The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere covers over 5000 square kilometres of South West Scotland. The variety in the landscape, communities and businesses means that whichever part you choose to visit you will have a truly unique experience. Girvan where Biosphere Bikes is located is situated on the Ayrshire coast, 56 miles south of Glasgow. The coastal scenery includes the island of Ailsa Craig, lying just offshore, while inland are lush green hills. South West Scotland is a cyclists paradise, blessed with miles and miles of quiet roads, rolling hills and an ever changing landscape its the ideal place to enjoy multi day rides or day trips.
Whilst we may not have the highest mountains in Scotland our Biosphere certainly has its share of varied and challenging walking from the hiking of remote hill tops surrounded by wide open vistas to gentle forest ambles or rugged coastal walking there really is an opportunity to experience a little bit of everything Scotland has to offer but all within a contained area
The Whithorn Way is a 149 mile pilgrims route from Whithorn in the south of the Biosphere heading up our western edges to Paisley in Glasgow. It celebrates St Ninian who was the favoured saint at the Royal House of Stuart. The Whithorn Way makes its way through Maybole and passes through Girvan heading towards Colmonell and then through Pinwherry to Barrhill.
The Ayrshire Coastal Path runs from Glenapp to Skelmorlie along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles that is largely the western edge of our UNESCO Biosphere. With a backdrop of Ailsa Craig and the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde, this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife.
See Biosphere Bikes featured in youtube film by travel blogger and writer Kathi of ‘Watch Me See’ Scotland on experiencing eco-tourism in the Biosphere.
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