7 Stanes Link Tour
Here is a unique 7 day tour for mountain bikers using our cycling holiday experience to combine quiet road routes with some 7 Stanes locations and Drumlanrig Castle trails. It can be challenging biking between the trail centres and doing some bike trails. For a full day on the main trial centres, you can stay two days at some locations, i.e. one day getting there and a day on the trails. Alternatively we can be flexible and transport you to a trail centre or part of the way when we move your lugagge. The tour information we supply on your arrival at your welcome meeting contains trails maps and interesting features along your tour route, including info on tea rooms, pubs and evening restaurants. Our local knowledge is invaluable to get the best from this tour.
Day 1 – South Galloway Forest Park visiting Kirroughtree Mtb Trails Centre - around 35 miles.
You start the tour by heading by Loch Ken to join the route of the old 'paddy' railway line west towards Stranraer. You go through a nature resreve to join a quite road to Creetown - a good place for a refreshment. You then re-join an old railway line with great views over Wigtown Bay. You soon arrive at Kirroughtree 7 Stanes mountain biking centre - reputedly the best of all the 7 Stanes, where you can do some of the trails or have a look to prepare for a full day tomorrow. Continue on to spend the night at accommosdation in Newton Stewart. As it's around 30 miles before you get to Kirroughtree, we can drop you off part way or at the trailhead. Your bags will be delivered to your accommodation.
Day 2 - Glentrool - in the Galloway Hills - around 38 miles, plus the trails mileaage.
Bike from your Newton Stewart B&B and follow a quiet riverside road into the hills to Glentrool and Loch Trool with 'Scottish Highlands' like scenery.
Try the Glentrool 7 Stanes trails and then continue through the Galloway Forest Park on an off road bike route on a forestry road to emerge onto a quiet tarred country road with forestry visitor centre (tea room). You then take the peaceful National Byways Cycle route to your accommodation. This is a truly fantastic route with spectacular scenery which gives you the flexibility to decide how long you want to spend on the trails at Glentrool before moving on. A great hotel with good food at the end.
Day 3 - Drumlanrig Castle Trails - around 28 miles, plus trails mileage.
There is a fantastic remote 'over the hilltop' bike route today on a single track road to Drumlanrig Castle Trails, or we can pick you up after breakfast and take you (and your bags) to nearer Drumlanrig Castle and drop you off as agreed to give you more time on the trails. You pass a mile from the old smithy where the pedal cycle was invented in 1840 by Kirkpatrick Macmillan, so this 'must' detour is an extra 2 miles. You then bike to the Castle and the Drumlanrig mountain biking trails. You are in beautiful Nith Valley countryside the Castle having several other attractions including castle tea room. You just have a few miles get you to the nearby small town with excellent B&B.
Day 4 - The Lowther Hills and Ae Forest trails - around 26 miles, plus trails mileage.
After breakfast you set off into the hills on a quiet road on a scenic route, with the option to detour to scenic Morton Castle - see picture. With spectacular views over the Nith Valley, you cycle aross upland countryside used in the chase scene in The Thirty Nine Steps movie. After arriving at a loch you follow the road downhill to the Ae Forest 7 Stanes trails. Ae Forest has a good selection of different grade routes including dow nhill and black sections.
After exploring the trails, you follow somwe quiet country roads again for a further 10 miles to finish the day in Dumfries, the largest town in the region. We arrange accommodation here and advise on evening meal options.
Day 5 - Mabie Forest Trails - 20 miles, plus trails mileage.
Today you cross the River Nith in Dumfries and join a cycle route path through the town. A countryside route for around 5 miles then takes to the popular Mabie Forest 7 Stanes trails. Mabie has a good selection of different grade routes except black. The nearby hotel is ideal for refreshment. After the trails, you have a further 10 miles takes you to a village on the coast for excellent food and accommodation.
Day 6 - Visiting Dalbeattie Forest - 33 miles, plus trails mileage.
Although it is possible to bike the distance, to maximise your day, we can pick you up with your bags and move you along the coast to visit Dalbeattie 7 Stanes trails. We suggest coming off the trails at a specific point, and taking a circular detour (we use it regularly with our cycle tours) to the Solway Coast around lunchtime via a good pub beside the river estuary before returning to the forest for more biking and where we can pick you up - or at the pub if still there!
Day 7 - Flexible Day - last day or a day during the tour
We'll leave this 7th day blank meantime and we can discuss what suits you best, prior to you arrival e.g. an extra day's mountain bikiing at one of the trails mentioned above, or we can incorporate a midweek rest day or sight seeing day into your tour or even re-visit one of the previous sites again. Tonight can be arranged as an extra night's accommodation.
The town of Castle Douglas, our base, also has a local brewery which you might like to visit to celebrate the end of your biking tour.
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