Day 1 - Urr Valley Circuit - 34+ miles
Take the cycle route from Castle Douglas to Haugh of Urr and cycle down the Urr Valley today to the town of Dalbeattie for a look around. Continue to the coast, with the option of extra miles further east and later re-join the main route. Mersehead RSPB nature reserve, John Paul Jones museum and Southerness lighthouse are all places to visit on this extra miles route.
After a beach resort, cycle on a path between two villages to a pub we recommend for your lunch break. Continue west to look into Palnackie village with harbour, pub and tea room. Orchardton Tower, the only round tower in Scotland, is worth a visit and climb up the spiral staircase. Return to Castle Douglas for a beer at the brewery or visit one of the many tea rooms. You stay at our Summerhill B&B tonight, subject to availability.
Day 2 - By Balcary Bay to Kirkcudbright - 28 miles
Depart from Castle Douglas again on the National Cycle Route (opposite way from Day 1 ) and again head for the coast - further west this time to Balcary Bay, a popular beauty spot. You pass through Auchencairn villages with a smuggling history with Heston Island offshore. Take a short detour to Balcary Bay and then a countryside detour takes you to Dundrennan Abbey, where Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night in Scotland. Continue, again by a detour route with views of Ross island to Kirkcudbright artists’ town, popular with tourists to your accommodation. See the castle, old High Street, museum and art galleries. Good food options here also!, including queen scallops from the fishing boats and a harbour side fish and chip shop!
Day 3 - Brighouse Bay to Gatehouse of Fleet -
After a look around the town, head west again today, crossing the River Dee and cycle beside the estuary on a signposted cycle route. After the Dhoon beach, you soon arrive at the junction for Brighouse Bay another beauty spot. Continue by Borgue village to Kirkandrews kirk and Carrick shore with islands of Fleet offshore. This area, with Knockbrex viewpoint, is a particularly scenic spot. We provide info for you to visit Sandgreen beach or go direct to Cream o' Galloway ice cream farm and visitor centre for a look. Continue by the Cally Palace hotel into Gatehouse of Fleet, another popular holiday town, with castle, kilt making shop, Galloway Lodge and Mill on the Fleet by the river.
Day 4 - Gatehouse of Fleet to Castle Douglas - 20+ miles.
Your way back to Castle Douglas is along the edge of the Galloway Forest Park on an upland road with some stunning views over the Galloway hills. Beware of wandering sheep on the road!
At the village of Laurieston an award winning 'Galloway landscape' photographer has a gallery. Nearby is Bellymack Farm and red kite birds of prey feeding station where you can see a daily feeding spectacular with up to a 100 red kites swooping to the bird table. The tour continues by Loch Ken with Ken Dee Marches nature reserve a short detour option before returning to Castle Douglas for a well earned beer at the local brewery.
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