personal with the flexibility to make your bike holiday special
As a smaller cycling tour operator, you deal only with Warren or Esther to discuss your requirements. We therefore have the flexibility to discuss your cycling holiday preferences in detail to suit your individual needs.
PICK-UP AND TRANSFERS
We are tucked away to the left just over the border in Scotland's South West. Two hours from Edinburgh and Glasgow and not much more from Manchester . Trains and a daily bus link us to London a short ferry from Ireland.
Many of our rides begin in the beautiful harbour town of Kirkcudbright. Make your own way to your starting accommodation, or we can pick you up from Dumfries or Lockerbie railway stations.
Transfer from Lockerbie/Dumfries train/bus station to your accommodation: free.
It would be great to bring your own bike, but we have done enough travelling to know what a pain transporting a bike can be. So, hire a bike from us and maybe bring the saddle you love and the pedals that suit you.
A bag, helmet and repair stuff comes as part of the bike hire deal.
TRANSPORT OF LUGGAGE
We transfer your luggage between overnight accommodation. We do this ourselves where possible to ensure security of your belongings.
If we are unable to do the transport ourselves, we will engage a trusted service.
We will give you detailed maps showing your route turn by turn along with instructions. If you have a smartphone, we provide a free app and gps files of your route so you know where you are and where you are going. We can also provide gps files for your Garmin or similar device.
You could extend the Solway Coast 200 to a 400 or even 500 mile route. The Galloway Highlands Tour and Magic Stewartry Tour can be customised or run back to back. We have thousands of miles of quiet roads for you to explore in Dumfries and Galloway or beyond. Just ask us to put a plan together.
ANY SPECIAL REQUESTS - FOOD?
Our selected accommodation is mostly in small towns and villages with hotels and restaurants for your evening meal. We will inform your hosts of any special requests before you arrive at your accommodation. So, let us know in advance.
Want to do cycling and cook school, cycling and archaeology, cycling and walking. You get the idea, so let us know.
When do the tours start?
The Solway Coast 200 route is best started on a Wednesday to Saturday to avoid Monday closing of cafes. Shops are still open and the route can be done with any start day. All of our other routes can start on any day. There is of course an upper limit to numbers, mostly because of accomodation in remote areas. Get in contact and we will work something out for you.
On your arrival, we go over your cycling holiday information pack and can answer any questions you have. We talk about the route, what you can look forward to and go over gps navigation if you want to use it.
Includes detailed route maps, local information about places of interest on each tour as well as our own ‘off the beaten track’ local recommendations. The maps and tour information we provide are easy to follow and can also include short-cuts, ‘extra miles’ or other detour options depending on your interests. A gps loaded with your route is included or we can send files to you.
We use a variety of tried and tested accommodations in our region of various standards from specialist B&Bs to top quality hotels, depending on the chosen tour or your preference.
Should you have any problems on the road – call us, we are here to sort things out and get you back under way.
Extra nights, wish lists or bucket lists, let us know. We can help with advice about further travel in Scotland and most parts of Europe.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Although not included in the package, you can hire the bikes from us.
Hire cost - £25 per day with reduced price for longer tours. E-bike - 35 per day, again with reductions for longer tours. Please see our dedicated Bike Rental Page here.
Lunches and Evening meals
Our selected accommodation is mostly in small towns and villages with hotels and restaurants for your evening meal. This allows you the flexibility to choose where you want to eat and is not included in the price of the tour. We are here to help and offer advice on where to go.
To castles, gardens etc during a tour are not included. Entry to attractions are not mandatory and all offer free entry to the tea rooms and restaurants.
To complete the booking we ask for a deposit of 25% of the total holiday cost.
We accept payment in UK Sterling. Payments can be done via debit or credit card, TransferWise or bank transfer. We request customers to pay any transaction and bank administration charges.
HOW TO GET TO THE START.
the main A75 road runs through the region. We are the first place in Scotland as you drive from the north of England, up the M6 and turn left just over the border . From Glasgow or Edinburgh we are a scenic 2 hour drive.
Dumfries and Lockerbie railway stations are closest. Dumfries is 30 minutes away and is on the line between Glasgow and Carlisle. Lockerbie is 45 mins away and on the main west coast UK line between London Euston and Edinburgh and linked direct with Manchester airport. Lockerbie is 1 hour from Edinburgh by train and a popular option to reach us. We are able to arrange pick you up at the railway station and transfer to your accommodation.
Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle airports are around a 2 hour drive and connect well with europe. We suggest after arrival at these airports, take the regular airport bus to the city centre - under 30 minutes - and take a train to either Lockerbie or Dumfries from where we can pick you up. For Trans Atlantic flights, the best airport is Manchester from where a train brings you directly to Lockerbie.
There is a daily ‘National Express’ coach service 920 between London and Belfast which stops in Castle Douglas - this works very well. The regular No.500 bus between Dumfries and Stranraer also calls in at Castle Douglas and runs every 2 hours to carry you to or from Ireland.
The ferry port of Cairnryan in the west of our region is just over an hour from Castle Douglas. The regular ferries sail from and to Belfast and Larne in N. Ireland. You can also arrive at the ferry port in Newcastle or further south to connect with most countries in Europe.