Scotland’s best road and gravel routes: how to make the most of cycling in Scotland

Looking to ride somewhere wild, quiet and not too far afield? Try Scotland

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Scotland may not be on the radar of riders accustomed to jetting off to ride in the Alps, Mallorca or the Canary Islands. But it offers some equally challenging riding both for road riders and gravel cyclists that’s a lot closer to home and easier to get to, with quiet roads and awesome off road riding, making it a great destination for a cycling holiday.

There’s a good mix of options too, from quieter day rides to big challenges like the North Coast 500.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.