Day 1- The Mull of Galloway to Port William
This tour starts at the lighthouse at the Mull of Galloway, the most southerly pointin Scotland. As this first day is 40 miles, we suggest doing the 5 miles from the Mull on arrival day, if time permits.
Cycle north by Ardwell to Sandhead which may be a good coffee stop. Continue on round Luce Bay to Glenluce, with the option of detouring to Glenluce Abbey. A quiet road takes you to a pub said to be the second oldest in Scotland - for lunch!
Continue along Luce Bay by the side of the coast to Port William, to your accommodation for tonight. As well as the Inshore Rescue Service building with tea room by the harbour, there are evening meal options which we can advise on.
Day 2 - Port William to Creetown
Continue on by Luce Bay to the tip of The Machars region to the pretty coastl village of Isle of Whithorn - not an island. You can detour 4 miles inland to Whithorn, a neighbouring town with many early Christian historical features including a museum. Back to the side of Wigtown Bay, you arrive at Garlieston village, the site where the secret 'mulberry harbour' was built and used in the second world D day landings. The next stop option is Bladnoch distillery and to nearby Wigtown, Scotland's book town. We can advise on lunch options. Continue on by the riverside to Newton Stewart for a look around before tackling the only real hill today, just before arriving at Kirrouightree mountain biking centre. The old railway line takes you on to Creetown to your accommodation for tonight.
Day 3 - Creetown to Kirkcudbright
From Creetown, to avoid the busy A75 coast road, we suggest you take an inland route on the No. 7 cycle route onto moorland to arrive at the entrance to Cairnsmore of Fleet nature reserve, with a short detour option to the visitor centre. Then cycle downhill into the Fleet Valley National Scenic Area and to Gatehouse of Fleet with several attractions including Cardoness Castle, Mill on the Fleet and a kilt making business. Continue through this National Scenic Area, initially by the coast and Isles of Fleet on a quiet detour route we prefer from the National Cycle Route. Cycle beside Kirkcudbright Bay and cross the River Dee into the historic former county town known as an artists town for over 100 years. After the shorter 28 miles today, we suggest refreshment places to celebrate the end of your tour.
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