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Murray Arms Hotel in Scotland
A group of three gravel bikers riding in Scotland.
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Scotland Gravel Bike Tour

Ride off the beaten path in Galloway, the gravel cycling capital of the UK

Galloway, in southwest Scotland, is an undiscovered corner of this wild and beautiful country. The rugged landscape here provides the backdrop for the UK’s growing gravel bike scene, with hundreds of miles of trails winding their way through the forests and hills and around the scenic coastline. Unpacking just once, you’ll be based from a delightful village hotel on this gravel bike tour. Each day we’ll explore the best gravel riding the region has to offer from fast riverside and lochside trails to challenging climbs and rolling coastal paths. Off the bike, you can expect the warmest of welcomes and the best of Scottish hospitality including yoga, wild food foraging, and a spectacular BBQ in the heather-clad hills. Book your trip with confidence »
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$3499 Per Person
Duration:
5 Days & 4 Nights
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3 - Active
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Gravel
Hotel Level: ?
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Trip Wows
Explore the endless gravel trails in the wild and beautiful Galloway Forest Park and challenge yourself on the route of the UCI Gravel World Series
Revel in the rich cultural and natural heritage of Scotland, dating back to pre-Roman times
Ride the wild and beautiful coast from Gatehouse to the charming village of Kirkcudbright on coastal trails and deserted country lanes
Recover and relax in style at a historic hotel, sampling the best of food and drink from the region
Experience wild food foraging, cocktails, and a memorable sunset BBQ in the heather-clad hills
A group of three gravel bikers riding in Scotland.
If you're looking to explore the wild side of Scotland, you will love the gravel riding in Galloway. This corner of the country is well off the beaten track but has a cultural and natural heritage as rich as you'll find anywhere. The variety of terrain is fantastic from rolling smooth gravel roads through the forest to more challenging climbs and swooping trails and country lanes which loop around the beautiful coastline. Off the bike, you'll be well looked after by the McConchie family at the historic Murray Arms Hotel and enjoy the best of produce from the hills and coast which dominate the local landscapes.
-Paul, Trip Designer and Guide

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Your guides will meet you at the train station in historic Carlisle and transfer by road (approximately 90 mins) to the start point of your gravel adventure in Scotland. After guide introductions, a welcome lunch and bike fitting, you will be all set for your first ride. The route begins with a short section of quiet road to warm up before heading into the heart of the Galloway Forest Park. The park covers an area of 300 square miles and offers endless gravel travels through mixed woodland and wild scenery. You'll follow The Raiders Road which offers a superb intro to the region's gravel; the road is so-named after the cattle rustlers who used this route for centuries. Pass the beautiful Otter Pools and a chance to refuel before climbing steadily, following an old railway line. From the high point, it’s a fast and sweeping descent back to base in Gatehouse of Fleet and the welcoming Murray Arms Hotel. This evening, we'll gather for a social hour where you guides will present an overview of the week ahead, followed by our first dinner together at the hotel, featuring the best of the region's local food and drink.

Today's Ride:

New Galloway to Gatehouse
Approximately 28 mi I 45 km and 1,870 ft I 560 m

Hotel:

The Murray Arms

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Today’s route takes us into the Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve and via the Big Water of Fleet Viaduct. This striking piece of architecture is over 150 years old and appeared in the classic movie, The 39 Steps. The nature reserve itself is one of the wildest and remote regions in the South of Scotland and home to some of the country's most iconic birdlife - including red and black grouse, peregrine falcons, and even the occasional golden eagle. Your route continues through the forest and along the beautiful Stroan Loch - here on the shores of the loch enjoy a picnic lunch before tackling the remainder of the day. Look to the skies again for the majestic Red Kites of the region before a steady climb to Glengap takes you to the day's high point. From here a scenic, fast and flowing descent takes you right back to the hotel in Gatehouse. Before dinner, try your hand at wild food foraging along the shoreline before a short walk to a private cabin on the hillside. Soak in the views and the stars while enjoying a delicious BBQ dinner featuring local Scottish fare.

Today's Ride:

Gatehouse to Mossdale Loop
Approximately 36 mi I 58 km and 2,630 ft I 790 m

Short Option:

Gatehouse to Laurieston with Shuttle
Approximately 25 mi I 40 km and 1,590 ft I 483 m

Avid Option:

Gatehouse to Mossdale Loop with Glenlochar Extension
Approximately 41 mi I 67 km and 2,670 ft I 815 m

Hotel:

The Murray Arms

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today serves up a wonderful change of scenery and landscapes as you head for the coast and a scenic route which combines gravel with quiet country lanes. Hit the trail right from the hotel riding through the Fleet Forest to reach the coast. Enjoy the rolling terrain with fantastic views across the Murray Isles to the distant mountains of the Lake District and the Isle of Man. Following a series of virtually traffic-free roads and more off-road trails you'll reach the charming town of Kirkcudbright for lunch. Explore the historic center and the quaint independent stores before rejoining the bikes and riding back inland. Some steady climbing leads back into the forest and across the hills before a fast and long descent back to Gatehouse of Fleet. Recover with an optional early evening yoga session before enjoying dinner on your own at the hotel or from one of the local options in the village.

Today's Ride:

Gateway to Kirkcudbright Loop
Approximately 32 mi I 50 km and 2,100 ft I 610 m

Short Option:

Gateway to Kirkcudbright Loop with Shuttle
Approximately 22 mi I 36 km and 1,150 ft I 350 m

Avid Option:

Gateway to Kirkcudbright Loop with Lennox Plunton Extension
Approximately 39 mi I 63 km and 2,330 ft I 715 m

Hotel:

The Murray Arms

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Your longest ride of the trip follows an epic loop through the wild landscapes of Galloway. The day starts with some steady miles on quiet tarmac before the climbing begins, elevated above the shores of Loch Grannoch. Look out for wild deer and wild goats as you follow The Queens Way, where the trail then heads north through remote countryside to reach Glen Trool. Glen Trool has a rich and ancient history including the Battle of Glen Trool during the first war of Scottish Independence. King Robert the Bruce led the Scots to victory against the English here and there remains a large granite boulder in the Glen which commemorates the victory. Reunited with our support crew, you can enjoy a picnic lunch on the shores of the Loch Trool and then continue through the hills for a long descent to the town of Newton Stewart. Recharge here with afternoon tea and scones before the final push back to Gatehouse of Fleet via an ancient military road. Celebrate your day’s big adventure in style with drinks and a gourmet dinner at the amazing Gather restaurant, located on a nearby farm.

Today's Ride:

Gateway to Newton Stewart with Shuttle
Approximately 46 mi I 73 km and 3,900 ft I 1,190 m

Short Option:

Viaduct to Newton Stewart with Shuttles
Approximately 38 mi I 61 km and 3,300 ft I 1,020 m

Avid Option:

Gateway to Glen Trool and the Big Country Loop
Approximately 64 mi I 103 km and 5,020 ft I 1,530 m

Hotel:

The Murray Arms

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

For your final day in Scotland, take on the challenge of riding part of the course for The Gralloch - a world-class race in the Trek UCI Gravel Worlds Series. The route starts right outside our hotel with a testing climb, albeit a lot more agreeable when not done at race pace! From the summit, the route rises and falls through the forest on fast gravel before descending to some welcome tarmac. Enjoy the amazing views on this final section of quiet road before a fun blast back to the village. We will share a final lunch at the hotel together at the hotel before saying farewell to your guides at 2:00 PM at the Murray Arms Hotel. After saying goodbye, you'll take a private coach back to Carlisle Train Station (approximately 90 minutes). Here you can take a train to your preferred destination. Please do not book any train before 4:00 PM.

Today's Ride:

Gralloch Loop
Approximately 22 mi | 35 km and 1,900 ft | 590 m

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Hotels

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The Murray Arms

Gatehouse of Fleet Galloway, Scotland

Explorer Accommodation | In the heart of the charming village of Gatehouse of Fleet, The Murray Arms has undergone a recent transformation to create a uniquely styled and welcoming hotel. In 2022, the family team of Duncan and Vicki McConchie completely refurbished this historic hotel which dates back to the 18th century. Each of the 14 bedrooms has been individually designed, providing great character and individuality. Arguably the centre piece of the hotel is the Burns Reading Room, where the country's most famous poet Robert Burns composed the patriotic "Scots Wha Hae" in 1793; the country's national anthem until recent times.

What's Included

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Trek Domane AL 5 Gravel

Trek’s latest innovation has led to the best aluminium bike out there—a lightweight, stable, and technologically advanced machine specially outfitted with Tubeless Bontrager GR1 40mm Gravel tires to take on any gravel road with ease while the disc brakes make stopping safe and secure. Ride confidently and comfortably for as long as you like, in the most beautiful unpaved riding destinations. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist Domane+ AL 5 Gravel

Take the tailwind with you and leave your limits behind on the all-new Domane+ AL 5. With a groundbreaking ratio of ultra-lightweight design and electric assist, it has everything you love in a road bike, with the extra boost to take you farther than ever before. This performance e-road bike, specially outfitted with Tubeless Bontrager GR1 40mm Gravel tires, will help you on the climbs, hang with the fast group, and venture further on your cycling vacation. So go ahead – take the long way. Domane+ AL 5 Gravel, there’s always room for more distance, more dirt, and more fun! Upgrade to the Domane+ AL 5 on this trip for $399. Available in limited quantities. Please contact a Trip Consultant to check availability. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Four nights of accommodation at one charming hotel
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, five lunches, and three dinners
  • Two social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane AL 5 specially outfitted with 40mm Bontrager GR1 tubeless tires
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Santini cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, a flat pack (containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator), front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle, and Shimano SPD mountain style pedals
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts, and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A digital photo album of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Upgrade your ride to the Trek Electric-Assist Domane+ AL 5 Gravel, specially outfitted with Tubeless Bontrager GR1 40mm Gravel tires (+$399, subject to availability)
  • Trek Domane AL 5 aluminum gravel bike with Shimano 105 components, mechanical shifting, and disc brakes
  • Tubeless Bontrager GR1 Gravel tires, size 40 mm
  • Trek Travel Santini cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano SPD mountain style pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Flat pack containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Guide gratuities are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. For this Signature Gravel trip, we suggest a tip for your guides between $200-$250 per guest and, of course, you may choose to give more if your guides made your trip an unforgettable experience. While local currency is preferred, there are other options to make tipping easier. Most guides accept gratuity via PayPal or our staff can help before or after the trip. Gratuities will be divided among the guide team, so feel free to leave your gratuity with whomever you choose at the end of your trip.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the bike trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
53 kilometers / 33 miles
TOTAL MILES:
264 kilometers / 164 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
756 meters / 2,480 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
3,779 meters / 12,400 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The unpaved surfaces on our Scotland Gravel bike tour are rated as Intermediate. Approximately 60% of the riding is unpaved. You can expect primarily well-made, smooth forest roads with small to moderate amounts of gravel. At times, there will be short sections of rougher road that may have chunky gravel as well as some potholes, ruts, or washboard surfaces, however there is always enough room to pick up a different line or go around obstacles. The terrain is a mixture of rolling hills and short, steep hills to keep you on your toes. On some days you will ride several miles of pavement before you reach gravel. Once on gravel roads, expect virtually no traffic and no services as you will be traversing national nature reserves and forest parks. Your guides will be able to drive some of the gravel roads with the support van - where this is not possible, the van will be available at strategic points throughout the day. Our Scotland Gravel tour is best suited for Type 3 Riders who have experience riding gravel roads and are accustomed to hilly terrain. Type 2 riders who are comfortable riding gravel but are looking for less mileage can ride the short options and utilize the shuttles as indicated. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage and climbs the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
This destination is best suited to guests who want to cycle every day. Because of the terrain and/or remoteness of the hotels and riding routes, there are few, if any, non-riding options available. If a non-rider wants to accompany a rider guest on this trip, they would need to spend many hours in the van and/or at the hotels on the trip. Due to this, we strongly discourage non-riders from this destination. As an alternative, call a Trek Travel Trip Consultant at 866-464-8735 for trip suggestions where more non-rider activities are available, such as:
  • Tuscany Gravel
  • Swiss Alps Gravel
  • Bentonville Gravel
  • Scotland

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. This is a Signature Gravel trip. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. On our gravel cycling vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find well maintained, non-technical gravel roads and bike paths; unmaintained roads and roads with ruts or deep or chunky gravel are avoided as much as possible. However, gravel roads are dynamic by nature. Road surfaces change throughout the year depending on maintenance (grading, adding new gravel) and weather, particularly rain. Our guides will be constantly monitoring road conditions and may change the routes as needed to provide the best possible riding experience. In addition, as with all of our trips, at times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our Today’s Ride options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
London (LDN), Manchester (MAN), or Edinburgh (EDI)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Carlisle Train Station, Carlisle, England

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
London (LDN), Manchester (MAN), or Edinburgh (EDI)
DEPARTING TIME:
3:30 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Carlisle Train Station, Carlisle, England

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your Scotland Gravel Bike Tour, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. The meeting point is Carlisle Station which is located in the northwest corner of England (the address is Court Square, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1QZ). Carlisle Station is easily accessible by direct train from the major airports of London (LDN) in three and a half hours or Manchester (MAN) in two hours. From Edinburgh Airport (EDI), take the Airlink Service 100 express bus to Edinburgh (Waverley) station, then book a direct train to Carlisle. The Airlink bus takes about 25 minutes and the train takes about one hour. Please consult www.trainline.com to book your tickets in advance. Tickets are typically available three months before the departure date.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Carlisle Station at 11:00 AM on the first day of your trip. After a transfer of approximately 90 minutes by private coach, your gravel bike tour in Scotland begins. Please come dressed ready to ride. Enjoy lunch as your guides explain how the trip will unfold, and expertly fit you to your Trek bike. Once everyone's bike is ready, you'll be off into the hills to enjoy your first gravel ride in Scotland.

If you will be late for the pick up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call the trip hotel, The Murray Arms (+44 1557 840 206) and leave a message with your expected arrival time. A taxi from Carlisle to the hotel in Gatehouse of Fleet will be approximately £300.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 2:00 PM at the Murray Arms Hotel. After saying goodbye, you will take a private coach back to Carlisle Station (approximately 90 minutes). Here you can take a train to your preferred destination. Please do not book a train before 4:00 PM.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

Summer and early fall temperatures range from the 50s to 70s Fahrenheit (12-22℃). Always remember that rain is possible at any time of the year–daily Scottish weather is very unpredictable! It’s a good idea to bring a light rain jacket, as well as layers. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before & After: Edinburgh, UK

Reasons to stay in Scotland's capital abound. Since the 15th century, this city has served as the hub for Parliament, government, royalty, and judicial courts. Both the Old Town and New Town together have been maintained as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. See for yourself the majestic stone castles, bell towers, and universities. Full days can be dedicated to meandering the many neighborhoods, visiting art museums or galleries, and partaking in the classic Scottish sport of golf. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre- and post-trip hotel in Edinburgh:

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Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

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