Dumfries and Galloway’s long partnership with the bicycle and cycling is history, as it was in this region that Kirkpatrick Macmillan, a blacksmith on the Drumlanrig estate invented the first pedal cycle in 1840.

Mountain bike trails are available in Ae Forest, 7 miles west of Lochmaben and at Mabie Forest, 12 miles south west of Lochmaben. These forests form part of the amitious £3 million Seven Stanes Cycle project which will result in the development of 7 Mountain bike centres across the South of Scotland.

The nearest cycling club is in Dumfries. Their local Cyclists Touring Club Runs are for mixed ability and everyone, including visitors to the area are welcome. Some of the Runs have starts in Lochmaben and Lockerbie and some take place on Sundays.

Lochmaben is an excellent centre for cycle touring with a wide variety of circular routes over undulating terrain or over hills for those who wish a greater challange.

A sample of possible routes are shown below.

Reference Maps & Booklets: Landranger Series 1:50000—Ordnance Survey.

78—Nithsdale & Annandale 79—Hawick & Eskdale 84—Dumfries & Castle Douglas 85—Carlisle & Solway Firth

Cycling signposted routes in Dumfries & Galloway – Dumfries & Galloway Tourist Board, 64 Whitesands, Dumfries DG1 2RS. Tel: 01387 253862 Fax: 01387 250462

Cycling in South West Scotland – Ted Smart – Collins – Routes 10 & 11 easily accessible from Lochmaben.

Cycling Tours – 20 one-day routes in Southern Scotland – Nick Cotton – Ordnance Survey – Routes 12 & 13 are the most accessible from Lochmaben.