Based in Scotland’s South-West, The Gralloch starts and finishes in the small town of Gatehouse of Fleet, in Dumfries and Galloway.
We’re in the heart of one of Scotland’s most beautiful areas, to the south is the picturesque coast of the Solway Firth, and to the north are the Galloway Hills. It is in these hills the racing takes place.
The area is part of both the Galloway Forest Park and the internationally recognised Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere. So unspoilt and unpopulated is the area that in 2009 it was designated as one of the first ever Dark Sky Parks, the first in the UK.
As The Gralloch visits an area of beauty and international importance we are committed to protecting, conserving and promoting the unique natural surroundings you’ll explore on the bike. As such you must ensure you leave nothing behind: no bottles, no wrappers. Nothing. Please leave no trace.
GSA UNESCO BIOSPHERE
The Gralloch is committed to the principles of Sustainable Event Charter of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere. That means we are aiming to be a sustainable event, something close to our hearts.
The Biosphere is recognised as a world class environment for both people and nature, and is a place of cooperation and collaboration, proving a sustainable way of living is not only possible, but happening right now.
The UNESCO Biosphere designation is recognition of the fantastic array of landscapes, wildlife, cultural heritage and the wide range of learning opportunities South West Scotland offers communities, businesses and visitors.
We continue to work closely with the Biosphere to conserve and promote this unique and beautiful area of Scotland.
HOTELS & ACCOMMODATION
Discover the perfect place to stay in the South of Scotland. The sheer variety will amaze you: Choose from family-run country inns, cosy B&Bs, quirky boutique hotels, remote eco lodges, campsites with views you’ll never forget and luxurious castle hotels. Below you’ll find a non-exhaustive list of accommodation in the region, provided by Scotland Starts Here.
If hotels aren’t your thing how about camping or staying in a caravan or motorhome? On average May is the driest month of the year in Dumfries and Galloway, so there’s a good chance you’ll get all the benefits and none of the drawbacks!
Check these sites:
Newton Campsite - 5km (3 miles) from Gatehouse of Fleet
Solway View Holidays - 10km (6 miles)
Silver Craigs Caravan Park - 13km (nine miles)
Craig Croft Motorhome and Caravan site - 16km (10 miles)