Highlands & Stewartry Tour

Riding Galloway

The magic of the Galloway Highlands plus Galloway's coast in one wonderful tour. 


The Big Magic Stewartry - 6 days/ 5 nights Prices in £ (Pound Sterling)
Occupancy Double Single
from 660.00 750.00

Start: Dumfries

Finish: Dumfries

Time:  Any time


The birthplace of the bicycle

The pedal cycle was invented in 1839 by Kirkpatrick Macmillan in a blacksmiths at Keir Mill near Dumfries. Visit the old Smithy and the grave of Macmillan on your ride out along the River Nith valley from Dumfries. There is also the 12 Apostles Stone Circle to visit and you cycle by and Ellisland Farm the home of Robert Burns our national poet.

After your first night in Thornhill you visit our favorite castle in the area, the stunning Morton Castle. You pick up the old Edinburgh road through the hills before returning to ride through the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle. Known as ‘ The Pink Palace ‘, it is one of Britain’s grandest castles and features in the Outlander program.

Moniaive, “This buzzing little musically gifted community is probably home to more festivals per capita than any other place in Britain” - The Guardian, is your next destination, before you climb up over the hills and down to New Galloway. For a small village it has two of the finest cafes in the area. You can stay two days to explore Clatteringshaws Loch and the beautiful off-road route, the Raiders Road.

A stunning ride along the banks of Loch Ken brings you to Lauriston and the start of what we think is the finest stretch of road in Galloway. First climbing through forest and beech tree lined avenues to moorland where the views open - you can see Ireland on a clear day.  The descent into Gatehouse of Fleet is rather exciting. The ride now joins the Magical Stewartry tour.

The  magical Stewartry Tour

Gatehouse of Fleet is where you begin with a ride along the coast. Vikings, smugglers and pirates sailed the hidden harbours of this beautiful stretch of coast. Whenever possible the route takes off-road tracks and stays by the side of the sea. You will probably have golden beaches to yourselves here all the way around to Kirkcudbright.

A two day stay here would be a good plan. This is The Artist Town, with pastel coloured houses, cafes and enough shops and galleries to pass the time. Day two can be a ride to Threave Castle or ancient rock art.

The ruined Abbey of Dundrennan and then the usual quiet roads through to  'The Scottish Riviera' and the quaint sailing harbour of Kippford for the night. A final coast ride to Dumfries, visiting Sweetheart Abbey, the most photogenic lighthouse and quiet bays. The standard tour takes you along some of the most beautiful roads in Scotland, and covers 143 miles - too short! ask for longer rides each day to custom fit your ride.


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Day 1 -

Dumfries - Thornhill

The pedal cycle was invented in 1839 by Kirkpatrick Macmillan in a blacksmiths at Keir Mill near Dumfries. You visit here and the grave of Macmillan on your ride out along the River Nith valley from your start point in Dumfries. There is also the 12 Apostles Stone on your route and Ellisland Farm, the home of Robert Burns our national poet.

Day 2 -

Thornhill - St John's Town of Dalry, or New Galloway

After a comfortable night in Thornhill, you visit our favourite castle in the area, the stunning Morton Castle. You pick up the old Edinburgh road through the hills before descending to ride through the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle. Known as ‘ The Pink Palace ‘, it is one of Britain’s grandest castles.

Moniaive, “This buzzing little musically gifted community is probably home to more festivals per capita than any other place in Britain” - said The Guardian.  Then you climb up over the hills to New Galloway. For a small village it has two of the finest cafes in the area and you stay here for your second night. You can book an extra day here which gives you time to explore Clatteringshaws Loch and the beautiful off-road route, the Raiders Road.

Day 3 -

St John's Town of Dalry, or New Galloway - Gatehouse of Fleet

Moving on, you ride along the banks of Loch Ken to Laurieston, where if you are on the 4 day tour, you turn left and begin to climb the most perfect cycling road in Galloway. Waterfalls, high mountains and views out to sea - stunning. You end the day in Gatehouse of Fleet where there are book shops, tea rooms and a castle to explore.

Day 4 -

Gatehouse of Fleet - Kirkcudbright

You start from Gatehouse with a ride along the coast. Vikings, smugglers and pirates sailed the hidden harbours of this beautiful stretch of coast. Whenever possible the route takes off-road tracks to ride by the side of the sea. Watch out for seals on the rocks and peregrines hunting.

Kirkcudbright is your first overnight stop. (You could stay here an extra day to visit galleries or bike to Threave Castle.)

Day 5 -

Kirkcudbright - Kippford

A ride along beautiful and quiet coastal roads to the ruined abbey of Dundrennan. Mary Queen of Scots spent her final night on Scottish soil here at this Cistercian Monastery. You continue along the coast, visiting Orchardton Tower and the rather quirky harbour of Palnackie, and ending your day at Kippford. You will fall in love with what many think is the most beautiful harbour in Galloway. A walk to the shell beach after food is a must for the evening.

Day 6 -

Kippford - Dumfries

You leave ' The Scottish Riviera ' and head for more open country, with views to the Lake District. We route you along tracks and quite lanes to visit Southerness Lighthouse, the second oldest in Scotland and the birthplace of John Paul Jones. One time local pirate and founder of both the American and Russian navies. New Abbey has a great cafe and your second stunning ruined abbey, Sweetheart Abbey. You continue into Dumfries to end your tour after 143 miles. Not enough? - every day can be extended with more to see that could take the distance up to well over 200. Just ask for us to customise the tour for you.


Not enough time to do the entire tour? 

Look at Galloway Highlands Tour and the small Magic Stewartry Ride separately. 




Prefer to pack your bags less often and still see the magic?

You can ride the Coast and Galloway Highlands by booking your stay with us in our Kirkcudbright Hub.