McGregor, Breede River Valley

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.

Additional Reading

For in depth personal accounts of McGregor with photographs, see our articles at: • Why I'm telling noone about McGregor. • McGregor weaves a spell over you, and all resistance crumbles. • Magical McGregor.

Travellers' Reviews

2 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewvery good

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. We chose to braai, but there are a few restaurants to choose from. The Cape Nature hike from McGregor to Greyton (or some portion thereof) is definitely worth doing. Just remember to arrange your permit beforehand.

Stef (Cape Town)

Verified reviewexcellent

McGregor is possibly the most charming village I have ever visited and that comes from a person who has visited 43 counties at last count. It has lovely walks, restaurants, places to stay and is simply " away from it all". Yet this village is only 2 hours from Cape Town. It has a very different climate and is much drier than Cape Town. There are also 9 wineries in the village with the larger ones being McGregor Winery and Lords winery. All the McGregor wineries welcome tasting and visitors and some have very good wines at very good prices. Don't miss The Donkey Sanctuary a few minutes out of town. There are very good restaurants to be found including Tebald's, Karoux, Green Gables, Fortyone and Melange. The Greyton McGregor walk starts about 14 km out of the village and there are rock pools in which you can swim on the cape nature hike. It is a great place to relax for a few days.

John McGlashan (Liverpool)

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