On Your Bike in Dumfries & Galloway
Enjoy The Freedom of The Road
Whether you’re a motorbike devotee or an outdoor activist mountain biker, there’s everything you could wish to explore on wheels in Dumfries & Galloway from thrilling mountain bike trails to quad biking and scenery just waiting for a wheel-bound journey.
Bike along country roads with the refreshing west coast breeze as you journey through Dumfries and Galloway. Explore the stretch between Moffat and Portpatrick where good back roads transport you through wonderful forests to the beautiful coastal fishing village and stop off at the attractions and gardens along the way to really experience what Dumfries and Galloway has to offer.
Theres local flavours that foodies can discover on special menus designed for bikers including The Selkirk, The Buccleuch and our own Aston Dumfries Hotel on the Crichton Estate.
Pass through where Robert the Bruce camped in 1307 to the centre of the Galloway Forest and in Glentrool you can enjoy astonishing views from Bruce’s Stone, overlooking the scene where his battle with the English took place near Loch Trool. Moffat Woollen Mill is another worthwhile stop on this route with excellent facilities for bikers and a variety of local products on sale.
Put wheels in motion and enjoy the freedom of the open road beside the coastline in southern Scotland and if you’re game there’s a 308-mile route that takes in coastal views or if you want a shorter ride, there are beautiful lochs within the area.
Test Your Technical Skill on Mountain Bikes. This region is a haven for cyclists with its mixture of challenging and simple routes whether you are thrill seeking or biking with the family in the peaceful forest trails. The area boasts five of the seven stanes centres and this area has long been a cyclists haven.
At Dalbeattie by the coast you can test your abilities on some of the red and black graded trails and if this is you’re thing, attempt the Slab, an almost vertical granite rock where the descent is truly exhilarating. Enthusiasts will also enjoy the Hardrock Trail, great even during wet weather as the surface offers grip no matter what the season, while beginners can take a leisurely ride on gentle paths.
North of Dumfries is Ae set within a beautiful forest and which has steep climbs and wild descents making for some exhilarating mountain biking and free ride biking on the Ae Line.
Mabie to the south has wonderful views across the Solway Firth and the Nith Estuary and you can practice in the dedicated skills area. The Kona Dark Side is an orange bike park for experts only and it is definitely not for the fainthearted since most attempt it on foot before venturing there by bike.
Some of the best single-track in the country can be found at Kirroughtree and at the blue Larg Hill run you will also find occasional small rock drops. Classic cross-country trails come with technical features on a red run known as the Twister or families will love the mix of easier routes and the children’s play area.
Whether you want to follow the Big Country Route at Glentrool or you’re after an adrenaline kick, this area is unrivalled for mountain bikers.