Castles & Coast

2 Hubs - 1 perfect holiday

 

 

Thornhill and Kirkcudbright offer excellent, byt very different cycling experiences.

Thornhill gives you the highland experience with mountain passes, while Kirkcudbright has coastal rides to secluded beaches. They both have a range of accommodation, great pubs and food.

 

 
 
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Thornhill

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Kirkcudbright

 
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Kirkcudbright & Thornhill

If we had to pick 2 places we would choose Thornhill & Kirkcudbright. You can think of it as, the Highland experience followed by the coast and linked together by a great place to place ride. They both have a wide range of accommodation from comfy 4 star family run hotels, B&B’s and self-catering places.

In both there are great places to eat, some traditional bars and for after ride treats, the best cafes in Southern Scotland. You can pick how far you would like to ride each day. There are more than 30 rides from a little over 10 or as much as 60 miles each day it’s your choice.

Bring your own bike or rent from us, you can be guided or self-guided using maps, turn by turn cue sheets and gps or smartphone navigation.

We cater for every type of cyclist, from groups of lycra clad road warriors to leisure cyclists. To keep it simple, we have no set start date and you pick the length of your stay with us.

Details

Price: from £550

5 days staying in 4*- rated accommodation

This will also include transporting your luggage and getting you to Thornhill/Dumfries from the train or bus station and back again.

It does not include bike hire, dinners, or entry to visitor sights.

This tour is customizable: you can stay longer or shorter.


Time schedule

Day 1 - A little tour around Thornhill, perhaps to check out Drumlanrig Castle and Estate

Day 2 - Explore Thornhill area a bit more

Day 3 - Transfer day to Kirkcudbright - an amazing ride through the high moors and big skies to the sea

Day 4 - A choice of a multitude of routes, maybe even with a stop at Cream o Galloway?

Day 5 - Departure - we bring you back to the Lockerbie or Dumfries (or as discussed)


terrain/ distances/ map

The map shows just a few of the many ride options . We put individual routes together for you, from 15 - 60 miles round trips, from demanding to gentle rides - always on quiet country roads with little or no traffic. This is just an example, tell us what you would like and when you would like to come.


What you can see

Apart from extraordinary landscapes, you could see a variety of sights. Thornhill: Morton Castle, Drumlanrig Castle and Estate, The Queensberry Marbles in Durisdeer, public sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy, and of course the place where the first modern pedal bike was invented by Kirkpatrick MacMillan.

Kirkcudbright itself has several important galleries, a lovely local museum, MacLellan’s Castle, and nearby Cream of Galloway Ice cream factory, a chocolate factory, a cooking school, Threave Gardens and Castle, Dundrennan Abbey a number of standing stones and prehistoric sites accessible by the public.


When

Our season starts in April and finishes in October. You pick your date and length of stay.


bikes

We have a fleet of Hybrid Bikes and E-Bikes which can be rented. Renting includes helmets, tool kit and panniers. We have a few high end road and gravel bikes - ask about these.

Hybrid bike for this tour: £20 per bike per day ; E- Bike £30 per bike per day

 
 

lodgings

We are work with a number of accommodation providers, most of them with a 4*-rating. All of them are family-run places giving you personal contact to the region and lots of local knowledge.

Galloway Highlands and Thornhill

Hub 1

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Thornhill castle Rides

There are long rides if you want a challenge. Ride to the highest village and pub in Scotland and take a dram perhaps. The shorter routes takes in Morton Castle, Durisdeer Church or rides through the parkland of Drumlanrig Castle.

Take a look at the short film if you are thinking about the ride to the highest village and drink at the pub!

Coastal Kirkcudbright

Hub 2

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The Artists’ Town by the sea with a story of trade, battles and culture.

Kirkcudbright Rides

There are rides of 60 miles or more and some great short rides. One of these we call the ice cream ride as it takes you along the coast to ‘ The Cream of Galloway ‘ - the home of the best in the area. The route links together views of quiet beaches and bays, and the haunts of pirates, smugglers and vikings. You ride into Gatehouse of Fleet through the grounds of Cally Palace through bluebell woods. You can be back in Kirkcudbright in time to visit the galleries or browse the craft shops.

The second ride example is a visit to the 3,000 year old rock carvings. On this, you ride out of town and park the bike for a short walk to the cup & ring marked rocks. Back on the bike you ride on quiet roads to Dundrennan to visit the abbey where Mary Queen of Scots spent her final day in Scotland. There is a great cafe just over the road to visit, before you return to Kirkcudbright taking in the with views of Ross lighthouse and across the Solway to England.