Lochs and Glens South

Each summer, Sarah and I, along with some of our friends from Stockport Community Cycling Club, undertake a week long cycle tour. For 2017 this was Lochs and Glens South. This year the team comprised of Andy P, Sarah, Andy S, Neil, Des, Ian and Tracey.

Previous group summer tours have included Wainwright Coast-to-Coast, Wales Coast-to-Coast – Lon Las Cymru, Coast and Castles South, Pennine Cycleway, End-to-End (JOGLE), and Celtic Trail.

Lochs and Glens South starts in the historic city of Carlisle. National Cycle Route 7 takes you out of the city in a north-westerly direction. The route then follows minor roads to Gretna Green, Annan and Dumfries. There are good views over the Solway Firth. From Dumfries, the route makes its way to Castle Douglas and then on to Newton Stewart. Here the route takes in the more remote country of the Galloway Forest Park before eventually heading through Maybole and along the Ayrshire Coast. Ayr, Prestwick, Troon and Kilbirnie, and an excellent cycle track along an old railway line to Paisley. Finally, passing through parks, along river banks, cycle tracks and quiet urban roads to the finish at Bell’s Bridge on the Clyde in the heart of Glasgow.

The team at the start in Carlisle
At the finish in Glasgow

You can follow our Lochs and Glens South adventures by clicking on the links below:

Lochs and Glens South Itinerary
Day 1 – Carlisle to Annan
Day 2 – Annan to Castle Douglas
Day 3 – Castle Douglas to Newton Stewart
Day 4 – Newton Stewart to Ayr
Day 5 – Ayr to Dalgarven
Day 6 – Dalgarven to Glasgow

You can also view the full Lochs and Glens South route below: