Portpatrick – Corswall – Kirkcolm Loop

Cycling Route

Portpatrick – Corswall – Kirkcolm Loop


Beginning at the beautiful and bustling harbour town of Portpatrick, you climb away from town up onto the rolling farmland.

Then follow the B738 all the way to the North.

On your way you will pass Killantringan Lighthouse which is 1.5 miles down a single track road. Continue on the B738, pass Ervie and continue around the top. There will be then a left turn signposted to Corsewall which leads to the Corsewall Lighthouse, now the Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel overlooking the Irish Sea. You will see the last remains of Corsewall Castle in the fields.

Retrace your route back to the B738 follow the signs to Kirkcolm. It’s worth looking for the old early medieval stone in the churchyard: the Kilmorie Cross-slab with old Christian and Norse imagery. Then follow the signs for Stranraer where the ferry to Ireland used to sail from. Take the Old Military road back to Portpatrick to close your loop.

You could start at either town; both directions are fine.

35.5mi / 57.5km
Total climb:
2,624ft / 800m
Total descent:
2,624ft / 800m
Towns along route:
Kirkcolm, Stranraer
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What you'll see

Killantringan Lighthouse - Stranraer

Buildings, Historic Buildings, Monuments & Statues

Served as a waypoint in the North Channel of the Irish Sea, it became operational in 1900, and is a listed building.

Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel - Kirkholm, Stranraer


The Restaurant and Hotel are based in the Historic Lighthouse Keepers accomodation build in 1815 by the famous Sevenson Family.


Towns & Villages

Kirkcolm is a small village situated on the northern tip of the Rhinns of Galloway peninsula.


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,…