South of Scotland’s New Coast-to-Coast Cycle Route Named After Kirkpatrick Macmillan

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A 250-mile coast to coast cycle route set to launch in the South of Scotland this summer will be named after Kirkpatrick Macmillan, the 19th century Dumfriesshire blacksmith who invented the first pedal-driven velocipede.
The official name for the exciting new route connecting Stranraer in the west with Eyemouth on the east coast – Kirkpatrick C2C, South of Scotland’s Coast to Coast – was unveiled at the SSDA’s annual conference at Peebles this Yesterday.

Paula Ward, from South of Scotland Enterprise stated “The Kirkpatrick C2C is expected to prove a huge draw for the South of Scotland when formally launched in early summer – early projections suggest the new route over time could attract up to 175,000 new visitors to the region, with a direct spend of £13.7M per year.

Kirkpatrick C2C, South of Scotland’s Coast to Coast is one of a number of new cycling opportunities taking place in our region at present, alongside the arrival of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in the South this summer.

This project was expertly led by Kate Pearson and Joanna Wawrzyczek of SOSE and included SustransVisitScotland Dumfries and Galloway Council Scottish Borders Council SSDAlliance South of Scotland Enterprise and took months of collaboration across the whole cycling landscape in the South of Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿”