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Drumlanrig Castle & Country Park: Cycle Museum

Drumlanrig Castle & Country Park
Thornhill
Thornhill
Dumfries and Galloway
DG3 4AQ

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Drumlanrig Castle and its surrounds have been the focus for cyclists of all abilities for many years. Kirkpatrick Macmillan, the inventor of the first bicycle (propelled by pedals), had his first job as a Blacksmith at Drumlanrig where he learned his trade. Soon after his apprenticeship he left and set up in a Smithy in Keir a few miles south of Drumlanrig. It was here he invented his velocipede around 1840 and cycling as we know it today was born. You don't have to be a mountain biker to enjoy cycling at Drumlanrig. If you prefer to cycle on road the Ranger Service can provide information and route cards for quiet country road rides. Getting here by bike is easy too with two signposted routes, The KM Trail and The National Byway passing directly past the front door of the Castle. The Cycle Museum here at Drumlanrig gives added interest to all cyclists with a collection of over 70 cycles, from the replica of the original Macmillan velocipede to one of the first full suspension Mountain Bikes, and everthing in between. Tricycles, Tandems (with and without side-cars), Penny Farthings all feature in the museum. Many Lands End to John o' Groats cyclists stop here not only to sample the fabulous food in the Restaurant, but to visit the museum.