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Participants in our 200 mile cycle across Scotland have departed on Wednesday morning, 10 May from St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh.

The Celtic Challenge began at 9.15am with 33 participants setting off from the Hospice.

Participants in this year’s event include nurses and staff from the Hospice, retirees, mums, dads and grandparents.

The route across Scotland started at the Hospice and finishes on the isle of Iona, home of the hospice’s spiritual namesake – St Columba.

It will take the participants four days to cycle to Iona, taking in 50 miles each day. The route is challenging for the amateur cyclists, and includes the Rest & Be Thankful Pass, the Arrochar Alps as well as passing up the banks of Loch Lomond and along the banks of the water next to the Falkirk Wheel.

The Celtic Challenge raises funds for the hospice, which is the only independent provider of specialist care in Edinburgh. St Columba’s Hospice provides free care to people with far advanced illnesses such as motor neurone disease, cancer, and cardiac and respiratory illnesses.

Find out more about our fundraising for the Hospice here