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Cycle lanes and routes

With over 450 miles (724 km) of signposted routes across the region, from the KM Trail to the National Cycle Network, cyclists are spoilt for choice.

We also have around 40 miles (64 km) of off road paths, which are some of the best in the country, set amid spectacular scenery. If you're looking for exhilarating action, try one of the many off-road trails or mountain bike centres at locations such as Ae Forest, Mabie Forest, Dalbeattie and Galloway Forest Park.

The National Cycle Network

A network of safe and attractive places to cycle and walk throughout the UK. There are over 10,000 miles of signed routes putting 75% of the UK population within 2 miles of the Network. There are two existing routes of National Cycle Network in Dumfries and Galloway:

National Cycle Route 7 runs from Carlisle to Inverness. In Dumfries & Galloway it covers 114 miles, passing through the main communities of Gretna Green, Annan, Dumfries, Castle Douglas (Scotland's Food Town), Kirkcudbright (Scotland's Artists' Town), Gatehouse of Fleet, Newton Stewart and a variety of visitor attractions.

National Cycle Route 74 runs for 44 miles and connects Route 7 to South Lanarkshire along quiet roads adjacent to the A74(M) motorway. It links to the Southern Upland Way, Britain's first coast to coast long distance footpath.

A further National Cycle Route (Route 73) is proposed to link National Cycle Route 7 at Newton Stewart with the National Cycle Network in Northern Ireland via the ferry terminals at Stranraer / Cairnryan. The route will pass through Wigtown (Scotland's Book Town).

The National Byway

The National Byway is a signed network or rural lanes and roads, reaching into the heart of British Heritage. With sections already established in England, the National Byway is expanding into Scotland.

The Byway runs for 194 miles (312 km) in Dumfries & Galloway, in places sharing with the National Cycle Network and KM Trail, taking in attractive countryside, heritage sites and places of interests. The Byway passes through Langholm, Lockerbie, Ecclefechan, Annan, Dumfries, Moniaive, St John's Town of Dalry, Clatteringshaws and Newton Stewart, before following National Cycle Route 7 to the border with South Aryshire.

KM Trail

The KM Trail takes its name from the inventor of the pedal bicycle, Kirkpatrick Macmillan (1813 - 78). This route runs between Dumfries and Drumlanrig Castle and Country Park, home to the Museum of Cycling.

Constructed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the pedal bicycle in 1990, the KM Trail passes through Keir Mill, the birthplace of the first bicycle. The Route takes cyclists by bridge over the River Nith, through Newbridge and along gently undulating roads to the settlements of Throughgate, Dunscore and Keir Mill.

Caledonian Cycle Route

The Caledonian runs between Locharbriggs and Dumfries Town Centre, through Heathhall, with links to Locharbriggs Primary School. Lochthorn Library and Dumfries Railway Station. It also provides route from Dumfries to the countryside surrounding Ae.

Local Cycle Route 10

Runs from the northern end of the Caledonain Cycleway on minor roads and forest roads to Beattock and Moffat creating a link between NCR7 Dumfries to NCR74 at Beattock.

Local Cycle Route 11

Is a circular route from Annan along the eastern side of the route a link has been created between NCR7 at Annan to NCR74 near Eaglesfield.

TC Glenkiln Loop

The circular route from Dumfries goes round Glenklin Reservoir and on route passes sculptures by Henry Moore, Sir Jacob Epstein and Auguste Rodin.

The Machars

The low lying landscape of the Machars peninsula in Galloway is ideal for cycling. Four colour-coded signposted routes take cyclists around this attractive and varied area, which is rich in scenery, history, culture and wildlife.

  • Yellow Route (25 miles/40km)
    Through northern Machars, visiting Kirkcowan, Bladnoch and Wigtown
  • Orange Route (22 miles/35km)
    Explores the central eastern Machars, taking in Kirkinner, Garlieston, Sorbie, Whauphill, Bladnoch, and Wigtown.
  • Green Route (20 miles/32km)
    Around southwest Machars, passing through Mochrum, Port William, Monreith and Whithorn.
  • Red Route (17 miles/27km)
    Revealing the countryside of the southeast Machars overlooking Wigtwon Bay, visiting the Isle of Whithorn, Sorbie and Whithorn.

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