There aren’t many better ways to see a country than by bike. Eco-friendly, fast, and able to reach those places a little further of the tourist trails, a good, old-fashioned cycling holiday led by a local means you can get further off the beaten track than ever before, and enjoy that freeing sensation of sweeping along beautiful roads to fascinating new discoveries.
And Scotland is no exception to the, better explored by bike, rule. Our cycling holidays in Scotland show you the very best of the landscape, the romantic streets and beautiful building of Edinburgh, to the trails amongst the brooding mountains and deep lochs in the Scottish Highlands you simply wouldn’t find alone.
Cycling holidays allow you to reach places and see sights that ordinarily would be out of reach. When you jump on a bike, there is virtually nowhere out of reach. You can make it deep into the countryside to discover unique rural experiences, you can navigate the narrow tracks or alleyways that big tour buses can’t, and you can achieve the childish sense of joy that comes from discovering new sights at every bend as the wind rushes through your hair.
In Scotland, a cycling holiday isn’t just about the Royal Mile and Arthur’s seat (even if they are top attractions for a reason), it’s about getting right off the beaten track and discovering the hidden gems of Edinburgh, about stumbling upon magical views and deep forests in the Scottish Highlands.
There are few feelings as rewarding as getting back from a long day out in the Scottish countryside, enjoying the stunning cycling tracks and beautiful scenery they twist through, before sitting back in a cosy pub with a fresh pint, or taking to the streets of to experience the Edinburgh nightlife after unlocking all its secrets.
A cycling holiday in Scotland with Not In The Guidebooks takes you directly to these authentic experiences thanks to your local guide. All our guides and hosts are passionate about showing off the best, non-touristy parts of their home, they want to show you the best trails and the best roads to cycle on, and the unique, local things to do at the end of them.
Forget planning routes and worrying that you’re missing out on the best sights and things to do, you can simply relax as you freewheel through the stunning scenery.
Cycling holidays in Edinburgh are exactly what you might expect to be recommended, but there’s a reason for that. Magnificent medieval architecture mingles with gothic masterpieces and dramatic natural setting that makes Edinburgh a clear aesthetic gem, but there’s more to Edinburgh than meets the eye. If you get off the beaten track and look harder, you’ll realise there’s more to the city than just great architecture.
Alternatively, the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, one of the last true wilderness spaces in Europe, offers wide-open spaces and incredible cycling holiday opportunities. Glide past majestic lochs and through magical valleys between the brooding peaks of Perth and Kinross, and get back in touch with nature like never before.
Wherever you go for a cycling holiday in Scotland, you can be sure that you’ll create memories of unique experiences that last a lifetime.
People who haven’t ridden a bike since they were 12, those looking for offbeat trails and long days in the saddle, or those just looking to experience a place in a more unique way, everyone is welcome on our cycling holidays in Scotland.
Your guides will be experts in judging the length and difficulty of each ride, and make sure that they take you to the very best places along safe routes, so that you can simply relax and drink in the scenery, and enjoy the sensation of sweeping through the Scottish countryside.
All you need to bring is energy, a sense of curiosity and a thirst to discover something new. Sound like you?
We’re passionate about helping people find the most amazing experiences on their travels, through meeting local people, exploring new places, and discovering alternative activities that make holidays special. We do this by carefully selecting partners in countries around the world who are experts in their local area, sourcing interesting people who can guide you through immersive experiences.
We’ve got local partners all across Scotland, from the grace and poise of Edinburgh, all the way to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Choosing a Not In The Guide Books holiday in Scotland means you don’t have to choose between a beach holiday or an activity-filled break, you can get the best of both worlds with a unique trip.