Kirkpatrick C2C – Challenge Stage 1

Cycling Route

Kirkpatrick C2C – Challenge Stage 1


Take on the 74 miles on the Challenge approach to the Kirkpatrick C2C with this first stage of the route.

Follow along surfaced roads from the coastal town of Stranraer to the colourful Artists’ Town of Kirkcudbright.

Before setting off, take the time to explore Stranraer, the gateway to the Rhins of Galloway, with its medieval castle and variety of shops. Not far from the town are Glenwhan Gardens with stunning views to the Isle of Man; coastal views will accompany cyclists for much of this first stretch of the route. Make your way from the hammerhead peninsula of the Rhins across the Machars peninsula to Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town. Browse the wide range of independent bookshops or pay a visit to the country’s southernmost distillery, Bladnoch. Travel onwards to the small town of Newton Stewart and then to Creetown, with its award-winning Gem Rock Museum. From here the route takes you inland, to Gatehouse of Fleet. Now popular with walkers and cyclists alike, it was a thriving industrial centre in the past and this story is told in the Mill on the Fleet. Arrive into Kirkcudbright for your first overnight stay. Known as the Artists’ Town for attracting Scottish artists like EA Hornel and Jessie M King, Kirkcudbright continues to attract artists today, and is also known for its colourful blend of medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings.

74mi / 119km
Total climb:
4,494ft / 1,370m
Total descent:
4,658ft / 1,420m
Towns along route:
Stranraer, Glenluce, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, Creetown, Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbright
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What you'll see

Kirkpatrick MacMillan Bike - Stranraer

Road Cycling

The sculpture of Kirkpatrick MacMillan's Velocipede marks the start point of the Kirkpatrick C2C, South of Scotland's 250-mile coast to coast cycle route.


Towns & Villages

Stranraer lies on the southern shore of Loch Ryan. The largest town in Galloway, it’s becoming known as a hub for events, walking & cycling,…


Towns & Villages

The rural village of Glenluce is situated 15 miles west of Newton Stewart, by the Water of Luce.


Towns & Villages

Wigtown is a bustling town seven miles south of Newton Stewart, on the Machars peninsula. It is recognised as Scotland's National Book Town.

Newton Stewart

Towns & Villages

Newton Stewart is a small market town on the banks of the River Cree, surrounded by the Galloway Hills.


Towns & Villages

Creetown is a small seaside town located near the head of Wigtown Bay. Founded in the 18th century, it is a former fishing village.

Gatehouse of Fleet

Towns & Villages

Gatehouse of Fleet is a scenic town which has existed since the mid-18th century.


Towns & Villages

Kirkcudbright is thought to have begun in the 12th century as a naval base for the Lords of Galloway. It was the county town for…