Routes

If you are looking for bikepacking routes in Scotland, look no further. We will publish new routes here regularly. The following routes have been designed and tested by Bikepacking Scotland.

The Go East Lothian Trail
At 63 km the Go East Lothian Trail is perfect for families, microadventures or a long day ride. The route is suitable for gravel, mountain and e-mountain bikes, and can be ridden in all seasons. For more information click here.

The Capital Trail
The Capital Trail is a 251 km route starting and finishing on Portobello Beach in Edinburgh, ideal for a long weekend expedition around Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders. For more information click here.

The Central Belter
The Central Belter is our longest route at 1200 km, starting and finishing on Portobello Beach, connecting the Capital Trail, the Highland Trail 550, Cairngorms Loop and Deeside Trail. Experience the very best of Scotland. For more information click here.

Wild About Argyll Trail
At 655 km (407 miles) this is Bikepacking Scotland’s first long-distance trail on Scotland’s Adventure Coast that is suitable for gravel and mountain bikes alike. For more information click here.

The Reiver Raid
The Reiver Raid is a 175 km weekend expedition in a wild part of Scotland. Starting and finishing at Tweedbank Station it crosses the beautiful Ale Water Valley in the Scottish Borders. For more information click here.

The West Island Trail
Developed in partnership with Hostelling Scotland, the West Island Trail is a 332 km loop in connecting the hostels in Oban, Lochranza, Port Charlotte and Lochranza in the west of Scotland. Ideal for beaches, islands and to sample a dram of whisky. For more information click here.

The West Highland Rover
A train & bike adventure on the West Highland Line, taking you through some of the most remote parts of Scotland. Developed in partnership with Scotrail. For more information click here.

The Highland Perthshire Drovers Trail
An enjoyable off-road journey steeped in history through a wide variety of Scottish landscapes and small market towns and villages, featuring the remote and scenic glens in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland’s longest river, Scotland’s smallest and oldest distillery, the last surviving oak tree from the wood that inspired Shakespeare’s Macbeth, waterfalls that heartened Robert Burns, Wade’s Military Roads, drove roads and some of the best gravel paths that the Highlands have to offer. For more information click here.

The John Muir Way
One of Scotland’s Great Trails, the John Muir Way offers a unique coast to coast bikepacking journey through Scotland’s landscapes, history and heritage, passing through Scotland’s first national park, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, and offers a journey of contrasts and the chance to connect with nature, taking advantage of the green spaces that link coasts, villages, towns and even the capital city, Edinburgh. For more information click here.

The following are also established bikepacking routes in Scotland:
Highland Trail
Deeside Trail
Cairngorms Loop
The Badger Divide

We have also developed the Perthshire Gravel Trails Network, with plenty of inspiration for day rides and overnight trips. Check out perthshiregravel.com

Planning your own route?

Sustrans has a great network of cycling routes which are suitable for bikepacking. As a starting point we would recommend this site here, which lists the long distance routes in Scotland in the Sustrans network.

If you want to plan your own route, here are more useful resources:

Websites
Heritage Paths
Cycle Scottish Borders
Scotland’s Great Trails

Books
The Bothy Bible
Scottish Hill Tracks