Please note the Castle is currently closed for an exciting filming project. The Castle Gardens and Playground are also affected on selected dates – read more here


Enjoy a leisurely cycle through some of Scotland’s finest scenery. The region is a cycling heaven for residents, visitors, plus The Tour of Britain, which has visited Dumfries and Galloway seven times since 2005.

If Mountain Biking is more your gear, find out about our trails here.

E-bike Hire is also available.

Castle Driveway

Cycle Trail: The Riverside 3km

A short ride on quiet public roads. Take in the fantastic views of the majestic River Nith and the tranquil open pasture with its mature trees surrounding you. After a gentle climb, cycle back towards the Castle via the stunning vista of the Lime Avenue

Cycling Paths

Cycle Trail: Alton Rigg 13km

The route commences with an easy woodland ride, passing both Druids Loch and the Marr Burn.  Following a gentle climb through mixed woodland, open pasture and arable fields, you will arrive in the hamlet of Burnsands. A short and steep climb will reward you with spectacular views of the Nith Valley and the Lowther Hills. Then it’s downhill all the way back to the Castle.


Cycle Trail: The Three Lochs 5km

Following a short climb past the old laundry, take time to enjoy the wonderful views before continuing your leisurely ride into the woodland with its lochs and varied wildlife.


Cycle Trail: The Castle Round CLOSED AT THIS TIME

Circling around the Castle, this route passes spectacular scenery including Druids Loch, areas of mixed and native oak woodland and Drumlanrig’s Heather Houses. As you return to the Castle, cycle part of the route on which Kirkpatrick Macmillan rode the world’s first pedal bicycle to Glasgow.

Please note this route is currently closed for bridge repairs and forestry works

Cycling in Nithsdale

Cyclists looking to trace the route of the inventor of the pedal bicycle can follow the Kirkpatrick Macmillan trail. Constructed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the pedal bicycle in 1990, the KM Trail passes through Keir Mill, the birthplace of the first bicycle and ends at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, where Kirkpatrick used to work as a blacksmith.  A replica of Kirkpatrick Macmillan’s bike is on display in the Reception.

Also available to cyclists is part of the National Byway, which runs from Newquay to Lochgilphead. Cutting through the natural environment of Nithsdale, the National Byway provides discreet sign-posted direction along some of the most attractive and peaceful rural lanes reaching into the heart of British Heritage.

Discover the Kirkpatrick Loop

A 10 mile cycle starting and finishing at Drumlanrig

Maps can be downloaded from Kirkpatrick Macmillan trail or collected from Rik’s Bike Shed in the Stableyard.

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