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South West Scotland

The huge area of South West Scotland is the motorcyclists little secret.

Often neglected in a bid to get to the North, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway, along with the Scottish Borders, is the first port of call in Scotland.  Wide open and remote spaces.  Hundreds of miles of quiet roads.  Stunning scenery and awesome roads!  Repeat – awesome roads and stunning scenery.


Route 1 - A Taste Of Galloway
This route gives you a taste of two halves, from Moffat to Portpatrick and back. You have a half that takes you along good back roads, through passes and forests to Portpatrick. Whilst the other half is a more direct route on a good A Road (A75). Portpatrick is on everybody’s list of beautiful coastal villages.

Approximate distance: 214 miles (344 km)
Approximate duration: 5 Hours 39 Minutes
Route 2 - Burns Country Run
Re-live the steps of Robert Burns in this route which takes you between Ayrshire and Dumfriesshire. On the way the route will vary in road type so go at your own pace.

Approximate distance: 162 miles (261 km)
Approximate duration: 4 Hours 36 Minutes
Route 3 - Galloway Quickie
This is a great route if you do not have a lot of time to spend in the area. The Galloway Quickie will give you a taster of what this region has to offer and will have you back exploring the rest of the countryside in the area.

Approximate distance: 121 miles (194 km)
Approximate duration: 3 Hours 18 Minutes
Route 4 - Scottish Castles Route
The Scottish Castles route is the full monty – exploring the full extent of the Galloway region. See the rolling hills and stunning scenery with a little history thrown in if it takes your fancy.

Approximate distance: 252 miles (405 km)
Approximate duration: 6 hour 50 minutes
Route 5 - Southwest Coastal Route
Starting off with a fantastic pass you will head West to the sea and will literally hug the coastline through the whole Dumfriesshire region. Photo opportunities abound! Surprisingly this route is relatively unknown (long may it last) so enjoy the beauty along with the relative quiet.

Approximate distance: 307 miles (494 km)
Approximate duration: 9 Hours 3 Minutes
Route 6 - The Bruce Run
This route takes you through Robert The Bruce territory and into the centre of the Galloway Forest to Glentrool. An area that Robert The Bruce camped at in 1307. From Bruce's stane (stone) you get a magnificent 360 Degree view of the area.

Approximate distance: 165 miles (266 km)
Approximate duration: 4 Hours 32 Minutes


Below is accommodation available in South West Scotland, all tried and tested by local bikers.

Alexander Guest House

Alexander Guest House, Gretna Green, DG16 5DU 01461337056 / 07971698840

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Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel

112 Drumlanrig Street, Thornhill, DG3 5LU 01848 323101

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Buccleuch Arms Hotel

High Street, Moffat, DG10 9ET 01683 220003

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Eskdale Hotel

Market Place, Langholm, DG13 0JH +441387 380357

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Fernhill Hotel

Heugh Road, Portpatrick, DG9 8TD 01776 810 220

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Ken Bridge Hotel

New Galloway, DG7 3PR 01644 420211

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Kings Arms Hotel

31-33 St Andrews Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1EL 01556 502626

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Limetree Guest House

Limetree Guest House, Moffat, DG10 9AE 01683 220001

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Lochhouse Farm Retreat

Beattock, Moffat, DG10 9SG 01683 300451

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No. 29 Well Street B&B

29 Well Street, Moffat, DG10 9DP 01683 221905

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Rickwood House Hotel

Heugh Road, Portpatrick, DG9 8TD 01776 810270

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Selkirk Arms Hotel

High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG 01557 330402

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The Bruce Hotel

88 Queen Street, Newton Stewart, DG86JL 01671 402294

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The Queens Hotel

Old Annan Road, Lockerbie, DG11 2Rb 01576 202415

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The Star Hotel

18 Main Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4NT 01557 860279

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