Some of the best motorcycling routes are right here in Dumfries and Galloway – and Moffat sits amongst it all. Not a lot of people know this but… there are hundreds of miles of quiet, open roads often with good line of sight, jaw-dropping dramatic scenery and plenty of pit stops. Get up close to Scotland’s fascinating history and seek out its curious landmarks and place names. Motorcyclists in the know come from all over the world to this hidden gem. The tourist crowds just stay on the motorway heading north – but they’re missing a trick.
Make Moffat your base
Moffat is a biker friendly town and Queensberry House is a biker friendly B&B. We are situated in a quiet road just a five minute walk to the centre of Moffat and all its attractions. You can park right outside and there are no restrictions. It’s safe too. To really appreciate this part of the world you should book a few days here. Choose our Bluebell room and you’ll have a room with a view… of your bike. Read our reviews on TripAdvisor here.
Choose an iconic route
The Three Lochs run is a must. It will take you about 75 minutes and is around 42 miles. Along the way you’ll see two of Moffat’s famous landmarks: the Devil’s Beef Tub, a cavernous hollow landscape with an intriguing history, and the Grey Mare’s Tail (pictured), the UK’s fifth highest waterfall. Stop at Glen Cafe – which overlooks St Mary’s Loch and, most likely, a car park full of shiny bikes. There are plenty of photo opportunities on your route – but we’ll show you exactly where the money shot is, the one you’ll be sharing on Facebook.
Back at base
Once you’ve returned to Queensberry House we can take care of any wet gear or bulky items and store them in our drying area. We also have a guest lounge where you can plan tomorrow’s trip or simply kick back and reflect on the day’s events.
When it’s time to fuel up, we can point you in the right direction for dinner. Moffat is blessed with a fantastic choice of eateries – from great value fish suppers to award-winning fine dining. The Buccleuch Arms is one of our favourites – it’s also biker friendly and Queensberry House guests get a 10 per cent discount on their food here as ‘a friend of the Buccleuch’.
For more routes, visit motorcyclescotland.com, a great site to pick up tips or share stories with fellow bikers. Or try beeftubbikers.com, where you’ll find fascinating interviews and news of upcoming events. For useful local information, go to visitmoffat.co.uk.