Pix: Soldiers celebrate charity ride despite cycling ban at Castle


SCOTTISH soldiers who have been banned from finishing a charity cycle trip at Edinburgh Castle because of “unbelievable” health and safety rules have finished their grueling 1,750-mile trip by bike from Italy to Scotland tomorrow (Mon).

But they have been forced to abandon the original plan to cycle all the way to the Army HQ inside Edinburgh Castle in case they have an accident.

Health and safety rules ban cycling in and around the castle to protect riders and pedestrians.

Historic Scotland, who run the castle, have refused to relax the restrictions, meaning the soldiers have to end the trip hundreds of yards away in the Royal Mile.

The ban is all the more controversial because one of the team was recently awarded a medal for bravery in Afghanistan.

The soldiers, all from 3 Scots, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, have spent 15 days cycling home from the Second World War battlefield of Monte Cassino raising more than £20,000 for veterans’ charities