Castles & Coast 7 Day Tour

Bike Tour
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    This tour is provided by

    Galloway Cycling

    Over the last 2 years we have enjoyed showing visitors around our bit of Scotland and creating amazing cycling holiday experiences. We love doing the unusual, the things other companies don’t do – we have backgrounds in art, photography, farming and ecology with a bit of bushcraft as well.

    • 7 Days
    • Cyclist levelFrom beginner
    • Scotland

    Kirkcudbright & Thornhill

    Our most popular holiday. You can think of it as a holiday in the Highlands followed by one at the coast, linked together by a great ride that is mostly downhill. Both towns have a wide range of quality accommodation from comfy 5 star family run hotels to B&B’s and self-catering places.

    In both there are wonderful places to eat, some traditional bars and for after ride treats there are the best cafes in Southern Scotland. You can pick how far you would like to ride each day and what you would like to do. There is every type of ride from as little as you like to more than 60 miles, it’s your choice. If you are up for the adventure, visit the highest pub in Scotland and have a dram. You can visit some of Scotland’s most iconic castles and most beautiful gardens and still have time to enjoy gallery culture and some quirky little craft and antique shops.

    Bring your own bike or rent from us, you can be guided or self-guided using maps, turn by turn cue sheets and gps or smartphone navigation.

    We cater for every type of cyclist, from groups of lycra clad road warriors to leisure cyclists. To keep it simple, we have no set start date and you pick the length of your stay with us. You are going to love this.

    Price Includes

    • Pickup from Lockerbie or Dumfries and bringing you to the first accommodation
    • Luggage transfer
    • Transfer from Kirkcudbright back to Lockerbie or Dumfries train/bus station
    • Staying in 4*- rated accommodation with breakfasts

    Price Excludes

    • Bike hire
    • Dinners
    • Entry to visitor sights

    When

    Our season starts in April and finishes in October. You pick your date and length of stay.

    Please note

    Our Castles & Coast Tour is easily customizable: you can stay longer or shorter to suit your time schedule.

    We customise the routes for you, from 15 – 60+ mile round trips, from demanding to gentle rides – always on quiet country roads with little or no traffic. Tell us the sort of day you enjoy the most.

    Accommodation

    We are work with a number of accommodation providers, most of them with a 4*-rating. All of them are family-run places giving you personal contact to the region and lots of local knowledge.

    What you will experience

    Apart from extraordinary landscapes, you could see a variety of sights. Thornhill: Morton Castle, Drumlanrig Castle and Estate, The Queensberry Marbles in Durisdeer, public sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy, and of course the place where the first modern pedal bike was invented by Kirkpatrick MacMillan.

    Thornhill gives you the option to have an afternoon and /or evening in Dumfries for a Whisky tasting at Scotland’s bard Robert Burns’ “hideaway” – The Globe Inn. Taken over by the Annandale Distillery and refurbished in 2019, they offer tasting session of their unique whiskies, combined with a tour of the pub and if desired a dinner at their premises.

    Kirkcudbright itself has several important galleries, a lovely local museum, MacLellan’s Castle, and nearby Cream of Galloway Ice cream factory, a chocolate factory, a cooking school, Threave Gardens and Castle, Dundrennan Abbey a number of standing stones and prehistoric sites accessible by the public.

    Itinerary

    Day 1Arrival Day

    Arrive in Lockerbie/ Dumfries. We will pick you up from the train/bus station, bring you to your accommodation, set up the bikes and tell you about your tour. There is usually time enough to test the bikes and perhaps check out Drumlanrig Castle and Estate. Then settle and relax.

    Day 2Thornhill

    Explore Thornhill in one direction.

    Day 3Thornhill

    Explore Thornhill in a different direction.

    Day 4Thornhill to Kirkcudbright

    Transfer day to Kirkcudbright – an amazing ride through the high moors and big skies to the sea.

    *NOTE: The distance between Thornhill and Kirkcudbright is about 41 miles. If you feel that this is beyond your capabilities, we could either bring you a stretch closer (to Dalry or New Galloway), or we split this distance and you stay one night in Dalry or New Galloway. Later option proofed to be very popular.

    Day 5Choose your route

    A choice of a multitude of routes, maybe even with a stop at Cream o Galloway

    Day 6Choose your route

    Explore the another route, perhaps see Dundrennan Abbey, or Threave Garden

    Day 7Departure

    We bring you back to Lockerbie or Dumfries (or as discussed)

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