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Stage one

When Sunday September 15
From Peebles
To Drumlanrig Castle
Distance 209.9km

A late September stage up in Scotland may hardly seem the most inviting prospect for a peloton used to extremely hot days riding on the continent, but the likely cold weather is compensated for by the gorgeous rural scenery of the Southern Uplands.

Beginning in Peebles – as the 2011 edition did – the route takes the riders south until they reach the English border, from where they bend westwards, travelling through the former stage finish town of Dumfries before reaching Drumlanrig Castle.

We may be in Scotland but we’re far from the mountainous highlands, so the peloton will only have to tackle a series of lesser hills; Mark Cavendish has won in this region the last two years running and, by the looks of this route, will fancy his chances of doing so again. He’ll need to be wary of a cattle grid in the final kilometre, mind.

The finish in Drumlanrig promises to be a grand spectacle. The seventeenth-century castle possesses an unusual pink colour due to the sandstone it was built with, and is situated in the beautiful Queensberry Estate. Any art connoisseurs in the peloton can pop in to see its collection of paintings, which features a Rembrandt among others.

Route details
0km START: High Street, Peebles 10:30
42.2km KoM: Black Castle Hill (3) 11:45
48.6km Sprint: Hawick 11:54
65.4km KoM: Lime Kiln Edge (2) 12:18
81.5km Sprint: Newcastleton 12:41
164.3km KoM: Dunscore (3) 14:39
194.2km Sprint: Drumlanrig Castle 15:22
209.9km FINISH: Drumlanrig Castle 15:44

Best place to watch
Drumlanrig Castle or ITV4 9-10pm (highlights)

Related links

Tour of Britain 2013 route revealed

  • Marilyn Crawford

    Round Britain Cycle Race Sunday September 15th.
    The map on this page shows route from Dumfries direct to Thornhill and then Drumlanrig. Don’t know when this route was changed or who was informed, but my village (Dunscore) was not informed, until 2 days ago. We arranged an event many months ago and want people, some in cars, to be able to get to it, but road will be closed at our crucial time .
    If you EVER do this (wont say) race again through Dunscore, please notify well in advance, us peasants who live here, pay for and use the roads, so we can release every cow, sheep and bale of hay onto our roads.