Day 1 - The Scottish Riviera - from 30 miles.
Take the cycle route from Castle Douglas to Haugh of Urr and cycle down the Urr Valley 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.
Day 2 - Castle Douglas to Gatehouse of Fleet via Laurieston - from 20 miles
A morning option to visit Threave Castle and Garden, if not visited on arrival day, then a countryside route by Loch Ken and Ken Dee Marshes nature reserve on the Galloway Kite Trail where a you can see a popular daily red kite feeding spectacle and stop in at a photographic gallery.
After a couple of detour options, a woodland and moorland route with panoramic scenery takes you downhill to Gatehouse of Fleet, set in a National Scenic Area. As well as Cardoness Castle, Mill on the Fleet visitor centre and kilt making shop to look around, in the evening you have the choice of restaurants and can visit a pub which has a weekly music ‘jam session’.
Day 3 - Gatehouse to Kirkcudbright - from 16 miles
Detour from the sign-posted cycle route today to cycle through a popular coastal stretch with the islands of Fleet offshore. At low tide you can walk to an island or even take a short coastal walk. There are detours to an old kirk (church), scenic bays, beaches and even an ice cream making farm visitor centre as you head along beside Kirkcudbright Bay to the town.
It’s worth exploring this historical artists’ town and include a meal with queen scallops landed from the fishing boats. Maclellan’s Castle, Stewartry museum and several art galleries are just some of the features in this popular ‘county’ town which has a weekly ‘Scottish Night’ in the summer.
Day 4 - Kirkcudbright to Castle Douglas - from 15 miles
A direct countryside route can take you back to Castle Douglas within a couple of hours. We have option for a longer route including to Dundrennan Abbey, where Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night in Scotland. After refreshment at a tea room here, youi can continue on a quiet road to the village of Auchencairn, with a 'must do' detour to Balcary Bay, another beauty spot with a Hotel by the beach.
Another option is to visit Threave Garden and Threave House, one of Scotland's top gardens and / or at a different location, to Threave Castle with an osprey's nest nearby. On arriving back in Castle Douglas you have the option of an end of tour refeshment at the brewery or visit one of town's tea tea rooms.
Day 5 - A flexible morning cycle tour then depart to Edinburgh.
You can depart Castle Douglas at 9am after breakfast to take the train departing Lockerbie at 10 am arriving Edinburgh at 11am. We can provide and go over the Edinburgh self-guided cycle tour information on day cycle route options. If doing an electric bike guided tour in Edinburgh, we arrange a meeting with the Edinburgh tour guide. We provide a tourist booklet on Edinburgh and advise on the best way to your accommodation in Edinburgh. Accommodation can be arranged in the city centre near the railway station or in a quieter location outside the city centre. At Edinburgh Festival time (August) accommodation can be expensive and difficult to access.
Day 6 - Edinburgh Day or half day tours - from 5 miles
Today you can have a look around Edinburgh on foot, by tram or bus. If you prefer to explore by bike, the city centre is not ideally suied but there are still several nice routes including to the waterfront. Options are -
Hire a bike from a bike shop and do a self guided tour using our information - tour routes can include Leith Waterfront, the Royal Yacht, Holyrood Palace, Portobello Beach and Arthur's Seat and are mainly on signposted cycle paths.
If taking a guided tour by electric bike - tour routes are similar including from Portobello and going furthe along the coast to Musselburgh and another from Cramond and heading out to South Queensferry to see the Three Forth Bridges.
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