Motorcycle Scotland Scoops Award

Motorcycle Scotland, the Scottish biker tourism group based in Moffat and highlighting the South of Scotland, has been awarded top honours at a prestigious rural development awards ceremony in southern Scotland.

Winning the ‘Wealthier and Fairer’ category in the Rural Awards, organised by the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Programme, the award recognised projects that had contributed towards the development of a diverse and dynamic business base. Motorcycle Scotland was praised for seizing an opportunity and making the most of it, and fought off competition from a well established arts centre and a large local food and drink group to win special recognition from the judges.

Dave Smith of the Buccleuch Arms Hotel, Chair of Motorcycle Scotland and a keen biker himself said: “We were obviously thrilled to win this award, but more than that we are delighted that bikers and biking is now being recognised as making a major contribution to Scotland’s rural economy.

“When we started Motorcycle Scotland we did so with the knowledge that we have some of the finest biking roads and landscapes in the UK right here in southern Scotland and the desire to show off our hidden gem routes to bikers, to put our area on the map.

“Over the past two years Motorcycle Scotland has become much, much more than that. By working with the biking community, creating routes, developing services and facilities, rolling out training and sharing our passion for biking with other businesses, we are creating a truly world class motorcycle destination.”

Launched in 2008, highlights the very best motorcycle routes across the south of Scotland. The 13 routes are designed by bikers for bikers, offering wide open spaces, amazing scenery including lochs, mountains, coast and castles, and they take place on low-traffic roads circumnavigating southern Scotland.


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