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Motorcycling and Driving in Moffat area

Moffat sits amid beautiful scenery, and although the A74(M) is always busy, most of the roads in the area carry little traffic but please remember to ride or drive with care. Other vehicles do use these roads and sometimes so do local livestock and wild animals, including our red squirrels and rare wild goats.

The routes included on this page offer an introduction, they are not fully detailed, other literature can give further detail.
Local routes have been researched and a series of leaflets created for those who wish to walk, ride or drive in the area

The "Take 5" series of leaflets: Walks- Gentle, Slightly Longer, Strenuous, Using the Southern Upland Way, From the Car, Drives and Cycle Ride. Each category has 5 routes.

Leaflets are available at Hillend Guest Cottage and locally.

An Art Gallery and 5 Museums - Distance: 60 miles (96 km) Approx.

The gruesome history of the Devil's Beef Tub, the monument to the Stagecoachmen, Broughton (including glass blowing at the crook inn), the Museums of Biggar which have a worthy reputation.

Four Lochs and a Waterfall - Distance: 49 miles (78km) Approx.

Moffat Water valley, The Grey Mare's Tail, St Marys Loch, Tweedsmuir, The Devil Beef Tub.

The Ettrick Shepherd and Buddhist Temple - Distance: 60 miles (96 km) Approx.

Moffat Water valley, The Grey Mare's Tail, St Marys Loch, Eskdalemuir weather and seismic survey stations, Samye Ling Buddist Temple.

The Highest Village and the Oldest Post Office in Scotland - Distance: 75 miles (120 km) Approx.

Beattock Summit, Wanlockhead, the highest village in Scotland, The world's oldest Post Office at Sanquhar (1738), Ae Forest.

The Solway Coast - Distance: 90 miles (144 km) Approx.

The Galloway Hills, Sweetheart Abbey, Southerness Point, the sailing Village of Kippford, Shawhead Bronze Sculptures.


The quieter, sweeping and sometimes challenging roads around the area makes this a haven for motorcyclists. Just over the border, then only a short distance from the motorway and you are on some excellent motorcycling roads.

All the routes printed above are just as good to use on two wheels but there are many other routes to explore in the area, then where you stop is up to you.