Kirkpatrick C2C – Challenge Stage 2

Cycling Route

Kirkpatrick C2C – Challenge Stage 2


Take on the 69 miles on the Challenge approach to the Kirkpatrick C2C with this second stage of the route.

This section will take you inland from Kirkcudbright, through Castle Douglas, Dumfries and up a series of intense climbs before reaching Langholm.

Take some time to explore Kirkcudbright and its sights, including the many local galleries, distillery and Dark Space Planetarium. The next stretch of the route takes you inland again, first towards the Food Town of Castle Douglas with its many producers and eateries, then on to Dumfries, The Queen of the South. The town is especially known for its many connections to Robert Burns, who lived here in the 1790s. The Burns Trail connects several sights, including his home, favourite howff and final resting place, while Moat Brae celebrates the town’s other literary connection: Peter Pan author J M Barrie. From Dumfries, the route takes you to Lockerbie, and past Lochmaben Castle, where the scenery begins to change. Prepare for a number of steep ascents to reach the ‘Muckle Toon’ – Langholm. Stay the night and explore this town in the valley of the River Esk, and its many stories.

71mi / 114.5km
Total climb:
5,215ft / 1,590m
Total descent:
4,986ft / 1,520m
Towns along route:
Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Dumfries, Lockerbie, Langholm
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What you'll see


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…

Castle Douglas

Towns & Villages

Castle Douglas is an 18th century market town and is the perfect destination for food lovers, nature lovers and history lovers alike.


Towns & Villages

The town of Dumfries is set along the banks of the River Nith and is the largest town in South West Scotland.


Towns & Villages

Lockerbie is a small market town north of the Scottish Border.


Towns & Villages

Visitors’ first taste of Scotland along the A7, Langholm doesn’t disappoint. Circled by hills, the “Muckle Toon” boasts historic gems and many outdoor pursuits.