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Moto Ride Routes - The Devil's Beef Tub

The Devil's Beef Tub

Looking to kick off 2023 the right way? We've got you covered.

We've compiled some of Scotland's best motorcycle routes, so you can make the most of the gorgeous scenery and history right on your doorstep. These routes can be enjoyed by riders of all levels, whether you are a seasoned biker or have just passed your CBT.

This introductory route covers the southern area of South Lanarkshire, taking you on a round trip of some truly stunning roads and locations. The highlight of this route is the Devil's Beef Tub, pictured adjacent, located on the A701 between Moffat and Broughton. The route takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, with plenty of opportunity for exploration between locations. 

Keep reading to discover the key locations on this route, or access our map file here, and see for yourself.

This route begins in Biggar, a rural town bristling with small shops and cafés waiting to be explored. We recommend stopping for a coffee either before you head off or at the end of the ride as a little reward!

Taking the road West along the A72 and then onto the A73, the route passes by one of Lanarkshire's most popular outdoor climbs, Tinto Hill. If you declined the opportunity to have a stop at Biggar, consider the Tinto Tearoom as a cosy alternative.

The route continues South-West past Hyndford Bridge in Lanark, through Rigside, and intersects with the M74 near Douglas, providing a relaxing ride through rural South Lanarkshire.

After passing under the M74, the route cuts South-East, winding down towards Abington and Crawford. The skies are open and the roads are quiet, perfect for taking in the surrounding hills and enjoying the crisp air.

Views from the A702 running parallel to the M74.

Before reaching Moffat, the route turns back on itself onto the A701 heading North. The steady climb to the Devil's Beef Tub provides stunning views over the River Annan valley, and is one of Scotland's definitive biking roads.

Once you have reached the top of the valley, take a look down the hill to your right to see the Devil's Beef Tub's namesake. The valley contains a hollow, which was used to hide stolen cattle during the Reiver period of Scottish history, from around 1300 to 1610.

If you choose to take a break once you reach the top of the hill, look out for the small monument to John Hunter - one of the many victims of the Religious Wars of the 17th century, who was shot for attending a church service in the hills.

Leaving the Beef Tub, continue North along the A701 to Broughton, cutting onto the B7016 for a low intensity ride back into Biggar.

We hope you enjoy this route!

Click here for Google Maps directions to experience it yourself.