Cycling in South West Scotland
The Rhins of Galloway – South West Scotland
The Rhins of Galloway have quiet roads and are relatively flat and, with stunning coastal scenery, the area is ideal for cycling.
Although there are no formal cycle routes in this area, cycling is very popular, especially the stunningly beautiful coastal road from Sandhead to the Mull of Galloway.
A description of the route from Stranraer to the Mull of Galloway via Sandhead and Drummore can be found here.
In the north of the peninsula there is also a network of quiet roads providing countless opportunities for exploring the likes of Killantringan Beach, Larbrax Beach and the topof the peninsula – Corsewall Point.
The Machars area has four recognised colour coded cycling routes ranging from 15 – 22 miles.
A longer – 51 mile circular route from Newton Stewart to the Isle of Whithorn and back is another option. It is graded easy and can be split into two sections – Newton Stewart to Wigtown return (Scotland`s Book Town) 22 miles and Wigtown to Isle of Whithorn return – 33 miles.
There are many opportunities for cycling in South Ayrshire including a network of paths from Lendalfoot to Girvan and Maybole
Mountain Biking – 7Stanes
The South of Scotland is home to 7 Mountain Biking Trail Centres known collectively as the 7Stanes
Kirroughtree, near Newton Stewart is home to some of the best technical singletrack in the country and was winner of the MBR Trail of the Year in 2010. However, don`t worry if you`re not a dare-devil – there are four grades of trails at Kirroughtree ranging from the family-friendly green-graded Bargaly Wood which offers a relaxed ride around scenic Bargalt Glen through to the black-graded Twister featuring McMoab`s huge slabs and ridges of exposed granite!
Glentrool 7Stanes Centre is more a family affair than a paradise for dare-devils. It has two Green Graded Routes, on Red Graded and a “Big Country” route which is not on singletrack but on minor orads and forest roads. This circular route of 58km goes from Glentrool via Loch Trool to Newton Stewart and back while the Blue, Green Torr Route which is of moderate length and difficulty and said to be relatively “easier” than many similarly graded routes. The trail summit affords excellent views of Loch Trool before a long descent back to the start point.
There is a Forestry Commission Visitor Centre at Glentrool with catering facilities although you should check with the Forestry Commission beforehand as the building is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment. Seasonal Bike Hire can be arranged from Break Pad — see below for details.
There are various food shops in Newton Stewart for supplies as well as a number of cafes.
For the 7Stanes Kirroughtree and also, by arrangement, Glentrool a wide range of Mountain Bikes are available from Break Pad at Kirroughtree. They also do sales of bikes, accessories, clothing etc.
In Kirkcowan Courtyard Cycle Hire have a range of adult & childrens bikes and accessories. They also have electric bikes for hire!!