Scotland will this year host the overall finish of the Tour of Britain for the first time since 2008, with two stages in the country capping off what promises to be a spectacular edition of the UK’s biggest cycle race.

In addition to Aberdeen becoming the most northerly place to host a stage finish, Edinburgh will welcome the race back after a four-year absence, while Hawick and Stonehaven will make their debuts as start locations.

The race will go ahead subject to local conditions and in line with relevant national guidelines and UCI protocols.  Tour of Britain organisers SweetSpot are working closely with EventScotland and all the local authorities along the route in Scotland to ensure that the event can take place safely.

Tour of Britain Scotland Edinburgh

Photo: Edinburgh hosted the Grand Départ of the 2017 Tour of Britain. This year the famous city will host its first-ever stage finish of the race.

Stage seven – Hawick to Edinburgh

Saturday 11 September

For the first time in modern Tour history, the race ends with two stages in Scotland. The first features a fourth visit to the Scottish Borders in six editions as Hawick plays host to the start for the first time. A mix of familiar towns – including Innerleithen and Duns – and new roads await as the race visits East Lothian and Midlothian before Edinburgh stages its first finish in the Tour of Britain. Another stunning finale is guaranteed, as the closing kilometres pass along Queen’s Drive, by the Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace before finishing in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat.

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Cairn o'Mount Tour of Britain

Photo: The infamous climb of Cairn o’Mount will feature during the race’s final stage between Stonehaven and Aberdeen. 

Stage eight – Stonehaven to Aberdeen

Sunday 12 September

This year’s overall champion will be crowned in Aberdeen at the end of the most northerly stage ever to feature in the Tour of Britain. The picturesque harbour town of Stonehaven is the day’s starting point and, by popular demand from local cyclists, the route includes the ŠKODA King of the Mountains climb at Cairn o’Mount (3.35km, 9.5% average). The peloton will briefly head into the Cairngorms National Park, with Ballater marking the most westerly point of the stage, before the run in to the finish line on Aberdeen’s Esplanade begins.

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Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “ The Tour of Britain is a key part of EventScotland’s annual portfolio of world-class events and we are delighted to be working in partnership with SweetSpot and local partners including Scottish Borders Council, Edinburgh City Council, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council, to bring the final two stages of the race to Scotland this year.

“Events play a key role in our communities and our partnership with the Tour of Britain is the ideal platform to showcase the many wonderful regions of Scotland as well as the more than 2,000 miles of National Cycle Network covering the country that visitors can come and enjoy.”

Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture and Community Convener at City of Edinburgh Council said: “We are delighted that we will see the return of the UK’s most prestigious cycling race to our city in September.

“This year Edinburgh will host its first finish at Holyrood Park.  The Capital’s winding and cobbled streets will offer a challenging, and of course, picturesque finale to this stage of the race.  It will be an exciting return and a highlight of 2021 as keen enthusiasts, Olympians, world and Tour de France champions from all over the world come to our exceptional city.”