SOUTH COAST 200
from Maol in Gaelic, a rounded hill, summit or mountain bare of trees.
The Mull of Galloway is all of these but also beautiful and remote too. You begin at the lighthouse, with the sea at your right shoulder. It will stay there for the next 200 miles until you reach the border with England at Gretna Green. For a moment you are the most southerly person in Scotland. You get on the bike, and then you dive down, then a short climb with the road curving as it falls between East and West Tarbet. There is a sheer drop from cliffs to your left.
Off to your right, the bay curves away to a pencil thin line of sandy bays lined out to the horizon. Things are slow here, history present, more touchable. Ancient stones, castles and abbeys and yet just enough pubs, tea rooms and cafes in the 30 or more small towns and villages that lie ahead to make the ride enjoyable.
With varied terrain from the rugged and remote and a feel like Cornwall, to rolling and pastoral there is always something round the next bend. You will have open views to Ireland, the Isles of Man and later the mountains of the Lake District. Take your time and explore golden beaches and the hidden coves of Viking raids, pirates, smugglers and the first Christians. There are ancient stones, nature reserves, lots of castles, and a few abbeys ahead.
We have designed the route to take a week if you cycle about 30 miles a day, but we can customise it. We have picked all the quiet roads, so there are stretches where you will ride for miles with the roads to yourself. If you are new to cycling or this is your first taste of touring then this is a great way to start. If you are looking for a charity challenge, then this is what you are looking for. Enjoy the ride, we plan everything and take your bags.
Around 30 miles a day and time to smell the roses and browse through books and antiques.
The prices are guidelines. Enjoy an additional 10% off when travelling as a group of 4 or more people. - Who would not want to share this journey with friends? - It also presumes you start cycling on your arrival day and don't require accommodation on your last day in Gretna. Get in touch so we can give you a quote for your special bike tour.
Take some advice:
It's a long way down to the start so take time to enjoy the amazing area of the Mull of Galloway.
Celebrate your experience with your friends at journeys end before you leave Scotland.
It can be a challenge to sort out logistics to this remote corner of Scotland; so let us help you to work out your accommodation, transfers and guide you through our country.
OFFER - Save 10% per person on groups of 4 and more people.
Enjoy the experience together!
What you get
- We source the best accommodation along the way for you.
- We transport your luggage to your overnight accommodation.
- We can arrange dinners for you (although costs for dinner are not included in the tour price).
- We provide you with the route details, turn by turn cue sheet, detailed maps and a free gps app for your smart phone.
- If any help is needed we are there for you. This is personal service.
- We have a fleet of bikes that can be rented. The rental includes helmets, panniers, tools.
Rental for a bike per day: £15 (for a tour of 6+ days; otherwise £20)
- Transport to/from your first/ last accommodation.
We can transport you to your first accommodation but distances and therefore prices depend greatly on where you arrive and how you want to leave. Want to arrive in Stranraer , or Gretna Green, or come half way to Kirkcudbright and be brought back to your car, or take the train back home from Gretna Green? We are happy to find a solution so that you start and finish your journey with a smile.
start dates: Flexible
We can start the tour when it suits you. However, be advised that in some areas the restaurants and cafes are closed on certain days, even in high tourist season. Check with us, so we can make sure we work around this issue.
Terrain: Moderate- challenging in short sections.
The route is suitable for most leisure cyclists. Through predominantly flat to rolling, there are a couple of nasty hills. Both short enough to push up.
You have the opportunity to stay longer in Kirkcudbright and ride out into the Uplands on our handpicked routes. You could stay on and enjoy Scotland's Artist Town, with galleries and exhibitions and do the rest of the route next time.