Shotts tour

The Herald Magazine - - OUTDOORS -

Lo­ca­tion: North La­nark­shire Map: OS Lan­dranger 65 Dis­tance: 11 miles (17km) Time: 1-1.5 hours Ter­rain: Un­du­lat­ing; B- and A-roads, mi­nor roads DE­SPITE be­ing pretty much bang in the mid­dle of the Cen­tral Belt there are some great cy­cling roads and views around Shotts.

From Shotts train sta­tion take Sta­tion Road to join Shottskirk Road. Fol­low the road left at a junc­tion signed for the mo­tor­way to pass a fac­tory on your right. Leave the road to cy­cle through Shotts Na­ture Park ac­cessed by the Cen­tral Scot­land For­est Trust build­ings.

Pedal along the av­enue to en­joy ex­ten­sive views over the North La­nark­shire coun­try­side. At the road go left for a grand de­scent by Hart­wood. Fur­ther on, climb and bear left onto the A-road into Al­lan­ton. Take the first right by a church to re­turn to the coun­try­side along a pleas­ant wooded stretch. At a grassy tri­an­gle go left and ahead turn left onto Davies­dykes Road. The roads here are very quiet.

Pedal on to a T-junc­tion. Turn left to re­turn to the A71. A right and first left turn leads over a small bridge. Then bear right onto the busier Rose­hall Road back to Shotts.

FER­GAL MACER­LEAN

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