Seasonal thoughts turning to the open road

THESE days of early summer make the heart sing and make us want to take to the open road. Can there be anything more evocative?

We are so fortunate here in Scotland that we can enjoy roads that are relatively quiet and incredibly scenic, and I can't think of two finer routes to travel at this time of the year than the newly opened Hebridean Way and the soon to be opened Caledonia Way, which we have described over two routes in this issue.

I've walked and cycled the Hebridean Way and the diversity of landscape through the Outer Isles has to be seen to be believed. From the low-lying hills of Barra and Eriskay to the machairs of the Uists and Benbecula, the wild, rugged hills of Harris and the seascapes of Lewis the scenery is outstanding.

And the scenery of the Caledonia Way is no less intoxicating. This is a wonderful 240-mile route between Campbeltown and Inverness and much of the route is either off-road on newly developed cycle tracks constructed by Sustrans Scotland or on quiet B-roads. I can't recommend these routes strongly enough and indeed I'd also heartily endorse the other routes we describe in this summer issue of Scottish Cycling.

Whether it's the Caledonia Way, the Linn of Dee Loop near Braemar; Ardgay to the atmospheric Croick Church in Sutherland; or one of the other routes we describe I hope you can make the most of the summer and get out on the road and see Scotland at her finest. And if you want more route descriptions don't forget our Scottish Cycling app, available from the Apple App Store, and it's free! You'll find enough routes in there to fill your summer, and many more to come,

Happy Cycling,

Cameron McNeish,
Scottish Cycling Editor

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