All our 2 day tours / weekend breaks start from our base in Castle Douglas and include:
Cycle hire – discount if not required.
Tour Info – provided at welcome meeting on arrival.
Support Service - if any problems.
Free extra - cycle to Threave Castle and Garden on arrival day aftrenoon – with Sulwath brewery visit on return!
2B - Kirkcudbright Artists' Town - 20 miles – A popular harbour town with a fascinating artistic heritage and lots to enjoy. You’ll follow the National Cycle Route with the option to visit the Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park. Stop off at Threave Gardens, Threave Castle or Sulwath Brewers on the way back.
2C - The Scottish Riviera - 25 miles - A countryside route via Dalbeattie and on down the Urr Valley to a National Trust for Scotland National Scenic Area. The Solway Coastline here has been nicknamed the Scottish Riviera for its outstanding scenery, sunny demeanour and tranquil pace of life.
2D - The Galloway Kite Trail - 24 miles – Loch Ken is an 11-mile long ribbon of fresh water renown for its wildlife. You’ll arrive at the peaceful Ken Dee Marshes Nature Reserve, before following the Galloway KiteTrail. Keep an eye on the skies to try and spot a Red Kite and stop off at the feeding station viewing area.
2E - The Glenkens Loop - 36 miles - Following the line of Loch Ken you’ll visit three Glenkens hillside communities - New Galloway (smallest Royal Burgh in Scotland with an excellent tea room), or pub at Kenbridge Hotel and Blamaclellan village, before returning by the Urr Valley.
2F - The Wee Toon - 38 miles – Take a scenic woodland and peaceful moorland road and travel to The Wee Toon, Gatehouse of Fleet. There is lots to do here – visit Cardoness Castle, a kilt making centre or riverside old mill. Return via several villages, or take the option of a detour to Kirkcudbright Artists' Town.
2G - Dundrennan Abbey Tour - 45 miles – Travel through a beautiful glen to the coast, Balcary Bay and onto Dundrennan Abbey - a stunning 12th century Cistercian Abbey. Kirkcudbright is the next stop, a perfect town to spend an hour or two before heading back to Castle Douglas, via a visitor attraction or two.
2H - Sweetheart Abbey Tour - 50 miles – This is a fairly long distance tour, but it is well worth the effort, particularly since most of this tour, including the last half, is fairly flat. As well as Sweetheart Abbey, you’ll find Scotland’s National Museum of Costume, New Abbey Corn Mill and several places for refreshment in New Abbey. Contact us to obtain more information on this tour.
We ran the first part of this tour for an Australian journalist and realised it would make an ideal weekend or 2 day break for cycling holiday novices or those who wanted an easy paced cycling break with lots of features and two interesting towns to have a look around.
After your first night's accommodation, we take you to the top of a hill to Cairnsmore of Fleet Nature Reserve, the setting for the Thirty Nine Steps by Robert Buchan. After a look at the imposing viaduct and visior centre, cycle 6 miles downhill to Gatehouse of Fleet, a popular holiday town with several attractions.
Join the National Cycle Route (we have a better detour) visiting the famous Cream o'Galloway ice cream farm and the beautiful Wigtown Bay coastline with detours on the way to Kirkcudbright artists' town, with castle, harbour, art galleries and where we have arranged your next night's accommodation.
The next day takes you again on quiet country road to Twynholm village with David Coulthard's excellent museum and nearby chocolate factory and visitor centre. Another equestrian visitor centre with nearby monument you can climb up if you wish is on the route to the Galloway Kite trail and the red kite feeding station where we advise on the right time to get there to see the spectacular feeding frenzy.
Moving on to a Nature Reserve beside Loch Ken you end your tour back at Castle Douglas with a short detour to visit Threave Castle and Garden if you wish or just end the tour with a visit to Sulwath real ale brewery.