Cycling

Dumfries and Galloway has some of Scotland’s most breath taking scenery. Add that to Scotland’s great weather, the fresh ocean air and some lovely routes makes it an ideal cycling destination. There is plenty to do and see making overnight stays a breeze. As well as the traditional paths there is much to be explored and still much to find out about this magical area of Scotland.

The cottages are right on the National Cycle Route 7 section between Carlisle and Glasgow. The route heads west towards Newton Stewart and passes the road end of Kirkandrews.

There are over 450 miles of signposted cycle routes in the region as well as many off-road cycle trails and world class mountain bike trail centres. Below is a selection of cycle routes in the area:

South West coastal cycle route. A nice flat ride will take you on towards Dalbeattie. As you leave Dalbeattie you have a quick climb up to Buittle church before entering castle Douglas (the food town) before heading back towards Dumfries on the old military road which is undulating, returning back into the town and once again crossing the river Nith before reaching the train station and a few bars close by if you need a wee refresher!

Gatehouse to Isle of Whithorn cycle route. Start from the Spar carpark and follow the National Cyle Route signs past the Mill on the Fleet and up to Gatehouse Station (disused) for 6 miles uphill but with great views. Turn left towards Creetown and enjoy a long downhill ride looking out towards the Solway Firth. Take the A75 towards Newton Stewart to avoid a very steep section. The road is wide and most lorry drivers give you room. Turn left at the roundabout and head for Wigtown and turn right before you get there to Bladnoch. Signposted to Whithorn and then the Isle of Whithorn. Superb sea views and good car parking. The Steam Packet Inn can be heartily recommended with a selection of real ales and the bacon & brie baguette is to die for after a long ride.

Dumfries – Ae – Lochmaben cycle route. This route starts off on cycle paths and on to nice country roads until heading in to the forest of Ae. Theres a hard long uphill climb on forest road. 12 miles in total on forest road so quite hard work. Down to Moffat is all downhill on tarmac so a great relief after previous section. Nice cafes in Moffat for a well deserved bacon roll 🙂 then back along main road until turn off for Lochmaben. This road is a lovely country road, no big hills, reasonably flat. Past Lochmaben has one long uphill section but gradual and not too steep. Then its downhill to Dumfries. Great ride for fitness and views.

Active travel maps are available for various towns:

Get out and explore the National Cycle Network:

The 7stanes are seven world class mountain biking trail centres spanning the south of Scotland at locations such as Ae Forest, Mabie Forest, Dalbeattie and Galloway Forest Park:

Drumlanrig Castle hosts further world class mountain biking:

Search on the Visit Scotland website for more cycling experiences:

More information can be found on cycling routes in the area on line.