Dumfries & Galloway a left turn just beyond the Lake District, the place where Scotland begins as you head north. A landscape of world class gravel where you can relax as time slows. 300 square miles of forest and more of empty moorland and coast waiting for you to explore.
We are the team behind Raiders Gravel Festival (see video below) - and have been featured by Cycling Weekly, Cycling Plus, Red Bull and Cycling UK and many of the top gravel bloggers - Markus Stitz, GuyKesTV and more.
Rides are guided, mostly double or single track, demanding at times with glorious views as payback. We tailor the days to your level of fitness and experience but we can adapt on the fly to make sure you get the most out of your time with us.
Coffee and cake are a must on every gravel ride, so we can show you how to make this special. There’s help and advice on equipment and navigation, and as a one time photographer, artist, farmer and wildlife ranger we have a wealth of knowledge and stories to share.
Bring your own bike - it can be a gravel or mountain bike, anything with 38mm tyres or above or rent from us. Let us know the sort of base distances and if you want to ride coast and tracks or forest fire road.
As featured in Red Bull’s 10 Best Gravel Trails in the UK and Cycling UK.
We partner with the best accommodation in the area - a minimum 2 nights stay and more. They offer secure bike storage with wash & lube and maintenance facilities.
This is a 2 night - 3 day guided tour, with Dinner (modern Scottish brasserie restaurant) and Bed & Breakfast
Arrival and welcome
Day 2 - Example
Starting in Galloway Forest - the classic route Clatteringshaws to Glentrool. The feel of Oregon in southern Scotland. A cafe at both ends and the darkest sky in the UK - remote riding in bothy country. Approx 40 miles
Day 3 - Example
A long loop into Galloway Forest & Dark Sky Park with mountain views and the best double track rides in Scotland. Glens, lochs and sandy beaches linked together to create the perfect gravel adventure, Flexible 30-60 miles
Day 4 - Example
Coastal ride linking tracks and spectacular clifftop paths with views across the Solway. Returning to Kirkcudbright through forest tracks overlooked by ancient hilltop forts. Approx 30 miles.
There is also the option to arrive early on Day 1 and do a loop, leaving Day 4 to relax in the morning to get ready for departure at your own time.
- Cliff rides along the Solway Coast
- Galloway National Forest
- Amazing network of double and single tracks routes
- Highland views and lochs
- Sustainable Tourism Experience
- Coffee outdoors / woodstove coffee
- GSA Unesco Biosphere & Unesco Dark Sky Park
- First class accommodation
- listed as Best 10 Gravel Rides in UK by RedBull
- Partner with Raiders Gravel Festival
- Half-board (breakfast and dinner)
- Bike rental
Food & drink
Our partner hotels are known for their delicious locally sourced food and the excellently cooked dishes. Prepared in a style of modern Scottish brasserie and Scottish gourmet it captures the land and vitality of Galloway.
Galloway also offers a few award winning producers of beer, cider, gin and whisky; all available in the hotels to experience.