The South West of Scotland offers some of the most amazing and spectacular views Scotland has to offer. With Moffat lying in the centre, it`s a great place to make your hub.
I`ve recently purchased John Fergusson`s book "The Motorcyclist`s Guide to Scotland" a fascinating read with great routes from the North, South, East and West, We had guests staying here with us from Belgium, Dirk and Els, who brought a copy of John`s book with them. Dirk had carefully mapped out their routes for a 3 week stay in Scotland, starting here in Moffat for 5 nights, deciding to stay here at Dell-Mar, a biker friendly guesthouse with secure parking for motorcycles and comfortable bedrooms.
Keen to see as much as possible, Dirk and Els, followed John`s routes around the South of Scotland. With some of the most breathtaking roads we have in the area, the A708 is one of my favourite, running from Moffat to Selkirk passing Grey Mares Tail, St Mary`s Loch and returning through the Ettrick Valley and Eskdalemuir, here you`ll find Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, well worth a visit.
Another route with stunning roads and views is "The Merrick" this takes you around the Galloway Forest, Glentrool and towards Girvan. Starting on A702 you`ll travel through Moniaive, a quite wee town where in the middle of May they celebrate the "Moniaive Folk Festival", a weekend full of music.
Then taking the A712 towards Newton Stewart, also referred to as the "Gateway to the Galloway Hills" you`ll pass Clatteringshaw Loch and head on the A714 up to Girvan, on the East coast of the Firth of Clyde, returning on the A713 past Sanquhar, Wanlockhead, the highest village in Scotland and home to the Lead Mining Museum, where you can also pan for Gold, before heading back to Moffat.
South Lanarkshire with it`s twisty and single track roads travels through the busy market town of Biggar, New Lanark is a must, with it`s World Heritage Centre and beautiful scenery, you won`t be disappointed. The A701, "Scenic Route to Edinburgh" has spectacular views of the Devil`s Beef Tub, if your are a keen walker it`s well worth a visit.
Make Moffat your hub whilst you explore the SW300 route, with awesome coastline and natural beauty you can admire Hills, Glens, Forests and Lochs, what`s even better the roads are twisty and extremely quiet. So what are you waiting for?