SW Scotland Easter Cycle Epic Day 1 (The Solway Coast)

Road Cycling
Apr 15

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75 km (47 miles) - mostly flat / gentle terrain

The first leg of a four day trip from Carlisle to Glasgow the 'long way round'. Over 200 miles, taking in the delights of Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire. Much of the route will be on quiet minor roads or designated cycle paths, following part of the National Cycle Network Route 7.

Day 1 will take us from the historic border city of Carlisle through Gretna, the wedding capital of the UK, and along the northern shores of the Solway coast and the Nith estuary to the market town of Dumfries, once home to Scotland's national poet Robert Burns.

For maximum flexibility each day is planned as a separate event. Both Carlisle and Dumfries have easy rail access so Day 1 can, if wished, be easily done as a standalone day trip. If you are joining us for more than one of the days, you should make your own accommodation arrangements. The suggested accommodation for Friday evening is the Premier Inn located just to the east of Dumfries, but there are plenty of alternative options in the immediate area in or around Dumfries.

A map of the proposed route for day 1 can be found here.

Please sign up separately for the other legs of this epic trip: -

Day 2 (Dumfries - Newton Stewart)

Day 3 (Newton Stewart - Ayr)

Day 4 (Ayr - Glasgow)

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Photo Credits

Old Blacksmith's Shop, Gretna Green
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Alexander P Kapp - geograph.org.uk/p/573063

Caerlaverock Castle and Moat
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Archie Cochrane - geograph.org.uk/p/193737

River bridge, Annan
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Richard Dorrell - geograph.org.uk/p/3536087

High tide at Kingholm Quay
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Hugh Close - geograph.org.uk/p/3797282

Burns' Statue and Greyfriars Kirk, Dumfries
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Billy McCrorie - geograph.org.uk/p/4699083

Caerlaverock Castle and Moat
River Bridge, Annan
High tide at Kingholm Quay
Burns' Statue and Greyfriars Kirk, Dumfries
Caerlaverock Castle and Moat
River Bridge, Annan
High tide at Kingholm Quay
Burns' Statue and Greyfriars Kirk, Dumfries