Day 1 - Gretna Green to Thornhill
You begin your tour by heading north inland from Gretna Green to join a cycle route to Lockerbie. Bruce's Cave at Kirkpatrick Fleming and Thomas Carlyle's museum are stop options along the way. We adavise you of the tea room / cafe options along the way.
A pleasant reasonably flat countryside route takes you to higher ground to the Ae Forest, one of the 7 Stanes mountainm biking trail centres.
Continue up a glen to a loch to then take a magnificant hillside route with great views to the pleasant village of Thornhill, to your accommodation for two nights.
Day 2 - Wanlockhead Circuit
Today you do a circuit to Wanlockhead, the highest village in Scotland. It is surprisingly a steady not too difficult climb up the striking Dalveen Pass before heading off toward Leadhills, noted for lead mining.
The route begins by followinga quiet countryside route to the village of Durisdeer, cycling through a ford, before joining the road to the Dalveen Pass. You first pass through Leadhills, with narrow guage railway on the way to Wanlockhead, with lead mining museum and cafe. Aftera photo - see image - to record your feat, enjoy the cycle downhill for 6 miles tro the Nith Valley where you cross the River Nith to arrive at Drumlanrig Castle, which is open to the public. Tea in the Castle kitchens is recommended. Return to Thornhill.
Day 3 - Thornhill to Newton Stewart
Today you head west with an initial detour to visit the former smithy where Kirkpatrick Macmillan invented the pedal cycle in 1840 - a unique location! He was ther local blacksmith and inventor who worked at Drumlanrig Castle. You soon arrive at Moniaive village, which was mentioned in The Times as 'one of the coolest villages in the Britain'. After a steep hill, the tea room here is a wecome stop!
A moorland cycle route takes you to the scenic Glenkens region and options for a lunch stop. Again, follow a cycle route through the Galloway Forest Park on the Queens Way (unless you have a hybrid bike for a cross country forestry road route option) to take you by Clatteringshaws to the town of Newton Stewart.
Day 4 - Newton Stewart to Portpatrick.
Follow the cycle route up the River Cree Valley to Glentrool area, with Highlands-like hill scenery around Loch Trool. You then continue west on a quiet upland road with a stop off option for refreshment at a remote holiday park.
The route takes you down to Castle Kennedy Gardens then into Stranraer by Loch Ryan for a look a round.
Continue beside Loch Ryan to reach the north end of the Rhins peninsula, with an option to visit Corsewall lighthouise, now a hotel.
Continue down the west side of the peninsula to arrive at the pretty sea faring village of Portpatrick, the shortest crssing popint to Northen Ireland - your accommodation for tonight.
Day 5 - Portpatrick to the Mull of Galloway and back to Drummore
Today you continue south down the Rhins peninsula, again on quiet country roads to arrive at Logan Botanical Garden, with palm trees and other plants protected by the Gulf Stream. Logan fish pond near Port Logan is also on your route on the way south to the Mull of Galloway. The Gallie Craig tea room, perched beside a cliff face is a welcome refreshment stop as you approach the lighthouse, the most southerly point in Scotland.
You then begin the return journey by initially cycling north to Drummore village for a night's accommodation, in preparation to beginning the route east tomorrow.
Day 6 - Drummore to Isle of Whithorn
You now follow the route of the South Coast 200 tour all the way to Gretna Green back to your start point. As you cycle alongside Luce Bay you can see acros to the other side where you will be going left to right to the Isle of Whithorn. Sandhead can be a stop off point for refreshment before heading on round the Bay on this fairly flat route. You have the option to detour to Glenluce Abbey and into the village of Glenluce. The Cock Inn may be a lunch stop location as you head for Port William, with refreshment options.
You have the option to detour to Whithorn, only a few extra miles, and worth a visit if you're into history.
We use a popular food hotel at the harbour for your overnight stop.
Day 7 - Isle of Whithorn to Kirkcudbright
Continue north beside Wigtown Bay to visit the village of Garlieston with some fishing and pleasure boats. Passing through other villages you arrive at Bladnoch whisky distillery which is undergoing renovation, and then Wigtown, Scotland's book town. Newton Stewart, the 'gateway to the Galloway Hills', standing beside the River Cree may be an ideal lunch stop. You pass through Kirroughtree 7 Stanes mountain biking centre or visit!, then on an off road tarred part to Creetown, with gem rock museum, then pass a nature reserve, which you can detour to the visitor centre. Youm pass through Gatehouse of Fleet, back at the coast in a National Scenic Area, and on to your overnight stop in Kirkcudbright artists town.
Day 8 - Kirkcudbright to Carsethorn
After a good look around this popular artists' town with harbour, castle and fishing boats, you continue east by the coast using back roads to arrive at Dundrennan Abbbey - the tea room there offers the first break of the day!
The next village is Auchencairn and a detour option to Balcary Bay, before another back road to Orchardton Tower, the only round one in Scotland. You then pass through the town of Dalbeattie, pop.4000, and on to the Scottish Riviera, another National Scenic Area, to the pretty villages of Kippford and Rockliffe,a good place for lunch if not already had in Dalbeattie, Continue by the coast with several places of interest includinga lighthouse until you arrive at your next acommodation in the village of Carsethorn.
Day 9 - Carsethorn to Gretna Green
On your last day, you head north by the west side of the River Nith estuary visiting the scenic village on New Abbey and Sweetheart Abbey before heading on to Dumfries, the largest town in the region, with several attractions which we advise on. Cycling down the other side of the estuary, there are several places to stop to look around and for refreshment. A nature reserve, savings bank musuem and historical cross ar stop optionms on the way to the town of Annan and the Annandale whisky distillery. The Devil's Porridge museum is the next attraction as you head to the end of the tour in Gretna Green, where you can stay the night to celebrate completing the tour before departing.
9 days - £995 p.p. - assuming two sharing a room.
This cost includes tour info, luggage transfer and a support service if any problems. Additional charges apply for single rooms and only one person on a tour - we will quote. Similarly, savings can be made for a group tour. We offer a 10% discount for at least 4 on a tour.
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