• Sonny Neil

Explore Scotland on two wheels with these cycling friendly hotels

Have you fallen in love with cycling over lockdown? Then these hotel destinations may have just the thing for you!

2020 has helped reignite the nations passion for cycling. With the massive push for staycationing this year, their is strong desire for many to incorporate cycling into their down time.

The Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels could'nt agree more with this desire. With each of their hotels providing free bike storage and the Crieff Hydro and Peebles Hydro offering bike hiring, their is no shortage of oppurtunities for a bike enthusiast to get out there.

Set within a 900-acre Perthshire estate, the Crieff Hydro Hotel provides guests Mountain Bike tracks as well as more relaxed cycling routes. Trailers, tandems and tot seats are also available for use well as e-bikes, allowing evening the youngest of family members to join in on your cycling adventures.

If you can't get enough of mountain biking, then the Peebles Hydro Hotel sits right on the Tweed Valley Railway Path next to Glentress Forest, the perfect spot for some off-road action.

After ten minutes pedalling you can stick to the level track as it meanders by the Tweed to the charming village of Innerleithen or head off the beaten path into the forest.

Glentress is packed with beginner to advanced mountain biking trails and is the perfect place to get that downhill adrenaline fix. Consider visiting The Park Bakery for home baked breads, pastries or its famous haggis and pork sausage rolls – the perfect post-cycle pick-me-up.

If you desire to do some adventuring further north to the Western Highlands, then the

Ballachulish and Isles of Glencoe Hotels may be the pefect fit. The destination sits right on the Caledonia Way, a cyclist's paradise which offers a stunning off-road cycling experience surrounded by coast, castle and glen a great way to see the majesty of the Highlands.

For a bumpier ride, there is a myriad of local forest routes to explore or you can swing by the nearby Nevis Range or Glencoe Mountain Resort. Both have fantastic low-level trails as well as the option to hitch your bike on the chairlifts and follow in the tracks of the downhill pros.

If you want to expand your horizons as a cyclist then be sure to check out www.crieffhydrofamily.com for more information.