Cycling is one of the best ways to discover the South of Scotland, with a variety of trails and routes traversing Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders. At 250 miles, the Kirkpatrick C2C, South of Scotland’s Coast to Coast, is the jewel in the crown and one of the longest road cycling routes in the UK. Get ready to discover it for yourself this summer.

When will the Kirkpatrick C2C be launched?

The Kirkpatrick C2C, South of Scotland’s Coast to Coast, was unveiled digitally in July 2023, in time for the South of Scotland to welcome the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in August 2023.

Who is the route suitable for?

As the Kirkpatrick C2C, South of Scotland’s Coast to Coast is an on-road route, it is recommended for experienced cyclists comfortable on longer routes. The Kirkpatrick C2C follows along waymarked Sustrans routes and some sections will be on busier sections of road you should be a fairly confident road cyclist and ensure that your equipment is in good condition before setting off. If you’re not looking to take on the full route at once, it can also be tackled in shorter sections or local loops. 

Will there be information to help me plan my ride?

Absolutely. Once the route is officially launched, you will be able to find helpful information, accommodation, service points, attractions and more, as well as planning resources and more available on Scotland Starts Here.

What type of route can I expect?

The Kirkpatrick C2C, South of Scotland’s Coast to Coast, follows existing roads and Sustrans routes across the South of Scotland. You should be aware and confident sharing the local roads with other users, including motorised vehicles.

Will the Kirkpatrick C2C be fully signposted?

The initial launch of the Kirkpatrick C2C will be an online launch, making the full route information, including downloadable gpx files and maps, available. Signage will be in place for the start and end point of the route this summer, and the route will be fully signposted by Spring 2024.

Will there be suggested stop off points along the route?

Of course! You will be able to find a variety of suggested stop off points, including cafes, accommodation, attractions and other sights to help you make the most of the route.

Can I download a gpx file of the route?

Yes. The route is available in a gpx format that can be used on most cycling navigation apps and devices. You can download files for the Explorer and Challenge Routes, as well as the route spurs to Portpatrick, Galashiels and Duns.

What if I run into mechanical problems while on the route?

Scotland Starts Here will feature information on local services and repair stations to help you be prepared. You can already check our Tours & Services section for some of the options available in the South of Scotland.