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Foodie tips for a cyclist’s weekend in Scotland

Fantastic places to eat, sleep and drink during your cycling holiday at 7stanes

Published on June 10th 2011.

Foodie tips for a cyclist’s weekend in Scotland

Are you planning on travelling to Scotland’s 7stanes mountain biking centres? Looking for somewhere to eat, stay or just chill out with a drink? Look no further, as there are a number of inviting local options to re-fuel, re-coup and relax after a day's cycling.

The 7stanes are seven mountain biking centres spanning the south of Scotland, from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway. But there is much more to do than cycle during your visit.

The countryside around each of the 7stanes centres is dotted with artisan food and drink producers offering plenty of opportunities to treat yourself to a delicious menu after a day filled with adventurous biking.

We’ve provided a round up of our favourite indulgent and budget places to eat and stay close to some of the 7stanes centres, around the Dumfries and Galloway area.

Indulgent options

Selkirk Arms Hotel
For those who like to indulge in the finer things in life, then an overnight stay at Selkirk Arms Hotel is delightful. This picture perfect harbour town is filled with delicious places to eat and the Selkirk Arms Hotel combines traditional hospitality with outstanding food and local ales. The Selkirk recently picked up a gold medal for ‘real and local food’ at the Scottish Hotel Awards.www.selkirkarmshotel.co.uk

Marrbury Smokehouse, Carsluith
For dining out there’s the Marrbury Smokehouse. Arguably the best smoked salmon in Scotland served in a unique cafe based in a sixteenth century castle overlooking Wigtown Bay. If you want to indulge after a morning biking around Kirroughtree or Glentrool then multi award-winning Marrbury Smokehouse is a magical stop.www.visitmarrbury.co.uk

Barony Country Foods, Parkgate
Barony Country Foods is a great place to stock up so you can eat on the go or make a packed lunch. The farm shop is well worth a visit, filled with delicious smoked meats, game, fish and cheese. Barony Country Foods products are on the menus of restaurants throughout southern Scotland and it’s very close to Ae Forest. The Hot Smoked Trout comes highly recommended.

Budget options

Prefer sticking to a tighter budget? Then there are low-cost alternatives with no loss in appetising appeal.

Hillcrest House, Wigtown
An overnight stay at Hillcrest House is just 15 minutes from Kirroughtree Hillcrest and is part of the Cyclists Welcome Scheme. This means your bike and muddy gear are just as welcome to stay as you are. Hillcrest provide delicious evening meals for guests and have won a number of local awards for their food.www.hillcrest-wigtown.co.uk

The Shed, Mabie Forest
For eating out, The Shed is one of the oldest mountain bike centres in the country. The Shed also has a bistro cafe serving filling, fresh, locally sourced food, good coffee and a log burning stove. If you’re tackling the trails at Mabie it’s the perfect place for a snack or a hearty lunch.www.cycle-centre.com

Dalbeattie Fine Foods
Or if you need that on-the-go quick fix, try Dalbeattie Fine Foods. If you’re hitting the Hardrock at Dalbeattie you’ll need something filling to keep you going. Dalbeattie Fine Foods has won a huge number of awards for its meat products, including Scottish Haggis Champion and Scottish Steak Pie Champion and their traditional Scotch pies are worth a trip too.dalbeattiefinefoods.co.uk

If any of these suggestions have whet your appetite, you can plan your visit to the 7stanes right now by visiting www.7stanes.gov.uk

To find accommodation in the area, visit www.eat-sleep-ride.com

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