Galloway Gallop Adventure Cross

Galloway Gallop Adventure Cross

Sunday 5th November 2017 - Kirroughtree MTB Centre, Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries, Scotland, DG8 7BE

Great news! The Galloway Gallop has been re-scheduled to take place on the 5th November 2017.

All riders who had already entered the event will be automatically transferred to the new date. If you are unable to make the new date, you will have the option to transfer to any other event in 2017.

Should you like to transfer to another event or have any queries about the new date, please contact us via

Please be aware, due to the clocks changing and the reduced daylight hours, routes are subject to change.

If you have entered on behalf of someone else, please contact them to make them aware of the new date.

Thanks again for your understanding and patience. We look forward to seeing you at the Galloway Forest Park.

The Galloway Gallop route is predominantly forest road so is significantly less technical than some other rounds, however that doesn’t mean there is no variation in the surface as you will be riding everything from loose gravel to bedrock or even crushed shells, a highly unusual man-made surface.

There is plenty of challenging climbs and the views at the top are breathtaking, more so than the effort of climbing them. Hold something back for Archie’s Alp which occurs right at the end of both routes and is a test for your legs even when fresh.

One of the key things to be aware of is the exposed nature of parts of this route, whilst there are lots of sections within the shelter of the forests there is also long stretches of open moorland. Fingers crossed for a glorious day as in previous years but even so make sure you are carrying extra layers.

Galloway forest was given the status of Dark-Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association, a reflection of how empty the park is – there are no homes or street lights to pollute the night sky. However whilst the forest appears initially empty of man-made intrusions, the evidence of human activity is all around.

The route runs along part of an old railway line and through an old platform, it’s one of the only giveaways, other than the viaduct that you ride across, that a railway ever existed there. A local landowner claims that the moment when John Buchan jumped off the train in 39 steps was inspired by the terrain at Loch Skerrow and Big Water of Fleet Viaduct.  The platform at Loch Skerrow, that the route passes, was one of the highest and most remote in the country.

Of all the Adventure Cross routes this is the most remote and wild, a real antidote to the busy and often over-crowded roads many of us ride on. The Galloway Gallop is definitely an experience not to miss out on.


This Event Includes:

  • Facilities and parking
  • Mechanical support
  • Medical support
  • Full route marking
  • Rider public liability insurance
  • Feed Stops
  • Energy food and drink
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Web results service
  • Online certificates
  • Finisher gift
  • Finisher medal
  • On site catering
  • Pick-up wagons
  • Photos by SportivePhoto
  • Retail Opportunities

Route Information

Route: Massif

Distance: 69 Miles   


Difficulty: 6/10
Route: Mini Massif

Distance: 52 Miles   


Difficulty: 6/10

Key Information

Operationally run with our partners and friends at Rather Be Cycling

PLEASE NOTE: Adventure Cross events are not open to riders under the age of 16 years. Riders aged 16 to 18 years are permitted to ride the short route (Mini Massif) but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Terms and Conditions apply.

Timings for your ride

Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride and make them available via

Event photography by SportivePhoto

SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!

Terms and Conditions

By purchasing an event entry you agree to the UK Cycling Events terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions can be read here.

Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.