Day 1 - Threave, Ken Dee Marshes and Red Kites - 25 miles.
This is an excellent day's cycle circuit from Castle Douglas.
A trip out to Threave Estate with bird hides, osprey’s nest near Threave Castle, situated on an island in the River Dee can be explored in the morning. Lunch can be had at Threave Garden or in the 'food town'.
In the afternoon, you cycle ino the countryside, past the site of an old Roman fort before crossing the River Dee and heading for Bellymack Farm near Laurieston to see the red kites daily feeding spectacle at 2pm.
Continue your tour by SR Crocket's monument to Ken Dee Marshes Nature Reserve with bird hides beside Loch Ken. On return to the town, a beer at Sulwath brewery is a pleasant way to end your tour.
Day 2 - Kirkcudbright artists' town - 20 miles or longer.
We have an excellent countryside day circuit to Kirkcudbright artists' town with the option to visit Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park on the way there. Kirkcudbright is a historical town with the old High Street having the Tollbooth and the National Trust for Scotland's Broughton House. The Stewartry museum, harbour with fishing boats, Maclellan's Castle are all worth a look before deciding a place for lunch.
We have extra miles detour options to beaches and nearby Twynholm which has the Cocoa Bean chocolate factory with the David Coulthard museum attached. Cycle back to Castle Douglas by a former car factory, the home of the Galloway car, passing Threave Garden,where you can spend more time. After Carlingwark Loch, a tea room or the brewery is again available!
Day 3 - A circuit to the Coast - from 25 miles.
You've been north and west, now you head east and south of Castle Douglas to the coast. We offer two locations, or you can do both! The shorter route is to Balcary Bay with Heston Island offshore, where you can do a coastal walk circuit and have lunch in the hotel. before returning by a glen to Castle Douglas. The other route extendas further west to The Scottish Riviera to a National Scenic Area. An extension includes Mersehead nature reserve before returning to the Riviera area with picturesque villages and lunch options. You can inspect two significant mottes on the route. You can return by crossing the River Urr estuary and visiting the only round tower in Scotland. Either visit Balcary Bay or head direct back to the town for your coffee, tea or beer!
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