Cycle Route 76 runs between Dunbar and Kircaldy, and around the Forth via Stirling. For this day trip, we chose to ride along the north coast of the Forth from Alloa Station to Dalmeny Station.
Distance: 26.47 miles
Terrain: Mostly level, with a bit of a climb before Crombie. A mix of cycle paths and roads, some of which were fairly busy.
Time it took us: About 8 hours, but only because there were plenty of things to stop and take photos of. In fact, we spent at least 2 hours in the adorable village of Culross.
Our route began with a quick jaunt through the Alloa suburbs toward Clackmannan. Soon we were on the quiet “Lookaboutye Brae”, a flat country road running through lovely farmland. You can’t help but “Lookaboutye”, with views for miles and miles in every direction, ending at mountains far in the distant horizon.
The route continues in flat farmland for a while, and then zig-zags through quaint Kincardine, where the route begins to wander closer to the coast. Here the view ahead is dominated by the massive Longannet Power Station, and across the Forth, the billowing smokestacks of Grangemouth are also visible. The route follows a fairly busy country road for a bit, before turning off on a cycle path leading closer to the water and on to Culross.
Culross is one of the loveliest wee villages we’ve ever seen, and it was well worth taking a break and spending a couple hours just strolling around. We stopped to check out the pier, had lunch at the cafe attached to Culross Palace, meandered through the cobblestone streets, photographed some of the colourful cottages, and took a walk up the hill to get a quick peek at Culross Abbey before we continued on our bike journey.
The cycle path continues pleasantly along the coast for a while, before viering up through farmland to connect along some fairly busy roads. The route eventually comes back to the coast along the promenade in Limekilns, where the Forth Bridges can be seen in the distance. At Rosyth there’s a bit of an unpleasant bypass around the HM Naval Base before meeting the cycle path over the Forth Road Bridge.
South Queensferry was lovely, and we were so smitten (and tired), that we tried in vain to find some accomodation for the evening so we could stay up late and attempt some of the quintessential long-exposure night shots of the Forth Rail Bridge and then continue cycling along the coast to Edinburgh the next day. No such luck, as everything was booked. During the summer months, it’s probably best to plan ahead. So, we ate dinner at Bella Vista Italian restaurant before an arduous journey up to Dalmeny Station. We’ll definitely take the road next time instead of carrying out bikes up the steps, only to find ourselves on an unpleasant, narrow path in a jungle of weeds! All in all, a great day trip, though.
How to get there: Direct train from Glasgow Queen Street to Alloa (55 min)
Returning from Dameny to Glasgow Queen Street (via Edinburgh Haymarket) 1 hour 20 min