Three crack­ing one-gal­lon rides

Three lochs and a wind­ing road makes Dave Smith’s ride a thing of pure joy


This stun­ning short Scot­tish ride is a favourite of Dave Smith who of­ten es­capes work for an hour to en­joy this in­cred­i­ble as­sault on the senses.

He said: “The plea­sure starts as soon as you leave Mof­fat. You are im­me­di­ately into the hills and the road be­comes de­cid­edly adrenalin-in­duc­ing within a few miles. It’s a roller­coaster but is a plea­sure to ride.

“Go past the Grey Mares Tail which can be seen from the road or you can stop at the park­ing area and take a photo. It is worth a stop at the Glens Café which over­looks the St Mary’s Loch. “The road nar­rows past a pair of reser­voirs, so ride this road care­fully. The best place for a pic is at the very top of Talla look­ing down on the reser­voir. “The last leg of this route takes you South along the A701 known as the Scenic Route. It’s two-lane and fast but be­ware of some tight bends. Then you will ride along­side the Dev­ils Beef Tub: a deep, dra­matic hol­low in the hills.”

Amaz­ing roads wind be­tween three lochs on this top route

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