Cycling in South West Scotland

Wigtownshire offers cyclists of all ages and abilities the opportunity to explore some of the regions richest and most diverse landscape - hilltops, forests & woods, farmland and coast.

Once off the A75, the road network in Galloway has relatively low volumes of traffic and there are miles of quiet roads to be enjoyed on two wheels.

National Cycle Route 7 passes through Newton Stewart.

World famous mountain biking trails are close to the cottage, at Kirroughtree and Glentrool. Big country riding, rolling hills, views to die for and mile upon mile of technical singletrack – it's all here.

More detailed suggestions are offered in leaflets such as "Cycling in Newton Stewart" and & "Cycling in and around Wigtownshire" available from the Tourist Information Centre.

Photograph of McMoab Photograph of the Kirroughtree 7Stanes Mountain Bike Trail Photograph of cyclists relaxing at Kirroughtree Visitors Centre Photograph of a cyclist on a 7Stanes Trail Photograph of cyclists on the Kirroughtree 7Stanes Trail

7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails

7Stanes LogoWhat are the 7stanes?  The 7stanes are a series of mountain bike centres in Forestry Commission Scotland forests in the Borders and Dumfries & Galloway: two of the trails, at Glentrool and Kirroughtree, are within 10 miles of Steading Cottage.

They're known as the 7stanes because each venue features a 'stane' (Scots for stone) somewhere in the forest. It might be at the start of the trails or it might be at the highest point - you'll have to wait and see!

© 7stanes information & photos are provided courtesy of Forestry Commission Scotland.

Kirroughtree 7 Stanes Mountain Bike Route

7stanes Kirroughtree Route Map4 forest trails for differing abilities just 5 miles from the cottage - Newton Stewart.

If you are looking for biking that caters for families through to experts, then Kirroughtree is a great place to go.

Kirroughtree Route

Glentrool 7 Stanes Mountain Bike Route

7stanes Glentrool Route MapGlentrool is located in the heart of Galloway Forest Park. It's a fascinating area rich in beauty and home to the south of Scotland's highest mountain – the magnificent Merrick.

Glentrool Route

Cycling the Machars

The Machars - the triangular area between Newton Stewart, Glenluce and the Isle of Whithorn, about 25 miles (40 km) in each direction - is a maze of minor roads on relatively flat terrain, with many fine views.

Four colour-coded signposted routes guide cyclists around this attractive area:

Yellow Route (25 miles/40km)
Northern Machars, visiting Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart & Wigtown

Orange Route (22 miles/35km)
Central eastern Machars, taking in Kirkinner, Garlieston, Sorbie, Whauphill, Bladnoch, & Wigtown.

Green Route (20 miles/32km)
Southwest Machars, passing through Mochrum, Port William, Monreith and Whithorn.

Red Route (17 miles/27km)
Southeast Machars overlooking Wigtown Bay, visiting the Isle of Whithorn, Sorbie and Whithorn.