The Galloway Explorer Weekend Guided Tour


GT4 - The Galloway Explorer Weekend Cycle Tour

Start – 2014 dates to be chosen. Please ask.
Distance – 25 to 35 miles a day.
Grade – Moderate.
Comments – Two popular circular day tours based from Castle Douglas, one to the 'Scottish Riviera' and the other a visit to Barstobrick visitor centre and Twynholm village. You don't miss any of the many interesting features on this guided tour. 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 Galloway Explorer 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 – The Scottish Riviera

Distance – 30 miles.
Grade – moderate.
Terrain - A couple of hills with a flat second half.
Summary – Cycle to the coast today to a popular swimming beach, then to a National Scenic Area before climbing Orchardton Tower on your way back. We suggest a good lunch pub stop.

Features:
Dalbeattie – pop. 4000 – several features including excellent local museum and ‘7 Stanes’ mountain biking trailhead nearby.
Sandyhills Beach – expansive beach and recreational area - extra miles longer option.
Colvend – small visitor centre, shop and nearby craft farm.
Rockliffe – old fashioned village on the coast  we take you on a path to Kippford.
Mote of Mark – former pre 7th century citadel of Celtic Chieftains with commanding views.
The Muckle Hill and Jubilee Path – another viewpoint and popular path. We also take you to an interesting house garden full of driftwood and stone features.
Kippford village – a popular yachting village. We recommend a popular pub food location.
Dalbeattie – another opportunity to visit.
Palnackie – a former busy port beside the River Urr with a visitor attraction nearby.
Orchardton Tower – a 15th century tower house – the only round one in Scotland.
Carlingwark Loch – at the edge of Castle Douglas.
Sulwath brewery – a small brewery and visitor centre with tours – a good place to end the tour in town!
Castle Douglas ‘food town’ – a popular shopping centre with lots of attractive independent shops.

Day 2 – A Barstobrick Circuit

Distance – 30 miles.
Grade – moderate.
Terrain - A few hills but nothing too difficult.
Summary – A pleasant countryside route with a stop at Barstobrick visitor centre with great views from the hilltop monument. We have a variety of routes to choose from depending on whether participants have been on the 5 day tour via Kirkcudbright. An abundance of tea room options exist in and around Twynholm and in Kirkcudbright itself before returning to Castle Douglas.

Features:
Bartsobrick Vistor Centre - a well placed stop location with equestrian centre and  farm shop and tea room. Option of a short walk up to Neilson's monument with panoramic views around the area.
Twynholm - Apart from the village with a shop and two hotels, two nearby visitor centres, the Cocoa Bean chocolate factory and David Coulthard musuem, are options to visit.
Kirkcudbright - artists town and fishing port - popular to look around on a Sunday.
Threave Estate - depending on route taken and remaining time, option to visit the popular Castle and Garden.