What's the route?

The Strava route can be seen here UPDATED 31.05.18

We strongly recommend you download this route to your Garmin, mobile phone or similar device for use as sat. nav. should you get separated.

The route will not be marked so this, or carrying a map, is your only means of navigation.


Are there rest stops on the way?

Yes. Please see schedule;-

START Dock Park, Dumfries                                                                Depart 12:00


1. Dundrennan                          37.1 miles                        e.t.a. 14:20    depart 14:40


2. Kirroughtree                         34 - 71.1 miles                 e.t.a. 16:50    depart 17:20


3. Port William                         37.1 - 108.2 miles             e.t.a. 19:40    depart 20:00


4. Mull of Galloway                  37 - 145.2 miles               e.t.a. 22:20    depart 23:00 


5. Castle Kennedy                     28.9 - 174.1 miles            e.t.a. 00:50    depart 01:15


6. Girvan                                    30.9 - 205 miles               e.t.a. 03:15    depart 03:40


7. New Cumnock                       35.1 - 240.1 miles            e.t.a. 06:05    depart 06:30


8. Wanlockhead                         16.5 - 256.6 miles            e.t.a. 07:45    depart 08:30

9. Thornhill                                25 - 281.6 miles               e.t.a. 10:10    depart 10:30


FINISH Dock Park, Dumfries 19.1 / 44.1 - 300.7 miles  e.t.a. 11:40

 

Note - Whether or not rest stop 9 happens will be decided on the day, depending on how the wind blows.

 

 

Can you tell me more about the rest stops?

 

Start DG1 2PX

Cycle Law Scotland will have their marquee in Dock Park near the car park and Pizzeria Il Fiume for signing on. The car park is likely to be full and busy so please find suitable parking out-with the area and cycle to the start for 11:30am latest.

You are welcome to bring with you one SMALL carrier bag with night clothing and any food or drink etc. for the lead car to transport.

 

1 Dundrennan DG6 4QH

Crown & Anchor Tea Rooms will be offering bacon rolls discounted to cost price.

 

2 Kirroughtree DG8 7BE

The Cafe, located next door to the Break Pad bike shop, will be specially preparing for us suitable grub at a suitably discounted price.

The Creetown Silver Band will be providing free entertainment specially laid on for us.

 

3 Port William DG8 9QF

The View Cafe will be offering soup and sandwiches. They are going to open specially for us when otherwise they would be shut.

 

4 Mull of Galloway Lighthouse DG9 9HP

The Trust are welcoming us, sounding the fog horn, lighting the lighthouse beacon.

Gallie Craig Coffee Shop will be opening specially for us to provide food.

We will have the local African Drummers getting the party going!

 

5 Castle Kennedy DG9 8SF

Location is by the bus shelter on A75 / Hamilton Rd.

Free sandwiches, chocolate, milk and water courtesy of Cycle Law Scotland and Newton Stewart CO-OP.

 

6 Girvan KA26 9AJ

Location is in the harbour car park.

Free cake, sandwiches, chocolate, milk and water courtesy of Cycle Law Scotland and Newton Stewart CO-OP.

 

7 New Cumnock KA18 4NP

Location is A76 layby on R/H side at “Welcome to D&G” sign 3.4 miles S.E. of (i.e. after) the mini roundabout at New Cumnock.

Free sandwiches, chocolate, milk and water courtesy of Cycle Law Scotland and Newton Stewart CO-OP.

 

8 Wanlockhead ML12 6UT

The Lead Mining Museum Cafe will be opening specially for us when otherwise they would be shut.

C.H.A.S. Will be here to welcome us

 

9 Thornhill DG3 4BQ

Location is A702 layby on L/H side approx 1 mile S.W. of (i.e. after) Thornhill, just past Burnhead.

Free sandwiches, chocolate, milk and water courtesy of Cycle Law Scotland and Roan’s Dairy.

Whether or not we have this rest stop will be decided on the day.

 

Finish DG1 2PX

Cycle Law Scotland will have their marquee in Dock Park near the car park and Pizzeria Il Fiume, handing out free bidons etc to all who have completed.

Pizzeria Il Fiume have prepared a special menu for us so that we may celebrate our achievement and thank the volunteers and support crew before heading home. Friends and relatives welcome to join us.

The car park should be less busy than at the start.

 

 

What are the route directions?

 

L         TURN LEFT

R         TURN RIGHT 

S.A.    STRAIGHT AHEAD / ACROSS

>         SIGN POST

X         CROSS ROADS

O         ROUNDABOUT

T         T JUNCTION

S.T.R. SINGLE TRACK ROAD

 

STAGE 1 Dumfries - Dundrennan

          0 miles L out of Dock Park over bridge on A756

Miles     0.6     L onto A710 > Solway Coast

24.6     25      L @ Dalbeattie onto A711 over bridge

0.5      25.5    L @ traffic lights onto A711 > Auchencairn

11.6     37.1    Stop @ tearooms in Dundrennan on R opposite Abbey

 

STAGE 2 Dundrennan - Kirroughtree

          37.1    Continue A711 west

5.9      43      L @ Kirkcudbright onto A755 > Gatehouse of Fleet

0.6      43.6    On outskirts of Kirkcudbright L onto B727 > Borgue

8.6      52.2    L @ T onto A755 > Gatehouse

0.8      53      S.A. A75 onto B796 > Gatehouse

2.4      55.4    R @ The Ship Inn in Gatehouse onto B796 > Cairnsmore Nature Reserve

6.1      61.5    L > Creetown

5.2      66.7    R @ bottom of hill in Creetown past carpark & clock tower

 

0.9      67.6    CYCLISTS R onto cycle path >NCR7 - LOWEST GEAR!

(cycle path is smooth tarmac but has short sharp climb onto it. We hope to have farm gates left open for us)

 

1.2      67.9    VEHICLES R onto A75

1.8      69.5    VEHICLES R onto singletrack road by B&B just as A75 bears L at end of straight (just before Rowan Glen factory)

 

0.4      69.9    VEHICLES & CYCLISTS REJOIN & follow > NCR7 

0.9      70.8    L over bridge > NCR7

0.2      71      R @ X on other side of bridge

0.3      71.3    L into Kirroughtree Visitor Centre

 

STAGE 3 Kirroughtree - Port William

          71.3   R out of Visitor Centre

0.4      71.7   R onto A75 CAUTION CYCLISTS & SUPPORT VEHICLES TOGETHER

3.2      74.9   L @ O onto A714 > Wigtown

1.3      76.2   L @ row of houses > Carty Port

6.1      82.3   @ top of hill S.A. into Wigtown

0.1      82.4   L @ CO OP onto A714 > Port William

1.1      83.5   L @ Bladnoch Distillery onto A714 over bridge (becomes A746)

2.6      86.1   L fork onto B7004 > Garlieston

4        90.1   R @ petrol station onto B7004 

0.4      90.5   L onto B7004 > Whithorn

1        91.5   L onto B7063 @ end of stone wall

3.5      95     L onto B7063 > Isle of Whithorn

2.2      97.2   R onto B7004 @ Isle of Whithorn > Whithorn

1.5      98.7   S.A. on A747 > Port William

9.5      108.2  Arrive Port William. View Cafe modern building @ harbour on L

 

STAGE 4 Port William - Mull of Galloway

          108.2  L out of Cafe and continue on A747 N.W. along coast

8.8       117    L just past Cock Inn onto singletrack road

2         119    L @ T @ South Milton Farm downhill through Stairhaven towards Glenluce

3         122    L onto A75 > Stranraer CAUTION CYCLISTS & SUPPORT VEHICLES TOGETHER

0.6       122.6  L onto B7084 > Port Patrick & Drummore

3.5       126.1  L onto B7084 > Sandhead & Drummore

3.6       129.7  L onto A716 > Drummore

10        139.7  R @ T in Drummore > Mull of Galloway

0.2       139.9  L onto B7041 > Mull of Galloway. CLIMB HILL AT OWN PACE. REGROUP @ CAFE REST STOP

0.9       140.8  L onto B7041 > Mull of Galloway

1.2       142    L onto single track road > Mull of Galloway Visitor Attractions 3

3.2       145.2  Arrive Gallie Craig Cafe

 

STAGE 5 Mull of Galloway - Castle Kennedy

          145.2  Leave Cafe

3.2      147.7  R onto B7041

1.2       149    2nd L @ X (straight across) onto B7065 towards Port Logan (DO NOT go back down hill to Drummore)

4.4       153.4  R @ Port Logan Harbour

2         155.4  L onto A716 > Stranraer

1.4       156.8  @ Ardwell just before National Speed sign on exit turn L onto S.T.R. and continue past church

1.9       158.7  S.A. @ X

5.8       164.5  L onto B7042 > Port Patrick

1.6       166.1  R onto A77 > Stranraer

2.9       169    Enter Lochans and on L bend turn R by low concrete wall & white house gable ends onto B7077 > Drummore 

0.5       169.5  R onto A716 > Drummore

0.2       169.7  1st L @ white equestrian farm onto S.T.R.

4         173.7  R onto A75 into Castle Kennedy

0.4       174.1  Rest Stop on R by bus stop

 

STAGE 6 Castle Kennedy - Girvan

0.1       174.2  L @ Petrol Station > New Luce

5.6       179.8  L in New Luce > Barrhill

13.1     192.9  L in Barrhill onto A714 > Girvan

11.2     204.1  2nd exit @ O onto A77 into Girvan

0.4       204.5  L fork @ mini O onto A77

0.7      205.2  L @ T @ harbour into car park Rest Stop

 

STAGE 7 Girvan - New Cumnock

          205.2  Continue on A77 through Girvan towards Ayr

0.8       206    3rd Exit @ large O by Girvan Hospital onto B734 > Barr

          208.3  S.A. (Do not turn R on B734 to Barr)

          212    S.A. @ Dailly (road becomes B741)

9.7       215.7  R onto B741 > Straiton

4.2       219.9  R onto B7045 into Straiton > Newton Stewart

0.2       220.1  L onto B741 @ Black Bull pub > Dalmellington CLIMB HILL & DESCEND AT OWN PACE. REGROUP @ A713 Dalmellington

6.1       226.2  S.A. A713

0.3       226.5  R @ T

0.4       226.9  L @ T onto B741 heading N.E. towards New Cumnock

11.2     237.1  R @ mini O onto A76 through New Cumnock > Dumfries

3         240.1  Rest Stop large lay-by on R just before > “Welcome to D&G” Rest Stop is in a dip in the road and has grass between road and lay-by 

 

STAGE 8 New Cumnock - Wanlockhead

          240.1  Continue along A76 S.E.

3.3     242.6  R @ cemetery entering Kirkconnel > Kelloholm 1 1/4

4        246.6  S.A.

2.7     249.3  Over bridge R onto A76

0.5     250.3  Enter Mennock & turn L onto B797 > Wanlockhead CLIMB HILL AT OWN PACE. REGROUP @ Rest Stop

6.3      256.6  Enter Wanlockhead & turn L @ >30 Rest Stop Museum Cafe on R

 

STAGE 9 Wanlockhead - Thornhill

          256.6  Back onto B797 & continue to Leadhills

2         258.6  Enter Leadhills &  just past school turn R onto B7040 > Elvanfoot

4.8       263.4  R @ Elvanfoot onto A702 > Thornhill

15.5      278.9  L @ Carronbridge onto A76 > Thornhill

0.8       279.7  R onto B732 > Penpont

0.7       280.4  R onto A702 over bridge > Penpont

0.8       281.6  Rest Stop lay-bys on L & R just after Burnhead. Lay-by is beside sandstone egg sculpture on hillock top

 

STAGE 10 Thornhill - Dumfries

           281.6  Continue along A702

4         285.6  L onto S.T.R. by clump of trees heading S.

1        286.5  L onto B729 heading S.E. through Dunscore

8.2      294.7  R onto S.T.R. @ > “X REDUCE SPEED NOW” & bungalows on L

0.5      295.2  S.A. X

0.6      295.8  R @ T onto Irongray Rd 

0.1      295.9  L onto S.T.R.

1.1      297    L @ T & head E. on Terregles Rd, over A75 into Dumfries and continue R @ O @ car showroom

3        300    L onto A780 over bridge

0.2      300.2  R onto Whitesands A781

0.5      300.7  ARRIVE DOCK PARK - FINISH!

 

L         TURN LEFT

R         TURN RIGHT 

S.A.     STRAIGHT ACROSS / AHEAD

>          SIGN POST

X         CROSS ROADS

O         ROUNDABOUT

T         T JUNCTION

S.T.R. SINGLE TRACK ROAD

 

Lost? PANIC!

What happens if I have a problem en-route?

 

The ethos of this event is “a ride with your mates”. We ride in groups of up to 30 in a spirit of camaraderie and support and we have helpers and a professional mechanic in support vehicles who are volunteering to do what they can. 

We remind you though that in order to get as many as possible to the end within the 24 hour target there is a “No Waiting” policy. It is down to you to catch up at the next rest stop should you fall behind and we strongly recommend all riders buddy up so no one is left on their own.

We remind you also that there is no official broom wagon should you fail to complete the ride and that you are expected to be self sufficient and self reliant. We do what we can but it is a condition of entry that you are ultimately responsible for yourself.

We suggest you familiarise yourself with the various shortcuts, both between rest stops and also direct back to Dumfries, of which there are many.

As a last resort (and we sincerely hope it doesn’t come to this) please find below details of taxis and train stations along the route;-

 

 

TAXIS

 

McLeans (Dumfries) 01387 247474

Dumfries Taxis (Dumfries) 07784 920096

Neano.S (Dumfries) 07879 485427

Premier (Dumfries) 01387 250000

Barnhill (Dumfries) 07956 574773

Woodgrove (Dumfries) 07721 309537

Cairn (Dumfries) 01387 720720

Star (Dumfries) 01387 253336

K9 (Dumfries) 07986 670010

Nets (Dumfries) 07734 247258

Harr’s (Dumfries) 07880 887615

Irene’s Taxi (Dumfries) 07444 976734

Alba (Dumfries) 01387 247555

Billy’s (Dumfries) 07773 451505

Solway (Dumfries) 07833 682979

Cresswell (Dumfries) 01387 255139

J.A.W. (Dumfries) 07920 474892

Local Cabs (Dumfries) 01387 808111

Carrick (Dumfries) 07706 215888

 

Dowden’s (Dalbeattie) 01556 611098

Nickys (Kirkcudbright) 07397 874439

Allans (Kirkcudbright) 01557 331663

 

McLeans (Newton Stewart) 01671 404131

Marys Taxi (Newton Stewart) 01671 403035

 

McLeans (Stranraer) 01776 703343

Hornby’s (Stranraer) 07900 980021

A 2 B (Stranraer) 01776 700070

 

Joe’s (Girvan) 01645 713737

Jamies (Girvan) 01655 331221

Paddy’s (Girvan) 01465 710000

Scotts (Girvan) 01465 710777

Girvan (Girvan) 01465 715715

Four Four (Girvan) 01465 714444

 

Hub Cab (Sanquhar) 01659 50777

Murphy’s (Sanquhar) 01659 50538

Grierson’s (Sanquhar) 01659 67000

Key (Sanquhar) 01659 67176

 

 

TRAIN STATIONS

 

Dumfries

Stranraer

Barrhill

Girvan

New Cumnock

Kirkconnel

Sanquhar

ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY

major

Dumfries DG2 8RX (A75)

Ayr KA6 6DX (A713)

minor

Stranraer DG9 7HX

Girvan KA26 9HQ (A77)

 

IN THE EVENT YOU DO NOT COMPLETE THE RIDE TEXT US A.S.A.P.

 

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