Summer fruits on the Network in Scotland

Cyclist picking berries near Aberchalder, Route 78

Foraging for blackberries can be great fun but watch out for the thorns

Throughout the summer many of the traffic-free paths on the National Cycle Network are wonderful green corridors with berries and other wild produce there for the picking. There are also fruit farms within easy reach of the Network where you can pick your own, buy summer fruits and lots more.

In Scotland the brambles are usually ready in late August. Take a container and keep your eyes open for tasty treats along the way. If you're looking for other types of fruits here are some of the pick your own farms that are on or near the National Cycle Network in Scotland. 

Route 1

Border Berries, Rutherford Farm, near Kelso in the Borders.

Open from June you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, red and black currants and tayberries and then retire to the cafe to sample the fruit-laden, home-made cakes. Head south on minor roads from Route 1 at Kelso or Newton St Boswell to reach the farm which is south of the River Tweed at Rutherford. 

Craigie's Farm, Dalmeny, between Edinburgh and South Queensferry. 

Pick your own, visit the farm shop, and sample the cake of the week in the cafe. For a mainly traffic free route head out of Edinburgh on Route 1 to Dalmeny and at the ramp turn off Route 1 and head south on the railway path towards Kirkliston, take a minor road to the left and then another to reach Craigie's Farm. The farm's website has a helpful cycle map. 

Cairnie Fruit Farm and Mega Maze, near Cupar in Fife - about four miles from Route 1.

Head north from Route 1 on minor roads through Cupar and head out of town on Bank Street to reach Cairnie Farm where you can tuck into cream teas in the tea shop, pick your own berries and currants, and buy cakes and fruits to take home from the farm shop. The Mega Maze (made from maize, opening 18 July) may keep you occupied for a while too! 

Pittormie Fruit Farm, near Guardbridge in Fife.

A few miles further east along Route 1 in Fife Pittormie is a small, family-run farm where you can pick your own fruits or purchase berries and other fresh produce in the farm shop. Head north for just under two miles from Route 1, through the intriguingly named Dairsie or Osnaburgh and up the A914 to Pittormie or take the A91 from Guardbridge (these roads are not recommended for inexperienced or very young cyclists). 

Charleton Fruit Farm, two miles north of Montrose in Angus.

Head up the traffic free path towards Kinnaber, turn left where the path enters the woodland (road from Woodfield Cottage), cross the A92 with care and head straight up the road to the farm. This is another pick your own, plus many other things to keep the family occupied, from a kids' play zone, to the cafe and the gift shop. 

Barra Berries, Oldmeldrum.

Barra Berries is in the village of Oldmeldrum in Aberdeenshire about three miles west of Route 1. Freshly picked fruits, fruit-filled ice cream, cakes and marshmallow kebabs are available from the shop and cafe.

Route 76

Belhaven Fruit Farm, near Dunbar in East Lothian.

Pick your own strawberries, try the delicious fruity ice cream, relax in the cafe, and browse the range of foods and gifts in the store while the kids enjoy themselves in the outdoor play area. To reach the farm, at the Beltonford Roundabout just west of Dunbar, head south from Route 76 on the shared-use path alongside the A199 for under half a mile to the next roundabout, where the A199 joins the A1, and turn left into the entrance to the farm. 

There are many other pick your own farms across Scotland which you can plan cycle trips around.

You might also like to try some of our routes for nature lovers.

Or check out our spotters guide for summer wildlife.

 

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