Coast-to-Coast Border Raid and return Border Loop Gravel Routes


Welcome to not one, but two Coast-to-Coast Gravel Routes which share the same end points and so can be ridden as a loop. The Border Raid and Border Loop wind their way along a stunning combination of back lanes and off road gravel tracks through the remote and breathtakingly beautiful Scotland - England Border Region. They are perfect for both credit card tourers and wild camping bike packers alike on Gravel Bikes or similar. The skinny tyred road cyclists amongst you are better catered for with our highly successful,  extremely popular and much enjoyed South West 300 all-road route.


Please find on the following pages the routes split into suggested daily rides with useful information and a list of accommodation for you to tailor to your requirements.


Please contact us to request FREE route downloads for navigation on your Smartphone, Garmin, Wahoo or similar device.

The intention of this website is to provide you with help. With charities being particularly badly hit during these Covid Pandemic times, please donate to Children’s Hospices Across Scotland. You'll then support the charitable ethos and help others by choosing to either ride the route to raise money for charity or to make a small donation yourself as a thanks for this site and route. All donations are gratefully appreciated. We are in no way affiliated with C.H.A.S. or benefit in any way (other than getting a warm fuzzy feeling from supporting a great cause) from donations. Donations can be made through this link;-




or in memory of Julie;-




Better still take this on as a challenge and receive sponsorship for these or your own charities.

Please let us know if you ride it and feel free to give feedback, good or bad, particularly if you have ridden the route. Want a certificate to honour your achievement at completing the Border Raid or Loop? Send an email with your name and evidence of a charity donation and we will gladly send you one. Happy pedalling!

As a keen cyclist the compiler of this website, Nipper Varney, has ridden all-round the U.K. and beyond. To him there is no better place in Britain for cycling than Dumfries & Galloway and The Borders, a hidden gem begging to be explored. 

He has clocked up to 18,000 miles a year of sheer pleasure riding along its traffic free back lanes through absolutely stunning scenery talking to the coos and mostly on bikes he has made himself. 

Beware! An outsider, he ventured here on a sunny holiday over half a lifetime ago, fell in love, upped sticks and moved here. The sun has shone at least some of the time since and when it does this area really is truly magical: indeed cycling heaven!