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  • Bikes from the street automated cycle hire system, Bikes2go in Dumfries
    Cycling in Dumfries couldn't be made simpler with the Bikes2Go cysle hire scheme
  • Two cyclists enjoy the view on the Devorguilla Bridge across the River Nith, Dumfries - the place of Robert Burns' death
    Cycling is a great way to explore the many attractions found withing the towns and villages of Dumfries & Galloway
  • A sign for the Machars Cycle Route
    There are a number of dedicated cycle routes to follow while in Dumfries & Galloway
  • Two cyclists admire the fishing boats moored at the harbour at Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway
    Cycling is one of the best ways to explore Dumfries & Galloway
  • Two cyclists pause to admire the view on a country road edged with colourful gorse bushes, near Newton Stewart
    Enjoy the stunning scenery the scenery of the Dumfries & Galloway countryside

Dumfries & Galloway is a cyclist's dream destination with hundreds of miles of sign-posted routes enabling you to see the region at its best from two wheels.

Why not start your cycling adventure in the historic town of Dumfries? The town makes a convenient base for exploring the Solway coast with its many attractions, not least those associated with Robert Burns. Just outside of Dumfries, near Thornhill, you can even find out about the history of the bicycle at the National Cycle Musuem at Drumlanrig Castle Gardens.

The town's Bike2Go scheme is the perfect way to explore in your own pace. Simply pick up a bike from one of the cycle hire HUBs that have been installed across the town, and return it to any other HUB when you've finished.

Dumfries has an extensive traffic-free cycle network, connecting many of the town's key locations. There are handy maps to guide you around the various routes and there are plenty to try, from short journeys to longer routes into the beautiful countryside.

There are two National Cycle Network routes in the region. National Cycle Route 7 covers 114 miles, passing through Gretna Green, Annan, Dumfries, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse of Fleet, Newton Stewart and a variety of visitor attractions. While National Cycle Route 74 runs for 44 miles and connecting Route 7 to South Lanarkshire along quiet roads adjacent to the A74 motorway.

Another long distance route is the new Scottish C2C (coast to coast) between Annan and the Forth Bridge on the east coast, which is 125 miles in length. Wind your way along cycle paths, country lanes and seaside promenades as you pass through Dumfries & Galloway,the Scottish Borders,Midlothian,East Lothian and into Edinburgh.

The low-level landscape in the Machars peninsula also has four signposted routes in Galloway and is ideal for cycling, and is rich in scenery, history, culture and wildlife.

Away from the coast, there are rivers, wooded glens and forests. Around Glenluce, moorland stretches for miles and, north of Newton Stewart, rugged hills rise above remote lochs and glens. There is a wealth of wildlife and endless opportunities to enjoy the views.

Browse the listings to plan your cycling trip in Dumfries & Galloway today.

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  1. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Gently rolling scenery with fine views of the sea and hills (22, 33 or 51 miles)

  2. Gradings


    A linking section on the Stranraer to Dunbar long distance route.

  3. Gradings

    St.John's Town of Dalry

    This version includes a two mile off-road section.

  4. Gradings


    Enjoy bespoke cycling and mountain biking holidays through some of the most scenic countryside in Dumfries & Galloway.

  5. Gradings

    Dumfries and Surrounding Area

    This is the return part of the circular route - all on quiet roads.

  6. Lowther Hills Circular


    Cycle Routes



    A serious climb but plenty of descent.

  7. Drumlanrig Castle - Mountain Biking


    Mountain Bike Trails



    Welocme to Drumlanrig Castle - Mountain Biking

  8. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Kirroughtree has a great restaraunt and bike shop so you can fill up on great food before hiring a bike or using your own on the world renowned 7stanes Kirroughtree trails. Fantastic forest walks and amazing wildlife there to be discovered.

  9. Rik's Bike Shed


    Bike Shops & Hire



    Cycle Hire, Trails and Sales. Guiding and skills coaching. Repairs, upgrades and service on all bikes.

  10. Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre & Café


    Multi-activity Centre


    New Galloway

    Enjoy panoramic views of the loch and hills from the café or sit back for a spectacular celestial show after dark


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