Scottish Road Cycling Holiday based at  Cleikum Mill Lodge. 

This area has some of the best road cycling in Scotland on quiet roads with some views justifiably amongst the best Scotland.  The Touro the Borders has helped promote this area with its famous ride the Talla Classic on closed roads , but the cycling can be enjoyed  on virtually traffic free roads all year round with just you and the open road.  Its an addictive experience the back drop is stunning.

We have compiled a selection of the best road rides in the area see image below , including the “Talla Classic” use this link  Download gpx ,maps and instructions here. 



Its hard to choose a best ride but my 3 must do rides are listed here below,

Moffat Circular.

  • Distance: 110km   
  • Elevation gain: 1630m

Scottish Borders Cycling at its best. This route goes through the Grey Mare’s Tail nature reserve and passes the UK’s 5th highest waterfall at 60 metres high. This is a stunning glacial valley and home to golden eagles, osprey, peregrine falcons and feral goats! One of the best rides in the area. Quiet roads and magnificent scenery throughout. Moffat is ideally placed halfway for food and drinks.  Download gpx ,maps and instructions here.



Tibetan Monastery Ride .

  • Distance: 95km
  • Elevation gain: 1510m

A true back country ride through Eskdalemuir Forest to Samye Ling Monastery. This Tibetan Buddhist Monastery was set up in 1967 and was the first centre of its kind in the west. This is an easy to navigate out-and-back route through some truly stunning countryside. Lots of climbing but the gradients are not too steep. The community hub cafe at Eskdalemuir is cycling friendly at the turning point (seasonal opening hours) and if its shut their is a drinking water tap at the back.   Download gpx ,maps and instructions here.

Peebles to Manorhead

  • Distance: 34km
  • Elevation gain: 348m

A shorter ride exploring one of the most scenic valleys in the Scottish Borders, this out and back ride follows the course of the Manor Water on a quiet road to the end of the valley at Manorhead. Steeped in history and epic landscape this ride is one to take your time and take in the surroundings as the landscape changes as you ride to the end of the valley.  Download gpx ,maps and instructions here.





Cleikum Mill Lodge: Tweed Valley Mountain Bike ride of the week.

Cardrona to the Glen Estate via Orchard Rig.

Start the ride from our front door. A non technical ride suitable for mountain bikes and gravel bikes. 

This ride climbs through Cardrona Forest before emerging onto open moorland at the top of Beards Hill from where you are rewarded with stunning views over Traquair and the Tweed Valley below. Drop down into the Glen Estate on a fantastic stretch of grassy single track that descends over Orchard Rig. Return by road past the historic Traquair House.

Great for… fast grassy descent, amazing views, non-technical. Also fantastic  when the heather is purple in August/September , the descent will make you whoop! and smile, a lovely ride and an enjoyable alternative to Glentress Trail Centre.

Watch out for… the descent from Beards Hill across moorland at Orchard Rig can be wet and have muddy sections in winter , so maybe feel a bit more technical on a gravel bike in places with skinny tyres.