Tailor made / Bespoke tours
If you let us know the following information, we can design a tour for you and give you a price quote -
The number of days you have available for your cycling break – minimum 2
Accommodation type and standard you prefer
Preferred daily cycling or biking distances - on a moderate terrain
Any tour features which you would like us to include if possible e.g. historical, wildlife, arts and crafts, tea rooms, good food, music nights or other interests.
Short 'Scotland Experience' Tours
We frequently have overseas visitors who are in the UK for business or other reasons and have a limited time schedule.
Once we get the necessary information, including where clients are travelling from in the UK, we can then work out travel options and timescales and the time available thereafter for a cycling tour.
Laurie from Dallas, seen here at Rockliffe, with Heston Island offshore, is a recent example in 2016, with a guided 'acclimatisation' tour on the first day and then self-guided for the rest of the tour.
Accommodation and Location
Subject to availability, we use our own 4 star Summerhill B&B as accommodation for at least the first night of the tour. Highly rated in Tripadvisor, Summerhill has an indoor swim spa for use by guests – ideal to ease leg muscles after a day's cycling! We use other good quality tried and tested accommodation at different locations throughout a tour.
Castle Douglas, our base, is a market town, themed as a ‘food town’ with many independent shops, restaurants and even a brewery with visitor centre for an end of tour beer. The Solway coast, Loch Ken and the Galloway Forest Park are less than 10 miles away.
Castles, Abbeys and Tower Houses
We can include the following features in tours -
Castles, Abbeys and tower houses – castles ranging from Threave Castle, near our base in Castle Douglas which is accessed by ringing the bell for the ferry boat to take you to the river island, to Drumlanrig Castle, a ‘lived in’ castle where you can take an internal guided tour or uniquely see a replica of the first pedal cycle which was invented nearby by castle blacksmith, Kirkpatrick Macmillan in 1840.
Three abbeys built around the 12th century by Cistercian monks are popular with visitors. Sweetheart Abbey has a romantic name while Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night on Scottish soil at Dundrennan Abbey – on 15th May 1568!
National Scenic Areas, Food, Art and Books
Three National Scenic Areas – designating some of Scotland’s finest coastal scenery. These three Areas all have popular small towns and villages to visit during a tour.
Food, Art and Books - three themed towns - Castle Douglas ‘food town’ our base, Kirkcudbright artists’ town and Wigtown, Scotland’s book town are often included in our tour routes. Apart from the main features, these towns have many other attractions and well are well worth a visit.
Art and Crafts galleries and studios
Art and Crafts –the region has a large number of studios, galleries and workshops with art and crafts such as painting, ceramics, textiles, photography and other disciplines being employed. Indeed, Scotland’s premier art and crafts open studios event with over 100 studios participating is held in May each year in the region.
Many of these studios are open at other times of the year and others by special arrangement.
Wildlife and Nature
Wildlife and Nature – Within a few miles of Castle Douglas is the Galloway Kite Trail (red kite birds of prey) and a nature reserve beside Loch Ken. The Galloway Forest Park is the largest in the UK, with a red deer range, wild goat park and many other attractions including three visitor centres with food. You can also visit the Dark Sky Park and Biosphere in The Galloway Highlands.
Gardens – Galloway has many beautiful gardens. Visit the 5 star Logan Botanical Garden, an exotic garden warmed by the Gulf Stream and with palm trees. Within a mile of our base in Castle Douglas, Threave Garden, run by the National Trust for Scotland is one of Scotland’s top gardens. There are many more to see in Galloway.
History and Heritage
History and Heritage – In addition to the castles and abbeys, there are many other places of historical interest which we include on our tours.
From Whithorn, the earliest Christian community in Scotland around 450 AD where you can visit the priory and museum to Dumfries with the house of Robert Burns, Scotland’s famous poet lived from 1793 and also see the Moat Brae, the birth place of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.
Food and Drink and Music
Food and Drink – You have tea room and lunch stop options along the way during your tour and also good options for an evening meal. Apart from Castle Douglas ‘food town’ the region is famed for many local food products. Our tour routes are designed to include the best food and drink places in the region.
Whisky, Beer and Music – Castle Douglas has a local brewery, ideal for a beer at the end of a day’s cycling tour. We also have two whisky distilleries in the region, one with a brand new visitor centre. Some pubs have ‘jam sessions’ music played on certain nights of the week. We have also arranged ‘jam sessions’ to coincide with our guided group tours at specific pubs.
Book this tour
You can pay a 25% deposit now online to book this tour. We also accept other forms of payment; please see the payment section of our services page for details.
You can also use the enquiry form lower down the page to ask us any questions