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South East Scotland

The huge area of Southern Scotland is the motorcyclists clean little secret.

Often neglected in a bid to get to the Highlands and Islands in the North of Scotland, Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, and along with the Scottish Borders, is the first port of call in Scotland. Wide open and seriously remote spaces! Hundreds (no exaggeration here) of miles of quiet roads! Stunning scenery with the most beautiful rolling hills, valleys, lochs and rivers to follow! For the biker the real beauty and secret is the quiet but brilliant good roads. All the tourists, cars and caravans have headed north up the Motorway! As an added bonus did I mention awesome roads and stunning scenery?

The Borders region is steeped in such a rich history with amazing roads and so many places to visit!  Alongside Dumfries and Galloway you will be spoilt for choice exploring South East Scotland’s Lothians & Borders.  Remote areas with some stunning back roads. Now chuck in one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world – a day in Edinburgh.

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Route 1 - Best of Both Worlds
This route really takes you into the hills and back country roads, across the border into England and back again. You can incorporate the Three Lochs Route as well. The Best of Both Worlds route is so rich with the history of England and Scotland. You can literally feel it in the air.

Approximate distance: 187 miles (301 km)
Approximate duration: 5 Hours 30 Minutes
Route 2 - Biggar is Bigger
This is an easy run encompassing South Lanarkshire, Borders and Dumfriesshire which gives you a variety of road types and scenery. You will go through Biggar a small, attractive market town that still has it’s medieval layout. The rolling hills of the lowlands of Scotland at its best.

Approximate distance: 81 miles (130 km)
Approximate duration: 2 hours 10 minutes
Route 3 - Borders Loop
The Borders Loop route takes you into the heart of the borders on mainly breathtaking 'A' roads. Ideal if you are on a cruiser. You will go via Hawick which has won “Beautiful Scotland In Bloom” contest over 16 times.

Approximate distance: 102 miles (164 km)
Approximate duration: 2 hour 42 minutes
Route 4 - Northumberland Ramble
This route starting out from and ending in Moffat is a full day’s ride giving you a good taste of everything that the area has to offer. From the windy, twisty, challenging A708 to the the Iconic views at Hartside Café through the Pennines.

Approximate distance: 198 miles (320 km)
Approximate duration: 6 hours 5 minutes
Route 5 - Route 15
Route 15 is a ride starting with an aaaah and ending in a whoop! Some lovely scenery all the way to Hartside Café where the views are just breathtaking. If you time it right it feels like your sitting on top of the clouds. An absolute biker haven.

Approximate distance: 197 miles (316 km)
Approximate duration: 5 Hours 50 Minutes
Route 6 - St. Abbs Border Hug
This route takes you through the heart of the borders to the picturesque fishing village of St Abb’s. The area has cliffs over 300 ft high and is riddled with caves once haunted by smugglers. You then hug the border with England back to the “safe haven” of Moffat.

Approximate distance: 206 miles (331 km)
Approximate duration: 5 Hours 38 Minutes
Route 7 - Three Lochs Run
The Three Lochs run may be our shortest route but it's absolutely sensational and one that gives you a little of everything. Do not leave Scotland without doing this route.

Approximate distance: 42.9 miles (69 km)
Approximate duration: 1 hour 14 mins

Accommodation

Below is accommodation available in South East Scotland, all tried and tested by local bikers.

Aaron Lodge Hotel


128 Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4SD 0131 664 2755


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Alpha Guest House


19 Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4TE 0131 258 0810


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Broadmeadows Farmhouse B&B


Yarrowford, Selkirkshire, TD7 5LZ 01750 76289 / 07974 430323
nikki.usherbathgate@hotmail.co.uk

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Buccleuch Arms Hotel


The Green, St Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0EW 01835 822243


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Burts Hotel


Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PL 01896 822285


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Leadburn Inn


near Penicuik, Leadburn , EH46 7BE 01968 676077
lastorders@theleadburn.com

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Mansfield House Hotel


Weensland Road, Hawick, TD9 8LB 01450 360400


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Peggyslea Farm


Nine Mile Burn, Penicuik, EH26 9LX 01968 660930


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Straven Guest House


3 Brunstane Road North, Edinburgh, EH15 2DL 0131 669 5580


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The Allan Ramsay Hotel


Carlops, Near Penicuik, EH26 9NF 01968 660258
enquiries@allanramsayhotel.com

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The Lodge at Carfraemill


Carfraemill, Lauder, TD2 6RA 01578 750750


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Tontine Hotel


High Street, Peebles, EH45 8AJ 01721 720892


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Torview House


Lyne Station, Peebles, EH45 8NP 01721 740255


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Townhouse Hotel


Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PQ 01896 822645
enquiries@thetownhousemelrose.co.uk

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Village Hotel Edinburgh


140 Crewe Road South, Edinburgh, EH4 2NY 07884 117 390
leigh.craig@village-hotels.com

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Wiltonburn Farm B&B


Wiltonburn, Hawick, TD9 7LL 01450 372414


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