You don’t have to go far for some mountain bike adventures when you stay at New Galloway Holiday Cottages. So if you prefer to explore on two-wheels, bring your bike along. Don’t worry – secure bike storage is provided.
Head west out of New Galloway past the golf course on the road along Loch Ken. After a few miles you’ll see The Raiders’ Road on the right (just before you get to Mossdale). There are a few different routes you can do around there.
If you’ve got young children with you, there’s a nice little three mile loop. It goes up past the Secret Cages, then left and down past Stroan Loch (a nice picnic spot). Then follow the track back to your starting point.
If you want to go a bit further, you can follow The Raiders’ Road all the way to the Queen’s Way. After you go past Otter Pool, you’ll come out on the road. Turn right and head past Clatteringshaws Loch (which has a lovely little cafe and some toilets) back to New Galloway. This route in total is about 15 miles.
If you hop in your car there’s more to choose from.
7stanes biking trail centres
Two internationally renowned 7Stanes mountain biking trail centres (which span the south of Scotland) are in easy reach.
Kirroughtree has routes suitable for all abilities. From the family-friendly green route to the blue route which is popular with beginners. Then there’s the black-graded – the ultimate route for more experienced and adventurous cyclists. Bike hire is available and there’s a nice little café with outdoor seating and a play area. Perfect for some well-deserved refreshments after your ride.
Glentrool is another favourite with families and adventurers in south-west Scotland. With routes from beginners through to a full on 58km.
There’s more …
Raiders Gravel is billed as an uniquely Scottish gravel adventure in the heart of the Galloway Forest Park. If you’re a serious cyclist looking to cover some miles during your holiday in Scotland, there are some amazing routes here.
Why stay in New Galloway?
Situated in the heart of the Galloway Forest, close to The Southern Upland Way, New Galloway has a thriving community and is the ideal holiday destination. Explore rural Scotland from countryside to coast, discover the lochs and the hills, harbours and market towns, castles, gardens, galleries and more. There’s so much to see and do here. You’ll want to return to this part of Scotland again and again!