Cycling

We’ve got lots of options for cyclists.

There are plenty of reasons to leave the car at home and take the bike instead – keep fit, have fun, and do your bit for the environment. Combining a bike ride with train travel is a brilliant way to see the country – or just to get about town.

You can either lock your bike up at the station, or take it on the train with you. Not got a bike? You can hire one from 11 of our stations with Bike & Go.

Keep the bike safe while you’re out and about. The British Transport Police have some simple ideas to make life extremely difficult for thieves:

Cycle security tips from British Transport Police

Go for a long jaunt through the countryside, or speed up your journey home. You’ll find designated cycle spaces on many of our trains. For some journeys, you’ll need to book: on the West Highland Line, for instance.

Where you can’t book a spot, spaces are given on a first come first served basis. Travelling at peak times? Bear in mind that commuter services usually have very limited space.

Reserving a cycle space

You can make a reservation on the phone, online, or in person:

You need to make a reservation on services between:

  • Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen
  • Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness
  • Glasgow, Oban, Fort William and Mallaig
  • Aberdeen and Inverness
  • Inverness, Wick, Thurso and Kyle of Lochalsh

Trains without cycle spaces

Electric trains in central Scotland don't always have dedicated cycle spaces, but you can store your bike in the vestibule area as long as you regularly check it's not blocking the way. This applies to services between:

  • Glasgow Central, Cathcart, Neilston and Newton
  • Glasgow Central, Gourock and Wemyss Bay
  • Glasgow Central, Ayr, Ardrossan and Largs
  • All trains via Glasgow Central Low Level
  • All trains via Glasgow Queen St Low Level
  • Edinburgh, North Berwick and Dunbar
  • Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal
  • Glasgow Central and Edinburgh via Carstairs

Taking other types of bikes on ScotRail trains

Folding bikes are great for travelling on any train, and you don’t need a reservation. Just make sure the wheels are no more than 20 inches in diameter. We may ask you to fold down your bike before entering the platform.

We don’t allow motorbikes, mopeds or any kind of motorised cycle on board. We also don’t allow tandems, tricycles and non-folding cycle trailers as they take up too much space.

Short platforms: make sure you’re in the right carriage

Some peak trains are longer than the platform on the Glasgow to Gourock, Wemyss Bay, Ayr, Ardrossan and Largs routes. Make sure your bike is in the right place so you get off the train in time.

We support the Cycle Action Plan for Scotland, which aims for 10% of all journeys in Scotland to be made by bike by 2020.

Bike & Go

Hire a bike quickly and simply from 11 of our stations with Bike & Go. Set up your membership, pick up the key and you’re good to go.

Find out more about Bike & Go

Cyclepoints

We’ll be introducing fully-staffed Cyclepoints at Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Stirling, which will provide a full range of services including cycle sales and hire.

We've also partnered with cycle hire companies to bring you great discounts. All you have to do is show your ScotRail ticket in the cycle hire shop. Discounts are currently available in Blair Atholl, Inverness and Fort William.

Find out more about our cycle hire partners

Had a major mechanical breakdown and can’t fix it? Call us on 08000 717 212 and we’ll rescue you – taking you and your bike to your destination for the day or the nearest train station.

What’s the catch? It must be part of a trip that includes the train already – so you’ve got to have a valid train ticket. And you’ll need to be within a day’s ride of the nearest ScotRail station.

If you’ve missed the last train because of your breakdown, we’ll take you and the bike to the nearest Scottish town or city where you may be able to repair your bike, and stay somewhere overnight.

Call our freephone helpline on 08000 717 212 to get help and advice, making sure you have your valid ticket to hand.

Read the Cycle Rescue terms and conditions

You can make a reservation online, on the phone, or in person::

  1. Book online when you buy your ticket
  2. Call our telesales team on 0344 811 0141
  3. Visit one of our staffed stations

Got a folding bike? You can take it – fully folded – on our trains without a reservation, as long as the wheels are no more than 20 inches in diameter.

Bike & Go is our cycle hire scheme, now at ten stations across the ScotRail network.

How it works

  1. Register - for a £10 annual subscription you’ll get a membership card in the post to use at any Bike & Go station across the UK
  2. Scan - get your card scanned at the station ticket office and collect your bike key for just £3.80 per 24 hours
  3. Ride - unlock your bike and go! Bikes come with two integral locks so you can lock them up while you’re out and about
  4. Return - take your bike back to the station you hired it from and hand the key into the ticket office

Stations

Bike & Go is currently available at the following ten stations in Scotland:

  • Aberdeen
  • Dundee
  • Edinburgh Haymarket
  • Glasgow Central
  • Inverness
  • Kilmarnock
  • Largs
  • Linlithgow
  • Perth
  • Stirling

Find out more and register online for Bike & Go

ScotRail Cycle Rescue applies if you have a valid rail ticket for journeys to or from stations in Scotland. This is for breakdowns that occur on the roads of mainland Scotland within a day's cycle ride of any station for which your ticket is valid.

You must comply with the following terms and conditions to be eligible for assistance:

  • Your pedal cycle must be reasonably maintained, fit for its intended use, and in a safe and roadworthy condition at the start of your journey
  • You must take reasonable steps to repair your pedal cycle yourself following a breakdown
  • If you have a right of action against a third party you must co-operate with ETA (our bicycle and travel insurance partner) to recover any costs incurred by ETA

Exclusions

ScotRail and ETA will not be liable for:

  • Any incident occurring outside the period of cover, which shall be deemed as the period of validity of your rail ticket
  • Any incident within a mile, by public highway, from your residence
  • Any incident where the pedal cycle is being used for a use not specified in the design and manufacturer's specifications, or arising directly out of the unreasonable use of the pedal cycle on unsuitable terrain
  • Breakdowns where the pedal cycle is not accessible or cannot be transported safely, legally and without hindrance using a standard transporter or trailer, including immersion in mud, sand, snow or water
  • Breakdowns while the pedal cycle is being used or has been used for racing, trials or rallies, speed or endurance tests or practices for those activities
  • Any consequential loss arising from any act performed in the execution of the assistance services provided
  • Call out charges the police may charge
  • Ferry charges and tolls
  • The cost of parts, components, lubricants or materials, food, drinks, telephone calls, petrol, oil, or insurance for a hire vehicle or other incidental expenses
  • Any costs other than recovery to one of the destinations detailed above
  • The charges of any company or person other than the recovery agent called out by ETA
  • Any charges arising from your failure to comply with the reasonable requests of ETA or its agents concerning the assistance being provided to you
  • Any charges where, having contacted ETA, you effect recovery or repair by other means
  • Cover is limited to one puncture per person per year and we recommend that you carry a puncture repair kit as it can normally avoid the need for a call out
  • There is no cover for failure of lights where this is due to discharged batteries, and you should ensure you carry spare batteries for your lights
  • Medical and other expenses arising out of injury sustained by you, except where such injuries are due to the negligence, actions or other fault of ScotRail or ETA
  • Liability for any loss or damage to property (including cycles) in excess of £1,000 is excluded

Explore the stunning landscapes around Blair Atholl by bike. Find Blair Atholl Bike Hire within the 'Food in the Park' cafe behind the museum.

Here’s how to get your 10% discount on a full or half-day hire:

  • Call ahead on 01796 481500 to check availability
  • Show your valid rail ticket when you get there

For more information call 01796 481500 or visit www.blairathollbikehire.co.uk

Terms & conditions

  • Call the Blair Atholl Bike Hire contact number, 01796 481500, at least one hour before the commencement of the hire to register and check availability of cycles
  • To obtain the 10% discount you must show a valid rail ticket to the Blair Atholl Bike Hire staff
  • All hire arrangements will be between you and Blair Atholl Bike Hire
  • Payment for the hire is made directly to Blair Atholl Bike Hire
  • Blair Atholl Bike Hire will provide all the extra kit, like a cycle helmet, basic accessories such as puncture repair kit, pump etc, and contact details in case of breakdown
  • Blair Atholl Bike Hire is responsible for the condition of the equipment supplied

Get 10% off cycle hire at Ticket to Ride, or 15% off with a Spirit of Scotland travel pass. All you need is a valid rail ticket.

Ticket to Ride will even meet you at the train station, with the bike. There’s no charge for this at Dingwall, Elgin and Aviemore. What's more, if you travel from Inverness to Fort William, you can leave the bike with Nevis Cycles in Fort William. Handy!

Call Ticket to Ride on 01463 419160, giving at least four hours notice and hold on to your rail ticket to get your discount.

For more information and full terms and conditions of cycle hire, visit www.tickettoridehighlands.co.uk

Get 10% off at Nevis Cycles with a valid rail ticket, or 15% off with a Spirit of Scotland travel pass. Cycling to Inverness? Drop the bike off at Ticket to Ride, at no extra charge.

Nevis Cycles is located close to Fort William station - just show your valid rail ticket or Spirit of Scotland travel pass to claim your discount.

For more information call 01397 705555 or visit www.neviscycles.com

For cycling in Scotland and cycling events

Scottish Cycling

0131 652 0187
www.scuonline.org

​Cycling Scotland

0141 229 5350
www.cyclingscotland.org

For route and accommodation information

Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC)

0844 736 8450
www.ctc.org.uk

For information on cycle paths in Scotland

Sustrans

0845 113 0065
www.sustrans.org.uk

For information on walking routes, including to and from the station

Walkit.com

www.walkit.com