I love seeing Scotland on my bicycle. Every cycling trip is an adventure for me.
My aim is to share my passion for the places that I visit and the sense of excitement from reaching these places on a bicycle.
Many cycling guides are just that, a guide. They explain very well a route, the terrain and distances, but they do not describe what it is really like to be there. I aim to use my writing to convey what a place is really like and hopefully inspire readers to want to go there.
This is why my cycle guides begin with the "story". This relates my experience as a travel writer riding my bicycle and visiting places along the route. If the writing inspires the reader to undertake this journey themselves the next part of the guide has a map and practical information to help them to plan the journey.
I did not want to write too much about the "bike stuff" like speeds, distances and equipment. The focus is on the joy of using a bike to reach interesting and often dramatic places.
I love writing and it takes me a lot of time to produce a guide. It is a creative process that can take many hours, but I hope that the end result is worth it for my readers.
I have a lot more guides waiting to be written. I take notes on my cycling trips with the aim of turning them into a great piece of travel writing. This does mean that I take much longer to cycle somewhere than most people because I am always stopping to put pen to paper!
There are currently 7 guides on the website for you to enjoy. There are also 4 guides that I wrote for Simonseeks.com which you can link to from "The Journeys" menu.
My name is Colin Baird and I want to see all of Scotland by bicycle.