Route Guidance

You can go anywhere with ours cars as long as it's on the road, but the contours of Scotland's lesser travelled A and B class roads is where the Seven comes alive. If you want to take the guesswork out of your adventure with us, these are some of our favourite routes here at Forth Sevens.


We will supply you with detailed laminated turn by turn guidance for all of these routes, short or long, so you can just concentrate on the sights, sounds and the thrills of the open road.


If you do decide to "go your own way" then give us a copy of your route. If we like it we will add it to this page and the next time you visit us we will find a way to say thanks, Caterham style.

 

Day Hire Routes

 

1. Kiss The Border
193 miles

This is a long run with a couple of quite challenging sections. There are however some stunning views and plenty of good places to stop for refreshments.

Sweep South to Innerleithen via The Granites before continuing South on the B709 through Ettrick Forest.

Take tea and enlightment at the Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan tea rooms and then continue South East towards the Scotland/England border.

Check out the views from the Tower Knowe visitor centre at Kielder Water or at Carter Bar before pushing northwards on the A68 and A698.

 

 

2. East Lothian Coastal

114 miles


A shorter more relaxed route that passes through several coastal towns and villages. It allows for some time for visits to places like Tantallon Castle or The Jim Clark Room. We'd also recommend a quick stop at The Gosford Bothy Farm shop between Longniddry and Aberlady where They do rather excellent Venison and Wild Boar sausages.

Hug the East Lothian coastline and head Southeast towards North Berwick and St. Abbs

On the way enjoy an Ice cream from Luca's van on the seafront in North Berwick. Pass Tantallon castle before rejoining the main A1 road for a short stretch. Come off the A1 to visit the harbour at St Abbs before heading inland towards Duns, where a short visit to the Jim Clark Room is a must before heading North via Whiteadder reservoir.

 

3. Four Lochs

141 Miles


OK, it's two lochs and two reservoirs but the views and the roads are magnificent so I'm sure you'll forgive us.


South via The Granites (B7007) and then towards Selkirk on the A707 before heading west past St Marys Loch, The Loch of the Lowes and The Grey Mares Tail on the A708. Head North out of Moffat on the A701 (passing the Devil's Beef Tub) and then turn North East to pass Talla (great photo opportunity) and Meggett reservoirs. St Marys Loch is now on your right hand side before you head North to Innerleithen and Peebles. Finish the run North on the B6372.

 

4. Across the Middle

167 Miles

As the name suggests this route cuts its way across some of the most breath taking countryside in the very heart of Scotland.

Head North across the Forth Road Bridge and then back across the Kincardine to make your first stop at The Pineapple Folly.

From there head towards Callendar via Bridge of Allan and Doune.

Take the Dukes Pass (one of Scotland’s most famous driving roads) to Aberfoyle and then head towards Glasgow on the A81 before heading North again via the Crow Road. Make a quick stop at the top to enjoy the view over Campsie Glen and then head east on the B818 past the Carron Valley Reservoir.

Views of the Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies await before you head back towards Edinburgh.

 

5. Not Evo trying

Evo magazine said that the 14 mile stretch of the B6357 between Bonchester Bridge and Newcastleton was the kind of road that draws drivers and bikers from far and wide. We agree with that but we think that the 18 miles of the B6399 northwards towards Hawick from the B6357 is even better in terms of road surface, corners, and the distinct lack of traffic.


There’s culture in the form of spooky Hermitage Castle, a fine lunch stop at The Olive Tree in Newcastleton and then to finish the day a blast along one of our favourite roads, The Granites(B7007) and you’ve got a worthy addition to our recommended routes.

 

6. The Passovers

 Three passes run North Easterly through the Lowther Hills. The Dalveen (A76),  The Mennock (B797)  and The Crawick (B740)  and this route takes you south via The Granites and past St Marys Loch so you can enjoy these quiet and well surfaced roads and the scenery surrounding them. 

Along the way you’ll pass through Wanlockhead, Scotlands highest village at 410m above sea level The ruins of Sanquhar castle are visible from the road and Drumlanrig Castle is a short detour off the A76 just after Thornhill.  Oh and don’t forget to take a quick look at what appears at first glance to be a giant golf ball perched on the top of the Lowther Hill just outside Wanlockhead.

There are decent stops along the way for refreshments at The Glen café at St Marys Loch, one of the many cafes in Thornhill or at Coulter in the form of the Mill Inn.

 

 

Lunchtime Special Routes