Kirkpatrick C2C – Explorer Stage 1

Cycling Route

Kirkpatrick C2C – Explorer Stage 1


This first stage of the Kirkpatrick C2C takes you from the coastal town of Stranraer through the landscapes of the Rhins and Machar peninsulas before reaching the small market town of Newton Stewart on the banks of the River Cree.

Travel along mostly flat and undulating roads, passing through small settlements with coastal views as you begin your journey.

Take time in Stranraer to explore the town – home to the Gateway of Galloway and the famous Oyster Festival – before setting off. Especially keen cyclists might want to take an extra half day and start their ride in the seaside town of Portpatrick using the Portpatrick Spur.
From Stranraer, the Kirkpatrick C2C takes you past colourful gardens with views to the Isle of Man, and to the Valley of Luce, home to the 12th-century Glenluce Abbey. The route then takes you across the Machars peninsula, onto Scotland’s southernmost distillery at Bladnoch and the country’s National Book Town Wigtown. Soak up the atmosphere before setting off to Newton Stewart. Spend the night in this small market town surrounded by the Galloway hills, now famous for its salmon and trout fishing.

40mi / 64km
Total climb:
2,165ft / 660m
Total descent:
2,263ft / 690m
Towns along route:
Stranraer, Glenluce, Wigtown, Newton Stewart
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What you'll see


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.