The Magical Stewartry Tour
Nowhere here is hurried,
The coast always had more than its share of history being made. The remains of long abandoned settlements are dotted along the coast, with ruined churches and graveyards now in the middle of fields. People raised stone circles and cairns, and left behind cup and ring mark rock art to leave us more questions than answers. The Romans were here, as were the Vikings and Picts, pirates and smugglers. Christianity was founded here, and great abbeys became the centre for learning and pilgrimage.
There are sandy beaches that you can often have to yourself. Spectacular towering cliffs, hidden bays and spectacular views to the Lake District, the Isle of Man and Ireland. Take your time and explore.
Start: Gatehouse of Fleet
Time: Any time
You start from Gatehouse of Fleet 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, and 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.
You set out again on quiet roads along the coast. The ruined Abbey of Dundrennan is your first stop and a fine cafe across the road. There are a variety of routes that you can take to Castle Douglas, but they all end in the award winning microbrewery. After another comfortable night, the ride continues inland and you can head straight to Dumfries, usually with the wind at your back. If you have more time you turn towards The Scottish Riviera and the quaint sailing harbour of Kippford for the night (There are a number of alternatives to Kippford along the coast so the choice is yours ), before a final coast ride to Dumfries, visiting Sweetheart Abbey on the way. You have just cycled the most beautiful roads in Scotland.
So, when you book this let us know the distances you are comfortable with as there are several places to stay and daily route options. We have so many miles of quiet roads there will always be a long and short option. Or you can add an extra days stay - such as a night in New Abbey.