Newton Stewart to Wigtown via Isle of Whithorn

Cycling Route

Newton Stewart to Wigtown via Isle of Whithorn


Apart from some extraordinary landscapes and stunning photogenic scenery, there are the marks of history and culture all along this route.

You might want to choose the direction of your ride wisely - the wind is mostly SW in summer!
Set off from Newton Stewart on the well signed Bike Route 73 to Wigtown. You might want to have a quick look at the Martyr's Stake just before you enter the town. If you can drag yourself past the cafes and bookshops, go straight through the town on the A733. You will soon come to the Standing Stones at Torhouse. Beyond, the route goes through Spittal and the turns left along the B7052. On this stretch, approx half way, is a very unusual Standing Stone in the field to your left, called the Crow Stone, or Hole Stone - very much worth a visit. After your next right turn you head towards the coast - a steady climb, and a descent to the Solway Coast.
This is the area where Tarka the Otter was written by Gavin Maxwell. Head towards Port William, Monreith, Glasserton and Isle of Whithorn. Note, you will pass Chapel Finian, St. Ninian’s Cave, still a place of pilgrimage and reverence. From Isle of Whithorn it’s the coast road via Garlieston (test site for Mulberry Harbours for WW2) and further on Bladnoch (Bladnoch Distillery) and Wigtown again ( this time you can stop! ), to retrace your route then back to Newton Stewart.
Cafes/Food/Shop: Newton Stewart, Wigtown, Port Willian, Isle of Whithorn, Garlieston, Bladnoch.

64mi / 103km
Total climb:
2,362ft / 720m
Total descent:
2,493ft / 760m
Towns along route:
Wigtown, Monreith, Port William
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What you'll see

Mochrum Loch - Mochrum

Animals & Wildlife

Mochrum Loch is a large freshwater loch, approximately 8 miles west of the town of Wigtown.

Wigtown Martyr's Stake - Wigtown

Historic Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Monuments & Statues

This monument to the east of Wigtown and was erected in 1858 to commemorate The Wigtown Martyrs, Margaret Maclauchlan and Margaret Wilson.


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.

Isle of Whithorn Castle - Isle of Whithorn

Buildings, Historic Buildings, Monuments & Statues

One of the last tower houses to be built in Scotland, a date-stone gives the name of the builders, Patrick Houston and his wife Margaret…


Towns & Villages

Monreith is a small seaside village in the Machars, 2.5 miles south of Port William.

Port William

Towns & Villages

Port William is a small fishing village, founded by Sir William Maxwell of Monreith in 1770.

Chapel Finian - Near Port William

Early Christian, Ruins

Walk in the footsteps of early Christian pilgrims at this ruined chapel, named for St Columba’s tutor.