Tour Start – from Lockerbie.
Arrive by train from Edinburgh, Glasgow (both 1 hour journey) or from England (4 hours from London). 2 minutes taxi to hotel. Welcome meeting, tour information provided and cycle fit.
Day 1 – Lockerbie to Dumfries – 25 miles.
A pleasant countryside cycle with a refreshment stop at Lochmaben before continuing to Dumfries. Time to visit some of the Dumfries Burns attractions such as the Burns Centre; Burns House; Burns Mausoleum today or tomorrow morning, with a visit to the Globe Inn, Burns’s howff, for your evening meal.
Stay in Dumfries.
Day 2 – Dumfries to Castle Douglas via Ellisland Farm – 32 miles.
A detour to visit Ellisland Farm where Burns worked as farmer and wrote Tam o' Shanter and much of his work, then a popular cycle route via several villages to Castle Douglas, our base, with the option of a beer at Sulwath brewery who make the ‘The Grace’ beer, named after Burns’s Selkirk Grace. Whisky tasting tonight or tomorrow night.
Stay in Castle Douglas.
Day 3 – Gatehouse of Fleet and Kirkcudbright Circuit - 45 miles full distance.
We can drop off today to shorten the tour distance but still visit the main locations. Gatehouse of Fleet and Kirkcudbright were both frequented by Burns. The Selkirk Arms in Kirkcudbright has Burns lounge and named after the Selkirk Grace, where the again the beer is served. The Murray Arms hotel in Gatehouse is where he is reputed to have written ‘Scots Wha Hae’ and part of the poem can bee seen written on the steps of a stairway. This is a scenic route, partly by the coast.
Stay in Castle Douglas again.
Day 4 – Castle Douglas to Dumfries - 27 miles.
Return to Dumfries by a coastal route visiting places where Burns would have frequented as an exciseman. You also have the option to visit parts of the Dumfries 'Burns Trail' you didn’t visit on Day 1 or 2.
Again this is a scenic route by some interesting locations.
Stay in Dumfries.
Day 5 – Dumfries to Annan – 25 miles.
A fairly flat route today by the coast and The Brow Well where Burns was advised to bathe to try and cure his illness. One of the whiskies being produced at the Annnandale Distillery has a Burns theme. We can arrange a distillery tour. Caerlaverock Castle, Ruthwell museum and Cross and Annan are other interesting places along the way.
Stay in Annan.
Day 6 – Annan via Gretna Green to Lockerbie – 30 miles.
Return to Lockerbie by Gretna Green. Again there are several attractions along the way on the route which is partly on a signposted cycle route. The Devils Porridge Exhibition, Gretna Green visitor centre, Robert the Bruce’s Cave; Thomas Carlyle’s House are all possible stop points along the way.
You can depart from Lockerbie after changing in a local hotel or stay an extra night.
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