2021 date TBC
Innerleithen History Ride


Did you know that Innerleithen was founded by a monk travelling up the Tweed in a coracle……? That the relics of Iron Age hill forts can be found on the summits of Caerlee Hill and Windy Knowe or that the writer James Hogg founded the St Ronans Border Games, the oldest organized sports meeting in Scotland?

Join local bike guide, Lucy Husband from Swift Trails on a historical ride round Innerleithen & Traquair and follow a route which explores the local past from Iron Age man and marching Romans to the present.

This flat circular route follows quiet lanes, woodland trails and cycle paths. Starting in Innerleithen we pedal to the natural woodland at Pirn Wood. There are 2 short climbs to the summits of Caerlee Hill and Windy Knowe which afford spectacular views over Innerleithen and The Tweed Valley. We then ride out of town along the Tweed Valley cyclepath to Cardrona which hugs the River Tweed and is home to a vast variety of fish, birds and wildlife. A short ride brings us to Traquair House, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland and a former hunting lodge for Kings and Queens. Ice cream stop here optional! Then it’s a gentle ride back down the hill to Innerleithen.

The ride is suitable for all riders with a reasonable level of fitness.

When: 2021 date TBC
Start/finish: Hall Street carpark, Innerleithen
Start time: 9.45am for a 10am start.
Distance: 19km
Time: 2hrs plus stops (back 12:30 latest)
Terrain: Cycle-path, Estate tracks, woodland trails, public highway,

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Maximum 6 riders on any ride-out.

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