There are several Coast to Coast cycle tours in the north of England and elsewhwere. Here's a new one which we tested with CTC members in May 2012 and can pronounce an excellent tour!
Our route doesn't just follow the National Cycle Route No.7 to Gretna Green. Having arranged cycling holidays in this area for over 10 years, we think there are often more interesting roads with places of character to visit. Local knowledge is the key! You can do the 223 miles route in anything from 3 to 7 days.
The route begins from the picturesque village of Portpatrick on the west coast - the shortest crossing point to N. Ireland and roughly follows the north Solway Coast to Gretna Green, continuing through the Borders via Hawick to Berwick on Tweed.
An option is also to do a unique detour visit to the old smithy where the first pedal cycle was invented by Kirkpatrick Macmillan in 1840 in the Nith Valley and to nearby Drumlanrig Castle to the Scottish Cycle Museum with its replica of ther first cycle.
Galloway Holidays will arrange tried and tested 'cycist friendly' accommodation, transport your luggage if you wish to do the tour self-guided or even hire you cycles or provide a guide if required.
We also offer a lesser distance 168 miles tour across Dumfries and Galloway region from the border with England to the west coast of Scotland - and even to the ferry to Northern Ireland if desired.
For more information on both these tours, see the SOS C2C page in our Themed Breaks section.
Wanlockhead is the highest village in Scotland. It is ideal to visit for those looking for a challenging cycle tour or a good place to start from - 7 miles downhill - for leisure cyclists before cycling down thje Nith Valley via Drumlanrig Castle and on to the Solway Coast back to our base at Castle Douglas.
Again this tour has not yet been put on our new website, so please contact us if you need more details and we will get back to you.
Spring Fling Arts and Craft event to be held on 24 / 25 / 26 May, 2014 - cycle round some of the venues and studios.