Around Spallander Loch


This enjoyable 29.4km route leads cyclists on a circuit of the fir-lined Loch Spallander Reservoir

This tour is 19 miles long, please allow at least 2 hours 20 minutes to complete it, excluding the time taken to enjoy the destinations along the way.

Starting in the market town of Dalmellington, follow this route northwest on the A713 along mostly forest or farm tracks before circling back towards the town of Straiton. Before entering the village, look out for Tairlaw Linn – a stunning cascading waterfall plunging down the hillside into a rocky pool. In Straiton itself, take the opportunity to explore Blairquhan Castle – a breathtaking estate used as a location in filming for 2012’s ‘The Queen’, before returning to Dalmellington. Idyllic rest-stop Dalcairney Falls will be on your right hand side as you proceed to Dalmellington.

What you'll see

Dalmellington - Ayrshire

Towns & Villages

Dalmellington is a picturesque market town in East Ayrshire near to the Rye Burn. It has a population of around 1400 people.

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Scottish Industrial Railway Centre - Waterside

History & Heritage

A 'living museum' where unique and historically significant industrial steam and diesel locomotives are restored and can be seen working in an authentic setting.

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Tairlaw Linn - Ayrshire

Nature & Wildlife

Tairlaw Linn is a waterfall near Straiton in South Ayrshire.

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Straiton - South Ayrshire

Towns & Villages

Straiton is a small village dating back to the 18th century, located 10km south east of Maybole on the Water of Girvan.

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