Scotland’s Gardens

I am writing to you from Scotland’s Gardens, perhaps you have come across us? We facilitate open gardens in order to raise money for charity. We were established in 1931 and our portfolio of gardens includes stately homes and private gardens of horticultural interest across Scotland.

We are running an East Lothian Garden trail at the end of June, which allows the public to visit 12 different gardens over the course of two weeks. The trail was organised by a keen cyclist himself, and he has seen that the gardens group nicely into runs.  I wonder if your members might also be interested in such an event.

It’s a great day out visiting gardens, a decent cycle and a wonderful way to support Scottish Charities.

Imogen McCaw, Scotland’s Gardens

Cycling in East Lothian

ESP Physio – Discount to CTC Lothians and Borders Members

ESP Physio have recently opened a new Physiotherapy clinic in the Waverley Gate Building in Edinburgh (the old GPO building at the east end of Princes Street).   The facility provides a private treatment room and free access to a fully equipped gym.   All their practitioners have extensive experience in sports injury management and strength and conditioning.   They are offering an exclusive 20% discount to CTC Lothians and Borders members on all Physiotherapy and sports massage treatments.   More information is available from Tom Unwin, ESP Physiotherapist – and on the attached documents.

Edinburgh-Poster   Price-List

Donald Urquhart, Secretary

New Cycle Touring Website – Ride the Bike – Bikepacking and Cycle Journeys

Ian Yarroll has asked me to draw members’ attention to a new Website that he has created to advertise his cycle touring Website – Ride the Bike.   This is based on various bikepacking and touring journeys that he has made over the last few years in Europe and the UK and it contains practical info and resources which he hopes will help others to plan trips – it has not been set up for any commercial purposes.   More information at

Donald Urquhart, Secretary

CTC Lothians Trip to Newton Stewart

What fun we had when fifteen members of the Lothian and Borders CTC headed to Dumfries and Galloway last week (14th – 16th June) for sun, sea and cycling round Newton Stewart.  We managed all 3 on Day 1, cycling round the Isle of Whithorn and were exuberant in the sunshine as we had a delightful lunch at Port William and admired the statue of W H Davis.  “What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare”.

After lunch we stopped for a breather at the Isle of Whithorn then headed to Wigtown.  With immaculate, timing the group dived into the Bladnoch Inn just before a huge downpour.  After a coffee and an odd pint, we headed back to Newton Stewart.  The Creebridge House Hotel provided their lovely drawing room for our drinks followed by a superb dinner.

On day 2- a very different ride. We headed west to Little Luce through forest and open countryside then north over the moor on single track roads and many cattle grids to Barrhill.  We encountered more wind farms than cars.  We remained cheerful and stoical through persistent rain in the afternoon, but were relieved to reach our afternoon tea stop at the House O’ Hill Hotel in Bargrennan, where 2 varieties of scones awaited us.  Reinvigorated, we had a picturesque last few miles on the edge of the Forest of Galloway back to Newton Stewart to say our farewells.

As Phillip said, “no punctures and no (major) mechanicals”-  a brilliant trip.

Janet Ironside

Leaning into itPre-dinner drinksLuch stop

Sponsorship from Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative

Sharp-eyed members will have seen the recent addition of the Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative’s logo on the front page of the Club’s Website.   The Club is grateful to Ged Holmyard and his fellow cooperators for their sponsorship to assist in maintaining the Club’s Website.   I am sure that many, if not all, of our members will have visited the Bike Co-op at their premises in Alvanley Terrace or Canonmills but we would urge you to reciprocate the Bike Co-op’s support of the Club.   The Bike Co-op can also be accessed via their Website at

Donald Urquhart, Secretary