CTC Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders

CTC Lothians and Borders member group

Cycle rides from Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders



Contact details

Our activities

Leisure/Touring rides

About us

We are a member group of the national charity Cycling UK based in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Borders. 

The group organises three rides per week starting in Edinburgh and visiting the surrounding areas.

  1. Wednesday starting at 10am and cycling 50 to 80 miles (80 to 120 kilometres) depending on the time of year with an average moving speed of 10 to 12 miles per hour.(16-20kph). There is a lunch break and often a afternoon coffee stop.
  2. Sunday starting at 10am and cycling around 40 miles (60 kilometres) at a slower average speed than on Wednesday. There is a lunch break and occasionally an afternoon cafe stop.
  3. Tuesday  starting at 6.30pm in the summer (i.e. May to Aug) – shorter – about 20 miles (30 kilometres) at a relaxed pace.

Whatever bike you have – road, tourer or hybrid, you’ll be welcome on our rides; we just ask that your bike is roadworthy and, for the benefit of other riders in the group, in wet weather conditions be fitted with mudguards. You need not be a member of Cycling UK to come along on our rides to start with, do get in touch and you will be made most welcome. If you wish to become a regular rider we do ask you become a member of Cycling UK. To join please go to "Join CyclingUK". 

To receive email notifications of forthcoming rides around Edinburgh and the Lothians and other information, join the CTC Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders email group with Groups.io. You can do this by emailing Bill Crook warmray@hotmail.co.uk   with a brief note of your cycling history

Sadly, the Borders Brake-away Cycling group, which supported rides in the Borders is no longer operating. We would hope that this is a temporary hibernation and that the group may again return to being active in the near future. Some historical information on how the group operated can be found on the Borders  webpage.

Information about the group rides

How to join our rides

Our group rides are continuing to be extremely popular and we are delighted to see many new members coming along.

On Wednesdays and Sundays:

We feel that it is appropriate to allow the number of places on a ride to be at the discretion of the leader.

This will encourage new leaders to come forward without the concern that they might be overwhelmed by riders and to allow experienced leaders to offer as many places as they wish.  In these cases rides will continue to be bookable by text to secure a places on a first come first served basis. 

However some leaders will be happy for members just to turn up at the start point in good time without the need to book.  

It is therefore essential that you read the details of the ride on the Groups.io email to check how to join the ride.


On Tuesday evenings:

As the numbers expected are smaller, there is no need to book. Please just turn up at the Commonwealth Pool at 6.30pm.


To join the email group, please email  Bill Crook <warmray@hotmail.co.uk> with a few words about yourself and your cycling experience.