GREAT RIDES

Route Beau­ti­ful Bor­ders Dis­tance 51 miles Time 70 mins De­scrip­tion En­joy the scenic route to Scot­land

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Head­ing into Scot­land by mo­tor­way can be a soulde­stroy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, so this route is one of the de­cent al­ter­na­tives that will give you a sam­ple of what the coun­try has to of­fer.

Leav­ing the M6 near Carlisle, join the A7 north for a run through the Scot­tish Bor­ders. There’s lit­tle in the way of fan­fare as you cross the border it­self, but the change of na­tion be­comes more ap­par­ent as the num­ber of Saltires in­creases with each pass­ing mile.

The route rubs shoul­ders with the River Esk be­fore cross­ing it just south of Langholm, where the river cas­cades down over the rocks to catch your eye as you head north. Af­ter Langholm the A7 con­tin­ues to sway past the hills un­til reach­ing Haw­ick, the border town that was home to TT heroes Jimmy Guthrie and Steve His­lop. From here it’s a fi­nal gen­tle run north to Selkirk. There’s the op­tion to cut west through the Bor­ders to run up to­wards Glas­gow and the High­lands, or to go north to­wards Ed­in­burgh and take the Forth Bridge up to­wards the Cairn­gorms. Ei­ther way, now you’re in Scot­land it’s dif­fi­cult to go far wrong.

Pop in to Haw­ick and visit Steve His­lop

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