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Cyclist Friendly accomodation in the Scottish Borders

As a very experienced cyclist and active member of Auchencrow Thistle Cycling Club, Jane, your hostess at Yew Trees Holiday Cottages in the Scottish Borders, will be delighted to help you discover the local area on two wheels.  She can advise you of the best local rides, and is always keen to encourage guests to find their perfect cycling location.  To help with your cycling holiday we provide secure storage for bikes and a workshop with most tools required to do any necessary bike maintenance.

Jane can tell you which are the best routes and places to go to for your level of fitness and cycling experience.  Guests interested in joining in with the Auchencrow Thistle Cycling Club will be pleased to note that the club meets every Sunday and Tuesday throughout the summer months with events, weekend and evening meets.  Further information can be found at the ATCC website, and also on their Facebook page.

Cyclist Friendly accomodation in the Scottish Borders

As a triathlete qualified to represent GB in the 2013 world championships, which will be held in London later this year, Jane has also represented team GB in 2011 and 2012

Jane has a wealth of sports knowledge, and can advise Yew Trees Cottage guests of the most pleasant, easily achievable and most challenging rides from the cottage in the surrounding area.   With miles and miles of winding country roads, single-track country lanes, and hill roads to climb the terrain is adventurous and can be very demanding.  There are many off road trails for various different levels of fitness, from Cross Country, to Mountain Biking.  You can find out more about off-road biking in the Scottish Borders on the VisitScottishBorders.com website or go to their specific Mountain Biking page.

As well as cycling, guests can enjoy the local swimming pool in Duns, or swimming in the river Whiteadder, which is rather cold, even in summer.  Jane can advise of the opening times of the pool, and the website, and Facebook page can be consulted for further information.  One of the most popular sessions at Duns swimming pool is the Children’s inflatable hour where young swimmers can put themselves to the test as they slip, slide and splash their way from one end to the other.  The mask, flipper and snorkel session is excellent fun for everyone and includes training by the staff for safe use of the equipment.  In addition, Duns also has a diving board and slide.   Alternatively, enjoy the waves at Dunbar or Kelso swimming pool.

Take a picnic, and have a day of relaxed cycling to a local beauty spot, castle or stately home.  Or enjoy a more fitness orientated run encompassing steep climbs, tight bends, long fast sections and good descents.  All the while you’ll be enjoying the stunning scenery, sounds and smells of the glorious Borders countryside.  Then after a good ride, relax in the tranquillity of Yew Trees Cottage with a long soak in the bath.  What could be better!

An excellent directory of cycling routes in the local area can be found on the Scottish Borders Council website.

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