The ride follows pleasant lanes past Abercorn Church which is situated in charming wooded setting.
It continues to the magnificent Hopetoun House, where it makes the most of the quiet estate roads surrounding it.
After Kirkliston we join the old railway path to Newbridge and then use the cycle path beside the A89.
Passing as we head home the shale oil bings near Winchburgh the route then climbs into the Bathgate Hills giving great views south to the Penlands and north to the Ochils, the Trossachs, Ben Vorlich and Ben Ledi.
The route finishes with some exciting descents back into Linlithgow.
Terrain: Undulating as far as Hopetoun, then a good climb followed by descents. Beyond Ecclesmachan there is a stiff climb into the Bathgate hills, then mostly downhill back to Linlithgow. Part of the route is off-road on cycles paths, the rest on mainly quiet minor roads. Click here for larger map.
Distance: 40km (25m)
Time to Allow: 3hrs
Points of Interest Along the Way:
There are regular bus and train services link Linlithgow with Edinburgh and Glasgow. For Bus information check www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/scotland_east/
Travel by Car
From M9 northbound leave at junction 3 and follow signs for Linlithgow. From M9 southbound leave at Junction 4 and follow signs on A803 for Linlithgow
From M8 leave at junction 4 and follow signs on A706 to Linlithgow
This challenging cycle tour, climbing into the Bathgate Hills, affords views of much of central Scotland including the Trossaches and Ben Lomond.
Bike & Go hire scheme has now launched in Linlithgow, West Lothian. This is a fantastic new way to explore and travel the area with this new bike hire scheme.
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