Thornhill to Townhead Loop

Cycling Route

Thornhill to Townhead Loop

Cycling

Just outside of Thornhill is Cample and it’s interesting art centre Cample Line. From there you start climbing gently up to the edge of Ae Forest and the beautiful Loch Ettrick.

The route then takes you across the high plateaux with views of the Lowther Hills. These were so important for the mining of lead, silver and gold over many centuries. At the top of the climb, you will have stunning views back across the Nith Valley. Your loop closes with an exhilarating descent down to Thornhill. On your way down you have the option to do a little detour to the picturesque castle ruin - Morton Castle.

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Distance:
16.5mi / 27km
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Total climb:
1,443ft / 440m
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Total descent:
1,443ft / 440m
Towns along route:
Thornhill
Difficulty:
Moderate
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What you'll see

Thornhill

Towns & Villages

The town of Thornhill sits south of Sanquhar and north of Dumfries on the main A76 road.


Ae Forest - Ae Village

Parks & Gardens

The scenic Forest of Ae is located between Nithsdale and Annandale, with the first trees being planted in the 1920s.


Loch Ettrick - Thornhill

Nature & Animals

Loch Ettrick sits within the heart of the Forest of Ae, 7km east southeast of Thornhill. The loch is stocked with rainbow and blue trout.


Morton Castle - Morton Loch

History & Heritage

Discover one of Scotland’s most enigmatic castles: a rare hall-house standing in a location as breathtaking as it is remote.