The route is 97.3km (60.5 miles) starting and finishing at Ingliston showground. The route is open road and we have tried to stay on the back roads and minimise the number of traffic lights but please be aware of traffic and crossings and take care. Please note that if you took part in 2016, we are following the 2017 route and going anti-clockwise, crossing the Forth Bridge first.
We have one water/feed station at the parking area just after the Kincardine bridge crossing after 47km (30 miles). Please note that we will be using the pedestrian walkway to cross the bridge and staying on the pavement to the feedstation.
Download a gpx file of the route for your device: Tour de Forth gpx.
2018 Route maps for mobile devices
(we start at D go to A on the right hand map and then G to A on the left hand!)
All participants need to obey the Highway Code and abide by the Road Traffic Act. Helmets are mandatory for the sportif and take spare inners, water, some snacks, some money for emergencies and don't forget a bit of sun protection.
Similar to last year we will have staged start so please estimate your expected time so we can plan the groups, don't worry we will not be rigid and help you cycle with your friends. We do need to set a time limit to let the volunteers go home. You must leave the water/feed station by 1pm, be at Linlithgow canal by 3pm and back at Ingliston by 5pm so we can pack up and go home!
We leave Ingliston via the West exit onto Lochend Road, and then the B800 to Kirkliston. After Kirkliston we head for South Queensferry via Dalmeny, over the cobbles then right under the Forth bridge to head along the coast to Hopetoun, we turn before the entrance to the House and then head for the Forth bridge via the A904. On the Fife side, we hug the coast for as long as we can through Rosyth, then Limekilns and Charlestown with 2 short stints on the busy A985 before cutting back to the river and Crombie Point. Then taking care of the dogwalkers we cycle along the front to Torryburn, Culross and onto Kincardine Bridge, staying on the footpath and pavement after towards the feed station.
After the feedstation we cross the Skinflats that will take us to Grangemouth then onto the back roads and head up into the hilly part of West Lothian. Take care crossing the busy A706 and then admire the view while you get your breath back at West Lothian Golf Club before heading down towards the A904, we head for Blackness but then cut back on quiet roads towards Philipstoun and then Linlithgow crossing the canal and up your last long hill. After that it is downhill all the way to Winchburgh, Kirkliston and Ingliston.
There will be marshalls at all the busy junctions and right turns, but please take care on the busy roads.