The Scottish C2C – Route Info
Linking Annan on the Solway Firth and South Queensferry on the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh, the Scottish C2C is a 125 mile signed cycle route. Like it’s English cousin (which attracts around 15,000 cyclists every year) the Scottish C2C was the brainchild of David Gray and John Grimshaw.
It is a mix of country lanes, high quality cycle paths and seaside promenades. It also features two challenging climbs, over the classic Devil’s Beef Tub and through the Moorfoot Hills, before opening out onto a panoramic view of the Lothians, Edinburgh Castle, and the Firth of Forth. It finishes under the mighty Forth Rail Bridge.
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The complete guide to the Scottish C2C cycle route, including maps, directions, attractions along the way, accommodation and much more is available here.
Annan to Forth Bridge 125 miles
Annan to Forth Bridge using Dumfries option 144.5 miles
Annan to the Coast at Musselburgh 106 miles
How long does it Takes?
Fitter, faster riders can tackle to route in 2 days with a break around halfway at Peebles, being a longer day – 69 miles – compared to a final day of 56 miles which allows more time to explore the many attractions on the section around Edinburgh.
A three day itinerary might be day one to Moffat (32 miles), day two to Innerleithen (43 miles) and a third day of 50 miles – one climb over the Moorfoot Hills then all downhill.
There is plenty of accommodation en route so very leisurely 4 or more day itineraries are also very practical.
What Kind of Bike?
Road Bike Route (all tarmac) Use the Annan to Forth Bridge option the:
- At Moffat use A701 out of town, not the old Edinburgh road
- Just after Cramond Conservation area use NCN 1 via Dalmeny village, not NCN 76 through Dalmeny estate grounds
Mountain Bike Route (mainly tarmac but several off-road sections) Use the Annan to Forth Bridge option the:
- Consider the Dumfries option which uses the very difficult off-road option through the Forest of Ae
- At Moffat use the old Edinburgh road and the track climb via Ericstane farm
- Just after Cramond Conservation area use NCN 76 through Dalmeny estate grounds
Guided rides for Groups along the Route
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