McGregor, Breede River Valley
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The mystically imbued town of McGregor lies just 10 minutes from the town of Robertson on Route 62, less than two hours’ drive from Cape Town. One of the few places in the world to lie directly on ley lines, McGregor is considered a sacred site and a natural energy means that McGregor has attracted artists, healers and a number of colourful characters as residents.
McGregor has managed to retain the quaintness of a 19th century hamlet, and cottages are whitewashed with gardens left largely to their own devices with old stone irrigation channels still in evidence. This adherence to historical building style is largely due to an aesthetics committee, which has drawn up a series of guidelines should you consider building in McGregor, regarded as the place where time stood still.
McGregor, named after one of the oldest Scottish clans, lies in a valley surrounded by rolling hills providing a number of walking and hiking opportunities, as well as historical walks around the village itself. The mild climate makes McGregor a wonderful place to visit in winter and it is only February in summer that can prove a little hot. It borders on the little Karoo, hence star-filled skies and not much pollution.
McGregor lies right in the heart of the Breede River Wine valley and wine tasting is almost obligatory when in this part of the world. There are a number of annual festivals, including the Robertson Slow food and wine festival at the end of October and the museum is worth a visit, although don’t be deceived by its apparent low key atmosphere.
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"I really enjoyed our weekend in McGregor. It is a quiet little town, with apricot, peach and tomato farms, a very clean main street and cute farm-style houses. ..." - Stef, Cape Town
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Featured Attractions in (or near) McGregor
t is hard to imagine that the walk between McGregor and Greyton, both wonderful little towns in their own right and worthy of overnight stays at each, is a mere 15 odd kilometres (depending on which account you read, the distance varies between 14km and 19 km), whilst the drive between the two is a laborious trek that ... more information
The youngest wine route in South Africa and just 90 km outside of Cape Town, the Breedekloof wine route lies in the Breede River Valley, which stretches from Gouda in the west, McGregor in the south, Montagu in the east and the Tankwa-Karoo National Park in the north. Wine in this region was initially ... more information
The Greyton Nature Reserve, a series of rugged mountain slopes and incredible paths set within fynbos and wildflowers (in spring), lies on the edge of the town of Greyton. The reserve is famous for its one-day hike that traverses the Riviersonderend mountains between Greyton and McGregor ... more information
Lying just three kilometres from the pretty little town of Swellendam, the Marloth Nature Reserve conserves the central Langeberg Mountains that lie between the towns of Swellendam, Ashton, Barrydale and Suurbraak. The Marloth Nature reserve includes what residents of Swellendam call ... more information
Based on the Overberg Tourism map, the Mountain and Meadows Route starts in Villiersdorp, the assumption being that you have already done the Green Mountain Eco Route. Take the R43 from Villiersdorp back to the N2, direction Caledon. After a short distance, take the R406 towards Genadendal ... more information
This is without doubt a particularly beautiful part of the Cape Overberg. The Riviersonderend Mountain range hugs the conservation area, which is predominantly rugged, filled with forested kloofs, rivers, gorges and peaks that beg to be climbed. It is a hikers’ paradise, in other words. The mountainous parts of ... more information
Surrounded by the rolling Langeberg mountains in the Breede River Valley and bordered by vineyards and orchards, the 18-hole Robertson golf course is the only 18-hole golf course in the beautiful ‘Valley of Wine and Roses’. Described as a fun, leisurely course it is extremely golfer friendly, with comfortable walks ... more information
There are almost 50 million vines in the Robertson Valley Wine Route, which produce more than 200 000 tons of wine grapes every year. The most common wines found along this wine route are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Methode Cape Classique ... more information
Only 1.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town and in the heart of Route 62 - the longest wine route in the country - Robertson Wine Valley lies surrounded by majestic mountains in the Breede River Valley. With a minimal annual rainfall and harsh weather conditions, including hot, dry days and cold nights, wines ... more information
Route 62 is modeled after the iconic US Route 66, made famous by the late, great Nat King Cole in the song of the mid 20th century. Travelers headed for the Garden Route will find that Route 62 offers a better alternative to the dull N2 motorway between Cape Town and George, being more scenic and ... more information
Set in a part of the country known as the arid Robertson Karoo, the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve lies in the Breede River Valley, roughly 15 kilometres south of Robertson on the road to McGregor. Given the name of the nature reserve - Vrolijkheid means happiness - this must have been the site of much ... more information
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