Scottish Climbs: The Devil’s Beeftub

At first glance you might be forgiven for thinking The Devil’s Beeftub is a cruel name for a road – a way of goading the non-climbers with poor physique.

And described as a 5 mile long, steady climb, it might also seem The Devil’s Beeftub is a only worth blogging for the name. However, the scenery is reportedly pretty spectacular, and I’m told there is normally a tailwind, so it can probably be tackled in the big ring. Legal note: weather may vary and The Drum-Up cannot be held responsible for soul-destroying headwinds!


Above: @jez_hastings riding with the West Lothian Clarion on The Devil’s Beeftub

It’s also part of a Southern Uplands sportive that was suggested to me by @gear_ratio, which was recommended for a series of good climbs and great scenery.


The Radar ride 2010, on Sunday 11th July(with a recon ride on Friday 4th June), takes in 105 miles of roads and 2,300m of climbing in the Lowther Hills, finishing at the radar station (a giant ‘golf ball’ in layman’s terms) at the top of Lowther Hill itself. The Lowther Hills are classic Scottish Cycling country, playing host to a tough road race or two.

Above is the route of the Radar Ride, which also includes a descent of the Mennock Pass, another climb on my to-blog list. One of the easiest ways to ride this climb would be to join the Radar Ride. Click the image for their website.

The West Lothian Clarion rode this climb on a recent meet and destcibed it like this: “As we began the ascent of the The Devil’s Beef Tub the cloud closed in and visibility deteriorated. The climb isn’t steep and we rode side by side all the way up, keeping a steady rhythm up to the 407m summit, the highest point of our tour.”

@gear_ratio recommends an alternative route: that you start in Moffat to do the the climb full justice, in order to take in the tough Talla reservoir section. The route of the Radar Ride splits the climb in two.