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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 - Allo Allo
You will find photo opportunities right from the start and everywhere along the way. You will find Glens, Cleuchs and Valleys. You will see people panning for real gold on warm days. You will find many miles of rolling hills and meandering rivers. You will not find much traffic but you will find open spaces and be able to taste the feeling of being one with your motorcycle. This is a cracking route which is a comfortable full day’s ride with still time to take photos, lunch and tea without being pressured.

Approximate distance: 169 miles (272 km)
Approximate duration: 4 Hours 23 Minutes
Route 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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
Route 8 - Tuned into Scotland
This route starts from the parking at the Gretna Outlet Village and takes you on a full good days ride as an introduction to the beauty of riding in Scotland. We have taken you on a journey of quiet (traffic - that is) roads with some truly scenic highlights!

Approximate distance: 222 miles (357 km)
Approximate duration: 6 Hours 42 Minutes


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

Alexander Guest House

Alexander Guest House, Glasgow Road, 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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Creebridge House Hotel

Creebridge, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 6NP 01671402121

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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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Greens at Gretna

Glasgow Road, Gretna, DG16 5FG +44 (0)1461 337621

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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, Eastgate, Moffat, DG10 9AE 01683 220001

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Lochhouse Farm Retreat

Beattock, Moffat, DG10 9SG 01683 300451

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McMurdoston House

Self Catering, Bed & Breakfast, Auldgirth, Dumfries & Galloway, DG2 0JX 01387 740200 or 07906 023946

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No. 29 Well Street B&B

29 Well Street, Moffat, DG10 9DP 01683 221905

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Queensberry House

12 Beechgrove, Moffat, DG10 9RS 01683 478341

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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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Summerlea House B&B

Eastgate, Moffat, DG10 9AB 01683 221471

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The Bruce Hotel

88 Queen Street, Newton Stewart, DG86JL 01671 402294

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The Gables Hotel & Restaurant

1 Annan Road, Gretna, DG16 5DQ +44 (0)1461 338300

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The Star Hotel

18 Main Street, Twynholm, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4NT 01557 860279

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Whitecairn Holiday Park

Whitecairn Holiday Park, Glenluce, DG8 0NZ 01581 300267

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