Last updated: 28th March 2024

Our Service

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Luxury Coach Service from Cramond to Carlisle with on board toilet departing on Saturday afternoon, and early on Sunday morning

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Bike transport by lorry with protective packaging provided. A bike can only be booked along with a coach seat

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 Bags (with change of clothes etc.) from the start of RTTS in Carlisle transported back to Cramond for collection when you finish

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Our experienced team of 60 volunteers  helped 300 riders take part in RTTS in 2023, with 95% of feedback rating the service as excellent. We’re looking forward to running the service again this year, and proud to help staff the overnight café in Cramond Kirk to help Fresh Start. Proceeds we raise make a big difference in providing opportunities for local young people to experience adventure, challenge, and gain valuable skills for life through Scouts.

Please do look through our detailed information:

 
Email with any questions or feedback at ridetothesun.transport@gmail.com and our volunteers will reply as soon as they can.

What is the Scout Bike Transport Service

Check in on Saturday afternoon near Cramond and we will transport you and your bike with a choice of departure times to arrive in Carlise a couple of minutes away from Bitts Park, ready to start Ride To The Sun.

Before you start the ride drop off a bag with valuables or a change of clothes at our collection points in Castle Car Park and Bitts Park up to around 7pm and we will transport it back and store it in a secure room at Cramond Kirk Hall ready for you to collect when you finish the ride. You can use this service even if you aren’t using the bike transport option.

On Sunday morning, we can transport you and your bike from Cramond if you wish to return to Carlisle after completing the ride.

Feedback from customers

We’ve been so delighted with feedback from last year with 84% of customers giving an outstanding rating and here are some of the many positive comments:

  • From check-in on the day through to tea first thing in the morning I was struck by the care, consideration, and willingness to help by all scouts and helpers.
  • The much younger than I showed maturity beyond their years, truly humbling
  • The transport was run impressively efficiently.  I was super happy with your organisation!
  • At all times they were helpful, cheerful, and made my life a great deal easier and felt totally confident my bike and myself, were in good hands. I would have no hesitation in recommending or using their service again. Thank you and well-done guys …you did yourselves proud.  (Ex-Royal Marines)
  • I thought it was faultless. Extraordinarily efficient and well organised

We always want to learn and improve this service – so please do email us feedback and suggestions, or complete the feedback survey after the event.

Ride To The Sun is a very special event with a unique vibe – we hope our service helps riders have a fantastic experience and read Scouts help with cycling event and a Fresh Start Cafe to find out how it helps young people, Freshstart and  homeless people in our community settle into new homes. Thank you for making it all possible!

Helping Young People and Homeless in our communities

A very important part of our Scouting values is to provide young people opportunities to develop and gain skills for life, and to contribute to the communities we live in. Ride To The Sun gives us a great opportunity to do both.

Fresh Start – helping the homeless in our communities settle into new homes

As well as raising funds for Scouting, our team also volunteer to help run the Café to raise £2,700 which Fresh Start will use to support over 2,000 people each year. Jenn McQuistan, Corporate Partnership Officer from Fresh Start gave us this feedback:

All the Scouts volunteers (leaders, young people and parents) were absolutely brilliant and such a fantastic help on the night. We literally couldn’t pull the café off without the help of the Scout volunteers, particularly on the scale that it now is, so please pass on a big thank you from everyone here to all who helped on the night and of course for the amazing organisation in the run-up to the event.

Fresh Start relies on the support of individuals and community groups, like the Scouts, to provide time, funds and goods to help deliver their services. There are many ways to get involved – for more information, please visit Fresh Start’s website.  Through your help Fresh Start can make a real difference to someone’s life, helping someone settle in their home and gain the skills and confidence to move forward with their life.

Scouts – preparing young people with skills for life

Every week, Scouts helps almost half a million people aged 4-25 develop Skills for Life. Being a volunteer is so rewarding for you in so many ways. You’ll only know if you try. You can work directly with the young people or more behind the scenes in whatever flexible role suits you in time, skill and space. You don’t have to have had any prior Scouting experience, you just need to want to do good, and help others.  If you believe in this as a set of values then this is a great opportunity for you. What’s not to like!  Please email us for an informal, no obligation, chat – it could be the start of a great new adventure!