Discover a cycle route created to showcase Kirkpatrick Macmillan and the invention of the bicycle.

Discover a cycle route created to showcase Kirkpatrick Macmillan and the invention of the bicycle.

By Support Team on 04/03/2021

Dumfries and Galloway author Ian Barr and Esther Tacke and Warren Sanders of Galloway Cycling Holidays have collaborated to combine literature, activity and tourism and have created a cycle route that is free to download  (or pick up a guide at Rik's shortly) and enjoy whether you are an experienced cyclist or a beginner. 

The cycle route - Kirkpatrick Loop - is based around the book 'Jamesie Burns and the bicycle thieves'.  This children's book written by Ian Barr and illustrated by Pete Bell, takes you through the almost true story of how our famous local blacksmith invented the bicycle and tells the tale of how Jamesie, aged 11, is caught up in the devilish plans of unscrupulous industrialists to steal the world's only working bicycle, invented by our local hero Kirkpatrick 'Pate' Macmillan.  

When Jamesie seeks to protect his friend Pate, he is thrown into the most dangerous situation!!  

Esther and Warren, who have a passion for cycling, and helping people to discover Dumfries and Galloway, were lucky enough to be awarded a literary grant from the EU supported Spot-Lit awards. This allowed them to research and produce a cycle loop to celebrate it, and working with Ian, have created  a route for everyone to enjoy.    

The loop itself begins and ends at Riks Bike Shed at Drumlanrig Castle, and takes approximately 2 hours to complete.  The map provides details at various points along the way, pointing out the Old Smithy at Keir Mill where Kirkpatrick Macmillan lived and a detour on foot to his resting place in the old Keir Cemetery.  

Follow the link to access Kirkpatrick Loop - available for download.   

If you would like to discover more details on both the book and the cycle route, visit the following web pages:

www.thebicycleinventor.com  

www.jamesieburns.co.uk

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