Day 1 - Kirkcudbright artists' town
Start at the harbour square car park in Kirkcudbright and after a cycle around the artist town's High Street, you head off towards Kirkcudbright Bay to join a quiet country road. Apart from views of Ross island, Dundrennan Abbey is your first real feature - with new tea room nearby in the old pub. Another back road gets you to near Balcary Bay for an optional detour. After passing the only round tower house in Scotland, we know a good tea room for lunch. You then arrive at the 'granite' town of Dalbeattie with town services and also a good bike shop. You can take a forestry road from the dalbeattie Forest 7 Stanes trailhead or continue by road to the pretty village of Kippford by the River Urr estuary and National Scenic Area for your second night's accommodation.
Day 2 - From the Stewartry into Dumfriesshire
For the second day you pass through several interesting villages and a popular beach before some undulations with panoramic views across the Solway Firth. A bird nature reserve, lighthouse and the cottage museum where John Paul Jones, the founder of the US Navy was born are all places to stop and look around on the way towards the River Nith estuary and another National Scenic Area. There's a pub lunch stop option at a coastal village or at an award winning tea room in the village of New Abbey where Sweetheart Abbey and the Corn Mill are attractions. You pass a mountain biking centre on your way to Dumfries, the largest town in the region, with Robert Burns and other historical attractions.
Day 3 - Dumfries to Gretna Green
Having crossed the river bridge in Dumfries you now follow a fairly flat cycle route all the way today to Gretna Green. Once again you have the option to stop and visit attractions along the way. A significant castle is the three cornered Caerlaverock Castle. You then soon arrive at a visitor centre in a small village which commemorates the world’s first savings bank and then to the newly refurbished Annandale whisky distillery where you can do a whisky tour. The fascinating Devil’s Porridge museum (WW1 ammunitions factory) is another option before arriving at Gretna Green and the world famous blacksmith’s shop and marriage centre. Your accommodation in Gretna ends the coastal part of this tour.
3 days - £245 p.p. - assuming two sharing a room.
4 days - £320 p.p.
5 days - £395 p.p.
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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