The biker’s guide to Moffat and around

Explore on wheels

Who’s up for a big fat biking adventure?

Planning a motorcycling trip? Of course you are. Let’s get you started with our biker’s guide.

First look out for the VisitScotland Bikers Welcome sign that recognises the ‘special efforts made’ by tourism businesses for motorcyclists. For example:

  • discover off-the-beaten-track biking routes
  • take advantage of local knowledge to have a unique experience
  • feast on a hearty breakfast at a time that suits you (within reason!)
  • gather with fellow guests in an elegant lounge
  • relax with a welcome drink on arrival
  • use the wash-down facilities for your motorcycle including visor cleaning
  • connect with free wifi throughout
  • place wet clothing in a drying/storage area

In addition, Queensberry House has been awarded four stars by VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance scheme to give you the peace of mind that your accommodation has been personally inspected for cleanliness, hospitality, service, quality of rooms and food.

What about parking?

The most important thing is your bike. So don’t worry about parking.

Relax… Queensberry House is on a quiet road just a five-minute walk from town.

No restrictions, no parking charges and there’s very little crime in Moffat.

So many super-smart bikes and cars have parked here – and survived to tell the tale!

Our biker guests have been very relaxed about leaving their impressive vehicles outside our B&B.

There is also a side alley where bikes can be parked away from the roadside if you prefer.

How biker-friendly is Moffat?

We welcome all bikes from simple scooters to high-end Harley-Davidsons. The town is well set up for bikers. It’s a real hub.

Even the local police are biker-friendly, probably because bikers who come here tend to be great visitors – and characters! – and are warmly welcomed by the town.

Cafes easily cater for bikers and their bikes – you can park up right outside and spread out while refuelling with a drink and snack.

Call in at Ariete for a brownie (a must!) and a coffee. Or drop in at the Rumblin’ Tum and perch yourself at an outside table for some people- and bike-watching.

What is there to do in Moffat?

For your day-time adventure: there are plenty of quirky spots to visit along the open road, away from the crowds.

Moffat is the perfect starting point to explore the many scenic routes that’ll take your breath away – without using a huge amount of fuel.

And for your night-time adventure: Moffat has some terrific restaurants – offering everything from superb fine dining to cheap and cheerful suppers – all checked out by us.

Two of our favourites are Claudios, one of Scotland’s top 20 Italian restaurants, and the award-winning Brodies.

Pubs are cosy and friendly with good quality beer and the local whisky. Why not try a different tipple – how about the Moffat Toffee Gin?

Any interesting sights to look out for?

Take the A701 through the beautiful Scottish Borders – one of the top 10 drives in the UK – or head towards the Grey Mare’s Tail and on to St Mary’s Loch.

Or check out the Dalveen Pass – an amazing highlight – on the way to the two highest villages in Scotland: Wanlockhead and Leadhills.

Visit the Crawick Multiverse in Sanquhar to view the incredible land art.

Read more about how to have a grand day out in D&G.

Pick a route that goes north, south, east or west – it’s up to you – and away you go.

We have leaflets detailing more routes. Or read The Motorcyclist’s Guide to Scotland by John Fergusson.

What if my bike breaks down?

We have local contacts who can repair your bike and replace any parts including tyres.

Yes, that’s us on the bike!

We are the Queensberry House hosts: Miles and Caroline.

The bike is a 1998 Honda Fireblade.

Normally we are very camera shy but we couldn’t resist joining in the fun at the inaugural Moffat One Shot, a photography competition for motorcyclists organised by the Beef Tub Bikers back in 2018.

We thought we’d won… until a cute dog turned up.

Next time!

Need any help booking your trip?

Call us on 01683 478 341 or contact us here.

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