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Article published 11/05/2023

Experienced cyclists in search of an exhilarating new challenge are in for a real treat this summer when the UK’s newest coast to coast cycle route is officially launched in the South of Scotland.

Project partners behind the eagerly-anticipated Kirkpatrick C2C, South of Scotland’s Coast to Coast unveiled details of the route itself, from Stranraer in the west to Eyemouth on Scotland’s southeast coast. Tourism businesses along the route are busy making preparations to welcome new visitors to the region.

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The route is named after Kirkpatrick Macmillan, the 19th century Dumfriesshire blacksmith who invented the first pedal-driven velocipede pictured

Find out more about the routes

There are two recommended ways of tackling the Kirkpatrick C2C, depending on how much time riders choose to spend cycling each day and/or how long they plan to spend discovering the area around the route.

The Explorer Route takes cyclists across the country in eight stages, with daily cycling distances varying from 21 miles (Newcastleton to Hawick) to 51 miles (Dumfries to Newcastleton).

Meanwhile, the Challenge Route can be done over four days, starting with a 74-mile stretch from Stranraer to the charming artists’ town of Kirkcudbright and finishing with a 59-mile ride from Selkirk to Eyemouth.


Explorer Route

  • Stranraer – Newton Stewart – 39 miles

  • Newton Stewart – Kirkcudbright – 35 miles

  • Kirkcudbright – Dumfries – 28 miles

  • Dumfries – Newcastleton – 51 miles

  • Newcastleton – Hawick – 21 miles

  • Hawick – Melrose – 25 miles

  • Melrose – Coldstream – 28 miles

  • Coldstream – Eyemouth – 23 miles


Challenger route

  • Stranraer – Kirkcudbright – 74 miles

  • Kirkcudbright – Langholm – 69 miles

  • Langholm – Selkirk – 48 miles

  • Selkirk – Eyemouth – 59 miles

SSDA route launch

Key partners in the route launch photocall at the SSDA conference at Peebles Hydro.

In a terrific year for cycling in the South of Scotland, excitement is really building now right along the route of the Kirkpatrick C2C -

one of the longest and most exciting on-road routes of its kind in the UK.

We are working closely with businesses right along the route to help them harness the benefits of cycle tourism, which is growing all the time and set to be a major part of Scotland’s visitor economy.

David Hope-Jones OBE, Chief Executive, SSDA

The Kirkpatrick C2C, South of Scotland’s Coast to Coast cycle route, is a fantastic addition to the region’s already strong cycling offer.

The opening of this route comes at an exciting time for cycling in Scotland as we countdown to hosting the biggest cycling event in the world, the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, including events in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway.

We would encourage tourism businesses in the South of Scotland to make the most of this unique opportunity. There has never been a better time to experience cycling in Scotland. With new cycling initiatives and experiences being created right across the country, such as the Kirkpatrick C2C, promoting cycling and helping businesses cater for this growing market will benefit communities right across the region and beyond.

Gordon Smith, Destination Development Director, VisitScotland

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