Aerial view of Edinburgh, Scotland, at sunrise
Two bikers riding along green hillsides
Troupe of bagpipers playing while marching
Plate of local cuisine in Scotland with wild mushrooms and spinach
Rolling hillside covered in trees
Yorkshire Dales National Park
Charming town square in Scotland with colorful flags hanging overhead
Biker riding along a body of water
Cobblestone town street in Scotland
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Hadrian's Wall. Northumberland
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Scotland & England Bike Tour

Edinburgh to Yorkshire Dales

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,699 - $5,899 pp dbl occ

($1,350 for sgl occ)

Where Scotland and England meet, a cycling paradise awaits. Ride dedicated bike paths in stunning Northumberland, renowned for its natural beauty, historic sites and serene coastal atmosphere. Wonder at the lush green meadows and moorland landscapes of the Nidderdale. Unwind in rich country estates. Celebrate with a pint or a taste of local gin. Along the border and just beyond, you'll find everything you need in this inspiring corner of the United Kingdom.

Scotland & England Biking Tour
Scotland & England Biking Tour

Scotland & England

Start Edinburgh / End London

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Explore two countries and cultures on one bike tour with lovely moors, river valleys, coastal villages and historic towns
  • Luxuriate in atmospheric castle-hotels and spas and savor the region's traditional and modern culinary delights
  • Listen to ancient folk music from one of the best bagpipe players in Scotland (who handcrafts his own instruments!)
  • Experience the fantastic cycling culture of the Yorkshire Dales, the 2014 starting point of the legendary Tour de France
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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2
Description

Begin your journey in the dreamy gateway city of Edinburgh | Explore the quaint port town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, the most northerly town in England | Marvel at ancient castles and fortifications, the result of Viking and Roman invasions | Cycle across the border between Scotland and England on peaceful country roads through rolling farmland | Discover Melrose Abbey and the architecturally rich city of Kelso | Wander Kelso's large market square and visit Floors Castle, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland | Experience a traditional musical demonstration by our local friend whose family has handcrafted bagpipes for generations.

Accommodations
Exterior view of Schloss Hotel Estate House
SCHLOSS Roxburghe Hotel
Kelso
| Premiere Hotel

A luxurious country estate nestled in the peaceful surroundings of the Scottish Borders, featuring elegant rooms with traditional décor and outstanding service. (spa)

Day 3
Description

Start the day at Howick Hall Gardens, a must-see gem and one-time home of Earl Grey tea's namesake | Cross into beautiful Northumberland, riding serene coastal roads and National Cycle Network routes | Visit Hadrian's Wall, which marked the boundary of Rome's Britannia | Enjoy a tasting of some of the region's finest gins | Relax in our luxurious historic hotel and spa retreat.

Accommodations
Exterior view of Matfen Hall Hotel
Matfen Hall
Northumberland
| Premiere Hotel

Surrounded by 300 acres of unique parkland in the heart of Northumberland, this exquisite family-run inn is an atmospheric getaway dating back to the 17th century. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6
Description

Embark on a two-wheeled journey through the river valleys and charming towns of Yorkshire Dales National Park, Britain's mecca for cyclists | Continue through looming green dales into the Nidderdale, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty | Hop off the saddle and explore the quaint shops in the picturesque market town of Pateley Bridge | Savor local fare in a rustic pub—a classic experience | Enjoy celebratory afternoon tea | Extend your vacation in Edinburgh or London, our fascinating gateway cities.

Accommodations
Exterior view of Swinton Park Hotel & Country Club
Swinton Park Country Club & Spa
Masham
| Premiere Hotel

This historic award-winning castle-turned-hotel boasts ornate ceilings and priceless art, as well as locally sourced fare and indoor, outdoor and hydrotherapy pools. (pool, spa)

Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Biking
Level 3 | 33 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 19 miles | 1900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 39 miles | 2400 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 4 | 27 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Level 4 | 45 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Day 4
Biking
Level 2 | 6 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 13 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 15 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 19 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 2 | 12 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 21 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 30 miles | 2400 ft. gain
Day 6
Biking
Level 1 | 13 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 2 | 19 miles | 1500 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for bike options specific to this trip (click the arrow to see more). Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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