Gentle Galloway Weekend Guided Cycle Tour


GT3 - The Gentle Galloway Weekend Cycle Tour

Start – 2014 dates to be chosen. Please ask.
Distance – Around 20 miles a day, with flexibility in agreement with those on the tour.
Grade – Easy, with occasional Moderate parts.
Comments – Two circular day tours with good accommodation and evening food options. Be guided round so you don't miss any of the many interesting features on this excellent two day break. You will have plenty of time to stop and look around during each day's cycle.
Price – £255 p.p. - includes 2 night's 4 star B&B accommodation, cycle hire and guiding each day. Deduction if bringing your own bike.

Tour Features - Below we briefly list the interesting features you will find on each day of the cycling tour. Your guide will 'find' them all for you and provide the necessary local knowledge with some stories along the way to ensure you maximise each day's cycling through Bonny Galloway.
All the cycling routes have of course been selected to provide the best scenery each day with tea room and refreshment stop options.
This 2 day guided break can be tagged onto the 5 day Gentle Galloway Guided tour with a reduced cost.

B&B accommodation in Castle Douglas.

Arrival Day - Arrive on Friday.
If early arrival, you can take a short 'acclimatisation' cycle to visit the following places.
Carlingwark Loch – at the edge of Castle Douglas.
Threave Garden – one of Scotland’s finest gardens. Just outside Castle Douglas and on a cycle route.
Threave Castle – ring the bell for the boatman to take you to the castle on the island – again just outside Castle Douglas on a different route.
Castle Douglas ‘food town’ – a popular shopping centre with lots of attractive independent shops.

Day 1 – Balcary Bay Circuit

Distance – 22 miles.
Grade – Easy.
Terrain – downhill then fairly flat.
Summary – Cycle down a glen with an option for a hill walk. A pub and hotel option for lunch with again popular walks at Balcary Bay. Climb a tower on the way back with another village pub and craft shop option. Brewery visit on return to Castle Douglas!

Features
Carlingwark Loch – beside Castle Douglas.
Douglas Mausoleum – pagoda style burial chamber beside the route.
Kelton Kirk – typical Scottish kirk beside the road.
Mid Kelton – an example of new building in an old hamlet with nearby churchyard.
Gelston village – with nearby Gelston castle.
Screel Hill – popular hill walk.
Aucherncairn – an old smugglers haunt. Shop, pub and Millenium Garden.
Balcary Bay – a great 2 miles flat seaside cul de sac route with a coast walk option.
Orchardton Tower – a 15th century tower house – the only circular one in Scotland. Climb up!
Palnackie village – old harbour village with facilities and nearby attractions. A tea room stop.

B&B accommodation again in Castle Douglas. 

Day 2 – Barstobrick Monument and Twynholm Circuit

Distance – 24 miles.
Grade – Easy / moderate.
Terrain – flat to begin withg then some short hills but nothing too difficult - no rush.
Summary – A circular route with several interesting stops - with the short detour option to visit Kirkcudbright. A great Sunday route.

Features:
Glenlochar barrage - cross the River Dee here.
Barstobrick Visitor Centre - with tea room, Neilson monument and recreation area.
Twynholm - with Cocoa Bean chocolate factory, David Coulthard museum, hotels and shop.
Kirkcudbright – Scotland’s artists’ town with castle, fishing port, art galleries and the Stewartry museum. A slight detour option.
Rhonehouse village – former home of Kelton Fair.
If not visited on arrival day,
Threave Garden – one of Scotland’s finest gardens. Several places of interest which we advise about.
Threave Castle – ring the bell for the boatman to take you to the castle on the island.
Sulwath brewery – a small brewery and visitor centre – a good place to end the tour!
Carlingwark Loch – beside Castle Douglas.
Castle Douglas ‘food town’ – with lots of attractive independent shops.
Tour End