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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About

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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

e mail:  mahestephane@hotmail.com

website:  http://www.cyclescotland.scot

twitter: https://www.twitter.com/@enahpetseham

25 world cycling journals:  http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/mahestephane

other journals:

Pyrenees 2016 –https://cyclescotlandscot.wordpress.com/pyrenees/

(Video at –  https://vimeo.com/219404243)

videos:

Scotland, Side to Side (2012) – https://vimeo.com/50902306

Scotland, Crankies 3 Ferries (2014) – https://vimeo.com/106753796

Scotland, Union Canal near Edinburgh (2010) – https://vimeo.com/33483727

Scotland Mull of Kintyre (2014) – https://vimeo.com/101956050

Scotland, Pedal for Scotland – https://youtube.com/watch?v=abZBILfZX7E&spfreload=10

Scotland, Glasgow Green – https://youtube.com/watch?v=ReTWypPpyIs

England/Scotland, Reivers Route (2011) – https://vimeo.com/36243573

England, Walney to Wear – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC5D63rTFJY

China, Yangshuo and Li River – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UK_0A0SOSQ

China, Guilin, negotiating traffic – https:///www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbjJc7wIjOU

China, Hainan, raised road – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNt9gI5munU

China, Hainan, forest – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW_e9wO1ARs

China, choking fumes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv5D8-ho3iM

China, Yangshuo, leaving town – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8n_sW5jjPE

Iceland, the first hill – https://www.vimeo.com/46320230

Iceland, the biting headwind – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgj6e4J-9GE

Iceland, horse gathering – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIgLtd1wKDI

Wales, puncture and brass band – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YzAb8lQ7G8

Wales, crossing ford – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhWw8oyQpts

Laos, Mekong River, speed boat low water – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks36GEiIipY

Laos into Thailand – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIRLLjEiLCg

Laos, remote road – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOh9gROJ6vE

Laos, village life – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD7xWaRjnWI

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

Thailand, weaving through Chaing Mai – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5ZrOJsKEVk