Five Great UK Cycling Holiday Destinations

Road cycling holidays

You don’t need to head abroad for your cycling holiday - the UK is home to a huge variety of cycling routes that cater to all skill levels, with plenty of scenic destinations that should not be missed. We’ve picked five of our favourite cycling holiday destinations in the UK.

The Isle of Wight, Hampshire

The Isle of Wight has a circumference of only 60 miles and features plenty of varied routes that are perfect for cycling. With plenty of historical sites and coastal routes for you to enjoy, this makes an ideal destination for everyone from solo riders to families, whether you’re looking to follow a trail across the countryside or are up for a more intense road cycling holiday.

The island’s official tourism website details some of the best routes for cyclists of all abilities - so whether you are a beginner or proficient cyclist, you can find a route suitable for your skill level.

The Hebridean Way cycle holiday, Scotland

Strictly for the professionals - the Hebridean Way is a stunning, 185-mile route across the Outer Hebrides, a chain of ten islands. The islands are sparsely populated, meaning that you can enjoy long stretches of cycling along coastlines and sweeping hills without seeing a car – a quieter choice for a road cycling holiday.

As the route crosses several islands, you will need to reach each of them by ferry or by crossing causeways. Find out more about this cycling route at the Outer Hebrides website.

Scenic cycling holidays

Three Parks Trail, Wales

If you’re in the mood to visit a park on your cycling trip, then you’re in luck with this destination because it features three of them within the 13-mile route. You’ll begin at Sirhowy Valley Country Park, then pass through Parc Penallta and finally reach Taff Bargoed Millennium Park. Look out for landmarks such as Sultan the Pit Pony, the UK’s largest figurative earth sculpture.

All of these parks offer gorgeous scenic views and the trail is part of the National Cycle Network - you can find more information about the trail at Sustrans.

The New Forest, Hampshire

Head down to the south of England between Southampton and Christchurch to this prime cycling destination. There are over one hundred miles of cycling routes across this protected green space, and there’s plenty to see, from a ‘secret’ coastline that stretches for 40 miles and vast swathes of ancient woodland. If you don’t have your own bike, there are numerous places within the New Forest National Park where you can hire one for your trip.

A popular route recommended for families is the two-mile stretch between Beaulieu and Buckler’s Hard - a scenic route following the Beaulieu River and finishing in the village of Buckler’s Hard. Find out more about the various popular cycling routes on the New Forest website.

Mountain bike holidays

Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland

Start your journey in Ballycastle and finish at the Giant’s Causeway with this incredibly scenic - but not too long - route which will take you past the ruins of Dunseverick Castle. If you seek more of a challenge and wish to extend your cycling route, the Causeway Coastal Route stretches all the way from Belfast to Londonderry, with plenty of landmark locations to enjoy, from distilleries to Game of Thrones locations. If you’re up for more of a mountain bike holiday, you can take a detour off your route to Binevenagh, to enjoy panoramic views of the Sperrin Mountains and Roe Valley.

Find out more about the Causeway Coastal Route at Discover Northern Ireland.

Cycling insurance from ONE PRO Insurance

Wherever you're setting off on your cycling holiday, and whether it's mountain biking or a scenic road cycling trip, you'll need to make sure you have cover for your bike in case things go wrong or accidents happen. Our partner company ONE PRO insurance can help you find the perfect cover for your cycling holiday. See our cycling insurance product page for more information.