Day 1 - Castle Douglas - Scottish Riviera
After a look round Castle Douglas including a couple of studios, and maybe a temporary exhibition at the Library gallery, the tour joins the National Cycle Route and heads for the village of Haugh of Urr with views over the rolling countryside and Galloway Hills. After crossing the River Urr you take a detour by the church and on to follow the line of the river to the town of Dalbeattie. On the way you can see the largest mote and bailey earthwork in Scotland - the Mote of Urr.
As well as a look around the town, have a look at The Nail Factory gallery and art space in Dalbeattie and also the excellent museum.
Day 2 - Scottish Riviera to Balcary Bay
Your tour crosses the River Urr again and continues west, never far from the coast. Palnackie village is an interesting stop, with harbour, 'trading post', pub and popular tea room.
Continuing on you are able to view a mural on a farm building wall which was painted as part of a Spring Fling project.
The village of Auchencairn has several studios which have opened during Spring Fling, including a willow sculptor, a leafwork artist and a textile artist. Prior to your tour, we will ascertain availability to have a private visit to these and other studios along your cycle route.
You accommodation can be at a local B&B or at the Balcary Bay Hotel beside the beach. An extra night's stay, to allow you to explore the popular walks around the Bay, can be arranged.
Day 3 Balcary Bay to Kirkcudbright
Continue west today to arrive at Dundrennan Abbey, dating from 1142 and now open to the public by Historic Scotland with a custodian. A recently opened tea room is a morning coffee refreshment option. You then have a countryside route for 10 miles, with views of Ross island and later beside the shore to arrive in Kirkcudbright artists town. You can cycle round the old High Street to the harbour gallery and the castle to get your bearings before checking in at your accommodation.
Day 4 - A relaxing day in and around Kirkcudbright
You can have a rest day from cycling today and have a walk around the town. We can advise on the various galleries and places to visit or you can do your own tour using the annual 'Kirkcudbright' booklet as a guide. A new major gallery for the town has just started being renovated and will be ready for 2018. With the Spring Fling and Art and Crafts booklets as our reference we are also willing to arrange private visits to normally closed working studios.
Day 5 - Kirkcudbright to Castle Douglas
After maybe spending some time in Kirkcudbright in the morning, or heading off in good time for an early departure after the end of your tour in Castle Douglas, today's route is around 10 miles to get you back to the town. Of course you can also have another look around the town and have an end of tour celebration in the local brewery or tea room.
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