Scotland … Made for Cycling

This is a blog dedicated to cycling and to Scotland. Not competitive cycling, but getting out and about on a bike and enjoying the real beauty of Scotland.

I have travelled a fair bit in the world by bicycle with my partner Elizabeth, but what we have on our doorstep is among the very best.  Mountains, glens, idyllic islands and stunning coastline grab the headlines.  But there is immense beauty in and around our towns and cities too – canal paths, converted railway paths and a growing network of quiet backroads and tracks avoiding the traffic.

Yes the weather can be ‘mixed’.  But we have so many more dry days in Scotland than you would imagine.  With the forecasts now so accurate no excuse not to be prepared.

The blog itself would be a bit dull with just pictures of Scotland, pretty as they may be.  I will post some pictures …. but I have some opinions – you may agree or disagree! – so check out the blogs.

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My name is Ian Mitchell.  I live in the beautiful capital city of Edinburgh.  I am a qualified cycle leader and alongside my partner Liz we have many years of experience of bicycle tours: short, medium and long.  We have cycled extensively in Europe; in the United States; China; and Iceland.  We have completed end to end trips in Great Britiain – from Land’s End to John O’Groats; from the bottom to the top of Wales and of Ireland; and various side to side trips across England and Scotland.  I have also cycled end to end New Zealand and toured in Australia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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Contact and Links

Please participate in the blogs, have a look at the journals and video clips or contact me as below.

Ian Mitchell

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25 world cycling journals:

other journals:

Pyrenees 2016 –

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Scotland, Side to Side (2012) –

Scotland, Crankies 3 Ferries (2014) –

Scotland, Union Canal near Edinburgh (2010) –

Scotland Mull of Kintyre (2014) –

Scotland, Pedal for Scotland –

Scotland, Glasgow Green –

England/Scotland, Reivers Route (2011) –

England, Walney to Wear –

China, Yangshuo and Li River –

China, Guilin, negotiating traffic – https:///

China, Hainan, raised road –

China, Hainan, forest –

China, choking fumes –

China, Yangshuo, leaving town –

Iceland, the first hill –

Iceland, the biting headwind –

Iceland, horse gathering –

Wales, puncture and brass band –

Wales, crossing ford –

Laos, Mekong River, speed boat low water –

Laos into Thailand –

Laos, remote road –

Laos, village life –

New Zealand (2012) , west coast – https://www.vimeo/56433147

Thailand, weaving through Chaing Mai –