Kirkcudbright to Maybole/Ayr

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tinribs
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Kirkcudbright to Maybole/Ayr

Postby tinribs » 12 Mar 2017, 12:55pm

Anyone done this route before? (NCN 7). Looking to do in a few weeks on touring bik (semi-slick tyres), was looking at map and looks like part of the route through Galloway forest is possibly on gravel.

Any advice most welcome.

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Re: Kirkcudbright to Maybole/Ayr

Postby rualexander » 12 Mar 2017, 9:03pm

Yes some of it is forest road/track, in theory it should be rideable on a decent touring bike but depending on forestry operations the surface can be a bit chewed up at times.
Clatteringshaws to Glentrool is a lovely route though.
The forest section south of Clatteringshaws is not such a good surface.
Both sections can be avoided if you prefer, by going via Creetown and Newton Stewart, which is the NCN 7 alternative route.
As an alternative to the cycle route forest section south of Clatteringshaws, you can follow the Raiders Road forest drive southeast through to Loch Ken and take minor roads to connect up with the NCN7 at Castle Douglas.

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Re: Kirkcudbright to Maybole/Ayr

Postby tinribs » 13 Mar 2017, 8:49pm

Thanks very much for your advice.

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Re: Kirkcudbright to Maybole/Ayr

Postby rualexander » 13 Mar 2017, 9:59pm

Here's a few photos of the Clatteringshaws to Glentrool section from a wee tour I did a year ago this week coincidentally.
White Laggan bothy (see second photo) is on this section of the route, good option for an overnight stop if it's not too busy.

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Re: Kirkcudbright to Maybole/Ayr

Postby tinribs » 14 Mar 2017, 7:41pm

Looks fantastic. So the path south of Clatteringshaws is worse than in the photos? I've just put a new pair of Marathon Supreme 32s on to my tourer, wonder if they'll cope?

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Re: Kirkcudbright to Maybole/Ayr

Postby rualexander » 14 Mar 2017, 8:56pm

tinribs wrote:Looks fantastic. So the path south of Clatteringshaws is worse than in the photos? I've just put a new pair of Marathon Supreme 32s on to my tourer, wonder if they'll cope?


Well, it was rougher but not really bad when I did it some years ago, but conditions change quite frequently depending on forest operations etc.
Looking at photos on geograph most of it looks fairly good at the times the photos were taken so maybe I just hit it at a bad time.
You can view a lot of it by navigating along on geograph, http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3346910
Marathon Supremes should be ok but the sidewalls can be a bit susceptible to damage from hitting sharpish rocks, maybe carry a spare tyre in case.