Saving a Cycle Scottish Borders course on Garmin Connect

I was having a look at the Cycle Scottish Borders web site, to see what other routes I could tackle in the next 8 months, before darkness sets in again. They have routes that you can download in GPX format, and I wanted to save them as a Course in Garmin Connect. Unfortunately, the GPX files you can download wouldn’t upload, so I couldn’t do it.

This is the set of steps that I needed to go through to save such a file as a course.

  1. Grab the URL of the GPX file that you want
  2. Go to and stick that URL in the URL field
  3. Convert it to a GPS Track
  4. Upload this file to Garmin Connect as a new activity
  5. Go view that new activity, and click the “Save as Course” link
  6. Give your course a name, and Save it
  7. Go back to that activity and delete it, since you didn’t ride it ;)

Job done. Slightly painful, but not the end of the world.

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