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.
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 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.
Our season starts in April and finishes in October. You pick your date and length of stay.
For bike rental, please let us know – we have a wonderful fleet of bikes to suit everyone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dated to over 1,000 years old and described as one of greatest achievements of its time in Europe.
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!
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.
Largest stone circle in mainland Scotland.
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 is one of Scotland’s grandest castles and home to the Duke & Duchess of Buccleuch. Cafe, Bike shop, crafts and amazing gardens and park.
A photogenic ruin set in the perfect landscape of hills and heather, with otters in the loch!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Highlights of this day
Annandale Distillery Whisky Tour
Caerlaverock Castle and Nature Reserve
Dumfries: The Globe Inn, Moat Brae, all sorts Robert Burns, Dumfries Museum
Highlights of this day
12 Apostles stone circle
Keir Mill and graveyard of Kirkpatrick Macmillan
(or customised for you)
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and/or Wanlockhead, highest village in Scotland (requires more fitness)