Scotland Coast to Coast
For aspiring adventure cyclists ready to take that first or next multi-day journey by bike.
Road bike, hybrid, tandem, handcycle, tricycle or unicycle!
You bring your bike, we'll take you on the adventure.
Fully planned, lead and supported, while keeping the purity and freedom of adventure cycling, riders can take their first pedals into adventure travel and freewheel down the open road surrounded by those who share in memories made and the road ahead.
Following Mel's C2C ride in a day route, back in 2018 - lead by Mel and supported by Mel's Handcycle Britain world record breaking ride support; Matt Kettlewell, as a team of 10 will cycle from the Scottish coastal town of Annan to the west coast to Edinburgh, finishing this adventure at one of Scotland's most iconic landmarks. Comfortably completing this 130 mile coast to coast classic over a weekend.
The perfect introduction into multi-day adventure cycling.
Here's an insight into what you can expect from our Scotland C2C adventure.
On Friday afternoon, there are two options:
Arrive by train and begin at Carlisle railway station where we will meet you for a steady 32 km cycle to Annan.
Alternatively, you can continue by train to Annan and we will meet you at our first night's hotel base, just minutes from the train station.
We will be staying at our C2C partner hotel, an independent 3-star, family-run Georgian hotel. This 19th century building is situated in the heart of the historic centre on Annan, right at the start of our Scotland C2C route. Rooms are spacious, en-suite and boast free wifi throughout the hotel.
There is a cosy cafe and lounge bar serving good-priced drinks, lunches and anytime sweeter treats.
We also have secure, indoor bike storage for your trusty steed.
Annan has a good selection of restaurants and local shops, ideal for filling your bike bags with ride snacks.
In the morning, a delicious hearty Scottish breakfast awaits ahead of reuniting with bikes and beginning our journey west.
Saturday takes us on a beautiful, quiet route, passing through Lockerbie and Moffat where we will take coffee stops and a cafe lunch, before heading back out on the road and up the first significant and stunning climb of the route, into the Tweed Valley and onto Peebles. Finishing our biggest mileage day of around 110 km in Glentress, for a well-earned group meal, and staying at the perfect bike base and cyclist hotel, right in the middle of one of the best mountain bike locations in the UK.
Ride, Eat, Relax at our perfect midpoint 4-star hotel, once again complete with fantastic bike storage facilities.
After another scrumptious breakfast of champions, we'll begin our ride towards Edinburgh, before finally reaching the end of our C2C journey, finishing under the iconic Forth Rail Bridge. A symbol of Scotland and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A shorter day in terms of mileage, approximately 70 km, though with riding the less direct scenic route, and taking on another great climb, there is plenty more to explore before dropping back down and an overall descent on this half of the coast to coast route.
From forests and infinite horizons to the charming seaside promenade of Portobello Beach, we'll roll alongside sandy beaches, bordered by Portobello’s elegant Georgian and Victorian architecture. An independent town until 1896, Portobello retains its unique character and sense of identity, and another highlight of this C2C cycle passing through Edinburgh’s Seaside. Perhaps a perfect ice cream stop.
Further up the east coast we will finish this iconic route at Scotland's own man-made wonder. A team photo, celebrations and healthy appetite. Destination reached, but stories from the journey much to be told.
Edinburgh Waverley railway station is ideally situated to end your Scotland C2C adventure cycling weekend and take you onward and homebound without having to turn a pedal.
Alternatively, you may wish to enjoy the sights of Scotland's capital and stay another night in this beautiful cycling city.
*Rooms will be all female or all male unless specified.
*While Dream Big Explore supports adventure for all, on this C2C tour, both accommodation includes stairs.
As a social enterprise, each trip will help create and support further single and multi-day activities, and in supporting inclusivity work of Beyond Barriers.
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This is not a bag carrying tour. The idea, to replicate Mel's own challenges, keeping them as close to the adventure, without the record-breaking speed time limits.
All cyclists will carry anything they need - nothing much more than a puncture repair kit, spare tube, snacks, and waterproof is 'needed', & full kit advice will be given.
We will be covering around 100 -115 km each day and all riders must be able to ride the distance as part of a group, at an average speed of 19.5 - 22.5 kph (12-14 mph) over each day. All riders must have basic bike maintenance knowledge including puncture repair.
In line with Dream Big Explore's environmental and social values, cyclists are encouraged to travel by train with their bikes to and from our start and finish points, and train station meets will be available. Cycle reservations will be required and we can support with that process if needed.
As a single use plastic free tour, all cyclists must have reusable water bottles and coffee cups if required.
What this trip includes
Two night's bed and breakfast on a shared twin and triple basis
Team meal on the Saturday evening
Supported and guided three days of adventure cycling with Paralympic athlete and ultra endurance cyclist Mel Nicholls and international expedition leader and Handcycle Britain team, Matt Kettlewell