The Irish Sea Cycle Route Blog Archive

Reflections of riding the Irish Sea Cycle Route.

Scotland - Gatehouse of Fleet to Mull of Galloway

To avoid the busy A75 trunk road along the coast, I turn inland to cross the mountain before descending to Creetown.


Mountain stage

near the summit, Gatehouse of Fleet to Creetown

At the summit, New Rusko, it’s a left turn to descend the valley to Creetown. There’s evidence of the old railway at various points, the summit station at Gatehouse and a bridge crossing the old track.

From Creetown heading north following the intricate cycleway tracks keep me off the main road. Along the course of an old railway then a lovely ride through Kirroughtree Forest to the town of Newton Stewart.

From Newton Stewart town centre, I follow the A714 south taking advantage of the many sections of cycleways along the route all the way into the book town of Wigtown, it’s a clean fresh town with a wide open square, typical of Scottish towns in this area.


Wigtown

Wigtown

South of Wigtown, I pick up the B7004 to Garlieston.


Garlieston

near Garlieston

Isle of Whithorn

en route to Isle of Whithorn

Then it’s a fabulous ride on the coast road to the Isle of Whithorn with views across to the Isle of Man.


Isle of Whithorn

Isle of Whithorn

Turning west for Monreith the road hugs the coast, though Port William. There are extensive views across Luce Bay and it is possible to see the lighthouse at the Mull of Galloway, I cant help but be excited!


Port William

near Port William

Auchenalg

near Auchenalg

Glenluce

near Glenluce

It’s a fantastic coast road then back lanes to Glenluce. A short section going west before the final trek south, along the 5km wide spit of land. This is especially good, my goal in sight, it’s a short umpteen kilometres but that doesn’t matter.


Ardwell

near Ardwell

I pass New England Bay, I was last here 35 years ago and I can remember it like it was yesterday!


New England Bay

near New England Bay

There’s not much more I can put into words, it all seems to be about memories. Memories past mingling with journeys present. Today will soon be a memory, a good memory!


Cliffs at Mull of Galloway

cliffs plunge into the sea near the Mull of Galloway

Lighthouse at Mull of Galloway

the Mull of Galloway

Lighthouse at Mull of Galloway

the Mull of Galloway

Lighthouse at Mull of Galloway

the Mull of Galloway

Places of Interest along the way
Wigtown and bookshops Isle of Whithorn and harbour Port William Port Logan Mull of Galloway Lighthouse RSPB reserve, Mull of Galloway