Whisky & Burns 3 Day Cycling 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.

    • 3 Days extra day available
    • Cyclist levelFrom beginner
    • Scotland

    Scotland starts here, where history and whisky was made and more battles fought than anywhere further North. Where our national poet Robert Burns was inspired and where prehistoric people raised standing stones and hill top forts. Where the Pedal Bicycle that changed the world was invented by our unsung hero Kirkpatrick MacMillan.

    Experience tradition in drink and food, made welcome by those who live here – you will love the landscape, the slow pace and the beauty of sea, river and mountain.

    The trip is in collaboration with Annandale Distillery, for you to explore their award winning whisky and their ongoing interest in preserving culture and history and traditions.

    Annandale Distillery

    Annandale Distillery was founded in 1830 by George and Margaret Donald producing memorable peated whisky and was later bought by the world famous Johnnie Walker brand. An amazing restoration project began in 2007 and now Annandale’s single malt whisky is recognised as world class.

    When

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

    Price Includes

    • Pickup from Lockerbie or Dumfries train station and transfer to Powfoot
    • Extra night before start of the Tour at Powfoot Hotel, incl. breakfast
    • Luggage transfer
    • Transfer from Thornhill back to Lockerbie or Dumfries train/bus station, or Powfoot if you left your car there
    • Maps, Route sheets, GPS
    • Our personal contact and support

    Price Excludes

    • Bike hire
    • Dinners
    • Entry to visitor sights

    Extra: bike rental

    For bike rental, please let us know – we have a wonderful fleet of bikes to suit everyone.

    Special offer

    Galloway Classic Tour deal @ £11.50pp – a full one hour distillery tour, two tastings of whisky plus a take home ‘cyclists dram’ miniature bottle of the single malt whisky ( you can choose peated Man O’ Sword or unpeated Man O’ Words)

    Cask ownership – rare casks of single malt whisky can be purchased and personalised with your own family, clan, club or corporate logo. Bottles can be mailed home to await your return from your cycling adventure.

    Lodgings

    We 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.

    We partner with Nithbank Estate, the area’s premier 5 Star B&B and a UNESCO Biosphere certified partner – an absolute Classic Scottish Estate Experience –

    There are great places for the evening’s dining and great cafes too. We can also arrange transport to the 500 year old Auldgirth Inn just down the road. Award winning dinning is the perfect end to a days cycling.

    Highlights of the Whisky & Burns Tour

    Annandale Distillery Whisky Tour

    Annandale Distillery – the iconic visitor experience at the gateway to Dumfries & Galloway. An authentic Scottish experience welcomes all visitors and independent travellers. Guests learn tales of Whisky, Warriors & Words and enjoy an immersive tour of the distillery.

    Ruthwell Cross

    Dated to over 1,000 years old and described as one of greatest achievements of its time in Europe.

    Caerlaverock Castle and Nature Reserve

    A nature reserve designated in 1957 at the instigation of the Duke of Norfolk. The NNR covers an area of 82 square kilometres (32 sq mi) and is an internationally important wintering site for waterfowl and wading birds.

    One of the most important wildfowl reserves in the world.

    Caerlaverock Castle is a little further on and is a 13th century moated castle considered one of the most beautiful in the south of Scotland. Well worth a visit – there is a cafe!

    Dumfries: The Globe Inn, Moat Brae, all sorts Robert Burns, Dumfries Museum

    You are guests at  THE GLOBE INN (established 610) the world famous drinking “howff” (meeting house) of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. For special occasions we can provide a unique private party dining experience at The Globe. With over 250 whiskies to choose from and fine dining with locally sourced Scottish foods a good night is assured. The Globe Inn also offers our guests a special tour around the house as part of the dining experience.

    Moat Brae – Inspiration for Neverland of Peter Pan.

    12 Apostles

    Largest stone circle in mainland Scotland.

    Keir Mill and graveyard

    Home to local hero Kirkpatrick Macmillan inventor of the modern bicycle – visit his grave for the perfect cyclist selfie and pose at Keir mill where he built the first bicycle.

    Drumlanrig Castle

    Drumlanrig Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles and home to the Duke & Duchess of Buccleuch. Cafe, Bike shop, crafts and amazing gardens and park.

    Morton Castle

    A photogenic ruin set in the perfect landscape of hills and heather, with otters in the loch!

    Durisdeer church

    Durisdeer Church sits on a Roman road that later became the road across Scotland to Edinburgh. It is now a remote track leading on from the church.

    (optional)Wanlockhead

    Highest village in Scotland, with the highest Pub in Scotland and two most perfect high passes: (cycling up ) Dalveen Pass and (coming down) Mennock pass. Please note: This requires a higher level of fitness. If you wish to do this loop, there is the option to stay one night in either Leadhills or Wanlockhead and close the loop the next day.

    Other options

    You can extend your stay with us, and visit even more castles by continuing down to the sea at Kirkcudbright. The ‘ Artist Town ‘ full of galleries, antique shops and quirky artisan shops. Great places to stay and always something to see and do. It has a working harbour and miles of coastal rides waiting for you to explore. Roman, Vikings, smugglers and pirates have visited and now it is your turn to spend some time here.

    Itinerary

    (Optional)Powfoot - Arrival

    This is optional service!

    Arrive in the afternoon the day before & check into Powfoot Hotel. Guests of this tour enjoy a little discount when booking with us. Get settled in and we custom fit you with your bike – a short ride to the fascinating Devils Porridge Museum just down the coast to get things dialled in.

    If required, we will pick you up from Lockerbie or Dumfries train station and bring you to Powfoot. See EXTRA in the prices section.

    Day 1Powfoot to Dumfries, 30 miles

    Highlights of this day

    Annandale Distillery Whisky Tour

    Ruthwell Cross

    Caerlaverock Castle and Nature Reserve

    Glencaple

    Dumfries: The Globe Inn, Moat Brae, all sorts Robert Burns, Dumfries Museum

    Day 2Dumfries - Thornhill, 27 miles

    Highlights of this day

    • 12 Apostles stone circle

    • Keir Mill and graveyard of Kirkpatrick Macmillan

    • Drumlanrig Castle

    Day 3Thornhill Loop, 27 miles

    (or customised for you)

    Highlights of this day

    • Morton Castle

    • Durisdeer church

    • Drumlanrig Castle

    • and/or Wanlockhead, highest village in Scotland (requires more fitness)

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