Green hills that stretch all the way to the wild coast. Rocky stretches, lonely sandy beaches and impressive sounds await you here. Clear rivers that make their way through the deserted, untouched nature, next to innumerable picturesque lakes called "Lochs" in Scotland. Thinly populated islands that lie high in the north like raw emeralds in the North Sea - green, pristine jewels of nature. And everything is connected by a cycle path that takes you right through the middle of this unique landscape.
The North Sea Coast Cycle Route takes you through Scotland for over 800 miles (1,300 kilometers). From the English Berwick-upon-Tweed near the Scottish border you cycle to the north coast of Scotland and then continue on to the Orkney Islands and the Shetland Islands. The destination in Scotland and the entire North Sea Cycle Route is Lerwick on the Shetland Islands. The North Sea Coast Cycle Route starts in Bergen, Norway and runs for over 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) around the North Sea. It passes Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, England and ends in Scotland.
The Scottish part of the North Sea Coast Cycle Route is presented here in 16 stages between 30 and 60 miles (50 and 100 kilometers) long. As Scotland is a country full of beautiful hills, some elevation gain is waiting for you on all stages. If the individual rides are therefore too demanding for you, you can simply halve them, because although Scotland is sparsely populated in some regions, there are not only overnight accommodations in the stage destinations but also along the route. In remote areas, however, it is advisable to book your accommodation in advance, as there is often not much choice. When planning your trip, we also recommend that you take into account the ferry schedules that will take you to the islands in the north of Scotland. For example, the ferry between the Orkney Islands and the Shetland Islands only runs four times a week in summer. You can find the timetables here: northlinkferries.co.uk.
To get to the starting point of the North Sea Cycle Route to Berwick-upon-Tweed, you can take the train, plane or ferry. The nearest airports are Edinburgh or Newcastle, where the ferry from Amsterdam also stops. At the end of the ride, you can take the ferry from Lerwick to the Scottish mainland and Aberdeen. From there you can continue your journey by train or plane. Alternatively, you can take the ferry to Bergen to the starting point of the North Sea Coast Cycle Route.
If a ride through Scotland is not enough for you, you can also put together the complete adventure on the North Sea Coast Cycle Route. Here are all parts of the cycle path for you with map and itinerary:
The tour starts on the North Sea Coast Cycle Route through Scotland in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England, where the final leg of the North Sea Cycle Route ends in England, just a stone's throw from the Scottish border. If you do not come from the English part and your bike tour starts here, you can for example…
Today we will travel from Innerleithen to the Scottish capital Edinburgh. The stage begins with a light but continuous climb that takes you into a beautiful hilly landscape. Surrounded by green hillsides, where every now and then graze a few sheep, you cycle over the heights. At the end you can enjoy…
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This stage connects two great Scottish cities: Edinburgh and the university town of St Andrews. From Edinburgh you cycle to Forth Bridge, where you cross the Firth of Forth. From the suspension bridge you have a spectacular view of the water and the two parallel bridges. On the other side of the bank…
Today, on the Scottish part of the North Sea Coast Cycle Route, on the way from St. Andrews to Montrose, it's the first time along the North Sea coast. From St. Andrews, you cycle north along a flat stretch of road and first cross the River Eden and then the two-kilometer-wide Firth of Tay. On the other…
On this leg from Montrose to Aberdeen, you can enjoy both shallow seaside and scenic hillside passages. Without much ado, you cycle northwards along the coast, passing beautiful beaches and passing charming coastal villages. After a detour through a hilly field and pasture landscape you reach halfway…
Off the coast, the cycle path takes you from Aberdeen to Banff on this leg. It is also hilly and picturesque again today. On wide fields, lush pastures and small forests, it is usually gentle uphill and often lively downhill. From the heights you have in many places a beautiful view of the surrounding…
Today you can look forward to a varied stage. On the way from Banff to Nairn you cycle through gentle hills, along the picturesque coast and through flat fields and meadows. The first kilometers behind Banff meander directly along the sea. Here you can let the North Sea breeze blow around your nose…
You can almost see the waypoint from Nairn. It lies on the other bank of the Moray Firth, which you will cycle around today. To get from Nairn to Cromarty, head west to Inverness. The path leads you through the middle of nature, past picturesque meadows and romantic forests that stretch across rolling…
The further north you go, the more sparsely populated the country is. You will also notice that on today's stage, which will take you from Cormarty to Lairg. On long stretches you cycle through unique landscape with untouched nature.
Right at the beginning you will take the ferry from Cormarty to Nigg…
Today is the first time on this bike tour really through the lonely nature of Scotland. On the way from Lairg to Bettyhill you will seldom get past a stop-over, so it is advisable to pack enough provisions for the stage.
To start off, cycle a short distance along the southern end of Loch Shin and then…
On the way from Bettyhill to Thruso you cycle east on the north coast of Scotland. The coastal road does not lead directly along the shore of the sea, but through the beautiful, wild hills near the coast. From the heights you can enjoy breathtaking views, pass small holes and have the opportunity to…
Today you will leave the mainland and continue your cycling tour on the islands of Scotland. From Thurso you cycle past fields and meadows eastwards. The small hills that you cross offer you a great view. On the coast you have the opportunity to take a break on the beach and let the salty breeze blow…
After traveling north on the North Sea Cycle Route through Scotland, you cycle south along the North Sea coast of Shetland Island, Mainland. The route from Lerwick to Sumburgh takes you through grassy hills that are so characteristic of the whole island. Small charming villages are on the way and unique…
From the southernmost point on the island of Mainland, the North Sea Cycle Route leads you back north today. On the way from Sumburgh to Voe, you will start on the same route as the day before. So you have the opportunity again to take a break at your favorite places and to take souvenir photos.
Today you leave Mainland and get to know two more Shetland Islands. In addition, you will reach the northernmost point of the North Sea Coast Cycle Route in Scotland on this stage.
On the way from Voe to Saxa Vord you cycle alternately along the coast and over small hills to Toft. From there take the…
Today, the last leg of the North Sea Cycle Route through Scotland and the whole North Sea Cycle Route is on its way. It takes you from the north of the island of Unst on the North Sea coast back to Lerwick, where you started the tour on the Shetland Islands.
You cycle back to Voe on the same way you drove…
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