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This is the second part of the A711 Maxwelltown to Kirkcudbright route. The road passes the end of the Dalbeattie Western Bypass before entering the town via John Street. After initially passing a couple of modern developments and a truncated railway bridge we pass through a attractive granite streets to the town centre. On the western edge of the town there is another very long straight which culminates in a traffic controlled junction and bridge. Craignair bridge is narrow and has poor visibility due to its hump back.
The second section is considerably more minor though has seen some upgrades on its eastern section (between Dalbeattie and Auchencairn). The first few miles are very straight and open and quiet, except for a narrow winding cutting which catches many people out despite the warnings. At 14 miles from Maxwelltown we pass Palnackie on what must be one of the smallest bypasses in the country at less than a third of a mile – more like a glorified lay by. The next main features are the twin peaks of Screel and Bengairn which are visible as we pass the road ends for Orchardton and a small link to Castle Douglas. On reaching Auchencairn at 17 miles we are forced to negotiate a narrow bridge and a few tight bends and a steep hill, which must be unchanged since the road's inception. On reaching the top and exiting the limit we again reach a series of long straights, the last on the improved section.
Immediately after this the money must have run out for the drop into Dundrennan, while through an attractive wooded gorge is narrow and very dark especially during summer. The single-lane bridge and tight bends don't help much either. After clearing Dundrennan the road here is narrow and winding and goes up and down frequently and is quite a fun drive for that reason. To the north the land is quite flat and boggy. However, about four miles out of Kirkcudbright, the landscape opens up and gives a clear view of the Dee Estuary (yes another Dee) which is stunning on a sunny summer day. The road begins a steep descent which culminates in a tight right angle bend at Mutehill before passing through an attractive wooded area and a few large houses before entering Kirkcudbright.
The route is divided into two parts and you can ride them in any order and there is no need to ride both of them in one go. Enjoy your ride!
|Published :||06/11/2015 (d/m/y) 10:15|
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