling. Anyone considering bringing an electric bike must mention this on the Booking Form under Special Requests and discuss this with the Tour Manager before your booking can be confirmed.

Maps & Guides

The route has been planned using OS Landranger maps 73 and 66.