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Nov
11

Cycle to Scotland's Southern Tip (Dumfries & Galloway) (38289)

Event Overview

Jump on a train or ferry to Stranraer and join us for day's road cycling as we explorer the Rhinns of Galloway - a hammer-head shaped peninsula at the SW corner of Scotland.

From Stranraer we cycle via Portpatrick and Port Logan to the Mull of Galloway, the most southerly point in Scotland. If conditions are clear, we can enjoy superb views of the Isle of Man (as can be seen in the main event photo - just over 20 miles away), and enjoy some refreshments at the cliff-top café. Our return route to Stranraer will take us up the more direct eastern side of the peninsula through Sandhead.

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Jump on a train or ferry to Stranraer and join us for day's road cycling as we explorer the Rhinns of Galloway - a hammer-head shaped peninsula at the SW corner of Scotland.

From Stranraer we cycle via Portpatrick and Port Logan to the Mull of Galloway, the most southerly point in Scotland. If conditions are clear, we can enjoy superb views of the Isle of Man (as can be seen in the main event photo - just over 20 miles away), and enjoy some refreshments at the cliff-top café. Our return route to Stranraer will take us up the more direct eastern side of the peninsula through Sandhead.

The ride is mostly on minor or quieter A or B class roads. There are a number of short hills, but no prolonged climbs. The total distance planned for the ride is around 52 miles and it is best suited to road bikes.

Although the site may not permit double booking, this event is also open to participants attending the Castle of Park weekend at nearby Glenluce.

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What to bring

Apart from your bike remember the following:.

  1. Puncture repair kit (or better still a spare inner tube) and tyre levers. Also any special tools that your bike needs.
  2. Food - bring small snacks such as chocolate bars and energy foods.
  3. A cycling bottle attached to your bike and plenty of water (minimum 2lts)
  4. Eye protection - impact from a bee, grit or even a fly at speed is extremely unpleasant, sunglasses may do if not made of glass and not too shaded.
  5. Clothing: choose suitable clothes and footwear for the weather forecast and time of year. You will be exercising so lightweight layered clothing is best. Shorts are best even in rain, as they allow free movement of your legs. Jeans are useless if it rains but tracksuit bottoms need to be not too baggy or they may snag in the chain and cause an accident. You'll need trainers or similar with grippy soles for standard pedals.
  6. Cyclist's Helmet - Outdoorlads policy asks you to wear a helmet events.
  7. Bag you will need a small day-sack (or panniers on your own bike) to carry essential clothing, water and an emergency snack.

Food & Drink

It is planned to include a lunch stop at a café and there will be shops at a few points on the route where you can buy food. However as the route is mostly rural it would be a good idea to carry some spare food and plenty of water.

Meeting & Times

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Getting to the Event

By Train

Catch the 08.07 from Glasgow Central, arriving at Stranraer at 10.49 (N.B. if you miss it you can catch a slightly later fast service to Ayr and change there to connect with the same service). Bikes are carried free of charge, but spaces are limited to 6 per train and availble on a first come basis. Return services from Stranraer run roughly every two hours until 21.00.

By Ferry

If you fancy hopping over from Northern Ireland for this ride, you can catch either the 07.30 sailing from Belfast (arriving Cairnryan at 09.52) or the 07.30 sailing from Larne (arriving Cairnryan at 09.30). Return sailings depart at 19.00 (to Belfast) or 20.00 (to Larne). Cairnryan ferry terminal is approximately six miles from Stranraer.

By Car

Follow the M77 then A77 from Glasgow to reach Stranraer. There is no parking at the station, but there are car parks and on street parking in the nearby town centre.

From Castle of Park

If you are booked on the Castle of Park weekend at nearby Glenluce it is roughly a 10 mile drive or cycle (along the A75) to reach Stranraer should you wish to join us for this ride.


Event Reference No:
38289