Solway Coast 200

Cycling Route

Solway Coast 200

Cycling

A linear route with the wind mostly at your back. From the most Southerly tip of Scotland, the Mull of Galloway, to the Border with England at Gretna Green.

A fascinating journey along the Solway Coast. A ride through early prehistoric settlers, the earliest Christian movements in the whole of Scotland, cultures and language influenced by the Norse, the Irish, the Scots, the English. A region with outstanding food, culture, music, art and very welcoming people. This coast has been fought over and raided by everyone from the Romans, Vikings, Pirates and smugglers and everyone left their mark. Impressive castles, abbeys, crosses and standing stones. It is the land people left to find a better life and where religion and the Southern Clearances shaped the landscape. People here have time, and if you talk to the locals, they will happily tell you all the stories of actors and actresses, musicians, writers, philosophers, scientists and politicians that have visited and live(d) here. Best of all - 200 miles of rural, quiet roads and lanes to ride.

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Distance:
195mi / 313.5km
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Total climb:
10,660ft / 3,250m
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Total descent:
11,185ft / 3,410m
Towns along route:
Sandhead, Wigtown, Castle Douglas, Laurieston, Kirkcudbright, Dundrennan, Kippford, Gretna
Difficulty:
Challenge
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What you'll see

Kirkmaiden Old Kirk - Stranraer

Religious Buildings

Built in1638 to replace St Catherine’s at the Mull of Galloway, Kirkmaiden Old Kirk lies in the most southerly parish in Scotland on Core Hill,…


Sandhead

Towns & Villages

Sandhead is situated on the Luce Bay coast of the Rhins of Galloway. It is a popular destination due to its white sandy beach.


Glenluce Abbey - Wigtownshire

Early Christian, Religious Buildings, Ruins

Due to access restrictions in place, there is currently no visitor access to the castle.


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.


White Loch of Myrton - Port William

Ancient, Castles & Stately Homes, Ruins

The White Loch, believed to be magical, is part of the Monreith Estate, owned by the Maxwells since the 17th Century. It is the site…


St Ninian’s Chapel - Isle of Whithorn

Early Christian, Religious Buildings, Ruins

Built in the 12th Century, this was most probably a reception chapel, built to receive pilgrims arriving by sea.


Cruggleton Castle - Newton Stewart

Ruins

Cruggleton Castle sits on Cruggleton Point, around 4.5 kilometres east of Whithorn.


Wigtown

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.


Wigtown Museum - Wigtown

Buildings, Historic Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Museums & Exhibitions

The Wigtown museum tells the story of the Burgh and various items of Wigtown memorabilia are on display.


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.


Laurieston

Towns & Villages

Laurieston is a small but pictuesque village, 6 miles north west of Castle Douglas. It is well known for 'The Gallery at Laurieston'.


Kirkcudbright

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…


Dundrennan

Towns & Villages

Dundrennan is a village approximately 5 miles east of Kirkcudbright with a population of around 230. It is most notable for the ruins of Dundrennan…


Kippford

Towns & Villages

Kippford developed as a ship building centre serving the fleet of ships transporting goods to and from the ports of the River Urr.


Sweetheart Abbey - Dumfries

Early Christian, Religious Buildings, Ruins

Due to access restrictions in place, there is currently only access to the cloister.


Dumfries Museum - Dumfries

Museums & Exhibitions

A treasure house of history in Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries Museum tells the story of the land and people of the region.


Ruthwell Cross - Ruthwell

Early Christian

One of the largest surviving pieces of Anglo-Saxon sculpture, the Ruthwell Cross was erected in the early 700s – then part of the Kingdom of…


Annan Museum - Annan

Museums & Exhibitions

A family friendly museum housing a permanent exhibition on the history of Annan and the surrounding area as well as a varied programme of temporary…


Gretna

Towns & Villages

Gretna is a planned town built during the First World War, situated on the Scottish side of the border with England.