Cycling and Mountain Biking
The Glenkens boasts some excellent cycling and biking countryside and facilities. The National Cycling Route, No. 7 runs through the area and there is a myriad of quiet country roads which pass through the unspoilt countryside and villages of the Glenkens.
The World class 7 Stanes Mountain biking project is nearing completion with all 5 of the Dumfries & Galloway trails being easily accessed from the Glenkens. Nearby Keir Mill is where cyclists can see the former smithy where Kirkpatrick McMillan invented the pedal cycle in 1840. You can also see a replica at the Scottish Cycle museum at nearby Drumlanrig Castle which continues to develop their own outstanding mountain bike trails.
As recognition of our area as a cycling destination, the week long Tour of Britain cycle race visits the area with its only Scottish leg passing through the Glenkens to Castle Douglas – before its London finale several days later. Many cyclists of varying standards and disciplines visit our increasingly popular area for a cycling break.