With our Guided Tours we ensure you maximise your cycling holiday experience with us. We know the people and interesting places to visit and can adapt day by day as required. You will experience a truly authentic Scottish cycle tour and get close to local culture with a local guide.
Prices shown are based on 2 people sharing a room in a good quality 3 or 4 star B&B or hotel. Single supplement of £20 per night.
Cycle hire is also included - discount if not required.
Lunches and evening meals are not included.
For 2013 we require a minimum of 6 participants for each tour.
The below 5 and 2 day guided tours can be combined to make a 7 day tour - at reduced cost. We will also be able to tailor a guided tour for you on different dates if desired.
Our Group Tours information is mentioned at the bottom of this page.
TOUR START DATES - May 13; June 10; July 15; September 9; October 14.
The route is along quiet country roads and covers mostly coast and farming countryside areas. We also include some an occasional hill with woodland, loch and moorland parts to let you experience all kinds of typical Scottish terrain.
Your first day is a circular route to 'acclimatise' and takes you as far as a coastal National Scenic Area known by the Victorians as The Scottish Riviera with picturesque villages Rockliffe and Kippford.
Apart from our base in Castle Douglas 'food town', you also stay in two riverside towns with character, Kirkcudbright 'artists' town and Gatehouse of Fleet, set in another Fleet National Scenic Area.
As with all our guided tour routes, you will visit various communities with local features and attractions each day including tea rooms and pubs for refreshment.
On this popular cycle tour you get to experience the hills, glens, lochs, coast and countryside of 'Bonny Galloway' - including a tour of Bladnoch Whisky distillery.
Your guide makes sure you don't miss any of the numerous features each day on this tour. You starts by cycling beside Loch Ken to the Glenkens upland area before taking a beautiful peaceful cycle through the galloway Hills to Bruce's Stone - with spectacular views over Loch Trool and nearby battle site.
The second half of the route follows the line of the Solway Coast visiting numerous small towns and villages and many features along the way.
You stay in Wigtown, Scotland's 'book town' for 2 nights. The second day - Wednesday - is a self guided tour to the Isle of Whithorn or you can short tour day or even have a rest day looking around the book shops or visiting the distillery - which also has a good food pub nearby.
You make your way back to Castle Douglas mostly using the National Cycle Route via the atractive towns of Gatehouse of Fleet and Kirkcudbright.
TOUR START DATES - May 27; June 24; July 29; August 26; September 23.
This tour, which can link with GC1 to provide a 7 day tour comprises of two circular routes from Castle Douglas.
Both days are on quiet country roads and take you through some varied terrain to reach the coast.
On Day 1 - after spectacular views of the Solway Firth and Lake District (on a clear day), you cycle two miles beside the coast to Balcary Bay beauty spot with nearby Heston Isle. You can take a short local walk, have lunch in the hotel or take a picnic before contiuing on your way.
After Auchencairn village, we later stop at Orchardton Tower, reputedly the only round tower in Scotland (climb the stairs to the top). We have the slightly longer option to visit Palnackie village, with pub, before making ouir way back to Castle Douglas.
The following day you take an interesting route to a hilltop monument with tea room before heading for Twynholm village with the option to visit David Coulthard's F1 museum and the nearby Cocoa Bean chocolate factory.
Contuing on, you arrive at Kirkcudbright 'artists' town with it's musuem, art galleries, castle and fishing boats in the harbour.
Your guide can also adapt the route to suit group members abilities and interests along the way.
TOUR START DATES - June 1; June 29; July 6; August 3; August 31; September 28.
This tour, which can link with GT1 to provide a 7 day tour and comprises of two circular routes from Castle Douglas.
The first day takes you along the River Urr Valley to Dalbeattie and the Solway Coast with a detour option (guide will discuss) to a nature reserve and light house or just arrive direct to the best beach in the area. The return journey visits a National Scenic Area and coastal villages both sides of the River Urr estuary befoire returning to Castle Douglas.
The next day's focal point is Kirkcudbright 'artists' town which often has a community event taking place during the weekend. Kirkcudbright is Scotland's artists' town with several art galleries mueum, castle and fishing boats, so you can easily spend some time looking around - or your guide can discuss the option to take you a circular detour cycle to the other side of the River Dee estuary b efore heading back to Castle Douglas.
GROUP TOUR START DATES - May 20; June 17; July 22; August 19; Sept 16; October 21.
WEEKEND GROUP START DATES - May 25/26; June 22/23; July 27/28; Aug 24/25; Sept 21/22; Oct 26/27.