Most people opt to start at Newcastle. The wind is generally more favourable, and Tyneside, with its bustling port, ferry terminus, airport and mainline railway station, make it a natural starting point. But that does not discount doing it the other way round. However, going north to south would entail going through Blyth, Byker and Wallsend at the end of the ride, rather than having the majestic final sweep into Edinburgh, past Arthur’s Seat and the Old Town. No disrespect to these places, but most would feel that their gritty industrial charm does not put them top of the list of attractions the Coast & Castles route has to offer.