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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. These Scottish castles are either real working castles or relics, so get lost in time. Starting out from Moffat you will find yourself immediately in the bends with a great little diversion onto the Greenhill Stairs road. Make sure your GPS device is turned off motorways so you can enjoy the parallel road – B7076 a two lane fast but quiet road. Just a few more miles on and you turn onto the Dalveen Pass. Riding Heaven! Not particularly challenging or extreme but some brilliant bends, twisties, highs and lows. Throw in some amazing scenery and you have got The Dalveen Pass in one.
After your visit to the amazing Drumlanrig Castle you will revel in the bends along the A76 for the next 10 to 15 miles.With some great roads all the way to Port Patrick a lovely little coastal village that attracts lots of bikers – for good reason. The start of the return leg takes you over some coastal roads through Kirkudbright (Pronounced CURCOULDBREE). The artist Town with all that the name implies. The last stretch through Dumfries, Caerlaverock Castle – a moated triangular castle first built in the 13th century and finally through the serene Lochmaben on some gentle country lanes all the way back to Moffat.
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On this route you have a couple of navigational choices to make. However, this route takes you through a number of towns with fuel stations.