Are you ready to explore the hidden corners of Dumfries and Galloway by bike?
If you want to know where to eat, drink and cycle in this great unsung region of Scotland, read on.
We loved cycling the roads with the legendary Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Queally MBE, and have combined our pro-cycling and foodie know-how into a handy guide for you to follow. With help from our friends at the Michelin Guide we’ve selected some of the best spots to drop in for a bite to eat, or to rest after a day in the saddle.
Have a read of the guide, download the Kamoot GPX cycle routes which we’ve carefully curated and then recreate a weekend of joyriding in Dumfries and Galloway.
FIND YOUR PERFECT JOYRIDE BY RETRACING OUR ROUTES BELOW
Dumfries and Galloway is a true haven for cycling nestled in the western Southern Uplands of Scotland. You will be struck by just how beautiful this unspoilt corner of Scotland is, and how quiet the roads are. It comprises the historic counties of Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire, and Wigtownshire which offer breath taking glens and sweeping valleys, making for some of the best riding you’re likely to find in the Scotland.
Discover the routes we rode on our LeBlanq Scotland joyride and check out our recommendations for dining and relaxing in the area.
— Alexander Turner, The Guardian
Retrace the routes and take in all the beauty of Dumfries and Galloway. We use Komoot to plot our rides, so you can export a GPX file for your device, or amend the start and finish as necessary.
HARD WORK DESERVES A REWARD.
INDULGE IN DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY'S FINEST RESTAURANTS.
Comfortably cosy, its warm, welcoming ambiance mingles with five centuries of history stacked up within the walls. Sit by the lounge bar inglenook and share a space once occupied by Rabbie Burns as he sheltered against winter’s icy blast.
Enjoy a delicious meal in the spacious dining area where you can watch talented chefs as they busily prepare a wide range of mouth-watering dishes mainly from healthy local Scottish produce.
The Inn has brought in chefs at the top of their profession to ensure the highest quality of cuisine that will tempt diners to return time after time.
"If the landscape doesn't take your breath away, the food will."
Chef Tony Pierce and the kitchen team at Knockinaam Lodge have one objective in mind each day and that is to please the guests. Tony has been doing just that at Knockinaam Lodge for 25 years and during that time has trained many young chefs in the traditional methods of great cooking. That starts with the choice of ingredients and Knockinaam are blessed with outstanding quality seafood and farm produce right on their doorstep, so the team have the pick of the crop and that includes fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs from their very own hotel garden
With 3 AA Rosettes comes an expectation of high standards and the team seek to live up to that every day. The menu is carefully designed by Tony and his chefs, who select the best raw ingredients from their trusted suppliers. It is then about adding the imagination to come up with a different menu each day that has guests waiting in anticipation.
Moffat is a town perfect for relaxing. There are a number of great walks within the town and local hills and the coast to coast Southern Upland way passes nearby. Within a few miles is the dramatic scenery of the Devil’s Beef Tub and the beauty of the Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve.
This small restaurant sits within the old drawing room of a hotel, Hartfell House.
The Limetree has been one of the top restaurants in South West Scotland for more than a decade, but it’s not ‘fine dining’ in the traditional sense. There is, however, consistent emphasis on the best quality ingredients, many sourced from the Moffat area and seasonal cooking. The Chef, Matt Seddon sums it up well:
“I cook what I like to eat – real food – big taste and flavour, no fuss.”
— Visit Scotland
"Ingenuity is our bread and butter."
Dunskey Estate uses only the finest, locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. Their accomplished head chef, Dave Alexander, has devoted his life to culinary adventures and excellence. He creates unbeatable bespoke menus, world-class cuisine, and a dining atmosphere where people come to explore and be delighted.
Dave hails from Michelin-star, 3AA Rosette kitchens. He cares deeply about using local and seasonal goodies, and is a champion of all the the excellent ingredients that Southwest Scotland has to offer.
And what better to accompany your meal than a pairing to complement each course, suggested by Dunskey Estate's in-house curator of wines and spirits.
DRINK IN THE BEAUTY OF SCOTLAND
Logan enjoys an almost subtropical climate and is Scotland's most exotic garden. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, plants from Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America and Southern Africa are able to thrive here.
The Garden dates back to 1869 and became Logan Botanic Garden in 1969 after it was gifted to the nation. It's a regional Garden of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and well worth a visit.
"Coffee is our passion – and we strive hard to bring the very best coffee to Dumfries. Our baristas are trained by Has Bean in Stafford – one of the best roasters in the UK."
If you're looking for a caffeine fix, then this locally owned speciality coffee shop is the place to head to. Listed in the Independent Coffee Guide, an insiders guide to the best coffee in the UK and Ireland, Kings coffee take enormous pride in the coffee they serve. Marvel at their latte art, or enjoy one of the interesting single origins that they search out for brewed coffee using pour-overs.
If you’re a coffee geek, you’ll feel right at home!
HANG YOUR BIKE UP AND MELT INTO RECOVERY MODE
Welcome to a truly hidden place. A place to be inspired, reflect, recharge and reconnect; where you will feel 'at home' whether you're travelling on your own or with a party of friends.
The luxury, award-winning five star hotel in Ayrshire, Scotland, provides an intimate level of service with genuine attention to detail. It has great beauty in its period furnishings and interiors as well as through the breathtaking gardens, forest, and the seascapes that surround that castle.
— The Telegraph
Portpatrick is a charming seaside fishing village set on Galloway's rugged coast – a peaceful and unspoiled corner of southern Scotland. From the hotel’s elevated location you can see the village below with classic white-washed cottages and harbour, and the nearby Killantringan Lighthouse marks another spectacular spot
The Portpatrick Hotel is set in a spectacular location, on the cliff tops amongst nine acres of grounds. The area is a haven for sports lovers and outdoor types with a wide range of activities available nearby such as golf at the nearby Dunskey Golf Club, birdwatching, walking and fishing.
The 12th century Dunskey Castle is just two miles away. The sprawling Logan Botanic Garden, famous for its palms, tree ferns, eucalyptus grove and walled garden is 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel. You can even cross the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland by ferry from the nearby Cairnryan Port on Loch Ryan.
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