I have never had the opportunity to visit Scotland, but I recently got an email from Sue who loves to explore her own backyard – often from the back of her bicycle. Here are some of here best ways to enjoy cycling around Glasgow.
The countryside around Glasgow, Scotland’s vibrant second city, is among the most beautiful in the UK. From mountains to river valleys and from urban paths to muddy hill tracks, there’s plenty of scenic diversity for cyclists to get their teeth into. I base myself in the city, taking advantage of the well-priced but luxurious accommodation offered by Glasgow hotels such as the Millennium Copthorne.
Cycling around Glasgow
Glasgow to Inverness
: Looking for an adventure that will push you to the physical limit, and take in a wealth of spectacular scenery into the bargain? The route that links Glasgow and Inverness is around 214 miles long, and winds through two of the country’s most beautiful national parks. You need to be fit to complete the whole trail, which starts in the centre of Glasgow and finishes on Ness Bridge in Inverness, and is a mix of small roads and traffic-free paths. Treats en-route include Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, and the beautiful Cairngorm Mountains.
: For something a little less challenging, try the Canal, River and City Loop. At a respectable 15 miles long, this trail certainly isn’t for the completely novice cyclist, but the terrain is relatively easy so it makes for a fun and relaxing day out. You’ll start and end at Queen’s Park, and take in the Forth & Clyde canal as well as the cycle path along the Clyde and Kelvin cycle way.
Since being selected as the venue for the 2014 Common Wealth Games mountain bike races, Cathkin Braes Country Park has been putting a concerted effort into developing its mountain biking facilities. There are three different circuits – handily labelled in different colours – each one a different difficulty level. You can set yourself a serious challenge on the red circuit, get an introduction to trickier terrain on the blue circuit, or warm up gently on the green circuit. With so many options to choose from, it’s a great experience for the whole family.
Finally, there are several organisations offering cycling training in and around Glasgow for both beginners and experts looking to up their game. Find out more at Cycling Scotland.
About the author
Sue Trevor is a traveller for over decades. She has visited many countries such as UK, Italy, France, Australia, Japan and Thailand. Sue loves to write about travel and hobbies with no budget.