Markus

Explore your Boundaries

Markus

Explore your Boundaries

Collection by Markus

The Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland got round the world record holder Mark Beaumont (komoot.com/user/996803524970) and Bikepacking Scotland (komoot.com/user/bikepackingscotland) founder Markus Stitz thinking about where our local authority boundaries are. We thought about the gravel cycling routes close to the circumference of each local authority, as current stay at home restrictions in Scotland only allow exercise that starts and finishes at the same place (preferably your home, but also up to 5 miles from the boundary of your local authority area). As a start we have mapped 23 routes ranging from 30 miles to 315 miles, which are all included in the collection below. Thanks also to Craig Thompson for mapping a route around Aberdeen.A note of caution. Different to other Bikepacking Scotland routes we could only test ride the Edinburgh & Midlothian route so far. For all other routes we have used Komoot and Open Cycle Map to map and review them on a computer, and also used our knowledge from other rides or projects like mapping the Perthshire Gravel Trails, John Muir Way or new routes in the Cateran Ecomuseum.When riding the Edinburgh route in winter we had to dismount and push multiple times, and also made alterations to the route while riding, so please be prepared for that. We would advise you to use common sense, carry sufficient spare kit and stick to emergency protocols.Those routes are suggestions to inspire your own routes. You can send us feedback where they can be improved here: bikepackingscotland.com/boundariesSome councils are still missing from the collection, so if you want to map and share a route, use the feedback from below to get in touch. Let's start 2021 with some endurance adventures to explore the boundaries of our local authorities.Aberdeen - 63 miles
Angus - 175 miles
Clackmannanshire - 47 miles
Dundee - 30 miles
East Ayrshire - 169 miles
East Dunbartonshire - 61 miles
East Lothian - 103 miles
East Renfrewshire - 71 miles
Edinburgh - 64 miles
Falkirk - 75 miles
Fife - 174 miles
Glasgow - 75 miles
Inverclyde - 56 miles
Midlothian - 72 miles
North Ayrshire - 98 miles
North Lanarkshire - 110 miles
Perthshire - 301 miles
Renfrewshire - 58 miles
Scottish Borders - 315 miles
South Ayrshire - 166 miles
South Lanarkshire - 202 miles
Stirling - 164 miles
West Dumbartonshire - 46 miles
West Lothian - 87 miles

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    08:51
    62.1 mi
    7.0 mph
    2,450 ft
    2,450 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    25:03
    175 mi
    7.0 mph
    14,450 ft
    14,450 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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  • Difficult
    07:23
    47.4 mi
    6.4 mph
    4,425 ft
    4,400 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Intermediate
    03:25
    29.8 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate gravel ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    20:40
    169 mi
    8.2 mph
    9,175 ft
    9,200 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    Difficult
    08:22
    61.2 mi
    7.3 mph
    4,375 ft
    4,400 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    Difficult
    13:55
    103 mi
    7.4 mph
    5,725 ft
    5,725 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    Difficult
    08:35
    71.1 mi
    8.3 mph
    3,825 ft
    3,825 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.
    Difficult
    08:41
    64.1 mi
    7.4 mph
    4,450 ft
    4,425 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    Difficult
    09:30
    75.0 mi
    7.9 mph
    3,375 ft
    3,375 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Looks a fun route - done all of the bits at one time or another but never in a single ride. Just to echo the comment about needing to push the bike. The section along the Avon Heritage trail from Linlithgow to Avonbridge will involve a lot of walking. It is also extremely wet and muddy in places. Only for people with a sense of humour!! I would also expect the section to the south of the Black Loch near Limerigg to be pretty deep in mud although it was rideable (just) the last time I went through. Looking forward to giving it a go when the ice is out of the ground!

    Difficult
    22:37
    174 mi
    7.7 mph
    8,600 ft
    8,575 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    Difficult
    09:22
    74.8 mi
    8.0 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,875 ft
    Ferry
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
    Difficult
    07:23
    56.4 mi
    7.6 mph
    3,275 ft
    3,325 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    09:24
    70.6 mi
    7.5 mph
    4,175 ft
    4,175 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    Difficult
    11:18
    97.9 mi
    8.7 mph
    4,800 ft
    4,800 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.
    Difficult
    12:52
    110 mi
    8.5 mph
    5,125 ft
    5,125 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    Difficult
    43:40
    301 mi
    6.9 mph
    23,850 ft
    23,825 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    Difficult
    07:05
    58.4 mi
    8.3 mph
    3,575 ft
    3,550 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    41:42
    315 mi
    7.6 mph
    22,650 ft
    22,650 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    Difficult
    21:42
    166 mi
    7.6 mph
    9,850 ft
    9,850 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    Difficult
    27:46
    202 mi
    7.3 mph
    14,975 ft
    14,975 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    Difficult
    22:06
    164 mi
    7.4 mph
    10,950 ft
    10,925 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Good to know, thanks Crisp (: Dropping into neighbouring LAs isn't a problem for short sections. Looking forward to ride this when I am allowed too again!

    Difficult
    06:18
    46.3 mi
    7.3 mph
    2,850 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    11:28
    86.5 mi
    7.5 mph
    4,500 ft
    4,475 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    24
  • Distance
    2,780 mi
  • Duration
    369:09 h
  • Elevation
    175,375 ft

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