Return trip from Edinburgh to North Berwick
Short enjoyable return ride from Edinburgh
Good mix of small twisties and fast roads
Mixture of A road with single track + passing places. Highly scenic, highly exhilarating. Rural & coastal.
Motorway section is fairly dull, albeit brief and the main route is close to M77 and so is easily accessible. Once you are on your way to Eaglesham, you will not regret it. Eaglesham is a quiet village and don't expect to get much above 30 or 40. In Eaglesham, pick up signs for Whitelees Windfarm and this is where it gets fun. Long sections with only a few turns. Road is very wide which makes for good bends and great visibility. Expect to really open her up here. You are up very high and so views are very good. Road quality is excellent. Enjoy!
I am lucky enough to be local to the West coast of Scotland, and although we are known to have occasional rain and 2 day summers, the landscape is something very special and the roads are a challenge for the most experienced of riders. This route is what I will do with a free day. It is good in either direction, although I almost always go clockwise. If you stop twice for a break, it takes around 4-6 hours, depending on progress. I would say for a tourist it could be spread over 2 days if you want to stop for pictures and go at a leisurely pace. Oban would be a good place to spend the night. This route is bend after bend after bend. I think there is around 10-15 miles of straight road over the whole thing. Don’t expect to go fast right away. The elevation changes are extreme in some places, and here in Scotland we build our roads AROUND the mountains, not through them as in other parts of Europe. Expect corners to get very tight, very quickly and at frequent intervals. The road surface changes from narrow country roads to well paved highway. Potholes are common, and look out for farm related mess and machinery. The police in the area are present, but as long as you are riding in a safe and considerate manner, you will be fine. Going over the speed limit is not uncommon, but do slow down for towns and villages. Speeding through them will not be tolerated. All in all, this is a great day out and I would include it in my tour of Scotland. Just take your waterproofs and Enjoy!
Just take it easy and enjoy
If you like undulating, roller-coaster relaxed rides, then this is for you. Probably not the best for a sports bike speed merchant, but for a supermoto, or a tourer, this is fabulous. It starts in a very hilly area, and its ALL single track with passing spaces only. There are lots of sheep and cattle about, so watch out, but take it slowly and marvel at the scenery. As the road goes further south, the pace can quicken, and the final stretch between Ettrick and Langolm is a real blast. Its fast and fun, but do watch out for the massive logging trucks that suddenly appear out of nowhere; they will not stop for you.Remember its single track!! I had a fantastic afternoon just relaxing on this road, soaking up the views, and enjoying the isolation that it provides. Not the best place to break down, as no signal and very few cars, but if you like that, you will love the B709. I cannot wait to get back and ride it again.
From the roundabout at whistlefield head north on the A814 towards Arrochar, plenty of bumps and jumps to enjoy, nice scenery and relatively quiet. Watch out for dozy fishermen and campers pulling out from layby's. When you get to Arrochar enjoy a roll and a cuppa with Dunky in the Pit Stop Diner.
A cracking run which gets really nice South of Dalmellington. Between Dalmellington and Loch Ken there are loads of nice twisties. Some of the road surface has been replaced in recent years but there are still stretches of old stuff. After Loch Ken the road straightens out a little on teh way to Castle Douglas.
For those of you touring Western Scotland and wishing to by-pass Glasgow and start the scenery show as early as possible: Take the Gourock/Dunoon Ferry from Gourock (just before Greenock on the A78 coast road) Ferries run every hour and it's a twenty minute crossing. Once on the other side of the water carry on northbound. The roads are quieter and even more beautiful than those upto there. Take the A815, which runs along the banks of Loch Eck to a T junction on the banks of Loch Fyne. Turn right, northbound, to another T junction on the A83. Turning right will take you to Loch Lomond (and the tourist traffic) Turning left will carry on around Loch Fyne into Inveraray. If you want to head north, take the A819, which is a narrow right turning just into Inveraray and takes you through Glen Aray, along Loch Awe, to a T junction on the A85, halfway between Tyndrum (for GlenCoe) and Oban (for the coast road). Have fun!
Rural in character this road is quiet (even at peak times). Lots of twisties, some straights and even a climb over the hills just before Moffat. To get back to the start head up the M74 to Abington and then on to the A702. Stop at the Dolphinton teatooms for a break then head home - a great Sunday morning ride.
Some fast sections, and a great downhill corkscrew section, that makes you feel like Ben Bostrom! Although quite narrow in places.
Fast section running alongside the Clyde. A lot of fast straights with some good corners to keep your interest up. Can be some traffic heading for the motorway, but it is mostly still good.
A high speed section with quite a few straights and some nice high speed corners. As this is main road, there's not much room for error (run off) available on the corners, so be careful
Nice road that climbs up to the Muirhead Reservoir where there is a good selection of open sweeping bends, some nice overtaking straights and a few tighter twisties. Road condition is good and minimal police presence
There are some really good fast sweepers on this route, it was formerly an MoD road that was later opened to traffic. Great fun but watch out for small animals
A nice selection of straights, sweeping bends (including a couple of little jumps:-)) The Carbeth Inn a recommended stopping point on this route.