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The Borders Loop route takes you into the heart of the borders on mainly breathtaking ‘A’ roads. Ideal if you are on a cruiser but great for all bikes. It is leisurely and although primarily “A” roads it is still very quiet in terms of road traffic. Some of the roads are deceptively swift, and in view of the light traffic you may want to keep a beady eye on the speedometer. The roads are good, promoting a good number of twisties and dips, valleys and hills, just for our pleasure. This is one that you can sit back and enjoy.
The first stretch takes you down the B7076 which runs parallel to the motorway. This is the original artery into Glasgow and Edinburgh. It is two lanes and very quiet and swift. If you put your settings on your GPS to “avoid Motorways” this is the road you will traverse. This is a brilliant road to make progress with pleasure.
Langholm, Hawick (Pronounced Hoik) and Selkirk are your typical border towns. They ooze old world charm and history. The last stretch of the route between Selkirk and Moffat is iconic. So much has been written over the years about this road. It is known as the scenic route ( IE Selkirk via Moffat to Edinburgh). It is truly a pleasure to ride. As you progress down the road it does get tighter twisties and sharper rises. From St Mary’s loch the road becomes decidedly adrenaline inducing. With ups, downs, twisties and bends, Cambers from heaven and cambers from hell.
ProTip – Take this last stretch easily. 1) So you can enjoy the truly lovely scenery and 2) So your heart does not sit in your throat as things rush up on you – which they will.
ProTip – If you have got the time go back to St Marys. You will not only enjoy the trip in reverse (stunning) but you will be able to enjoy the ride all over again (but more so) coming back.
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There are fuel stations at all the main towns on this route, namely Selkirk, Hawick, Langholm and Lockerbie, so you should not run dry.