The Machars is a peninsula in Galloway, south-west Scotland. The word is derived from the Gaelic word Machair meaning low-lying or level land. The area is best described as undulating and along with its mild climate provided by the gulf stream the area provides an excellent landscape for road cycling.
There are four colour coded cycle routes on the Machars totalling 84 miles. The routes can be ridden in either direction and combined with other linked routes if you want to get some extra miles in your legs.
The area is rich in scenic, wildlife, historic and cultural interest. The map below shows the location of some places of interest open to the public on or close to the routes that may provide the opportunity for a welcome break. There are many more to discover en route and the OS Landranger sheets 82 and 83 provide additional detail. The coloured routes are on public roads, but please remember that access away from roads and footpaths must always respect the wishes of the landowners and managers.